The Sun – the literal light of our lives. The Sun is our joy, our identity, our everything. It IS us. In modern astrology, the Sun is associated with the fifth house which makes sense. The Sun is shiny and life-giving, and the fifth house is creative and joyful. But in traditional astrology, the Sun rejoices in the ninth house. So what is that about?
The ninth house is much more than travel and education. The ninth house is, in essence, our worldview. Astrologer Nate Craddock uses a phrase coined by a German theologian to describe the ninth house: “The matter of utmost concern.” Whether that matter is religion or law or education or morality, the ninth house is what gives our lives meaning.
You know how the Sun is at its highest around noon, but that the real heat of the day doesn’t start until mid-afternoon? Well, that 3pm heat is when the Sun is in the ninth house. It is literally when the Sun is strongest in the sky. And since traditional astrology is thoroughly based in visible celestial phenomena, it makes perfect sense that the ninth house would be where the Sun rejoices.
Of course, it goes much deeper than that. In traditional astrology, the ninth house is known as the House of the God. If you recall the post of the third house, you’ll remember that the third house deals with religion and spirituality, but in a communal, ritual sense. The ninth house, standing in opposition, is where individuals ask the big questions. It’s where we confront the kinds of questions that one can only answer for one’s own self. “Why am I here? What is my purpose? What do I believe?” So just as the Sun provides the underpinnings of our individual identities, the ninth house represents the underpinnings of our belief systems and the way we approach the world.
The Sun is also seen as a neutral figure, neither benefic or malefic. In Greek mythology, Helios, the sun god, was described as all-seeing, his watching eye always upon the world. From this, we get the ninth house’s connection with law. The Sun is both neutral arbiter and omnipotent judge. Because of this, the ninth house represents justice. And when the Sun is involved, justice is often done.
Finally, the ninth house is associated with travel. And one thing I love is that, when talking about travel, most people immediately think of going somewhere sunny and bright! But outside of this, the connection to the Sun may seem tenuous until we think about the daily life of most peasants, particularly in Europe. Travel was very uncommon EXCEPT in the case of pilgrimage. And it’s here that we tie in the ninth house’s representation of what shapes us and the Sun’s role as life-giver. It’s not a huge logical leap to see how religious travel would fit in here.
In the Natal Chart
If you have the Sun in the ninth house, you will always have a strong identity and a seeker’s mentality, regardless of sign. If your Sun is exalted in Aries in the ninth, you’ll always be boldly chasing meaning, forever in the process of becoming even more of who you are. But even if your Sun is in detriment in Aquarius in the ninth house, you’ll still find yourself shining like a supernova as you methodically investigate life’s biggest questions. No matter the sign, the Sun in the ninth house knows what’s really important in life. And knowing that helps us know where to direct our personal light.
Bringing It Together
The Sun is who we are. It’s how we shine and how we construct our identities. The ninth house is where we confront our desire for meaning. It’s how we decide what really matters to us in life. And when we combine them we see so clearly the interplay between our individual selves and the cosmos. The question, “Why am I here?” is an intensely personal one, but it is also universal. And with the Sun and the ninth together, we see that the personal and the universal are one and the same.
Do you have the Sun in the ninth house, or do you know someone who does? What is it like?