Perhaps a better understanding of both Saturn and of the 9th House.
Saturn is the planet of reality. Saturn is our need to define ourselves, based on our version of reality. Saturn can move towards the positive or towards the negative.
The positive side of our Saturn urge is to know who we are by knowing what we are NOT. By knowing what we don’t have skills at, we don’t waste time there and instead focus on what we CAN do, on mastering it, on working hard to achieve. If we have Saturn well-aspected OR we develop the positive side of Saturn self-definition, then it is done in the style of the Sign that Saturn is in, about the matters of the House that Saturn is in.
The negative side of our Saturn urge is to focus too much on what we are NOT. So we see only the negatives, lose our self-confidence, and become perhaps even pessimistic and fearful. And yes, this attitude CAN bring loss and restriction into our life because we cannot get others to support our efforts (since we don’t believe in ourselves), and we are too afraid to commit to trying to achieve our wishes. If we have Saturn badly-aspected and we do nothing to change this, then it will express itself as the negative form of whatever sign it is in, regarding the matters of whatever House it is in.
Whether the positive of negative side of Saturn predominates in our personality depends partly on how Saturn “aspects” any of the other 9 planets in the chart.
Squares and opposition aspects increase the negative tendencies of Saturn, while sextile and trine aspects increase the positive tendencies. Conjunctions depend on the rest of the picture. And sometimes we are negative in some ways, and positive in other situations.
Just as a side note I have been collecting the birthcharts of Buddhist monks for years, and while I haven’t done by Chi-Square test on my data yet, a large proportion of them have Saturn square/opposition their Mars (action). Seems that this inner struggle pushes them to work on internal self-mastery .. a positive outlet for a negative “aspect”.
So yes, the OTHER influence on how pos/neg our Saturn need operates is how WE handle it. We can change and grow over time and our birthchart is only an influence.
“All anyone can see in a birth chart are tendencies that will become facts if the person does not do something to alter them. (Isabel M Hickey – one of the founders of modern Western astrology)
As for the 9th house, that is the house of our efforts to understand and work well within our society. This is why the 9th is associated with abstract thinking, higher education … any of society’s functions that maintain society (laws, religious institutions, for instance) … exposure to other cultures that can help us see our own society in a broader perspective. And mostly OUR attitude about our society.
Saturn IN the 9th house will allow your interaction with society to influence how you use your Saturn self-definition. And will influence how you feel about society … whether you see avenues for achieving something or whether you see only roadblocks. It can also influence your effectiveness in any of the 9th-House matters: legal matters, religion, education, thinking abstractly. But again, HOW you allow this to affect you is what you allow.
For you personally, depending on how Saturn is aspected, on the rest of your chart, and on what YOU decide for yourself … Saturn may mean you have the potential to focus very well on getting your education .. or that there are barriers that you have to overcome before you achieve your educational goals.
Btw, I did not complete my Bachelor’s degree until I was 42, and there was no negative impact. And no, Saturn is not connected with my 9th house in my natal chart. I was just busy exploring other sides of life when I was younger.