Hermes was considered to be the wisest of all philosophers and brought light to this world in the form of wisdom. The 9 is a reflection of his lamp that lights the way; so 9 holds the knowledge of all numbers before it. This endows 9 with understanding and a feel of brotherly love. So it is a humanitarian number.
A 9 in the Birth Path or total name number is sign that the person is born to give loving service in a profession or in the arts. It is able to draw from the attributes of the preceding numbers and therefore understand and form any character desired. So 9 is called ‘the stage where the drama unfolds.” This is also because 9 is emotional, hence, “emote. “