The 9th House is often compared with the 3rd as the House of higher religious and philosophical education, as opposed to the lower or public education in the 3rd House. The main difference here is in the direction energy flows, or whose energy facilitates the learning.
With the third House type of teaching, the energy flow goes mainly from teacher to student. Under the Ninth House, it changes to the exact opposite: the student is expected to be enthusiastic and diligent, spending a lot more energy than the teacher does. Note that the role of the teacher can be played by the environment itself, which is why long journeys are traditionally attributed to the 9th House). However, the feeble input a Ninth House teacher becomes the very seed from which a power oak grows: provided the disciple takes proper care of it.
The 9th House teachings are not so much spiritual as esoteric in the literal sense of the word: concerning difficult subjects accessible to the select few. Modern high-tech falls under this definition; as for spiritual teaching, it can go under any House, although the Fourth House often has the upper hand here as the one where our ideological foundations lie. However, the spiritual pursuit is always individual, and it can bypass a weak 4th House and go under any other, say, the 11th or even the 5th House, with all its visible frivolity. Nevertheless, bearing in mind people’s interest in games and rituals, spiritual pastors have successfully imbued them with deeper meanings, thus turning them into sacraments.
Philosophy and religion go under the 9th House as an attempt to solve the problems of comprehension or construction of group social ethics: the rules of the relationship of the groups in which you are a member. What are your family’s rights and responsibilities in relation to your neighbors? Should your country participate in international wars or, conversely, help other states if their political regimes are questionable? With a strong 9th House, all these questions become relevant, and not only at the conversational level: your whole future can depend on the correct opinions and ethics here.
Synastry Partner’s Planets in Your 9th House
The partner’s planets that fall into your 9th House put you in a sociological and philosophical mood, accentuate your needs for highly specialized or esoteric emotions, and make you feel like you’re on a long journey to an unknown land that has intangible treasures that will take you a while to comprehend fully. This also leaves an imprint on the partner’s personality: in its manifestations, corresponding to the synastric planets of your 9th House, he or she will seem to you distant, mysterious, and always carrying something new and unexpected even if the partner doesn’t mean anything of the sort.
9th House synastry partners may make you feel a kind of inferiority complex associated with a subconscious feeling that you “fall short” of those esoteric depths or heights in which they feel at ease, acting as a native in a foreign country. If that’s the case, you should remember that, while these things and ideas are esoteric to you and require a lot of energy to understand, they provide an excellent chance to leap forward in your spiritual evolution.