Dear ardent readers here comes the ninth in the series of Rahu / Ketu in Houses, The earlier series on Rahu / Ketu in Signs published in 2007 also is equally important & worthwhile reading, however care should be taken not to apply these writings verbatim on any chart, as there are many other factors, combinations, aspects etc which need to be studied always before coming to any conclusion. The masculine gender has been used only for ease of writing.
This position is excellent for things of the mind. The native will constantly progress when Rahu occupies this house. His synthetic mind will enable him to undertake anything and succeed in everything, so long as the horoscope on the whole is favorable. It also indicates marriage with a person above one’s station in life and could ‘somebody’ from the pecuniary as well as the social standpoint. It is also fortunate for travelling, which will occur under comfortable and pleasant circumstances. This position is fortunate for taking up politics, as it enables him to emerge victorious in oratorical controversies through his facility of speech (provided Mercury is free from affliction), and especially through his ever-present common-sense.
The Ketu in the third house causes serious disagreements with those around the native. With an evil aspect of Mars, it signifies blows and wounds received during a dispute. This position is not good for the native’s education, and compels him to associate with people with smaller or negligible values, which may be to his detriment. It is also a token of disharmony with the parents, brothers, or brothers-in-law, and is detrimental to the native’s good repute, gossip, slander and calumny being the fruits of Ketu in the Third House.
It indicates too much emphasis on mind and not enough emphasis on superconscious power. Faith and devotion to an ideal is needed. Separative tendency could be strong, where mind separates and heart could unite. Faith is tied with feelings and with the heart. Inner philosophy along devotional lines would be needed to balance the intellectual faculties. Should travel, outwardly and inwardly, for expansion. Relatives are the source of difficulties, and it would be well to be away from them if possible.
Many times when the Rahu position in the ninth is not developed, it gives the person a tendency to defy the law in some way, or gives the inclination to find ways of working deviously within the law. This can indicate also a disregard for religion. The person may have a difficult time being ethical. Religion can be touched upon only subjectively. He needs to develop an interest in psychology, religion, and abstract philosophy. He must become more objective in his thinking and studying, expanding mentally and spiritually. The person with Rahu in the ninth has to try to absorb and assimilate what is beyond his mental reach. He needs to become more objective in his interpretations within his immediate world.
Ketu in the third is subjectivity. The person has the ability to express himself very well, and is keenly interested in mental pursuits. This gives a strong psychic tie to brothers and sisters, and could bring loss of one through death or separation. It can give writing ability with favorable aspects to Mercury, Venus, or Neptune. There would be a strong urge to share knowledge with others. Ketu here denotes a duty in caring for brothers and sisters who may continually drain the individual. There is also much involvement in activities for the community. It is most difficult for the person with Ketu in this position to finish his formal education. The person would rather read and study on his own, or he goes back to school in an on-again, off-again way. This is an influence that gives impatience. There could be many small accidents if this Node is badly aspected. Involvement with neighbors could be a continual problem.
This condition often signifies that one has to utilize all their philosophies and higher knowledge to cope with the situations in life. They have to learn a lot of lessons from their mistakes, and in many cases, they cannot even communicate their problems. Mental distortion or uncommon thinking is noticed in them. Affairs of brothers or sisters are very destined in their life whether they want to or not. They will get involved with publications, publicity or some ‘foreign’ affairs / activities in their lifetime due to strange coincidences. Either they have relatives living far away from them, or they often maintain a large gap between the relatives. Long-term relocation is often significant for them, even though they dislike short travel.
This individual is forever pulling himself out of webs of entanglement. Every relationship he enters becomes so complicated that he has to use all his energies to free himself. In past incarnations he developed a great need for people, and herein lies his weak spot, for as much as he now thinks he would like to be alone he feels an almost compelling need to reach for others
He listens to problems and likes to be in the position of giving advice. Often frustrated by the multitude of problems dumped in his lap, he secretly thinks that if he had had more education he would be better equipped to cope with all the questions that befall him. He keeps trying to be as diplomatic as possible, and is constantly enmeshed in the after-thoughts of the words he has spoken to others.
Always conscious of the interpretation his words may be given, he nurtures an inner fear of being misunderstood. As a result, he keeps going back to yesterday;s conversation to re-explain all that he meant.
He must understand the essence of truth without having to feel compelled to make truth smaller by trying to communicate it verbally to others.
One of his greatest problems is dealing with the karmic residue of an insatiable curiosity, which although could have served him well in former incarnations now keeps leading him deeper into webs of details. His greatest crises occurs each time he is forced to make decisions, for rather than relying on his intuition or his higher mind, he keeps seeking more facts and details in the hope that when he has all the information the decision-making process will be easier.
Constantly striving to achieve neutrality, he becomes a paradox to himself. In prior lives, he could have fallen into the habit of identifying with catchy phrases, cute sayings and euphemisms to the point that he has now become a walking stereotype.
Liking to read and explore a wonderland of knowledge that he sees around him, his life is a constant thirst for more understanding. He is convinced that this is the one path in life that has no end. Whatever he becomes keenly interested in he can make into a life-long study, particularly if the Ketu is in a fixed sign.
He likes to feel worldly. As a result, he’ll do things that others wouldn’t, just for the sake of experiencing new understanding.
His current life is involved with so many people that hurt feelings are bound to fly, not because of any malicious intent but rather through the inability to keep up with everyone in whose life he has become involved. At the very deepest of levels, he has many inner doubts about himself which become amplified when he speaks with others, for if it were at all possible he would try to be all things to all people.
As a result of past-life habits, he could spend too much time in ‘lower mind’. He goes through more movement than he has to; and if this is not expressed physically, then he does it in thought. At times his merry-go-round of possibilities is so great that he thoroughly drains himself by thinking about what he should do. As a result he does nothing.
He will experience fears that he is sexually impotent. Once he starts questioning along this track, his enormous thirst for understanding can lead him into a promiscuous behavior pattern until he is reassured that all is well and he is perfectly normal.
On his deepest level, he may not be a sexual animal, but in fact so mentally inclined that he has fears of being shut out from the nitty-gritty of life because of his mental inclinations.
Like the young child afraid his peers will accuse him of being a bookworm, he will dare himself to prove that he can be accepted in a physically-oriented world. Nevertheless, his greatest subconscious need is one day to become a walking encyclopaedia so that he will never be caught short, lacking the right piece of information at the right moment.
His biggest growth comes when he learns how to make the karmic transition from lower to higher mind. As he drops his past-life attachment to trivia, his eyes begin to open wide to the enormous horizons before him.
The less he talks to others, the more faith he starts to develop.
He must learn how constantly to broaden his interests so that the scope of his knowledge is not limited by the demands of his immediate circle of relationships. He does well when he learns how to step back so that he can see the forest from the trees. When he does this, he also learns how to let things slide off his back, which gives him a new sense of peace that somehow always eluded his reach.
Travelling helps to broaden his perspective, and he meets his greatest successes far from his place of birth. For some, the life will be influenced greatly by a foreigner.
Through the ninth house Rahu, enormous spiritual growth is possible once the individual has learned how to pull away from all his prior-life doubts and questions. He must take his mind out of a finite world and focus on an infinite consciousness.
He will lose friends by doing this, for there are few who will understand his sudden aloofness. But through those who stay with him he will learn the difference between a friend and an acquaintance. As he grows, he begins to focus on ideas rather than the words through which the ideas are expressed. He sees how others limit themselves by language, and tries to speak to their ideas rather than to their words. The sign which contains the Ketu indicates the ways in which the soul memory of past incarnations is still too embedded in lower mind activities. The sign which contains the Rahu shows the ways in which the individual can now free himself through the broadening influence of the higher mind.
Entanglement in mazes of busy-work, gossip, etc.. Problems with teachers, in-laws, foreigners. A tendency to take everything too literally; inhibition of the higher mind. Cynicism, agnosticism. Insatiable curiosity bordering on meddling.
Expand your mind by taking courses. Read about controversial issues and try to formulate opinions. Travel. Be selective about people; avoid gossips and crisis-prone erratic types. Take time out from routine activities to try new things.
In the ninth house, the hang-up centers around education or learning; and a lack of self-restraint invariably plays a major role. This person is often so easily swayed by his or her environment that life is spent moving from one bandwagon to another. A lack of continuity is often seen, too, making a little learning truly a potentially dangerous thing. Occasionally we find the reverse intellectual snob, one who values manual dexterity in just about any form but has no use for mental dexterity.
Rahu in the ninth house dreams of being some type of teacher. He or she feels that education holds the key to tapping his or her fullest potentials. Success and progress are important themes of the dream motif. This person tends to let emotional factors stand in the way of success. While there may be a great amount of potential, as long as emotions take precedence over sense, the dream can’t be fulfilled. Inconsistency is often a problem, since the mind rarely understands what the emotions are doing.
Your main concern is likely to be communication, relationships, mental development, and intellectual gathering of information. Relationships may become a source of conflict and confusion. You may not feel at ease with intimacy, and may prefer to break free from complications. As you are more mentally focused, you feel less comfortable with emotional and physical levels; sexual unease may also exist. This can be because you are less physically preoccupied than many, and so need intimate relationships less; sexual urges do not dominate your motivation or desires. You can learn to accept your sexuality as a natural expression, but within a context which values other aspects of relationships even more highly.
You can enjoy being alone, pursuing interests undistracted by others; yet there is also an impulse that seeks to communicate and relate with others. Balancing these tendencies can cause some difficulties.
People with emotional problems often turn to you for support, finding your detached mental perspective beneficial and calming. You help them find a more rational viewpoint to deal with agitated emotions. You enjoy this role and try to be helpful, hoping that your supportive advice can be used by them for positive results; you are very careful with suggestions, and try to ensure that you are not misunderstood.
Sometimes your tendency to be diplomatic and neutral has negative effects on you. Using evasive and non-confrontational words can eventually interfere with identifying your own thoughts and feelings; and you could lose sight of your perception. If this occurs, it may be better to become more true to yourself and ensure personal clarity. This could become more problematic if your social life builds into an ever-expanding web of relationships and contacts, making it inevitable that, at times, you will inadvertently upset someone. Relationship conflicts may happen, and this makes you confront inner doubts; if you have not been fully honest in your ‘diplomacy’, you will realize the futility of interfering with genuine communication. Through unnecessary relationship compromise and evasion of honest contact, you may become less true to yourself.
Keep conscious control of your life, or you may experience phases when its pace appears to increase, making you run faster on a treadmill just to keep in the same place. This could be the result of a social or mental whirl which makes you feel increasingly uncomfortable and could cause symptoms of ill-health and problems in decision-making. You are not always adept at making choices and decisions; you prefer gathering all facts and details prior to deciding. The difficulty lies in believing there are more facts to accumulate, and so postponing choice. Perhaps relying more on intuition or ‘gut feeling’ could be experimented with.
Stocking your mind with knowledge and information will become one of your favorite occupations; and the world appears to you as a treasure trove of facts, interests, and fascinations. You want to accumulate as many of these as possible; and your need to understand will be a lifelong preoccupation, with interests spanning human knowledge and never resting in the search for more pieces of the human puzzle. At least through mental journeys you will explore the world, although physical travel may also appeal, and would broaden your perspective. It may be that success will come through leaving your place of birth, or through foreign contacts.
You need to focus your information gathering, so that you can synthesize your knowledge into something usable, something that reveals important truths about the human condition and the nature of life. If you can do this, you will provide extra meaning to both your own life and others’ lives, as you concentrate more on inclusive ideas and less on fragmentary facts. As your vision extends, your ability to communicate will also become more effective.
The ninth house has to do with the development of individual thought, or spiritual autonomy. What is involved here is the 3-9 (or thought) axis. In the 3rd house, our task is to learn the language, and to absorb the knowledge, of the group. In childhood, we accept the thought-structures of our environment, of the group in which we live; and we are molded by the thinking of those around. The collective enshrines not only knowledge but also routine patterns of thought which are almost mechanical. Thinking in the third house is fairly reflex, and travels along fixed lines.
In the ninth house, there is an awareness of, and an ability to distinguish, those thought structures and routines, those scripts or programs, which have become second nature. And not until this state of awareness is reached can we discard the things that do not tally with what we have worked out for ourselves. In the ninth house, we must create our own philosophy of life and strive for intellectual freedom. We must form a picture of the world that is as objective and as devoid of value-judgments as possible, by examining things for ourselves, making up our minds about them, and so arriving at our own outlook on life. The evidence of our senses should provide food for thought. The ability to draw conclusions from what is observed, to follow the course of events, and to have clear ideas and a personal point of view, is typical of the 9th house. Our prerequisites are accurate observations and keen perceptions, from which valid results can be obtained, inferences made, and our own attitude developed. Muddled ideas carried over from the 3rd house can be full of prejudice, however, and may make it difficult to think clearly in the 9th house.
Therefore, with the Node in the ninth house, we need to make a special effort to form our own opinions and to draw up a clear account of them. We should try to avoid being led astray by others either intentionally or unintentionally, or by automatic responses of our own that spoil clarity and obstruct freedom of thought. If we come across a good idea, it is not good because it is said to be good, or because it emanates from some authority; it is good only if we can verify it by obtaining the same results. Verification is the task of the ninth house.
Keen senses are absolutely vital for clear thought. Keen senses are symbolized by Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius(ninth sign), which is the counterpart of the ninth house. Obviously, there is a connection between observation and thought, and this connection is represented by the ninth house (and by Sagittarius). Our senses need to be in good working order before we can make clear judgments.
We require the courage of our convictions when putting forward our own ideas. We need to be self-confident to trust our own observations and feelings, and not to be persuaded by the crowd that we have seen, or should see, something different. The ninth house encourages us to stick to our point of view, and to the truth we have discovered for ourselves. Of course, we must not think that we are always right or that we can do anything. The progress indicated by the Node in the ninth house comes about through expanded awareness by means of original thinking, travelling, and philosophizing, etc., after we have left the route charted for us by others. When we take an independent line, query what we are told, and experience things for ourselves, we learn what life really is.
If the Rahu is in the ninth house, the person’s greatest growth, evolution, and fulfillment come through pursuing religion, philosophy, and higher knowledge. In past lives the person was intellectual, analytical, meticulous, precise, and skeptical. Now he is to cultivate faith, and concentrate on ideals, paradigms, and the ultimate truth of existence. The person should use wisdom and seek broad viewpoints. He must give credence to his intuition, feelings, and inspirations. He must take his visions and prophecies seriously, and give little importance to the petty and inconsequential in daily life. The person gains his greatest happiness by devoting his energies to spiritual ideals, mystical movements, and enlightened gurus. He is exceedingly gifted in promoting religion or any other knowledge which raises the consciousness of the masses. Publishing, as a career, is greatly favored.
The person must continually discriminate between right and wrong, and even make a discipline of the process. He should seek freedom and liberation, and develop his soul conscience. Beliefs, principles, and morals are everything, and the person must maintain a positive outlook under all circumstance. The person is eternally concerned with profundities. He knows the meaning of life is to find perfection with God. Money, possessions, and material comforts are of little consideration. The person should seek to increase his generosity and charitable nature. Travel is a source of evolution; and the person may wish to engage in foreign affairs. He should take fun and recreation seriously, and enjoy speculations when he feels the impulse.
The person may pay little attention to relationships with siblings and relatives. He must relinquish his previously constricted or microscopic way of thinking and allow his perception and insights to take him to the highest interpretation of life that is possible.
In Hindu astrology, the Rahu in the ninth house indicates cravings for religion and higher knowledge, and great power after the age of forty-one. However, there may also be difficulties with the father and religious or spiritual teachers. The Ketu in the third house means that the person is strong-willed, exciting and adventurous, and good at fulfilling his desires. It also signifies a spiritual, introspective, or introverted younger sibling.