The 9th house is called the Dharma-sthan, the house of right foundations and right actions. It is the Bhagya-sthan, the house of fortune, divine blessings and luck. Obviously the two are interconnected, if you perform the right actions you are going to get lucky and blessed in life. The owner of this house is called the Dharm-esh or Bhagy-esh and is a very important benefic for the chart. On the whole I find this this house rather difficult to analyse as most of its effects are linked to the spiritual not the material life. And generally clients have very material and practical questions.
One thing is true that this house is highly auspicious. If it and its owner are powerful you will lead a good life whatever the rest of the chart may signify. The 9th house represents ‘auspicious benefits’, which will include blessings from the divine, the Guru/ actual spiritual teacher, peers and patrons, elderly people who guide or help, right actions, ancestors, wisdom, charity, higher emotions, help, prosperity, travel and pilgrimages, etc. These ‘auspicious benefits’ are your own punya-karma/ meritorious actions from your own past lives which are giving their benefits now. You have accrued some positive karma in your past lives, the 9th house reflects this. These ‘auspicious benefits’ are invisible energies which help you when you most need it. The 9th house is a combination of the invisible and the visible, thus is rather typical to interpret.
This is also the reason why Sagittarius the natural 9th sign of the zodiac ruled by Jupiter is considered to be a high-voltage sign. Your past lives positive karma is active and may provide you with sudden dramatic luck. The 9th house is just that small part of your past positive karma which is active in this current life. The 9th house indicates how the karma of your past meritorious actions gets allocated and active in in pushing you onwards in your spiritual journey. You may receive material benefits from this house but it is more like ’on the way’. You might be born in a rich household, get sensible parents, a good education, a good wife/ husband, children, enough money and a life of peace and prosperity. All this would be a reflection of your past merits. This has been made available to you so that you can focus on your spiritual life and create more positive karma. It is like you brought your groceries yesterday but cooked and ate them today. Now you need to buy more groceries for tomorrow.
Thus the ‘travel and pilgrimage’ motif of the 9th house. You are ‘travelling’ through life and your Ultimate destination is the ‘pilgrimage’ you are really aiming for. So from the 9th house’s point of view, travel is your life Experience and pilgrimage is your own Reality.
As you travel through life under the guidance of the 9th house’s energies you change. This change will be on the inner level often does percolate to the material level too. As you learn new wisdom, gain new foundations, perform the right actions under the guidance of a senior or your own conscience, you evolve, refine, mature. Depending on how powerful your active past life positive karmas are you will be given opportunities to ‘travel’ and experience Life.
And when do you really travel? If I want to go to Goa, why is it? My Mom’s ancestral village is there, she told me about it, I read about it in the magazines, it is attractive, I desire to go and I have the means to go there. Similarly why would someone want to travel to the Ultimate pilgrimage? Because your spiritual Guru told you that it is your real home, you read it in the Ved /Gita /Devi Mahatmya /Vidnyan Bhairav tantra etc, you saw attractive visions when you did your spiritual practice and you have the necessary positive merit from your past lives to make the journey and reach.
Then there is always a confusion regarding biological father. Is he the 9th or the 10th house? Astrology is about the influences that the father has on the child. If the biological father taught the child how to live in society, the ethics, value of discipline, capacity to work, money sense etc he is pure 10th house. Most fathers today are pure 10th house. But in addition to all this, if the biological father taught the child spiritual practices then you have to see the 9th house for its influences in addition to the 10th. (This happens only in certain families where puja is a very important part of life, ie practicing Brahmin, priest, astrologer, tantrik etc families, the daily pujas are taught first by the father then the Guru). The spiritual father is the 9th house because it is through him that the child is re-born into the spiritual life, ‘Dwij’. Adopted parents are also to be seen from the 9th house.
A child who is auspicious in every way is born only in a deserving family. Such a child chooses an equally auspicious family where not only his material needs but also his spiritual needs will be catered to. Also parents who have ‘auspicious benefits’ active in this life will have such fortunate children. So for marriage and progeny related questions the 9th house needs to be referred to. In fact for any question where fortune and favour are necessary the 9th house should be checked. Pitrusukha is the happiness from the fathers/ ancestors and also the happiness from your own past lives.
The 9th house is the past auspiciousness and also the destiny of this present life. These two are interconnected. This destiny can be of any type, social, science, spiritual, hard or easy life. But whatever is is it will take you towards your own spiritual goal. If there are benefics here naturally it is going to be quite auspicious and favourable. You will grasp your destined fortune and also enjoy it. But even if there are malefics placed here and they are powerful, you will gain that destined fame, but the price that you will pay for it in your personal life will be heavy. If your 9th house is vacant look for the aspects on it. Look for the power of the 9th house lord in giving results. A powerful 9th lord can elevate the overall horoscope as he is in charge of the uplifting forces flowing in to the personality from the other unknown dimensions.