Ninth House of Horoscope
The ninth house of horoscope is called Dharma Bhava in Vedic astrology; and it is also called Bhagya Bhava. Looking at its characteristics/significances; the ninth house represents father, guru, ancestors, spiritual growth, ethics, luck factor, faith, religion, traditions, temples, holy places, higher education, universities, philosophy, international affairs, tours, travels, writings and many other things.
Though the fourth house also represents education, it represents secondary or somewhat more than secondary education; say up to graduation. The ninth house represents higher education. This house also represents education in the field of religion, philosophy, divinity and other higher forms of education.
The traditions represented by the ninth house are different than those represented by the second and fourth house. Ninth house deals with religious traditions and it doesn’t deal with traditions related to families, communities or countries.
However, the traditions coming from family line, which are being followed for many generations, say for more than ten generations; reflect through the ninth house. This is because such traditions may be strongly associated with ancestors. Taking an example, if at least one member of a family engages in the field of medical science as a tradition since 2 or 3 generations; such tradition may reflect through the second house. However, if a native is born in a family line which has a tradition of producing doctors in each generation for more than 10 generations, such tradition may reflect through the ninth house. A common example of this type belongs to Pandits (Hindu Priests) who may have been practicing in their fields for more than 10, 20 or 30 generations; even in present times.
When it comes to the fourth house, it represents traditions formed by communities, states or countries. For example, if you stand up when the national anthem of your country is played; it is a tradition given by the fourth house. Similarly, if people in your community are allowed to marry their cousins and some other likewise relatives; this tradition is represented by the fourth house.
It should be noted that if a religion allows its followers to marry their cousins and some other likewise family members; this tradition is represented by the ninth house. Similarly, if your religion asserts that you should get married to someone who belongs to the same religion only; this tradition is also represented by the ninth house.
On the same line, when people show tendencies to engage in wars or violent actions for the sake of their religions; such tendencies reflect through the ninth house. Compared to this, when people show tendencies to engage in wars or violent actions for the sake of their families, communities, states or countries; such tendencies reflect through the fourth house. It means the ninth house tends to make you religious whereas the fourth house tends to give you patriotism.
The ninth house represents luck factor which is one of the most important characteristics exhibited by this house. Whenever the ninth house is afflicted by one or more than one malefic planet; Pitra Dosh is formed in the horoscope. It means the luck factor may turn malefic for the native; or such luck factor may not be able to produce benefic results. It is interesting to see that the house which represents the ancestors; represents luck factor also. As already seen, luck is the sum total of the karmas done in the past; and the past belongs to the ancestors. Hence ancestors and luck factor have a strong connection through the past. This concept has been explained in the book ‘Pitra Dosh – Ancestors are Calling (Revised Edition)’.
The ninth house is a comfortable house and every planet among navagraha may produce benefic results when placed in it; provided such planet itself is benefic. Placements of malefic planets in this house may create problems related to father, religious growth, spiritual growth, luck factor, higher education, ethics, faith, international affairs and a number of other problems; depending on the overall theme of horoscope under consideration.