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The 10th House in Astrology
The 10th house rules your career, social status, authority figures, and life path. What kind of career you'd do best in can be found by the sign on the cusp and planets within the house. Along with the 2nd and 6th houses, it's one of the career houses and shows what professions a person would be best at. Your social status and rank also fall under the 10th house, and how you need to be ranked (it should come as no surprise this house also rules politicians). Authority figures, those above you that you must answer to or look up to, fall here (like bosses). This house is on an axis with the 4th house and is also called the Medium Coeli, MC for short, or more usually the Midheaven. Both houses rule your parents, with one house ruling one parent and the other house ruling the other. Both are also spiritual in nature, and the 10th house holds influence over your life path and future. Capricorn and Saturn rule this house, and it's an angular house.
The 10th House in the Signs
Natal Planets in the 10th House
Transit Planets in the 10th House
The 10th House in the Signs
10th House in Aries
You’re comfortable in the spotlight, and aren’t afraid to embark down a new path. You can be impulsive in your decision-making, especially in regards to your career and life path, and need to give yourself enough time to know what you’re doing and where you’re going. You’re ambitious, driven, and hard-working once you figure out what you want to do with your life. Your career can be something Aries-related, like in the military, as an entrepreneur, in sports, or something competitive.
10th House in Taurus
You can be controlling with your career, and have a hard time giving up control when you need to. You want to be seen as someone who has status and wealth, no matter how little you may have. You carry yourself with charm and seem sensual. You can take time to make progress in your career or with your goals, and aren’t in any rush. Working in the arts could be best for you. You can also do something Taurus-related that uses your senses, or in finance.
10th House in Gemini
You require a lot of activity in your career, and get bored easily. Something mentally stimulating may be best for you, or where you can use your hands. With Gemini here, you can have two different careers in life, maybe even at the same time. It might burn out most people, but you need the activity. You can have a career that’s Gemini-related, like writing, speaking, detail-oriented work, planning, with younger people (like teaching), or using your mind in some way.
10th House in Cancer
You care deeply about your career and success, and because of that, can experience some upheaval and fluctuations until you finally devote yourself to something. You want to be seen as someone who knows what they’re doing and can be looked up to. You can be quite ambitious, creative, and helpful of others once you do pick a career. You can have a career that’s Cancer-related, like dealing with the public, nurturing others, in or for the home, or with or for family.
10th House in Leo
You need to shine in your career, and want to be recognized for your work and receive praise. Working in the public eye could suit you well. You work best on your own because you’re too dominating of other people. You’re proud of your accomplishments, and of where you are in life. You can have a career that’s Leo-related, like in the public eye (this is the most common 10th house placement for celebrities), through work that helps other people, or work that makes people laugh.
10th House in Virgo
You need plenty of mental stimulation in your career, or you get bored quickly. You do best in work that’s in service of others, that involves the usage of your mind, and where you can exchange ideas freely. You prefer conventional jobs in conventional places. You can choose a career that’s Virgo-related, involving the details, something with your mind, as an organizer, bringing structure or creating routines, with health, or with animals.
10th House in Libra
You likely need a career that involves someone else, and have most of your success when you’re working with a partner. You need them to be an equal, and you want to divide the work fairly. You come across as charming and graceful in public. You take your time deciding what to do in your career and with your life path, weighing your options, but you can vacillate too much and never decide what you want. You can choose a career that’s Libra-related, like in the arts, the law, the beauty industry, fashion, or the wedding industry.
10th House in Scorpio
You can become obsessed with your career, dedicating yourself to it fully and being quite ambitious. You have incredible focus and such a strong will that success is almost a guarantee as long as you don’t self-sabotage with extreme emotions and destructive actions. You come across as powerful and strong in public. You can choose a career that’s Scorpio-related, like in science, dealing with secrets, helping people transform themselves or transforming items/property, or in finance.
10th House in Sagittarius
You have an optimistic attitude with your goals, and while you’re hard-working, you don’t lose yourself in your work. You may not dedicate yourself to any one job either, and have several different careers in your life. You come across as jolly and optimistic, and you’re a natural salesman. You may choose a career that’s Sagittarius-related, like in travel, teaching, writing, speaking, expansion, or dealing with foreign cultures/people.
10th House in Capricorn
You take your career very seriously, and work harder than most to achieve what you set out to do. You take the slow, steady, cautious approach, and come across as determined and practical. Success likely comes later in life, after years of hard work and slow progress. You may choose a career that’s Capricorn-related, like in politics, as an entrepreneur, working with people older than you or with your parents, or helping those older than you.
10th House in Aquarius
You do things differently in your career, and take an innovative approach. You think very long-term, and know what you want long before you even get started. You may work best in a group, or doing something in the public eye, though you’re not comfortable in the public eye, and would prefer if only your work be recognized and not you. You can choose a career that’s Aquarius-related, like in technology, as an inventor, in science, helping people realize their dreams, or that focuses on the future.
10th House in Pisces
You have difficulty figuring out what you want to do with your career and the path you want your life to go in. You need to learn to be more practical when making your decisions. You can do work that helps other people, or allows you to express your emotions publicly through something creative. You can choose a career that’s Pisces-related, like dealing with spirituality, the metaphysical, the arts, or helping others.
Natal Planets in the 10th House
Natal Sun in the 10th house
With your natal Sun in the 10th house, working towards a goal is probably the most important thing for you. You set goals for yourself, make plans, and work long and hard to make them happen. You’re an ambitious person with big goals, and you believe in yourself enough to attain them. You want to be the boss and hate having to answer to someone, which is a problem if you’re not the actual boss. You can be a good leader, and you work hard to succeed in whatever endeavors you pursue, and take pride in being the best among the best. You may choose work that puts you in the spotlight in some way, especially with politics, sports, or acting, and no matter what you do, you want recognition for it.
Natal Moon in the 10th House
Your career means most to you, and you want to succeed no matter what. If you’re not a success, you feel emotionally distressed and insecure. Having your professional life on track is a goal, and you can be quite ambitious. But your emotions may get the best of you at times, and prevent you from being logical enough to do what’s needed for success. Ideally, you should have a profession that allows you to express the Moon in some way, like cooking, or something nurturing like a caregiver, or something to do with the home. You may work in the public eye or with the public. You emotionally desire recognition for your work, and may care greatly about your status in life, being charming and appealing. Be leery of getting trapped into trying to “keep up with the Joneses.” If you can stop yourself from being like that, you can be very practical, and can attain the goals you truly want, rather than being concerned with what everyone else is doing. Having career success may be more important to some of you than having a strong private life, and many will struggle with trying to find a balance.
Natal Mercury in the 10th House
With your natal Mercury in the 10th house, when you communicate, you do so with authority. You demand that people listen, and they usually do, though you can be overly bossy at times. The 10th house rules your career, so you tend to gravitate towards Mercury-related professions, and could work in communications, as a writer or speaker, with technology, or doing anything with words. Since Mercury is a dual planet, you could have two different professions in your life, or work two at the same time. You need variety and change in your career, and if you don’t know what you want to do, you change work often. A job with constant stimulation is best for you.
Natal Venus in the 10th House
With your natal Venus in your 10th house, you come across as very charming, and this attracts many people to you, but you tend to keep them at a distance. You want people to view you as charming and beautiful, and can put too much stock in what other people think of you. You may be attracted to people who are much older than you, and have an easy time dealing with parents, bosses, and mentors. The 10th house rules your career, and you can go into a career in the arts, the beauty industry, law, or doing something creative. This placement can sometimes show someone who’s in love with their career, and many workaholics have Venus in the 10th house.
Natal Mars in the 10th House
With your natal Mars in your 10th house, you have a passion for success. You want to succeed in life, and have the drive to accomplish. You know what your long-term goals are, and you know what hard work you have to put in to attain them. You work hard, are focused on your career, and on the direction your life is going in. You take this seriously, and you know that no matter what you have to sacrifice now, it’ll be worth it if you get what you want in the end. You can be a little cold personally as a result, and some of you may be tragically ambitious. Since the 10th house is the house of career, you could work on your own, in sports or physical fitness, in the military, or in the entertainment industry.
Natal Jupiter in the 10th House
With your natal Jupiter in your 10th house, you want to succeed in your life, but you try not to be tragic about it. You’re positive about your goals and ambitions, and treat people well along the way, making many useful connections. You look up to people who have achieved something in their lives. The 10th house rules your career, so Jupiter here can show that you have a career with writing, speaking, travel, language, dealing with other cultures, the law, or teaching. This can be a good position for you to have career success in your life, almost coming easily, which can make some of you more lazy with career matters.
Natal Saturn in the 10th House
With your natal Saturn in your 10th house, your career is important to you, and you take the work required seriously. You may have a hard time finding a career or being successful in your career until after your first Saturn return (when Saturn returns to the exact placement it was at when you were born; occurs in your late 20’s or early 30’s). You may become more successful later in life, and generally get better with age. It takes time for you to not feel the weight of people’s attention, and it’s something that makes you uncomfortable for some time. You work hard and take your time, not in any rush to attain your goals. Since the 10th house rules your career, with Saturn here, you could have a career in politics, government, in business, as a CEO, executive, as some sort of leader, manager, or in the public eye.
Natal Uranus in the 10th House
With your natal Uranus in your 10th house, you do things your own way, and may not be a fan of being tied down to your career. You need a career that gives you plenty of freedom to do what you want, to explore your ideas, and to express yourself creatively. You don’t care about where you fit in society, and aren’t concerned with social climbing. Your elders may be unusual in some way, and you can make an unusual mentor/parent. Since the 10th house rules your career, planets here can show careers your go into, so with Uranus here, you could have a career in technology, science, innovation, using original ideas, working in a group, or with friends.
Natal Neptune in the 10th House
With your natal Neptune in your 10th house, you can wander with your career for some time before you figure out what you want to do, and struggle with making clear goals in your life. You may avoid responsibility or making any adult decisions, especially if your childhood wasn’t stable. You may not care much for the spotlight, but others can take advantage of you for that, so you need to allow yourself to be praised for your work. Since the 10th house can show the career you may have in life, with Neptune in this house, you can have a career in the arts, music, something to do with feet or water, or through the metaphysical, spiritual, or subconscious.
Natal Pluto in the 10th House
With your natal Pluto in your 10th house, you’re highly ambitious, perhaps tragically so. You feel connected to your purpose and life path, and you strive to succeed no matter what. You can be powerful in your career, or have control issues in your career. You need to deal with past issues and allow yourself to transform. Since the 10th house rules your career, any planet here can show the career you choose in life, so with Pluto here, you can have a career in research, science, the occult, hidden things, transformations, using other people’s money, forensics, or psychology.
Transit Planets in the 10th House
Transit Sun in the 10th House
With the transit Sun in your 10th house, your focus is on the direction your life is taking and your goals. You want to take a look at how your life is unfolding and where you’re going in life, and determine whether or not you’re going in the direction that you want to be going in. You want to accomplish a goal, and are more hard-working and sacrificing to get it. You take a more practical approach to life, and have to deal with bosses, parents, mentors, or other elders. You’re recognized for work that you’ve done, and can be praised, or you can be punished if you haven’t been behaving right or smart. It’s a time to be responsible and mature.
Transit Moon in the 10th House
Advancing your life seems important when the Moon is going through this house. Making sure you’re choosing to surround yourself with people who will support your endeavors and whom you support as well can be a focus. Also, evaluate whether or not your goals are truly serving a purpose for your inner needs, or just to have some security. Issues related to your social status, career, and authority figures, especially parents, can come up now. You may find you’re not satisfied with where you are in your life, and want to make a change. You can also be more sensitive to what people say and think about you. If handled well, this can be a great period for you career-wise, allowing you to make the most progress of the month. If not, then you could be overly involved in your work (workaholic), and feel yourself burning out. You could also have problems listening to others, preferring to tell people what to do, think, and feel rather than listening what they actually want, think, and feel. You could feel more responsible now though, so it can be a good time to deal with your responsibilities and get things done. If you make good decisions, then you can see them coming to fruition later.
Transit Mercury in the 10th House
With transit Mercury in your 10th house, you have more conversations about your career and the direction that your life is going in. You think about these and what your goals are, and how you can get from where you are to where you want to be. You can think about the big picture, and be realistic with your plans, so this is a great time for making long-term plans. You know exactly what you can do and need to do, and take a practical approach to situations. If you’re a writer or work in communications or with technology, this is a good period for you. You could have an important conversation with a boss, parent, mentor, or other elder.
Transit Venus in the 10th House
When transit Venus is in your 10th house, you’re attracted to those older than you, and if you normally like older then you might like someone even older than usual. Someone who is stable, successful in their career, and has a good standing in society is attractive to you. You come across as more charming in public, and that can attract more people to you. The one that has the best chance is the one you respect the most. You could meet someone through your career or through a mentor, or who is a business person, entrepreneur, CEO, or who works in politics or public relations. You can be more creative with your work, and this is a good period for those in the arts or beauty industry, or for making a positive impact on someone important.
Transit Mars in the 10th House
When transit Mars is in your 10th house, you’re driven to succeed. However much success you’ve had, it’s not enough. There’s always more that you can do. Your ambition surges, and you focus on your long-term goals. You’re hard-working and can make realistic plans for how to get what you want. You may focus more on your career than anything else, which can be good for your career, and bad for everything else. It’s a good period for making strides in your career, starting a new business, or embarking on a new career path. You can be recognized for the work you do, or at least, you want to be. The more you accomplish and the more people notice, the more confident you feel. You could have issues with parents, mentors, bosses, or other authority figures.
Transit Jupiter in the 10th House
When transit Jupiter is in your 10th house, you usually experience a good period for your career. You can be recognized for the work that you’ve done and make strides. If you’re in the public eye, you make a good impression. You could travel through your work, see an increase in your status because of your success, and be presented with opportunities through your elders (parents, bosses, mentors, etc.). You can do what you want in your career with greater ease, and you should try to put yourself out there as much as you can, because the more that you do, the more that you’ll get. You could finally achieve a goal that you’ve been working hard towards now, and it doesn’t seem as difficult as it has been. You can also create new goals for yourself that are bigger and more daring than you would’ve previously thought possible.
Transit Saturn in the 10th House
When transit Saturn is in your 10th house, you focus on building a strong foundation for career success. The 10th house rules your career, and you want to work hard at making career advancement and experience success. You assess the success you’ve had up until this point, and focus on the failures that you’ve endured. If you’ve been working hard and smart, this transit can bring plenty of rewards for your work. If you haven’t been, you’ll face the consequences of your actions. You want to know where you are in your life currently, and how the world views you. You may not like how vulnerable you feel around other people. You can take on more responsibility and be more mature, but it can be a burden. This is a transit that can go either way, being an extremely successful period in your life where you make great strides, or one full of pressure and problems. It all depends on what you’ve done up until this point, and whether you’ve been living properly or not.
Transit Uranus in the 10th House
When transit Uranus is in your 10th house, you can experience change in your career. You may become restless and decide to change direction. Changes could be thrust upon you and you have to deal with it. You need more freedom to do what you want in your career, and can be attracted to careers that are unusual, or want to take an innovative approach to your career. Changes can occur for your mentors, parents, bosses, and other authority figures, and they’re less reliable. You could find yourself suddenly in the public eye or have an increase in social status, or a sudden decrease.
Transit Neptune in the 10th House
When transit Neptune is in your 10th house, you can have a hard time figuring out where you’re going in life, what direction your life is taking, and what your ultimate goals are. You struggle to see these things clearly, and can waver for some time. You may go into a career in the arts, with feet, water, or the metaphysical, or that helps other people. In public, people can see you for who they want you to be. The elders in your life may be unreliable. You’re more imaginative than practical.
Transit Pluto in the 10th House
When transit Pluto is in your 10th house, you can become obsessed with your ambitions and trying to succeed no matter what it takes. Don’t take on a tragically ambitious attitude, and you should be fine. Don’t avoid changes in your career either, because they’ll happen whether you want them to or not. Try to take control and make changes yourself to make it easier on you. If you fight it, you’ll suffer. Allow room to grow and change professionally.
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