VOCATION REPORT

 

A Solar Writer Report

for Margaret Thatcher

 

 

 

Written by Brian Clark

 

 

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Christine Bennett

 

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Astrological Summary

 

Chart Point Positions: Margaret Thatcher

 

Planet

Sign

Position

House

Comment

The Moon

Leo

28°Le37'

9th

 

The Sun

Libra

19°Li30'

11th

 

Mercury

Libra

23°Li46'

11th

 

Venus

Sagittarius

2°Sg04'

1st

 

Mars

Libra

9°Li27'

11th

 

Jupiter

Capricorn

14°Cp29'

2nd

 

Saturn

Scorpio

13°Sc46'

12th

 

Uranus

Pisces

22°Pi28'

4th

 

Neptune

Leo

24°Le13'

9th

 

Pluto

Cancer

14°Cn44'

8th

 

Chiron

Aries

26°Ar21'

5th

 

The North Node

Leo

1°Le31'

9th

 

The South Node

Aquarius

1°Aq31'

3rd

 

The Ascendant

Scorpio

15°Sc16'

1st

 

The Midheaven

Virgo

3°Vi51'

10th

 

 

 

Chart Point Aspects

 

Planet

Aspect

Planet

Orb

App/Sep

The Moon

Square

Venus

3°26'

Applying

The Moon

Sesquisquare

Jupiter

0°51'

Applying

The Moon

Conjunction

Neptune

4°24'

Separating

The Moon

Semisquare

Pluto

1°06'

Applying

The Moon

Trine

Chiron

2°16'

Separating

The Moon

Quincunx

The South Node

2°53'

Applying

The Moon

Conjunction

The Midheaven

5°13'

Applying

The Sun

Conjunction

Mercury

4°16'

Separating

The Sun

Semisquare

Venus

2°25'

Applying

The Sun

Square

Jupiter

5°00'

Separating

The Sun

Quincunx

Uranus

2°58'

Applying

The Sun

Square

Pluto

4°45'

Separating

The Sun

Opposition

Chiron

6°51'

Applying

The Sun

Semisquare

The Midheaven

0°38'

Separating

Mercury

Sextile

Neptune

0°26'

Applying

Mercury

Opposition

Chiron

2°34'

Applying

Venus

Trine

The North Node

0°32'

Separating

Venus

Sextile

The South Node

0°32'

Separating

Venus

Square

The Midheaven

1°46'

Applying

Mars

Square

Jupiter

5°01'

Applying

Mars

Semisquare

Neptune

0°13'

Separating

Mars

Square

Pluto

5°16'

Applying

Jupiter

Sextile

Saturn

0°42'

Applying

Jupiter

Opposition

Pluto

0°15'

Applying

Jupiter

Sextile

The Ascendant

0°47'

Applying

Saturn

Trine

Pluto

0°58'

Applying

Saturn

Conjunction

The Ascendant

1°29'

Applying

Neptune

Trine

Chiron

2°07'

Applying

Pluto

Trine

The Ascendant

0°31'

Applying

Chiron

Square

The North Node

5°10'

Applying

Chiron

Square

The South Node

5°10'

Applying

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

 

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

-Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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 Leo

You were born with North Node in Leo and the South Node in the opposite sign of Aquarius suggesting that in your pride of lions, your destiny is to have the loudest roar. Your invitation appeals to the aspect of yourself that is playful and childlike, as it through your natural and spontaneous expressiveness that you will become connected to your purpose. Developing creative ideas, performing innovative plays or creating artistic pieces are all avenues to this sense of fulfillment. Virtues ripe for development are loyalty and affection, especially to the inner child, who seeks expression. Inherently you know how to be a team player and support and encourage fellow members, but circumstances may conspire to lead you away from the group and more into the spotlight. With such a strong social conscience and well-developed capacity to be part of a group it is easy to sideline your own creative impulses in favour of communal needs. However, it is important to know that your creative, original focus on your own ideas and projects will be productive and beneficial to the group at large. Vocationally you need to be at the centre, heartened by and 'in love' with the career path you take through life.

 

Lions need to feel they are being recognised for their achievements and need to receive feedback and a form of applause in order to feel fulfilled. Praise goes a long way in encouraging anyone to perform well and in your case it is necessary. Fundamentally you have already developed a solid network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances and they will be on hand to acknowledge you if you let them. With their support and acknowledgement you will brighten the world around you through your innovative personality. Your sense of self-esteem and confidence is probably linked to your vocation; therefore it is important that you have pride in what you do. The need for self-expression and self-promotion in a career is also important. Most probably you will also find that your need for self-discovery and self knowledge is forged through a creative occupation.

 

While you instinctually know how to be a friend it is important to develop your own identity through your vocation. As a colleague and friend you are able to listen to others but it is your creativity that now needs to be identified and demonstrated. So whether you produce your own play, design your own label, or manage your own business, what makes the difference is that your name is attached to the creative output and that it is recognised by others. Specifically you thrive in professions like promoters, teachers, entertainers, instructors, motivators, authors, and actors where you interact with others using your creative skills. At the end of the working day you will need to have felt a response for your creative endeavours, a reflection from the community that your contribution has been valuable.

 

The North Node is in the 9th House

The North Node is in your 9th house with the South Node being opposite in the 3rd house. This contrasts the sphere of ideas and information with meaning and imagination. You might be instinctually able to gather together statements, pieces of evidence, figures, statistics and information but in your vocation you will be called upon to infuse these facts with meaning and insight. With the North Node in the 9th you are called to expand your horizons, remove yourself from your familiar surrounds and look farther afield. There are broader issues, wider social parameters and cross-cultural attitudes that want to be developed vocationally. Therefore you might become involved in travel and adventure that exists outside the normal bell curve, find yourself drawn to the study of different religions and cultures to understand others' philosophy of life, or you might be challenged to learn human values and ideals becoming educated in the ageless traditions of human aspirations. Your soul urges you to take flight into the search for meaning and the pursuit of higher values. To do this you need to develop a vision and not get trapped by the details of the smaller picture.

 

Your comfort zone may be become involved in detailed information and ideas rather than exploring the larger picture. However your vocational probably calls you away from the safety zone of your neighbourhood and all its familiar connections. Vocationally you might be challenged to step away from your schoolmates, your friends and familial surrounds to find what feels missing. What you need to discover is outside these familial and cultural safety sectors. While your career may lead you into information technology or the world of ideas your destiny will be to infuse this area with meaning and imagination, educating and awakening others to greater meaning. Your nodal invitation is to become an educator, inspiring others to become more of who they are. Your gift is that you have an instinctual and intuitive way of being able to express this in a language others understand. Your strategic capacity provides maps for others to follow on their journeys through life.

 

Chiron is Square The North Node

In your horoscope Chiron is squaring the Nodal Axis. This is often recognised as a harsh aspect; however, in this arrangement Chiron has a unique function in your vocation, calling you to be consciously aware of its influence over the course of your career. This suggests that the turning points in your vocation occur when you find yourself on the margins, a foreigner in the system you are working in. It is at these critical periods when you begin to forge your own unique destiny, realizing that you feel more comfortable on the fringe or edge of your profession, rather than in the centre. This insight frees you to pursue your calling.

 

This aspect suggests that your calling involves integrating something more subjective and intangible into your vocation. While this leaves you feeling an outsider, the truth is that you are keenly aware of what the system needs to be whole. Chiron is the image of the archetypal mentor and healer who teaches the disenfranchised young boys to become heroic. Similarly your challenge is to embrace what has been relinquished and integrate it back into the system. You are an advocate for approaches that are not purely mechanistic, economic and based on reason. Therefore it is possible that this urge will lead you into an 'alternate' discipline, one that complements what is generally accepted. This could lead you into the areas of unorthodox healing or therapy, unusual education, or alternative philosophies. Your challenge is to integrate these with your chosen profession without the stigma of feeling an outsider. Ironically you find your place in embracing these alternate ideas in the system you are in. It is alsoimportant to recognise that it is your wound and vulnerability that lead you to your vocation, not away from it.

 

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 Scorpio

At the time of your birth the sign Scorpio was rising in the East, foreshadowing the way you reach out into the world. Since you are fiercely private, having no time for small talk, you are often seen as being intense and unapproachable. Truth is you are wary of becoming too close too fast. Trust is important to build over time and when it is established you are loyal and true. Sincerity and honesty are priorities for you and you have a knack of knowing when others are phoney or inauthentic. Therefore you are often intimidating to other, yet paradoxically they are also drawn to your depth and charisma. Ironically, though, in your vocation you are called upon to share your insights and beliefs, be challenging and self expressive. Satisfaction in your working life comes not through being private and insular but through the acknowledgement of your identity and forging a good approval rating. Vocationally your challenge is to be creative and popular in the world without losing your soul. Therefore you need to retreat from time to time. A sabbatical, not a full time retreat, is the answer.

 

On the other side of the horizon is the sign Taurus. This suggests that you need to be complemented by a stable and grounding partner. Therefore you are attracted to others who can help you build your life but are self contained enough to not interfere with your vocation. However it is these qualities of stability, durability and reliability you need to develop in yourself. Ironically once you find your own inner rock and stability you are free to enjoy a variety of relationships and friendships. Therefore while you might feel more inclined to closet yourself away, your vocation is found through exploration, expression, learning and developing. And when you are not looking, praise and recognition come your way.

 

Saturn is Conjunct The Ascendant

Saturn rising on the eastern horizon at your time of birth suggests that mother's labour may have been elongated. Saturn rules time, essential for you to understand. It takes time for things to mature and be born at the right moment. Therefore you are tested with patience and tolerance right from the beginning. The Fates have also given you a high degree of responsibility, which permeates your life. Personally you may feel short changed in that you did not get enough opportunity to be independent and wild, yet on the other hand you are well ahead vocationally. You have the innate qualities that it takes to be successful and authoritative. Match this with your ambition and endurance and you have a head start in applying yourself to the leadership roles destined for you in the world.

 

VOCATION AND CHARACTER

 

 

Character is fate.

- Heraclitus

 

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 Libra

Balancing, weighing, judging and reflecting are all attributes that Libra has become known for in astrological symbolism; the scales epitomising the longing to experience balance. With the Sun in Libra, you may be called to bring opposing factions into a peaceful alignment through mediating disagreements and arbitrating disputes. You have a vision of a peaceful world, free of conflict so no wonder you are skilled in mediation.

 

This quest for peace is deeply embedded in your psyche. Your internal images of peace and your innate ability to see the goodness in both the world at large and the individual calls you into diplomatic, social and relationship orientated professions. You are less likely to be the leader and more likely to be working behind the scenes depending on other aspects of your birth chart. For instance you may be more comfortable working in the secretarial pool rather than as the managing director. Pursuing peace for you might have begun in your childhood relationships with your siblings, schoolmates, team members and friends. The Libran child is often fated to be in the middle, appeasing the aggressor and comforting the victim. In victory you might sympathise with the team that has lost and in defeat you boost the sagging spirit of your own team members. You have the grace of being able to see past the faults in others into their potential, allowing you to be kind to those who have been offensive, and supportive to those who have been discouraging. You give confidence to the underdog, hearten the loser, and make friends with the unpopular, being blessed with the innate skill to bring opposing factions into alignment and include outsiders.

 

Part of your strategy for peace is to create an attractive environment so that the outer landscape inspires inner thoughts and feelings of beauty. By creating picturesque surroundings you are hopeful that unsettled and angry feelings will be calmed and peaceful thoughts will be restored. You strive to create an environment that inspires you to feel at peace, both at home and in your workplace. Your urge for harmony, symmetry and peace needs to be reflected in your vocation whether that is through your relationships with others or beautifying the environment.

 

Having an innate respect for humanity and empathy for every individual, you appreciate what is refined and developed. You want to create a better atmosphere, not through conquering or chastising, but by revealing a better option. To you this option is peace, the inclusion of all, harmony and understanding. You know that a civilised world begins with harmony and that your fate is to be an architect of the peace proposal. To find your vitality and spirit and to feel soulful in the world, make an effort for co-operation, diplomacy, gentleness, idealism, peacefulness and tactfulness.

 

THE MOON: Caring for Your Soul

 

Care of the soul asks us to observe its needs continually, to give them our wholehearted attention.

-Thomas Moore

 

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 Leo

You were born with the Moon in Leo, the sign ruled by the Sun. Astrologically this suggests the great need to be able to reflect your own creativity and spirit through what you do. Who you are and what you do need to be intertwined in your experience bringing yourself expression and certitude to what you do. Therefore you might find yourself drawn to professions that allow you to be as expressive and creative as you need to be or careers where the products are your designs, ideas or creations. However, this also suggests an intensity and warmth of character. Innately you can light up a room and make others feel better about themselves. You are passionate and playful and you will seek to find both these characteristics in your life.

 

From an early age you might have recognised your urge to perform and to make the right impression. In your own mind you might have been a celebrity, as your soul is drawn to celebrating life. To care for soul your mood needs to be positive and upbeat. The identification and use of personal talents and originality is important. Having your identity a central part of your vocation is necessary, even if you are helping or serving others. Your creativity needs to be identified and demonstrated.

 

If you are called to the nurturing professions then your Moon in Leo is adept at helping to heal the inner child whether caring for children or in a creative capacity, like art therapy, sand play, child psychology etc. However your great capacity for nurturing comes through your playful ability to be just who you are and radiate warmth, light and laughter.

 

INCOME

 

 

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 Sagittarius

Sagittarius, the sign that searches for meaning, is on the cusp of your 2nd house, suggesting that the quest for meaning supports and strengthens your personal worth. You value and appreciate education, vision and philosophy and incorporate these concepts in your occupation. You are invested with the gift of giving meaning to other people's life experience. When this is coupled with your intense and charismatic personality you are able to make your living in meaningful and significant ways. Literally one of these ways might be as a teacher, instructor, professor, guide or educator. However, in your own way, you are satisfied when you are able to help shape other's beliefs and attitudes about themselves in order to improve the world they live in, their life experience or lifestyle. In modern jargon you are a life coach, best suited to making your living inspiriting others. Because of your intense commitment to your beliefs you are able to be inspirational and influential. You are valued and respected for your beliefs, therefore it is imperative that you value and respect what you do. What you value, appreciate and believe is disseminated through your occupation and therefore your capital worth is intimately bound up with being true to your beliefs. Ethics play a large role in your sense of wealth and investments. You also bring your philosophy and principles to your understanding of money. On one extreme you might have lofty ideals about money and end up feeling ripped off when others do not aspire to such ideals. On the other pole you could exaggerate and inflate your resources to cover up a meaningless life. Your quest is to forge a valid way of thinking about money, assets and possessions so that you feel satisfied and supported in doing the things that you value, like travelling, studying and learning.

 

Qualities that seek expression in your vocation are your search for truth and knowledge, your vision, far-sightedness and optimism, as well as the idealistic, philosophical side of your nature. The freedom to explore, be involved in cross-cultural projects, travel and learn is key to your sense of satisfaction. Vocationally this suggests that you will need to be expansive in your ideas, your principles and your opinions and remain open for all kinds of possibilities. You learn on the job and opportunities are always on the horizon for you when you let yourself have faith and confidence. Even though you may not recognise it, there is a pattern of development in your choice of jobs. You might feel that your fortunes are not paying off but Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, spins your Wheel of Fortune. Luck and timing are on your side so make sure you have enough faith to keep searching. Believe in yourself and your abilities and the world responds.

 

Jupiter is in the 2nd House

Planets in the 2nd house are forces that shape your worth and value and help you to understand your innate resources. Forging an alliance with this energy can create a supportive and positive approach to your own sense of worth. Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, brings its generous and open-hearted spirit into the realm of your finances and earning capacity. On one hand this suggests a positive and confident approach to making a living, as well as an ability to be financially prosperous. Yet on the other hand this might reveal a sense of entitlement and superiority. Finding the right balance is the key to being successful, as it is your enthusiasm, confidence and leadership abilities that will pay off. Acting successful and being confident are the forerunners of actual success.

 

Lady luck is often considered to be Jupiter's partner, therefore in the 2nd house this suggests that you too may be partnered by wealth. At the very least this might suggest that there are more times when the wheel of fortune is rising that falling. Therefore you need to take advantage of the good times, as these will be very lucrative for you. It is during these thriving times that you can build your wealth. One of your great assets is your faith and optimism and when you project this positive attitude onto money and earning your living it works well for you. You have a Midas touch when needed and are able to turn around difficult situations to make them work for you. However when you feel dispirited or depressed you may over invest or become blinded to realistic possibilities. It is important to recognise when you are in touch with the authentic sense of possibilities and when you are inflated. Therefore, take an inventory of your most resourceful assets. Most probably these will be your spontaneity, insight, vision, faith in the future, optimism, generosity and enthusiasm.

 

Vocationally the archetype of Jupiter is associated with philosophies, ideologies and concepts. Therefore careers involved in expanding people's understanding of themselves and the world around them or administering to individual's religious and soul-needs might be of interest. You may feel drawn to educating and inspiring others to a greater understanding or feel the need to work in travel and dealing with international concerns. Your great skill is in sharing knowledge with others and there may be many ways that this may manifest in your earning a living. The search for meaning is entwined with making a living and it is very important that you feel your job is meaningful and purposeful or you lose spirit. When you lose this spirit and optimism you also lose touch with your innate resources and capacity to earn a good living. Therefore meaning in what you do is optimum. Jupiter represents the religious quest and in the corporate world money and god can become confused. Therefore it is worthwhile reflecting on the significance of money and what value it has in your life.

 

WORK

 

 

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 Aries

Aries is the sign on the cusp of your 6th house. This suggests that independence and freedom are important considerations in the routine conditions of your employment. You need to be unconstrained in your work environment and are able to work effectively when there is an atmosphere of spontaneity and you are given the permission to be adventuresome and risk-taking in your position. Movement and challenge are important considerations in your job portfolio; therefore you may be well suited to travelling with work or changing environments regularly. Once the goal posts are in place, it is important that your work environs encourage you to be self-motivated. Therefore if your entrepreneurial and visionary character does not find an outlet in the everyday world of work, you at risk of becoming bored and restless.

 

You work best when invested with responsibility and free from reporting to superiors constantly, therefore you may be better suited to self-employment or at least employment that allows you to be in charge. Your competitive spirit seeks an outlet through work so the more challenges the better; therefore without constant change and stimulation you become impatient and uninterested. Restlessness, boredom, lack of direction or an inability to commit yourself to the job at hand may result in a sudden urge to leave your employment, or if you stay, you become frustrated and short tempered with those in the environment. When frustrated and irritable, you may provoke your co-workers just to get a reaction and enliven the atmosphere. Frustration and anger in the atmosphere of your workplace signals the lack of spirit and enthusiasm in the working environment which creates tension and stress for you. Your nature is more akin to taking the risk to leave, rather than try and steer a sinking ship.

 

This sign also suggests the area/s of the body that are most likely to reveal the stress when your daily work life is not supportive. Since Aries rules the head, stress may be expressed through headaches, migraines, hearing loss or eyestrain. If you are not mobile enough in your occupation you could also feel fatigued and exhausted. However, it is your lack of focus, restlessness and even reckless manner in your workplace that reveal you are not suited to the job. This aspect of your chart suggests you should be invigorated and energised by the challenges and labours of work. It is important to remember that there are ways of minimising stress at work. Movement, a change of pace, a challenge, going to the gym during your lunch break, playing a competitive sport with one of your work colleagues are all healthy outlets. When you feel bottlenecked and the vital signs of life are not responding, you need to expend physical energy to get back on track. Being physical, motivated and challenged are the necessary components of a daily life.

 

PROFESSION

 

 

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 Virgo

Virgo is represented by the maiden, a complex image that has undergone considerable transformation from its original meaning. Ironically it implies an image of freedom and independence, a woman in relationship to her internal self, contained and autonomous, in charge of her own desires. Vocationally this motif is important to you, suggesting you need to follow your own call into the world considering your own needs and honouring your desire to be of service. Depending on other aspects of your personality you may prefer to be the assistant rather than the leader, however, you are still likely to display executive abilities. You could choose a career in administration, either as a civil servant or as a manager.

 

The urge to serve and to strive for wholeness should be considered in any vocational pursuit. However while this urge may be projected onto a literal career your true vocation is serving yourself in your quest for wholeness. Therefore it is important that your vocation fulfills the desire for self-improvement and self-understanding. It is this quest that leads you into considering a wide spectrum of occupations in health care, social services or holistic healing. Reflect on the field of health care as a potential vocation, for instance dentistry, nursing, mental health, nutrition, vetinary science, chemistry, or medicine. Social work and clinical psychology are spheres where you may also be adept. Holistic healing careers involving herbs, natural remedies and therapies, nutrition, hygiene, physical realignment etc. are also well suited to Virgo's sympathy with the natural world. A naturopath is both a literal and metaphoric image that encapsulates this urge to find a path towards wholeness.

 

Virgo's need to serve may be satisfied through a myriad of repair and service industries as well. However this earthy side of Virgo can also manifest in many other ways. You might have an innate technical skill that could be utilised vocationally in scientific (laboratory technicians, scientific research) or medical occupations (health inspection, medical research and technology). Or you may resonate with the instinctual and natural world of plants and animals; vocationally an example could be a nurseryman attending to plants or a veterinarian attending to animals.

 

Analysing facts and figures is another skill that can be used in a variety of ways such as auditing mathematics, and accounting. Your ability for detail and precision is also a skill, which can be utilised in your vocation. The influence of Virgo suggests the ability to deconstruct the whole into its various parts to help it function better. Whether this deconstruction is done through dissection, editing or criticising your goal is to improve whatever you become involved in. Your quest for perfection needs to be recognised and directed in any profession, or else you may feel unsatisfied obsessing on what is not right.

 

A common theme is to feel that your job is constantly improving. At the end of the day Virgo you need to feel that you have completed your tasks and that your efforts have improved the system you work in. You also need to feel contained and ordered in the execution of these tasks as well as by the atmosphere of your workplace. Routine and ritual are very necessary in order to promote a sense of coherence. Chaos in the workplace feels very unsettling for you. The thin line between the need to constantly improve and the pressure to be perfect may drive you into over compensating by working too hard and for too long. You need to be reminded that your calling towards wholeness needs balance and moderation.

 

The Moon is Conjunct The Midheaven

The Moon is at the uppermost point of your horoscope bringing a strong lunar influence into your vocation. This suggests that you are drawn to care, protect and nurture. While this caring will mainly be for other humans, especially children or the aged, it could also imply your concern for animals, plants, antiques and artefacts. You feel called to help and provide for others in some caring capacity. You are a born historian and collector, probably happiest when surround by souvenirs and mementoes that connect you to your past. Your vocational path challenges you to express your sensitivity, empathy, intuition and imagination in the world.

 

CONCLUSION

 

'Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.'

-Robert Frost

 

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.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Brian Clark is the co-founder of the Chiron Centre, a multi-disciplinary centre in Melbourne, Australia where he is one of the main tutors of a four year program in applied astrology. This comprehensive program is also available by distance learning (www.AstroSynthesis.com.au). He has written numerous articles on psychology, mythology and astrology, is a contributing author to Intimate Relationships (Llewellyn: 1991), the author of The Sibling Constellation (Penguin: 1999) and Celestial Tarot (U.S. Games, Inc. 2006), as well as a series of astrological publications for students published by Astro*Synthesis. His books and articles have been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch. Brian also teaches mythology for the Nexus program, co teaches a course on Tarot and leads tours to the sacred sites of ancient Greece through Odyssey. Brian also lectures internationally. He has a private counselling practice utilising astrology from a psychological perspective. He has his Masters in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Melbourne.

 

 

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