The tenth house of the natal chart is an angular one, and is ruled by sign Capricorn and planet Saturn. The cusp of the house is also called Midheaven (or MC, medium coeli) and its position indicates the path that someone will follow as a career. Generally, the whole house is responsible about the career of the native and how he appears in the eyes of the community. His public standing and rank in society are to be observed here, while also his success in becoming an authority figure.
As the house rules everything connected with one’s career, the sign at the cusp of the house and any planets present reveals the nature of the native’s occupation.
Keep in mind, that the 10thhouse is not ruling the random short-time jobs that one might have during his life; it also does not rule jobs where you are a servant to someone else. These are affairs of the 6thhouse. The 10this responsible about your choices in career; your conscious steps towards working on something you love and care. The career as projected in the tenth house is your dream job, the occupation through which you will mature into a more complete being, your personal way of evolution. Therefore, many times these jobs are of self-employment, without it having to be the rule. A pattern frequently appearing in people that have planets both in the 6thand the 10thhouse, is that their 6thhouse is activated more early, while the 10thtakes time. Saturn, the ruler of the house, is a slow planet; it takes time for us both to find what we really love doing in our lives, and creating the necessary circumstances so that we can do it. Gradually, the power upon our career area is transferred to the 10thhouse; we no longer want to work as employers to someone else (6thhouse), but try to stand on our own feet and gain the public standing we yearn for.
Jobs in governmental institutes are also ruled by the 10thhouse, and it is a quite frequent phenomenon that someone will quit his 6thhouse job when he finds an opportunity to work for the government. The way that the government and authorities treats you can also be observed through the condition on the house, while also your own attitude towards them. In addition here you can find relations from and towards all people who are in positions of power towards you.
The 10thhouse is ruling the dominant parent of the native. There have been a lot of arguments in the past on whether it was ruling the father and the mother, but it seems that the gender does not play a role in this situation. The fourth house, which is opposite the 10th, is responsible for the parent that is more tender and connected to the child, a stable ground for it to step on. The 10thhouse is ruling the one that was taking the decisions in the house, the one that was the authority figure, which at the same time was both a role model for the young soul and someone to fear of.
The tenth house is responsible about how we appear in the eyes of the people that surround us. It is our reputation, and forms the opinion of those who observe us, while also how we are remembered when we die. People with a lot of planets in the 10thhouse will leave a deep impact after their death, and when important planets are conjuncting the Midheaven they might even become very famous through their profession. Keep in mind that the presence of malefic planets, or planets with adverse aspects might make someone known but through a negative way; the world does not only admire individuals for their achievements but can also judge them with a lot of criticism.
The last degrees of the tenth house that are adjacent to the cusp of the eleventh, are the ones mostly responsible for governmental jobs, while also can signify entering elite groups of people with power. Those degrees can signify a lot of help from groups of people in your task of creating your career. Also, when planets are present in this position there is a quite higher chance that you will be ruling other people when you become of age and your life has progressed enough so that you become a part of the authority. The first degrees of the cusp are mostly about creating your own profession and the direction you will try to follow in your career, and the prestige you will receive.
Another thing you can examine through the 10thhouse is whether you will become a mentor for other people, and guide them with your influence. It does not only signify the legacy that you will leave behind you, but also how much important it will be for your followers; and because this pattern continues as a fractal you can even catch some echoes of how your legacy will continue through them towards the souls of which your successors will be mentors.
The 10thhouse takes a lot of time to be fully developed, and many times a person cannot reach its full potential in his short life-span. The house continues developing even when we have ceased existing in this incarnation, and is strongly connected with Karma. Through the tenth house we can invest towards next lives; while also be in debt if we misuse the power and control that it can grant us over masses. Choose wisely; Saturn is kind to those who keep their pride down to earth but can bring a lot of trouble if your high position affects negatively the ones below you.
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