by Robert Wilkinson
Here's part 2 of this "job search" series, and it complements what was posted in Part 1. It's more astrological in nature, and sets some of the framework encompassing what was posted yesterday. Since so many are going through changes, please feel free to contribute to the dialogue in the comment stream, since we all have wisdom from our experiences that we can share with others going through similar circumstances. Welcome to an astrological exploration of major factors in jobs and professions.
As with yesterday's article, I've reprinted the entirety of this one, edited only for readability. Of course feel free to go to the original to peruse the comment stream, since it has some great contributions from readers (and responses from me) that may be of use if you're trying to understand the astrological or social factors discussed here.
Profession is ruled by the 10th house, whereas the jobs we do for others are ruled by the 6th house. The 10th also rules our flowering, our honor, and our sense of recognition in our world. The 6th also rules health on all levels, how we are toward those in our service, and our pets. These can give symbolic clues about the health or dysfunction of these sectors of our life. Planets in these houses show what parts of our personalities are most involved with those areas.
If you have no planets in those houses, then examine the signs on those houses. They show what kinds of energies you'll be most likely to encounter in your work for others and your profession. Thus if your 6th cusp shows the sign of Leo, ruling children, theater, and sports, then these are natural areas for you to find work, if not a profession. If you have Pisces on the 6th, you may be more ambivalent and unclear about what work you should be doing, and may have to meditate, or find some behind the scenes situation, or institutional work, all ruled by Pisces.
You can get more clues about working for others by seeing where the ruler of the sign on your 6th house is. For example, Sun in Leo and Leo rising (Ascendant) people have Capricorn on the 6th. Since Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, it is helpful to examine Saturn's sign and house positions and aspects to assess where you're going to most naturally find work.
Virgo and Virgo rising people have Aquarius on the 6th, If you have Aquarius on the 6th, it would be the same as for Leo, since Saturn rules Aquarius in worldly affairs. If you're a Cancer or Cancer rising, then you have Sagittarius on the 6th of work, so look to your Jupiter sign and house to get clues about where to find a job. Scorpio and Scorpio rising people have Aries on the 6th, so Mars rules that house, and so forth.
The principles work the same way for profession, except it involves the 10th house instead of the 6th. It is important to remember that any profession always involves an "apprenticeship" time of learning, both theoretical as well as practical. You must learn ideas, as well as the practical application of those ideas in ever-more skillful ways, to be a true "professional" in what you do, rather than a dabbler or dilettante.
That is one difference between the work we do for others and our profession. When we work for another, they bear the majority of the responsibility and the profits. However, in our profession we are the author of the work, and receive both the benefits and rewards, as well as the responsibilities, involved in that activity.
Planets in the 10th often show what you would be naturally good at doing as a public profession, since those inner lights have no problem being in the public eye. If you have a planet in the 10th or near the Midheaven in the 9th, learn all you can about the keywords of that planet to understand how you are to let your light shine in front of your world. The sign it is in may or may not be the same sign on the MC, or Midheaven, the celestial "up" in our existence.
For example, in my chart I have Mercury conjunct the MC at 30 degrees Aries, while also having Venus in Taurus at 14 degrees. That shows different things affecting my professional sense of self, the flowering of my Ascendant. I would do well at both Mercurial and Venusian professions, even though they would have two entirely different "flavors" due to being in two different signs. While my Mercury has indeed shown as the wide variety of professions I've done this life, my Venus in Taurus also shows I might make a great chocolatier, or coffee taster, or a food critic who is widely published! (I also spent time as a music and cultural event promoter, these being ruled by Venus.)
An important factor many overlook is that the various houses, like the signs, are polarities showing the relatively healthy function or dysfunction of the axis being manifested. In the case of the profession, "as the roots, so the flowers." The 4th house is the roots, the foundations we provide our public, professional selves. If the foundation is flawed, or corrupt, or inaccurate, the entire house of cards will ultimately collapse. That's why in any consideration of our true profession, we must examine our 4th house, any planets there, what sign is on the cusp (called the IC), and other considerations to get a sense of what we base our future flowering upon.
A final consideration for now is that the Cadent houses (3. 6. 9. 12) are said to prepare us for what is shown to us and our world on the angles (1, 4, 7, 10). This works for all the houses. The Succeedent houses (2, 5, 8, 11) are preparatory for the Cadent, and the Angular are preparatory for the Succeedent.
In any consideration of our work for others, we need to take into account our 5th house, since it will prepare us for the 6th house work, or contribute to our self-undoing behaviors concerning our work. In any consideration of our profession, or what we should be looking for in changing our profession, we must look at our 9th house, since it shows what we will have to learn to prepare for our public flowering or our professional growth.
The 5th is our way of being connected to life and its enjoyable enthusiasms, and the 9th is our truth and vision of a greater future. When confronting a professional shift, look to your 9th to see clues of what is coming. When confronting a job shift, look to your 5th to see clues of how to prepare for something more rewarding.
Also, since 5th shows play and creativity, these are useful tools to embrace when looking to work for others. 9th shows our larger sense of truth and adventure of learning a greater point of view, so these must be activated if you would find a new professional direction that will satisfy you.
5th and 9th are said to be "Life Houses," where we connect with a natural expressiveness and an enjoyable enthusiasm of being ourselves in life. To the extent our job or profession robs us of these, it's time to prepare to do something different that is the expression of these.
There are many things to do in this world. The trick is to find that which you could love and do enthusiastically, something that provides you some nourishment and lots of room to grow into your excellence. Some things to consider.
© Copyright 2006, 2009 Robert Wilkinson
(Original article published April 13, 2006)