If you find yourself in a job that you don't like,
yet aren't sure why, it doesn't hurt to look at it from an
astrological viewpoint. Sometimes you hate going to work, but know
exactly why, in which case it's easier to fix. But sometimes you
just can't figure out what makes it so frustrating or unsatisfying
much less what you’d really like to do. Sometimes you accept a job
simply because you need one without regard to whether or not you'll
find any enjoyment in it. This is all well and good to pay your
bills, but some individuals, especially those who have their Moon in
the 6th or 10th house, will be very unhappy in
an unsatisfying job. Personally, I think there are precious few
individuals who can honestly say they love their job. Astrologers
frequently do career readings which can help you identify a
profession you can enjoy.
[NOTE:--While this section is
intended to help you figure out what career choice is best for you,
it's also useful if you're a supervisor or manager looking for an
employee. The closer you match a person's inborn traits with
the job description the happier you'll both be. It's also
useful for seeing how your manager or supervisor see you. No
matter how hard you work or how flawless your work is, if you're
viewed as "high maintenance" it can work against you. I've
been a supervisor and manager for over a decade in my day job and
I've found that a mediocre employee who gets along with everyone is
preferable to someone who's a perfectionist but criticizes and
complains constantly. While asking for birth information is
illegal due to its implications in job discrimination, if you direct
your interview questions such that they reveal the traits described
below, you can get enough information to extrapolate their Sign or
Ascendant and thus determine if a person is a good fit. This,
of course, depends on whether or not they're telling the truth and
not just saying what you want to hear because they're desperate for
Indicators Related to Career Choice
factors come into play regarding what career choice is best for an
individual. While the Sun Sign
is a major driver, other key chart influences such as the natal
Ascendant and Moon Sign are also significant players. Three
house cusp positions that enter the picture as well are the
2nd House of possessions and
finances, the 6th House of
work, and the 10th House of
career, status, and reputation. The 10th House cusp is known as
the MC, which stands for medium coeli and is also known as
the Midheaven. This represents the part of the sky that was
directly overhead when you were born and figuratively represents
whatever "heights" you can reach in your life.
When you do the math on how many
different combinations are possible with just those factors alone,
you can see there are no easy answers. In fact, there is at
least one entire book on the subject of astrology and career choices that I'm aware of and I'm sure there
Some people stay in the
same line of work their entire life and are perfectly happy while
others evolve through several careers in their lifetime. Some
people get bored and enjoy the stimulation of learning and doing
something different while others value the security of experience.
Some people plod along in a nothing job their entire life and find
their joy and satisfaction elsewhere while others are more than
miserable if they don't feel as if they're contributing something of
meaning every day. One thing that's worth considering is that
in medieval times the 6th House (which in modern times includes your
work, health and pets) comprised indentured servants and slaves.
If that's how you feel about your job, then you need to start
looking for a career.
What do you
want to be when you grow up?
It's very common to not
have a clue what you want to do for a living when you graduate from
high school. It's not terribly uncommon in college, either,
which is often a problem because when the going gets rough, if
you're not strongly motivated by what's at the end of the road it's
all too easy to drop out. Everyone knows at least one person
who knew from the time they learned to use an adult toilet that they
wanted to be a doctor when they grew up, or maybe a plumber for that
matter. Many of us, on the other hand, evolve through numerous
choices, usually without experiencing any of them.
I've found that in many
cases if there was something you wanted to do when you were a child,
but drifted away from it over time, oftentimes it bears a second
look later if you're lacking a sense of direction. First of
all, determine why you gave up on it. If you let it go because
you investigated the job description and decided that really didn't
sound very appealing, then you're in good shape. On the other
hand, maybe you thought you weren't smart enough, didn't have the
means to go to school, or were distracted by some other factor, such
as ridicule by someone whose opinion you valued. If any of
those ring a bell, then it's time to discount that original
rationale and take a second look. If you allow a dream to die,
part of you dies with it. If you really want to do something,
regardless of your age, at least find out what it would take before
you throw it away. Your inner compass is probably trying to
tell you something so it's a good idea to listen!
troublesome if you don't have a foggy clue what you want to do.
If you're in a serious quandary regarding what you want to be when
you "grow up," your best bet is to consult an astrologer who can
take a look at your specific natal chart and synthesize all the
elements involved so they can give you a comprehensive answer.
We offer this service through our
career reading, so if you're interested, feel free to
contact Whobeda. I will look at all those things noted
above and see what the stars and planets seem to say about the
Just as an example of how
strongly a natal chart can reflect career, in one of the classes I
took from the International
Academy of Astrology we spent the better part of a semester studying
charts without knowing who they belonged to. Rare was the
instance in which we didn't have a fairly tight handle on what that
person did for a living. In fact, after looking at one chart
following class, I decided it belonged to Ernest Hemingway and was
correct. What are the odds of looking at a natal chart with no
dates or other identifying information other than if the person is
male or female and being able to tell who it is? Celebrities
in particular typically have indicators all over the place.
The essence of who you are is imprinted on your natal chart and what
better way to determine your life's work (or works) than to look at
If you read your
horoscope on a regular basis, you've noticed that one of the things
I typically address is which house the bulk of activity
will be in each month. While it's always more accurate to know
the house structure of your own natal chart, the natural houses for
your particular Sun Sign still have a strong bearing. In other
words, when the Sun is in your 6th or 10th House, chances are there
will be a lot going on with your job/career. For those of you
who may be wondering why your job is in one house and your career in
another, the best way to describe that is to say your work (6th
House) is your day job and your career (10th House) is where you
leave your mark on the world. The 2nd House comes into play as your
house of possessions and finances, which determines how you'll feel
about material possessions and thus implies how you'll earn your
living. In other words, if you have a strong need for luxury
or foreign travel, you won't do well in a job where you're
repeatedly asking, "Do you want fries with that?" or "Welcome to
The planets natally placed in these Houses on
your personal chart affect how you will behave in that area as
well as any aspects they make to other planets. As the planets
move in their daily transits and go through these areas of the
chart, this will also stir up action in that part of your life.
For example, Venus transiting your 2nd House implies good financial
fortune, especially in positive aspect with Jupiter. Mars in
your 6th House implies increased drive, though if it's in hard
aspect (square or
opposition) with a planet
like Pluto, it indicates power struggles and covert actions. A
slow mover like Uranus in your 10th by transit will generate various
long-term career changes and/or disruptions or perhaps just a very
hectic pace. In other words, if there are auspicious
aspects to your career houses it's time to exploit them in your
favor and if they're less positive, you need to take appropriate
action to protect your interests.
All that said, there are
still some basics for career choices based on your Sun Sign, even if
it's no more than a daily task characteristic that applies to a
variety of industries. If you haven't looked at
"Who Ya Gonna Call?" you might
want to read that over as well since it will give you some more
ideas based on how the different Signs react to emergency situations.
Meanwhile, here's some food for thought, starting with the
modes and elements.
Read all the basic traits that apply to your Sign, then combine them
into a job description that allows them all to function. The
chart below flows from the most basic (Modes and Elements) to the
more specific (Signs and House Cusps). A few suggestions are
included to help you along. See if anything rings a bell for
(Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)
||Cardinal signs are good at
making decisions and like to be in charge. They
don't do well having to take orders from someone,
especially if they think they're smarter than their
boss. Definitely avoid "Do you want fries with
that?" unless you own the place.
Tip for Managers: These
folks are comfortable making decisions and should be
allowed to do so as much as possible.
Micromanaging will be ineffective and probably drive
them to seek employment elsewhere.
(Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)
||Fixed signs like stability and
dislike change. A job with a
consistent daily routine with few if any surprises is
usually quite comfortable for these folks, though a
challenge is nonetheless dealt with effectively,
according to the specific Sign in question.
Tip for Managers:
These folks tend to be stubborn but usually make very
loyal employees. If they must implement change,
allow them to be part of the decision process and expect
it to take plenty of time.
(Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces)
||Mutable signs are flexible and adapt well to
change and variety. They like to stay busy and are
happier in a job that isn't the same every day.
They enjoy learning and new experiences and may change
jobs or careers frequently as they become saturated with
one and find their interests shifting in a different
direction. Tip for
put one of these folks in a dull, routine, boring job.
They need to be mentally active at the least, i.e.
required to use their brain. They learn quickly,
so if they express an interest in doing something
different, they probably can.
(Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
||Fire signs require some
excitement in their job as boredom is poorly tolerated.
The same-ol', same-ol' day after day will get to them in
short order. Sitting behind a desk pushing paper
for forty hours a week
is seldom for them, unless there's something really
interesting on that paper regarding which they need to
take action. Tip for
Managers: Stay in
touch with these folks. They have good ideas and
lots of enthusiasm, which is contagious and helpful if
you want to implement something new.
(Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
||Earth signs like stability and
practicality. This often translates as job
security, including a good salary. They excel at careers that involve
tangible results so when they go home at night they feel
as if they've accomplished something.
Tip for Managers: These
folks have a lot of common sense and their judgment is
sound, so they can provide good insights into any
project or situation. You'd do well to listen to
them. They will tell it like it is, whether you
like it or not.
(Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
||Air signs like to communicate.
They tend to talk a lot and be "people persons."
If they are in a job where they were isolated most
the day, such as a forest ranger or independent computer
programmer, they will think they'd died and gone to Hell.
Tip for Managers: These
folks thrive on daily challenges that allow them to
learn something. If they don't stay busy enough or
interact with others as part of their job description,
they will probably be on the phone talking or texting
friends and family instead. It's hard to give them
too much work, so load it on until they scream in
(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
||Water signs are touchie-feelie
types who thrive on emotion. They are good
listeners and often get involved socially with their
coworkers. They do well in a career where they
feel needed and can help others in some way.
Tip for Managers:
Water signs can be very persistent, so if there's
something that requires perseverance, look their way.
Since they are quite emotional, if they're in a
negative environment it will affect them deeply with
stress. They usually don't handle conflict or
criticism very well and need a fair amount of TLC.
If they don't agree with you, they'll quietly and
persistently ignore of even undermine your efforts.
If you think these folks are weak in any way, remember
that water carved the Grand Canyon and sank the Titanic.
||Aries are self-directed and
thrive on excitement. Sitting at a desk all day
doing the same thing over and over would drive them to a
rubber room. They are well suited for the
military, police work, field work of numerous kinds,
emergency medical technicians (EMT's), rescue work, emergency
room work, surgeons, etc. A certain amount of freedom
to structure their daily routine themselves is required.
Tip for Managers:
It's important that a Ram's natural drive be properly
directed so that it doesn't leak out as aggression.
Otherwise, they'll be spending a lot of time in the HR
office. Give them plenty to do, but let them
decide when and how, as much as possible. They
don't like to be told directly what to do and absolutely
won't tolerate being micro-managed. If you're a
Virgo, you may have a hard time dealing with a Ram.
||Taurus' like security, are
stable, slow, methodical, and usually quite patient.
They typically make sound decisions, but it may take them
a while to get there, so they need to be in a career
that allows them to mull things over sufficiently
without causing a problem. They love land and are
often found in careers involving real estate or
construction. They also love money and are often
found in banks. Tip
for Managers: Make
sure that any Bulls in your midst have a well-structured
job description and accountability for completing their
work as they can tend to be lazy if not properly
motivated. If you're not careful, they can be the
highest paid and lowest producing people on your team.
||Geminis love data and get
bored easily. They usually have multiple projects
going at any one time, but also distract easily so don't
always finish what they've started if something more
interesting comes along. They require a lot of
variety and mental stimulation. Being a researcher
of some sort or journalist is well-suited for their
natural abilities for communicating.
Tip for Managers: Unless
Twins are kept busy and have sufficient variety in their
work they're likely to spend way too much time at the
coffee pot, visiting with coworkers, surfing the
Internet, or anything else they can get away with to
break the monotony. If you can't offer them
variety as well as a career path to other more
interesting jobs, don't expect them to stay onboard for
too long. The good news is that they learn
||Cancers tend to be moody, but
as a rule are people-oriented and caring.
Interacting with others on a regular basis, particularly
if they can use their nurturing abilities, will bring
them the most satisfaction. They make good daycare
providers, nurses, massage therapists, medical
technologists, and social workers as well as anything
else where they can feel as if they're helping others.
Tip for Managers: Being
emotionally driven, Crabs will probably spend a lot of
time in your office complaining. They can be moody
and sometimes ornery and irritate their coworkers, but
are usually kind-hearted and hard working, which helps
balance it out. They're happiest when they feel
needed and as if their work is valued, so be sure to
tell them if they're doing a good job as it will mean
the world to them.
||Leos are another sign that
likes some excitement. They're natural leaders and
do best when allowed to do so. They thrive on
attention, praise, and credit and have no problem being
in the spotlight; a bit of drama is welcomed and even
sought after. They make great salespersons and
entertainers, plus they have a very creative side as
well, but look out for that Leo temper if they get
frustrated. Tip for
need attention and praise. They will work very
hard for you when this is provided and if it's not,
they'll get it somehow, perhaps in a very negative way.
They don't like to be told what to do, much less
micro-managed. In spite of their outward
appearance of confidence, they get their feelings hurt
easily and this can trigger that leonine temper if
you're not tactful with any criticism. They love
to lead, but don't always have the necessary people
skills to do so effectively as their basic philosophy
tends to be "My way or the highway."
||Virgos are detailed oriented
and meticulous. They don't tolerate sloppiness of
any description and their critical nature is best put to work
in a constructive way. They make excellent
auditors, accountants, engineers, database
administrators, and anything else that
requires thought and precision. They tend to be
good with their hands and make excellent mechanics and
carpenters. Service industries are also good
choices. However, their critical eye can not only
get them into trouble with their targets, but also
destroy their morale if they feel overcome by
mediocrity. They don't always take direction well
as they think they have a firm grip on perfection.
Tip for Managers:
Virgos are hardworking, dedicated, meticulous and
critical by nature. However, they don't always get
along very well with their coworkers as they'll see
every flaw and tell you as well as the offending party
all about it. They do a good job, but can be
high-maintenance if you want to keep them happy.
They do well in an environment where they can do most of
their work independently and interface with people who
can take criticism in stride. Accounting and
engineering are two fields that offer numerous
opportunities. If possible, training in
communicating in a positive, tactful way is a good
investment as they're usually right, but tend to express
themselves in a manner that puts others on the
||Libras are fair by nature and
very people-oriented. They do well in a career
where they can interact with others on a daily basis.
They love to talk so it's best that this be included in
their job description in some way. They're very sociable and
too much solitude. They have a strong appreciation
and need for aesthetics and beauty so prefer a pleasant
environment. A noisy, hectic office or industrial
setting would upset their sense of balance. They like people, but
conflict, which will stress them out as they try to
smooth things out. Negotiating comes easily and
they are often lawyers or counselors.
Tip for Managers: Libras
are hard working and usually self-directed. They
are good problem solvers, since they excel at looking at
all sides of an issue and weighing them objectively.
Unfortunately, their sense of fairness can result in
their being indecisive, but they're great at bringing in
all the options for consideration and make excellent
executive assistants. They generally possess good
||Scorpios are deeply passionate
by nature and are drawn to secrets and mystery.
They are natural detectives and do well in forensic
work. They also make good auditors or
investigators due to their ability to ferret out hidden
information. If it's not part of their job
description, they'll unearth quite a wealth of potential
blackmail material on their coworkers (and maybe their
boss) instead. Tip
for Managers: Scorpios
are hard-working, but tend to be opinionated. If
they don't get their way, they will probably remember it
forever in the form of a grudge and do what they can to
sabotage it, whatever it might be. While they tend
to throw themselves into life generally with a passion,
they'll do a good job at just about anything, but
they'll be much happier if there's an element of mystery
or intrigue of some sort involved.
||Sagittarius' have a couple
hallmarks that are usually reflected in their careers.
One of these is their love of other cultures and foreign
travel and another is their love of waxing
philosophical. Being an anthropologist or
archeologist is a natural. They're another one
that doesn't want to sit behind a desk all day, unless
it's as a travel agent. They need to travel, have
the opportunity to pontificate from time to time, and
feel a bit superior or they'll be miserable.
Definitely not a "Do you want fries with that?"
candidate. Tip for
folks tend to be a bit flamboyant and opinionated, which
can irritate their coworkers (and you); others tend to find them
offensive, even when they don't intend it that way. Like all
fire signs, they're enthusiastic and like attention.
They usually think they're smarter than everyone else
and they definitely do have a different take on the
world that is usually worth listening to.
Nonetheless, their tendency to be opinionated and verbal
about it doesn't always make them team players or good problem solvers
who work in your favor. They're another sign that
will not do well in a boring job. They are also
prone to changing career as their interests are very
dynamic and easily take them in a different direction.
Not keeping these
people occupied and challenged intellectually can make
||Cappies like structure and
discipline and prefer to work within a known framework.
They make good leaders, are comfortable with authority,
and do well in careers with the government.
They're ambitious and aspire to great heights.
Their organizational skills and common sense assist them
in excelling as project managers, administrators, and
Human Resource managers.
Tip for Managers: The
Goats in your midst probably want your job, so bear that
in mind. They do well with their own turf and
opportunities to expand it accordingly. They're
ambitious and hard-working but make sure their pursuits
don't include bulldozing your office.
||Aquarius' tend to be
altruistic and thrive in groups. They don't
require a lot of variety, as a rule, but they do need to
feel challenged, stimulated, and needed. They'll be friends
with their coworkers and expect to fulfill some of their
social needs in the workplace. They do well
organizing activities outside of work such as happy
hours. In spite of their
surface friendliness, they have a private side and can
be emotionally detached. As such, they make excellent
social workers, teachers, and psychologists.
Tip for Managers: Water
Bearers can also be opinionated and hard to convince if
they think otherwise. They tend to gather allies
if opposed, which is usually easily accomplished since
they're friends with so many coworkers.
They're hard workers and can have unconventional ideas,
some of which are very innovative and worth soliciting
from time to time. If they're bored or unhappy
they'll be on the phone, visiting with coworkers or on
||Pisces are found in a variety
of jobs but their common factor is the need for something
that helps them escape the real world in some manner.
Hum-drum, boring, routine jobs will make them crazy and
then they'll make you crazy. Depending on other
factors in their chart, they may look for this via
excitement, such as in the military; living in a fantasy
world such as writing; or seeking spiritual
summits such as yoga or new age pursuits. They key word is
"transcend" to another level of existence. If it's
too down to Earth, it won't work.
Tip for Managers:
Remember that Fishies are always striving to escape
the real world. They have vivid imaginations and
thrive on experiences that take them one step beyond
reality. The more you can utilize their visionary
tendencies, the happier you both will be. They can
view the world through rose-colored glasses, however,
and be deeply disappointed when it doesn't measure up.
If they're not comfortable with the status quo, they may
try to change it in a slow, persistent Water Sign
fashion, though if it's a formidable obstacle, they will
probably be overcome by stress, which they don't handle
particularly well. This is another sign that can
be high maintenance if not properly matched with the
Putting It All
We've all known people, perhaps even ourselves,
who are entirely different people on a personal level versus in
the workplace. This is where the
House cusps come into play. The 2nd House will imbue
the person with an attitude toward finances and possessions that
is characteristic of the sign on that particular cusp; the sign
on the 6th House cusp will describe the general work environment
that is most comfortable and how they approach their tasks; and
the sign on the 10th House cusp will indicate how the person
approaches their ambitions or life's work. Remember that
these will be more accurate when based on your personal
Natal Chart, so the
extrapolations below will have some bearing, but are likely to
be a bit "off" unless you were born early in the morning such
that your Ascendant (1st House) is the same as your Sun Sign.
If you know your Ascendant, then look at both.
you’re fairly familiar with astrology you’ll notice that the 2nd,
6th and 10th house are of the same
element, i.e., Fire, Earth, Air or Water, which will be
different than their Sun Sign, giving them characteristics
slightly different than their Sun Sign alone. These houses are
also known as the “Substance” houses for obvious reasons.
Sign or Natal Ascendant
Sign/House Combination Results
||Rams need excitement.
They also like to be first.
They will actively seek opportunities for
advancement and not be satisfied until they reach
the top of the mountain, much like their fellow
horned-animal and Cardinal Sign, Capricorn the Goat.
Part of being numero uno includes having the
fastest car or biggest house and having a big bank
account doesn't hurt their feelings, either, though
being in debt a bit doesn't bother them. Since
they want to be on top they work hard and do a good
job, criticizing others if they don't live up to
their standards. This, of course, is another
way of saying "I'm the best."
||Bulls like to have data
that substantiates their payscale and to know that
they're being paid what they're worth. They
prefer a pleasant work environment with whatever
aesthetics are possible. If you've seen that
email of the soldier in Iraq who had his wife send
him American soil and grass seed, which he
cultivated outside his barracks and lovingly trims
with scissors, this fits this description and I
suspect that soldier is either a Bull or Taurus
ascendant. Bulls also want to distinguish
themselves as being unique in their field in some
||Twins often enjoy working
at home and tend to be emotionally attached to
various items that have sentimental value.
They excel at research of any description and enjoy
uncovering previously hidden information through
synthesizing data. Many are drawn to pursue
advanced degrees and will go on learning for their
entire lifetime. Idealism regarding their role
in making a positive difference in the world in some
way is an ongoing driver.
||Crabs know they're worth
every penny they're paid, plus some, and can become
very offended and emotionally wounded if they know
they're underpaid. They enjoy intellectual
stimulation that will possibly lead them to
involvement with foreign countries, different
cultures, unusual industries, or academia in some
way. Crabs will actively pursue promotions and
more responsibility such that they work circles
around their coworkers.
||Lions like only the best
and expect to have it, whether or not they can
afford it. They will normally keep their work
areas clean and organized and prefer some structure
in their work environment, whether in the way of
procedures, processes, or other guidelines that are
well-defined. They pursue success in a slow,
patient, but determined manner and are likely to
stick to one career field throughout their lifetime
as they value job security and experience.
||Virgos crave an orderly,
pleasing environment with an artistic flair and
their work area will reflect this. Even if
they work as a mechanic, at the least they'll have a
calendar that features artwork from the masters,
leaving the girly versions to their Scorpio
coworkers. They expect fairness in their
payscale and can be very insistent about it.
They know they work hard and that its quality is
high, so expect their paycheck to reflect as much.
They tend toward innovative and high-tech fields,
but are likely to change careers numerous times,
though they're likely to be related in some manner
so they can draw from past experience and
||Libras like to maintain
some hidden resources which could manifest by hiding
money around the house or having alternate sources
of incomes, such as a hobby, avocation, or second
career. They possess a touch of idealism
regarding their work and if it provides escape of
any kind from the real world, all the better.
They tend to be somewhat emotionally involved with
their work and those around them and usually get
along well with others.
||Scorpions are fascinated
by anything mysterious and foreign lands fit that
description. Even if they don't ever visit
one, they're likely to have either foreign
investments, work for a foreign company, or decorate
their homes with items that reflect other cultures.
They tend to be driven and sometimes aggressive in
how they approach their work and expect to be
publicly recognized for their accomplishments.
||Archers are practical
about financial matters and expect to be paid
accordingly. They won't be entirely satisfied
until they reach the top of their payscale, whatever
that may be. They approach their work in a
methodical way based on their own experience and
resist change and outside direction. They are
likely to have a detailed career plan and schedule
with well-defined milestones. More than likely
they have a globe, world map, or other similar
entity representing the world at large in their work
area. Working on foreign soil at some time in
their life is highly likely.
||Cappies approach their
finances in an innovative, matter-of-fact manner and
will do whatever is necessary to get where they want
to go. A specific career field is less
important than the opportunities it provides.
They like variety in their daily job description and
expect fairness regarding promotions and
recognition; they don't condone favoritism or
nepotism, but expect a person to earn their way to
aren't always realistic about their finances and
also tend to be drawn to jobs in an unusual field
that challenges reality in some way. They tend
to look upon their coworkers as extensions of family
and get somewhat involved in their lives.
Happy Hours with coworkers are often at the core of
their social life. Their career aspirations
can be ruthless, once they know what they want, and
if anyone gets in their way they have reason to
watch their back.
||Impulsiveness with their
financial dealings, i.e. spending money
freely on items that serve their need to transcend,
can result in Fishies frequently being on the edge
of being broke. If they're getting what they
need, however, this isn't a problem; they can
tolerate a daily lifestyle that is quite Spartan
provided they're getting their ya-ya's. They
require recognition for their work and prefer
creative involvement as much as possible.
Pursuit of their career ambitions frequently
includes foreign travel or academia.
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