Vocational Report for Andrea
Aug 6, 1966, 6.05 am CET La Rochelle, France (46N10, 1W10)
Interpretation text by Stephanie Johnson & Brian Clarke
Solar Writer Software
Introduced and prepared by: Greg Clarke
A report has its levels of interpretation. What is written in a report will vary according to a person’s level of self-awareness.
Some parts of it you will find curious and intuitively strike a chord—other pieces you may find you have already worked through the respective challenges for example and know how to handle them, or they don’t apply any more—while in other parts of the report you’ll know where you still have some work to do in a personal development sense or in terms of clarity and purpose—and yet again in other parts you’ll be able see the benefits clearly described—or a message it conveys to do with something in a certain area of life—or in relation to direction and purpose perhaps—or even a query about something you may have wanted to find out about.
In all this report, because it’s based on a direct link with your chart which in turn is a symbolical representation of your astro/psychological DNA makeup will resonate with you on different levels of meaning that correspond to a degree with your soul’s receptivity and sense of self purpose and awareness.
You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth. When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Work is love made visible.
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
A Fulfilling Vocation
In the midst of our busy lives, worn out by the endless repetition of meaningless tasks, it is difficult to appreciate Kahlil Gibran’s poetic image of work as a soul-making sphere. In a technological environment work and soul seem worlds apart. The outer rewards of career – prestige, status, vacations, salary packages, job security – conceal the urge to express soul through our vocation. When we are no longer anchored by values and images that remind us of a meaningful life, emptiness permeates the working atmosphere, contributing to an epidemic of dissatisfaction, depression and insecurity in the workplace. This report is aimed at helping you reflect on your vocation or calling. It is not meant as a quick fix, but rather as an aid to self-understanding and awareness which in turn helps your vocational choices.
Vocation is from the Latin vocare, to call, and in early English this referred to a spiritual calling. In modern terminology we can conceive of vocation as the calling to one’s authentic role in the world. As an aspect of the individuation process, our vocational path is not predetermined but forged through the interrelationship of our inner self with the outer world over time. Carl Jung suggested it was vocation, which induced an individual to follow his own soul and become conscious. He suggested vocation was ‘an irrational factor that destines a man to emancipate himself from the herd and from its well-worn paths. True personality is always a vocation’. To follow the voice which summons one on their authentic path demands that the individual be spirited enough to forge their own way in the world. As Jung reminds us, ‘Creative life always stands outside convention’. Vocation demands we risk being unique.
When you were a child what was your answer when adults inevitably asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ As children we are uninhibited in our career choices, not yet influenced by cultural standards and values that judge professions. Still unaware of what work entails, the answer springs from our imagination. How we shape these soulful images of who we may be in the world is our vocation and a large part of the individuation process. These impressions are already inherent in us and often accessible to us through the imagination, and certainly through images in the horoscope. However one of the main obstacles in our vocational search is literality. Mistaking an internal image for a concrete career perpetuates the myth that vocation is something existing outside of us, already established in the world for us to find, not something that unfolds over the course of our lives. The illusion that the right career path, a creative job or our own business will dissolve our job dissatisfaction hinders the discovery that vocation is already present in us.
A complexity of external factors influences our career choices: familial awareness, educational opportunities, financial resources, parental support, and encouragement. Role models whom we admire as children, experiences that capture our imagination and the breadth of exposure to the world around us impress us. Another major influence on career choice is parental expectations. Whether it is overt or not, we are subjectively influenced by the unconscious expectations of the parents, the ancestors, and the culture. This pressure contributes to moulding our careers whether we yield or rebel to it. Yet instinctively we are drawn to certain courses, beliefs, and theories, experiences that are all part of the process of helping our careers unfold. Ultimately the vocation is like a large tapestry woven with the threads of all of our life experience and choices, not a well-trodden career path with guaranteed superannuation.
Unfortunately, vocations do not come with job descriptions, opportunities for promotion or a guaranteed income. No doubt work and career are an aspect of vocation, but we often confuse the longing for self-fulfillment with a literal job. Vocation, like individuation, is a job, it is a task; it is the ‘opus’ of one’s life. Therefore the task of vocation continuously unfolds throughout our lifetime and its success depends on our ability to courageously follow its call. Vocation is an aspect of our fate, a force deep inside that pushes itself to be expressed in the world, therefore is intimately bound up with the course of our lives. Yet because work is how we ‘make a living’ we often identify work as something we do rather than something we are. Because some professions can bestow such prestige and status we may be drawn to a profession because of what it can offer materially, not creatively. Some careers offer the financial rewards that provide a wealthy lifestyle; however, at a critical point in our lives it becomes evident that career bonuses are never enough if vocational urges are still unmet.
A vocational analysis utilizing astrology is very beneficial in revealing an individual’s calling. The astrological horoscope does not supply literal details, but it does offer suggestions as to the features necessary to make the vocational journey fulfilling. Vocation may also be found in hobbies, volunteer work, and courses of study, not always presenting in the form of a career. This report will help you to reflect on the qualities of your character that create an empowering effect on shaping a meaningful vocation. Using your horoscope as the personal guide this report will offer suggestions to help you consider a fulfilling vocation. As you read about the vocational images from your own horoscope you will find that many repeat similar themes, reminding you to be alert to these patterns. In other cases you will find that there may be contradictions. Human nature is full of paradoxes and it is of equal importance to have an insight into the nature of our own ambiguities and inconsistencies. This report will introduce you to the archetypal forces that underpin your personal search for a fulfilling vocation.
VOCATION AND DESTINY
Vocation is the spine of life
The Lunar Nodes
In the Hindu tradition the Nodal axis is symbolised by a dragon. The North Node is the dragon’s head; the South Node is the dragon’s tail. This archetypal image is an aspect of many culture’s myths. In western mythologies it is the hero who comes across the dragon at some point in their journey and must battle this monster to gain the sacred treasure. This encounter is a psychological story depicting our battle against the forces that keep us from following our own path. Astrologically, it is along the nodal axis where we encounter this dragon and experience the incentive to confront our own destiny.
In considering this axis we can envisage the North Node or Dragon’s Head as the calling to be heroic, to develop an identity in the world, or in other words, to follow our vocation. The North Node points to what can be developed through valuing and cultivating innate faculties. The South Node, known as the Dragon’s Tail, is the container of talents, skills and aptitudes gleaned from the past, lying untapped and undifferentiated. Without recognition or consciousness they remain stagnant, unable to be directed advantageously. Hence a heroic act needs to dislodge and distribute this energy so it can be of service. In circulating this energy the potentiality of the North Node is heightened. Each time this energy is liberated, destiny is petitioned and vocation is more conscious; therefore the South Node is a vital key to unlocking the treasure chest of vocational talent.
Another way we could think about the North Node is that it is an invitation to participate and cooperate in the life journey. The North Node is where effort must be exerted. This is an opportunity to learn what needs to be developed and made conscious. For vocational purposes we could view the North Node as a symbol of what demands to be anchored and directed in the world. Unlike the South Node it is not instinctive and therefore needs to be recognised before it can be applied. In striving to realise the potentiality of the North Node, satisfaction and meaning will be derived.
The South Node in the opposite sign suggests an innate quality that needs to be disseminated and used freely in pursuit of a vocation. It is providence, a gift of inherited qualities from the past that can be used as resources for the future. The South Node suggests that well developed residues need to be dispersed and shared or they may threaten to entrap you. It symbolises what must be utilised in the conscious attempt to fulfill one’s destiny. The South Node acts as a dissemination point for what becomes conscious at the North Node. In a way the South Node brings to mind the need to contribute this energy to the familial and social realms, the world at large. Since this energy is instinctual it is not necessarily always consciously directed or purposefully used.
The Lunar Nodes are important to consider in a vocational analysis since this polarity in the horoscope represents an axis of destiny. The issues involved in the nodal axis seek conscious expression and reconciliation, which are often sought through vocation. The nodal axis is intimately connected to the individual’s path in life and therefore the nature of this polarity is often drawn into the pursuit of a fulfilling career. The sign position of the Nodes reveals an essential aspect of the individual’s destiny. The polarity of signs embraced by the North and South Nodes describe important qualities necessary to both develop and disseminate in the vocation.
The house position of the Nodes will illustrate the environmental factors that help to shape and influence an individual’s destiny. The North Node’s house position directs us to be aware of an important arena of our lives. It is important to consciously participate in the area of life described by the house position of the North Node. This is an area where both the inner and outer worlds collude to lead us into an encounter with our destiny. It is a part of life that beckons and invites us into its experiences. Since the North Node is often the place where we momentarily may experience the transcendent and spiritual aspect of the self, its house position maps the place where these experiences happen. The North Node does not have a cumulative effect; in other words experiences at this place are not sequential, but more arbitrary, and may seem to happen out of the ordinary. The random nature of the North Node is more to do with its subjective nature and entanglement with the spiritual world. Hence the house position of the North Node may suggest the setting where the encounter with the spiritual self occurs. The South Node is in the opposite house and may describe a familiar place, an area of safety, and a comfort zone which supplies an anchor. However it is also a place where we can become rigid, caught in the safety zone of our complacency. Therefore it suggests an area we must leave to develop and explore our life’s pathway. Another metaphor we could use to define the nodal axis is that the North Node is the destination, the station where the path is headed, while the South Node is like the departure point, the station where we embark. The Nodal axis is like a track with the well-worn grooves of the path near the South Node.
Combining both factors of sign and house establish a more individual profile of the essence needing to be to recognised and developed to actualise an individual’s potential pathway. Planets aspecting the Nodal axis will also demand attention especially if conjunct either pole of the axis. Planets that square the nodal axis suggest the need to incorporate this energy into the vocation. Therefore these planetary placements in reference to the nodal axis will also be analysed. Following is the description of the lunar nodes in your natal horoscope to help you reflect on your own vocational pathway.
The North Node is in Taurus
You were born with the North Node in Taurus and the South Node in Scorpio, which suggests that you have an innate ability to draw on the resources of others and utilise them for a beneficial outcome. Resources are important to you and the feeling that you can rely on your own assets and reserves is essential. While you might feel drawn to emotionally and financially depend on others it is important to build your own capital and security. Qualities that are important to develop on your vocational course are loyalty, trustworthiness and reliability, as these will help you feel content and successful, not only in what you do, but who you are as a person. Your vocational invitation is to develop your self worth and value through your vocation and come to intimately know how resourceful you are.
Vocationally there is a need to be occupied with what is crucial and important; to be able to feel you can get to the core of your tasks, and to uncover and expose what needs to be changed. You have inherited a knack of being able to manage crisis, repair and renovate what has become ill or damaged, and rebuild and transform what is out dated. You could also be adept at enabling others to delve deeply into themselves to uncover negative patterns from the past, being astute at healing and therapeutic situations. Now these innate skills need to be focused and one of the best ways is a ‘hands-on’ approach.
You need to be able to trust those you work with and for and therefore you might hold yourself back for fear of being misjudged or misunderstood. When you team up with others you can be highly successful; however your path of destiny suggests to first build up your own strength and security before you share your resources with others. Once you have accumulated your own resources and assets you will be better equipped to be met on that intense and intimate level you desire, then the horizon of possibilities with another is endless. While you have a deep understanding of the emotional needs and desires of others to realise your maximum potential you need to let others find their own emotional and financial support systems. Vocationally you seek to be secure and the dragon you battle is the regressive urge to let others do this for you. Developing patience, substance and a core of integrity, helps enormously in your feeling successful. Your wealth lies in the depth of soul and intimacy that you are able to provide others.
The North Node is in the 10th House
Your North Node is in the 10th house with the South Node being in the polarity of the 4th house. In your horoscope this is the axis that brings the divergent spheres of public life and the private world into focus. As an astrological opposition this alliance contrasts the inner and outer worlds and forces you into finding a meaningful balance between the two throughout the course of your life. Your natural tendency might find it easier to be home, private and involved with your family; however this astrological statement highlights the importance of your role in the world and encourages you to focus on your vocational pathway. Meaning will be found outside the familial environs, not inside.
Even though you may find it daunting or uncomfortable, effort is needed to develop your career path. If you reflect on it you have an innate sense of feeling safe and grounded, therefore it is time to take your sense of self out into the world. Ironically when you manage this task you are met with acknowledgement and acclaim. Without challenging yourself to find a career path you are at risk of not developing your potential in the world. Your ambition is strong and you will not be satisfied with feelings of under achieving. The unlived life awaits you in the public sphere but you need to know this will not interfere with your need for privacy. You have an innate ability to be public without compromising your integrity or privacy. While you may be comfortable with your familial roles it is necessary to find your social responsibilities. While you may know your place in the family it is time to know your place in society. Astrologically career is a focus of your life and one that can provide stability and completeness in being. Risk being out there and you will garner mass support.
Neptune is Conjunct The South Node
With Neptune colouring your South Node you have a deep connection to the spiritual world whether you are conscious of this or not. You have inherited a sensitive soul that yearns to be understood, yet it must find the strength to invite being known by others. A strong tendency to retreat, draw back into the security of the inner world and be reclusive is the dragon you fight. No doubt you need time to meditate, commune with the inner world and be still, but this could also diminish your capacity to express your innate creative ability. Therefore what you are challenged to do is to reveal your compassion for others, communicate your creative potential and express your spirituality.
You have many avenues available to disseminate your innate talent. Vocationally Neptune longs to help or find a way to express the divine. Nursing, social work, hospital work, working with disabled and physically or mentally handicapped individuals, the ministry and other spiritual vocations, working with the elderly, the poor or underprivileged, volunteer work, the intuitive vocations such as clairvoyants, psychic and spiritual healers, dream and image therapists are all images of how the vulnerable self can feel it is helping others. Poetry, music, photography and camera work, film and video, dance, fashion and glamour, painting and design are also ways that the innate creative ability of Neptune can find its way into the world. These careers are not the goal but a process which helps you find what it is you deeply want to be connected to. You are born with an innate intelligence about where you are heading; however, your way of knowing is not linear or one dimensional. Your intelligence feels what is right, intuits where to go and senses the future. It does not respond to the way others navigate the world. Therefore you must be prepared to enter into the chaos of finding your vocation or you will feel lost and lack motivation. You need to battle the dragon of helplessness and self defeat to find your heroic purpose.
VOCATION AND DIRECTION
Many are called, few are chosen: many have talent, few have the character that can realise the talent. Character is the mystery, and it is individual.
– James Hillman
The Ascendant and Angular Planets
From the moment of your first breath, your fate was sealed. The Fates that spun the thread also measured its length and then cut the cord to free the spirit. The patterns woven at birth by the Fates were embedded in the soul and it is these soulful designs that have become the template for your human journey. Your genesis is a map for your life. This map is the horoscope, a vibrant multi-layered design of character, potentialities and persuasions.
This moment of birth has defined your orientation to life through four directions known as the angles of the horoscope. Like a compass pointing you along the right path, each one of the four angles plays a major role in defining the direction of your life. Direction and vocation are entwined as along the angles we find the course of our lives.
Your four angles form two planes of experience. The first plane of experience is your individual and personal orientation to the world detailing your personality, your outlook on life and your natural inclination towards partnership. This is the angle of the ascendant, the degree of the zodiac rising at the moment of your birth. This helps describe your motivation to life and therefore what personal traits you can bring to your vocation. The polar position on this plane is known as the descendant, the degree of the zodiac setting on the horizon when the Fates cut the cord. Here the astrologer reads the patterns and potentialities of merging your personality with a soul mate. In a vocational analysis this is also important to read in terms of co-operation with others.
The second plane of experience is an inherited view of the world, shaped by ancestry and familial lines. Along this polarity of angles you experience the impact of your family or origin on your direction as well as the expectations and influences placed upon you. Embedded in this plane of experience are familial patterns and fate shaping your direction and vocation. The angle of the IC reveals the atmospheric conditions of your early familial experiences while the opposite angle suggests your destiny in the world, strongly influenced by parental and societal expectations.
Therefore to familiarise yourself with these influences will add to your understanding of vocation. The ascendant marks the birth point and is metaphoric of your natural disposition and outer image. This describes your natural outreach and personality traits that are spontaneous; in fact this is the person we first meet, the face turned out towards the world. However in the natural wheel of the horoscope the sign on the ascendant is at odds with the signs that rule the cusps of the houses that describe vocation. Therefore as a more integrated self begins to emerge we often experience what we do in the world to be in conflict with whom we feel we are. This is a human challenge to learn to adapt your personality to your vocation. Following is a description of the signs on this axis. Reflect on how these qualities might need to be utilised and adapted to your vocation. If you have a planet that was rising or setting at your birth then this energy needs to be acknowledged as a powerful guide and influence on your vocational path.
Each angular planet could be seen as a guiding force, a daimon or soul force seeking expression through you. If you have more than one angular planet they will have different needs and likely will contradict or conflict with one another. The key as always is to find the right time and venue to be able to express both as fully as possible.
1st House Cusp is in Leo
Let’s hope that an audience showed up to applaud your entrance into the world. With Leo on the ascendant you enter the world with aplomb and the world needs to take note. Your first audience is likely to be your family, but later in life you yearn to shine in public. Luckily you have the ability to do so whether this is simply in your social life, or in your chosen profession. If you want, you can walk into a room and light it up with your poise and self-possession. Creative and self expressive, you have a knack for commanding everyone’s attention, sometimes through your warmth and charm, sometimes your humour but essentially just by being you. You may express this natural joie de vivre in a creative or artistic profession. Fashion, beauty, theatre, dance, entertainment, and any where that offers opportunities to work at the top may appeal to your need to be noticed. A natural gift is your personality that wins friends and influences people. Ironically, though, when you show up for a job interview the prospective employer is more interested in your diligence and discipline than your personality and charm. Herein lies the paradox. While you have an expressive persona and vital image you might have to check it at the reception room before you enter the world of work. Vocationally you are called on to develop your competency and authority. No doubt you need the passionate fire to burn at the heart of what you do, but it is more of a steady flame than you might have imagined. Satisfaction in your working life comes through your well-earned accomplishments, patience and commitment. Your vibrant personality needs to support your vocational search, not stand in its way.
Aquarius is the setting sign, suggesting that you are attracted to the qualities of fairness and equality in others and appreciate their differences and uniqueness. Through friendship and relationship you learn to respect other’s individuality, their different opinions and viewpoints. This is helpful as you might be called on in your job to be a supervisor of others, a boss or authority. Vocationally, creativity and self-expression is found in the daily routines of life. Ultimately the world offers you the recognition and praise you seek but when it does you know you earned it, not because you showed up, but because you were disciplined and committed.
The Sun is Conjunct The Ascendant
You were born at the dawn of a new day as the Sun was rising. Having the Sun on your Ascendant suggests a strong and vibrant personality that must be harnessed in service of the self. Your natural leadership and fathering skills need to be developed in your career, as you will be asked to take a leading role in whatever direction you choose. Your confidence, optimism, courage and resilience are vital keys to finding and maintaining a fulfilling vocation.
VOCATION AND CHARACTER
Character is fate.
Considering the Sun and Moon
Whatever Heraclitus meant two and a half millennia ago is a mystery. However, this phrase has captured philosophical attention ever since, as its truth is evident. We do contribute to our fate through forging our character. It is that personal mix of our habits, rituals, values, beliefs, ideals and morals that all inform our character and contribute to our deeper layers of personality. Through time these become forged into who we are; our character becoming our fate. While the world may acknowledge our achievements from work well done, our greatest success lies in self-fulfillment and the satisfaction of a life well lived
Again the astrological horoscope becomes a useful guide to understanding personality characteristics that shape character. Astrologically the three aspects of your horoscope, which are the most relevant in considering your own individual character, are the Ascendant, which we have explored in the last section of this report, and the Sun and Moon. Character is fate and expressed through our life journey. Through examining your Sun and Moon it becomes clearer what you need to identify with and need on your vocational path, and therefore what is necessary to develop and nurture in character. Your Sun sign reveals the virtues that are part of your potential character while the Moon sign suggest what needs are important for you to feel safe in the world. Each individual’s character is unique and your description of the Sun and Moon sign will be personalised through other astrological factors. However this is an entrée to begin to consider the virtues and needs of your character.
THE SUN: Virtues of the Essential Self
In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted.
– C.G. Jung
The Sun is the central focus of its system and therefore represents a multi-dimensional symbol. On one level it is the essential self and the twelve signs of the zodiac, which mark its apparent path through the heavens, represent spiritual concepts and virtues. Each sign characterises qualities of the human spirit. To the ancients the path of the Sun in the sky was akin to the hero’s journey and each sign designated a heroic labour. Astrologically we can present a case for each one of the twelve signs represents a soul state. Therefore when we are in touch with the virtues underpinning our Sun sign we become closer to its spiritual essence and feel closer to the true self. Psychologically this suggests a more soulful and meaningful experience of who we are.
On the other level the Sun is symbolic of our identity, the passport of the self. Of course one of the important considerations of identity besides sex, age and nationality is profession. The Sun is essentially what we might identify as important, what helps us feel vital and good about ourselves. The Sun suggests what we may be skilled at. It might not be easy at first, but as we grow we naturally become more aware of our solar impulse. Therefore in many ways the Sun sign helps shape the vocation, as it hints at what is important to be identified with and qualities that help us excel.
The Sun is in Leo
Having your Sun in Leo, a fixed fire sign, suggests the traits of being constant, enduring and warm-hearted. Fixed fire conjures up the image of a fireplace, a location where the power of fire can be contained, whether raging in a hearth or softly twinkling on a candle. Like this metaphor you have the ability to emanate warmth, personality and charisma when your passionate feelings are tempered and focused. These fires are your creativity and your creative act is to explore and discover the self. Being affectionate, tender and hospitable, you are endowed with the spirit of generosity.
Being loyal and protective are your strong virtues. You demonstrate this through your allegiance to those you befriend and a fidelity to those you love. Astrologically Leo is associated with the heart, a central focus in the body. Therefore your focus is the heart and you have the ability to radiate warmth for yourself and others in your atmosphere. Anias Nin suggested that when she cast her own warmth around her it was reflected in others, a great truism for Leo.
As the archetypal father, king of the pride or queen of the parade you’ll often find the archetypal Lion at the centre, on the seat of power. While you might fantasise it is a throne, it is more likely that yours will be the teacher’s seat at the head of the class, the director’s stool in front of the action or the psychiatrist’s chair opposite your client. Your vocation inspires others to become their true self, encouraging them to be creative and playful. You can embody both the serious and the playful professional. Ironically while you can be dignified and powerful, you also have a healthy inner child who balances the serious sides of life with amusement and frivolity. It is your lion heart, who best know how to play, find amusement in the humourless, and irreverence in formality. Therefore while you might aspire to greatness you don’t want to be precious. Wisdom without humour, truth without wit or status without integrity is antithetical to your nature.
While you are responsive to others, in your own heart you know that you cannot remain true to others without first being true to yourself. You instinctually know that being true and constant begins with it the difficult task of creating an honest relationship with yourself. This often means you need to be candid about your vulnerabilities, sincere about your fears and straightforward about your motives. Hence your honour in being genuine allows you to shine. Your heroic journey begins with acts of self-disclosure, a vulnerable act that softens your heart to express love easily and authentically. Again Anias Nin described this truth when she remarked that when you possess light within you will be able to see it externally. The possession of the heart light is your gift but its great virtue is keeping it alight through acts of loyalty and fidelity. To find your vitality and spirit and to feel soulful in the world you need to strive to find creativity, generosity, joy, loyalty, affection, and optimism in your occupation.
THE MOON: Caring for Your Soul
Care of the soul asks us to observe its needs continually, to give them our wholehearted attention.
The Moon is the archetype of care and nurture. From a general overview the Moon reveals what needs are important to satisfy in our vocation. The Moon sign can help to identify what basic requirements are necessary to care for the soul at work. In a vocational capacity the Moon corresponds with the nurturing professions and if the individual is drawn to one of these professions, the Moon sign helps to differentiate what kind of caring could suit its temperament. The planetary sign acts as a filter for the archetypal urge when it seeks expression through the vocation.
The Moon is in Aries
With your Moon in Aries your need for independence and exploration is high and this applies to your vocation as well. You need to feel free enough to make your own decisions, feeling challenged and motivated by the tasks of life. Therefore in caring for the soul you need to find the courage of your convictions to follow your own course. Being active and physical is important for you, as you feel more alive through exertion and drive. Instinctually you respond quickly to situations. Able to think on your feet and be in the moment you may be well suited to work in critical situations, depending on other aspects of your birth chart. These handy responses may allow you to be adept at a variety of mechanical, technological and electrical trades. If not, they support you to be active and quick to respond in a work situation.
Your independent spirit needs to push itself, therefore physical work or work which requires nerve, adrenaline, stamina and courage to complete the task are well suited to your need to be heroically engaged. Occupations, including sport and business, which have goals and deadlines as well as risk factors, could also encourage your driving spirit. However at the end of the day what is important is that you have tended to your soul in work, which needs to trail blaze and be a pioneer, preferring to be out front than at the back of the queue. Without this stimulus you may feel bored and restless craving thrills and stimuli which could be unsafe. This is likely to be reflected in your choice of vocation. You are a self-starter and therefore starting your own business, working on your own or any form of self-employment may appeal.
If you are drawn to the nurturing professions then your Moon in Aries draws you towards risk-taking and tasks that involve you physically and mentally, demanding your quick reflexes and decision making, such as ambulance work, coaching, paramedics, emergency, trauma, organisational change etc.
The worth of someone is deeply tied to images of destiny, the twists and turns of fate, and the wheels of fortune. The same is true of money. Our relation to money is our relation to fate.
– Russell A. Lockhart
The Rich Resources of Your Life
Traditionally the 2nd House is associated with money and the accumulation of assets. In a vocational sense the 2nd house details our earning capacity, income and resources. Psychologically this is the sphere where self esteem and personal values are shaped by our early experiences. It is where we learn what is ‘mine’, how to share, trade and exchange articles of value. Self worth, the impact of familial values, the substance and significance we place upon our efforts, income received or value returned are all intimately interwoven into the fabric of this house. In the modern climate of the corporate world, pay replaces satisfaction in the workplace; yet the secret of the 2nd house is that fulfilment is intimately tied to the expression of our skills and resources, not wages. Having found the wellspring of our talent, money follows. Pleasure is experienced through apprenticeship and mastery of our skills and talents, not through economic management.
The 2nd House suggests innate resources, which can be developed and valued. In a literal sense these are ‘traded’ for income or other rewards which support us in the world. This area suggests our innate strengths, skills and talents that must be utilized in earning our living. Psychologically these are our personal assets and resources, which sustain and support us in our career. Talent not only refers to our natural abilities and capacity for success, but also in ancient times was a weight of gold or a monetary unit. The secret of the 2nd house is to recognize that it is our innate talents and skills that bring our wealth and living. This house also describes what we value and also what gives us value. In a way it describes what we like to do. Consider what you appreciate and desire. Your 2nd house is indicative of what you desire and planets in this house reveal what you might attract because of your values and desires.
The sign on the cusp of the house symbolizes aspects of the assets you need to use in a resourceful way. The sign suggests what needs to be valued in your vocation, the natural style of earning an income, as well as your attitudes towards wages and money. 2nd house planets reveal the earning style and literally may suggest how you earn your living or your patterns and relationship to money and possessions. These are the archetypal urges needing to be expressed in a skillful and resourceful way in your career. Planets here are the forces that shape your sense of worth and value and help you tap into your innate resources. It is important that you use these skills and resources in supporting your own sense of self-esteem. Symbolically, understanding this archetypal presence in your life can help unravel any damaging patterns that support an impoverished sense of self or a disapproving attitude towards money and possessions. Forging an alliance with this energy helps you create a supportive and positive approach to your sense of worth which in turn influences the way the world values you.
2nd House Cusp is in Virgo
The earth sign Virgo is on the cusp of your 2nd house, revealing the qualities and procedures necessary to enhance your sense of self-esteem and personal worth. Over time the potent and fertile images associated with our astrological Virgo have waned. Yet from our earliest records this constellation was associated with the harvest and the harvest maiden. Many prominent goddesses have been identified with this constellation, which has a rich and complex mythology of fertility, cultivation and harvest. It is this rich fertile field that is the landscape of your 2nd house, the territory where resources and assets are revealed. Metaphorically your abundant resources need to be cultivated and tended before they can be disseminated. Like the agricultural maiden you might need to honour the process of time and be aware of the order of seasons to know when to reap and when to sow. You may have an innate ability to tune into the cycles of money – earning and spending, saving and investing. You may also be very practical in your career decisions preferring to keep your hobbies separate to your job. In other words you may pursue your real passion after hours, while putting in a good day’s work for a good day’s pay at your day job. This placement also suggests that your innate industriousness and analytical skills are a central part of your work. Mostly you need to remind yourself that you have an abundance of renewable resources that need to tend carefully and respectfully.
The qualities that provide the most satisfaction in your working life may not always be compatible with your personality; therefore it is important to be mindful of which skills need to be brought into the workplace. While you have a vibrant personality, it is your unassuming and focused nature that is rewarded. Virgo on the 2nd House Cusp suggests that you need to value your discriminating faculties, analytical skills, self- reliance, containment and orderliness. Ritual and routine may be an essential component of helping you feel balanced enough to be resourceful. Reflect on the qualities that you feel need to be valued to provide you with a sense of personal security, self-esteem and reward. One of your great assets is your skill at detail and ability to focus your attention on the task. Whether this takes you into the business world, an artisan workshop, a medical clinic or a veterinarian surgery, you will be required to trade on your detailed and analytical skills when earning your living. Vocationally you are suited to making your living in the health and service industries but any area that provides you with the feeling of improving and developing will be satisfying to you. Whether that is working with animals, crafts or healing medicines you need to feel that you are improving a situation in order to feel valuable.
Virgo on the cusp of your 2nd house implies that you might become anxious and insecure about your earning ability. When you start to ruminate about what you do not have or what you do not earn, rather than what you do have and what is possible, you undermine your greatest asset which is you unshakeable knowing that all things are cyclical. The time might not be right now, but it will soon. Like the goddesses that represent the fertile fields of Virgo, you have a range of resources that provide a secure living. Your pleasure is derived from being in tune and in sync with the natural cycles of life.
Uranus is in the 2nd House
Ultimately wealth and independence are entwined and when you are self-reliant you feel affluent. With Uranus in your 2nd house it is important to be aware that your approach to money and possessions could be quite unconventional, as this planet is known for its rebelliousness and nonconformity. This planet also signifies unpredictability and surprises. In the 2nd house this could suggest sudden changes of fortune. Therefore it would be important to consider how you might bring your unique skills and specialised talents to your career path in order to feel more comfortable on the wheel of fortune. You might forge your own independent route choosing to make your living outside convention or in an unconventional way. Or it could also suggest working in an environment that is futuristic, cutting-edge or ahead of its time. Another possibility is that you might find that you earn your income in a humanitarian way, working to improve the human condition or the state of the earth. Whatever road you take into the world of work, it needs to be a road less travelled.
Finding your own distinctive path that has not been trampled upon suggests that you will need to tap into your uniqueness and inventiveness. You are ingenious and can use your imagination to forge your way. Vocationally you are well suited to fields of endeavour that are unusual, ones that have not even been thought of yet. Therefore you are comfortable being on the edge of change, helping forge new directions and advancements. A career in technology might suit especially if you are helping revolutionise attitudes to work or helping create solutions for the future. Or politics is another sphere where you can use your vision and your protest to create change. Revolutionising the human experience is also akin to this astrological statement. Therefore whether you are attracted to science or the liberal arts, you feel the need to help advance human understanding and equality. You have an altruistic streak that needs expression in your vocation.
Uranus in the 2nd also reveals your attitudes towards money and possessions. Again this may be unusual or at least out of the ordinary. Your attitudes to material assets and financial security may fluctuate and change considerably. Or you might also unexpectedly receive money. It is important to consider your attitudes to money as they might be unconsciously contributing to financial worries. Ironically you need money to help you feel independent; therefore it is in your best interest to find ways to make this possible. You might find you have an uncanny knack at picking the right shares, making astute investments or being clever at financial planning. Reflect on original ways to make money. You have an inventive streak, which is a resource. Discover how this might work best for you. Ultimately you have the ability to be detached from the material world. This is important as this helps you feel relaxed and confident that you have enough resources.
Pluto is in the 2nd House
In ancient Greek plutus meant wealth and it is this association with riches that was transferred onto Pluto. As lord of the underworld he ruled over the vast domain of resources hidden in the earth. Psychologically the deity reminds us of the wealth in our own underworld, the untapped resources and riches awaiting release. In your 2nd house this suggests that you have innate wealth and power to be mined. First and foremost, it is necessary to know what feeds the desire for wealth and capital, as money will confront you with deep issues in the self. Being in the 2nd house, Pluto has shaped your sense of worth and value, therefore this suggests your best assets are your honesty and integrity and your innate resource is your ability to work therapeutically with crisis and change.
One recurring pattern I have seen is the confrontation with one’s sense of worth and power through money. In other words you may unconsciously find yourself close to losing your assets which drives you into transforming and rebuilding your possessions. However, you do not need to lose everything to know that you have the power to restore and rebuild your capital. You have a powerful sense of wealth creation which will work for you when you recognise that you would like to be more critically involved in your work and that you are worth it. Or you also may fear losing your money, be haunted by images of not having, which are ways you confront your own sense of worth. It is important to know that these feelings are not prophetic but psychological, forcing you to honestly confront your own sense of worth and find the resources that promote a valued sense of self. You also have the knack of transforming what others have discarded or undervalued and make it an object of worth.
Invest in the things that are of worth to you, not others. Wealth is a subjective experience and while others may objectify money and possessions, to you it is different. What may be invisible to them is often a great asset to you. Therefore, you have a gut instinct for the right shares to purchase and a feeling about the best house to buy; this valuable resource needs direction. Income could come through mysterious ways, inheritances but of course vocationally professions involving research, medical or psychotherapeutic work, crisis management and consulting or with any underground link could also be possible. What is important to know is that your resources are the depth of your perceptions, the integrity of your convictions and the power of your honesty. But perhaps the greatest asset you have is the ability to trust yourself in times of decision making about resources and to know that you have made the right choices. You will eliminate what is not necessary; however, you will also bring the hidden treasure to the surface.
All work is a vocation, a calling from a place that is the source of meaning and identity, the roots of which lie beyond human intention and interpretation.
– Thomas Moore
The Labours of the 6th House
Astrologically, the 6th House is an eclectic territory associated with many facets of daily life. All these components of the 6th House suggest everyday routines that are necessary to maintain order and coherence in order to contain the chaos of life. The 6th House recommends ways to remain focused and cantered. When we lose touch with this thread of continuity, chaos fills the void with stress, loss of direction and purposelessness. The 6th house also indicates the areas of the body susceptible to carrying the stress when work is not nurturing or fulfilling. When we are not able to en-soul our everyday life with our work, then we are reminded of our distress by complaints of the body and the mind. Literally work makes us sick.
Vocationally the 6th house symbolizes what is compatible with our nature and what we need in our work to feel fulfilled, therefore less stressed. Traditionally the 6th house describes occupation; it illustrates the routine conditions of the job, the daily responsibilities and activities involved in performing job tasks that contribute to personal satisfaction. It also describes the atmosphere and those who share the workspace. Astrological wisdom has always suggested that work and well being are one and the same; to be well we need work that suits our soul. However, 6th house issues can become confused. In our workaday world often duty replaces satisfaction, the process of work is sacrificed for outcome, and ritual becomes obsession. The work instinct is to be productive; however when this turns to duty or perfectionism the enjoyment of work is lost. Analysing the 6th house reveals the most satisfying work environment and routines, and profiles the most rewarding way an individual can be employed. The 6th house is often referred to as a house of service. However, it is where we best serve ourselves through the quality of our employment.
Following is an analysis of your 6th house as described by the sign on the cusp and any planets that occupy this sphere. You will be able to maximize your fulfillment with work by recognizing the routines and tasks that are incompatible with your temperament and therefore create stress. Through becoming aware of daily rituals that support your natural disposition you will feel more satisfied and rewarded by your job. The sign on the cusp of the 6th house is the first clue to rewarding work. Planets in the 6th house are archetypal energies that need to be accessed daily and integrated into your lifestyle. They are life forces that you are fated to meet in the world of work and vocation. In a perfect world we would use them productively through our daily tasks and labours, giving them an expression in the continuity of our daily rituals. Metaphorically work is the way we honour the archetypal force that underlies the planetary expression.
6th House Cusp is in Capricorn
Capricorn is the sign on the cusp of your 6th house. This describes what you need in the routine conditions of your job in order to feel satisfied. As an earth sign, Capricorn suggests that your working life needs regularity and structure. Alternatively this could simply mean that your destiny requires you to forge a relationship to the conventional world. You may spurn routine, but work within a conventional occupation or employ a workforce which maintains order in your occupation. Even though you may choose to live on the margins of the institution or corporation, your path seems to involve the establishment; therefore it might be wise to be open to learning about the world of commerce and industry. You might find that you are comfortable in the business world, whether you are self employed, in partnership or working for a large company. Tradition and customs are important to respect as they define the atmosphere of your vocational world.
You are also aware of parental and societal expectations; you respond to the voice of authority. In part this is because you have a strong sense of responsibility and duty yourself. While you might feel that your dutiful nature has been shaped by your early environment, it is also part of your natural dispensation. Therefore it is sensible that you direct your dependable and conscientious temperament towards your livelihood, forging an authoritative and autonomous career. Innately you are good at creating structures and boundaries which add to your professionalism. Your work ethic is strong; hence vocational roles that draw out your leadership qualities, management abilities, proficiency and clarity help you to find your place in the world. You might find you are able to feel more competent and effective in positions where your responsibilities are well defined and the hierarchical chain of command is unmistakable. However one pattern which might resurface is that your level of competence and commitment is not necessarily shared by those you work with. While you need to respect your bosses and superiors, you may actually see that the system has promoted those without the adequate skills and know-how. Rather than feeling deflated by this, be more resolved to develop your own authority, ambition and principles.
As well as having a definite job description, you need to know that there are possibilities of advancement. Recognition and approval is also important. If your need for recognition is unsatisfied you may be overly ambitious or controlling or feel manipulated and oppressed by your workmates. It is also important to recognise your compulsion to achieve may be fuelled by feelings of not being adequate enough. This might manifest as either a fear of success or an inappropriate command of authority. When you find that your perfectionist streak is stressing you out, it is time to take a break. In fact it is important to schedule holidays and breaks into your lifestyle or you may become overwhelmed with work. When you become sick and tired of work you feel it in your aching joints and your sore back. Stress stiffens your body and you feel cold and removed. Respect your bodily messages that encourage relaxing, doing some yoga and unwinding. It is imperative for you to be aware that the rituals of your daily life need structure. Because work is a large part of daily life you will need to structure time out, something that may be difficult for you.
Every man has is own vocation; his talent is his call
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Status of the Tenth House
The cusp of the 10th house is the Midheaven, the highest point on the ecliptic at our moment of birth. Its elevation in the horoscope suggests a complex of factors: it is the most public area of the horoscope and represents our relationship to and experience of the world; this represents the goal posts which are not only set by ourselves but have been put in place by our ancestors; the MC and 10th house represent the parental expectations and values influencing our career choices. Therefore the 10th house is a very important sphere in considering a fulfilling vocation. In essence it suggests our fate in the world.
Traditionally the 10th house is associated with career. Since career suggests a course of one’s life, the 10th house will play a prominent role in helping to navigate the career path. The 10th suggests where we need to find our authority and autonomy in the world and where we strive to be successful. As the peak of the horoscope the 10th house suggests what we would like to achieve in our relationship with the world. It also suggests the public sphere and how we are recognized in that sphere, either through our professional titles, our achievements or contributions. It is in this arena where we strive to contribute to the world in our own unique way
The sign on the cusp of the 10th house (the Midheaven) suggests the career paths which may be fulfilling and lead to success. The sign also indicates what we want to achieve and where we need to strive for authority. Planets in the 10th house are in the public sphere and seek to be expressed through vocational pursuits and are also heavily influenced by both parental and societal expectations. Planets in the 10th house are the archetypes encountered along your professional path. They represent both resources and challenges met in the career as well as characterize images of a fulfilling vocation.
10th House Cusp is in Taurus
Taurus is a fixed earth sign; on the Midheaven this suggests the need to employ its sensual, tactile and earthy nature in your occupation, perhaps through construction, visual arts or crafts, food preparation, horticulture, massage or a variety of vocations employing the physical senses or a ‘hands-on’ approach. You need to receive tangible results from what you do; therefore you will do best in vocations which involve the physical, rather than the intellectual, spiritual or feeling spheres. While these other realms may also be vocationally important to you, they need to yield practical, tangible results. Managerial roles, particularly in the hospitality industries may also appeal.
Stability and longevity are important in any vocation, as you need to proceed along your career path step-by-step and at your own pace. Fast tracking a bull usually results in them digging in their heels or getting stuck. Hence you need time to settle into a routine, find your rhythm and learn the job thoroughly. If you feel rushed or pushed you may actually slow down rather than speed up. At the end of the day you need to know that the task has been accomplished and at least one thing has been struck off the ‘must do’ list.
Security, reliability and a good track record are important considerations for assessing the right employment. You like to be attached to what you are doing, feel secure in your place of work and as much as possible have a sense of mastery over your workshop. But it is also imperative that you value what you do as well as be valued for what you create. Your creative endeavours are likely to be of a practical nature. For instance you are more likely to work with bricks, stone and timber – in a quarry, or as a stone-mason, brick layer, gardener, road worker, and builder or construction worker.
Your job needs to reflect your sense of personal value and self esteem; therefore the monetary reward needs to be commensurate with your own sense of personal worth. Exchange of resources is an important part of this process. Ultimately you are highly resourceful and able to create, mould, shape, forge and build attractive products, thriving in the world when it values your inner strength and trusts in its resourcefulness. Vocationally you need to build on your accomplishments and utilise your resourceful nature in securing your place in the world of work. Your need for security can sometimes be at odds with your career choice. For instance you may long to choose an artistic vocation such as a role in the theatre, art or music worlds. However, convention dictates that these fields are unlikely to be secure. Hence you are also attracted to down-to-earth or financial fields such as banking, financial management, and cabinet making. A compromise may be seeking employment as an art dealer, a theatrical promoter, or a commercial artist.
When your vocational needs are not met, you may feel stuck, despondent or lethargic, unable to draw on your instinctually resourceful and creative nature. When meaning and engagement is lacking in your vocation, you will turn to the material world to satisfy your emptiness. Yet without the soulful expression of your creativity in the world, materiality will not be satisfying either. Vocationally you need to find a secure place to manifest your abundant creativity in order to feel fulfilled.
‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.’
A Considered Vocation
Fulfillment in the world is more a product of who we are, not what we do. Our vocational nature implies a path of individuation, a road ‘less traveled by’, and in some ways, a road still under construction. Hopefully this astrological consideration of your vocational potentialities has helped you reflect on a fulfilling career path.
Astrological consideration of a vocation also needs to be placed in the context of the life cycle. Adolescents greatly benefit from a traditional examination of the vocational patterns in the horoscope to help confirm and inspire their career plans. However in adult years, especially when on the verge of mid-life (36+), the urge to find meaning and purpose through vocation is more the issue. Vocation is a lifelong task and one that is at the heart of the individuation process and the lenses through which we view vocation need to be re-examined and rechecked at every new stage of the life cycle.