Sometimes a natal chart will offer a crystal clear picture as to a definite career path. Other times it’s a mixed bag, and a person may have more than one interest or feel they have settled for less than they are capable of. Either way, it all shows up in the natal chart, and each chart is totally unique.
The tenth house and the midheaven or cusp of the tenth house is considered the most important house in choosing a career. This house not only represents the career, but the reputation and one’s basic status throughout life. It is important to consider any planets here, along with aspects they make to other planets in the chart.
The tenth house shows career but the sixth house shows work, employees and one’s ability to deal with problems. While the tenth house may show career, the sixth house can show ‘just a job, ‘ along with employees, and our service to others. Once upon a time the sixth house was considered the house of servants, but today most of us work therefore putting us ‘in service’ to others no matter what the job. It shows the quality of service we give others, co-workers and subordinates.
The second and eighth houses show income and corporate/joint income. Most of us have to live on the income we make from a job. The second house shows us earned income and how easy or difficult it will be to make while the eighth house shows investments and money we make or share with others.
The Planets and aspects
In addition to the significant houses the next step is to determine which planets are placed in the houses, and what they aspect in the natal chart along with house rulerships. For example, Saturn placed close to the midheaven shows a life path of responsibility in the career area that might supersede other parts of life. Let’s say Saturn trines Venus on the cusp of the fifth house. This individual could be interested in a career that utilizes creativity, or perhaps expresses an interest in children.
If someone has a large number of planets for example, in the eighth house they might be interested in a career in financial management: a banker, stockbroker or credit manager.
Planets can show careers as well. For example, surgeons, soldiers and athletes are ruled by Mars. Jupiter on the other hand can represent a lawyer or advertising agent. Placed in the ninth house it could show a career in law, medicine or teaching. There are many other things an astrologer will consider in a chart, but these are some of the basics that will show your true path.
Many times a person has outlived their current job, isn’t doing well for a variety of reasons, or returns to their original idea of what a dream job might be. Sometimes interests just change over time, and some are destined to have more than one career. This generally shows up in the form of stressful planetary aspects to the houses related to job or career. Sometimes transiting planets show up as aspects to the ninth house, which can show an increase (Jupiter) in education or training.
While each natal chart is different, we all have our own path to success that is unique to us as an individual. Your individual chart can show your personal path to achievement. What does your chart show?
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