The Tenth House: Profession
What is the 10th House?
In the House 9 Makeover, we covered your compassion and grace. Now,House 10 covers primarily your professional life and other 10th House indicators such as community service, “name and fame, “achievement, honor and recognition.
Signs, on the other hand, are filters that color how the Houses and Planets behave. This article will cover the sign of Capricorn, which is considered the natural 10th House of the Zodiac. That means that the sign of Capricorn naturally colors things in line with the qualities of the 10th House.
Let us begin by covering the general significators of the 10th House and what they influence in your life. Then in the 2nd week, we show you how to examine your own chart (and others) and find which planets are influencing your 10th House. As we progress through the final 2 weeks, you will be guided through a powerful meditation and transformation workshop that will enable you to optimize your career success. Your own personal 10th House is the subject of the next article.
General Characteristics of the 10th House
The Tenth House is known as the house of “Profession”. It is the last artha, or wealth house. The 2nd House is the first artha house, indicating the sources of wealth (family, personal worth). The 6th House of work and service indicates how wealth is earned and what must be overcome in the process, culminating in the 10th House by what is gained by the fruits of one’s labors. It is the house of business, “name and fame”, success in life, political power, wealth, honor, foreign travel, financial status, government service, place of residence, and karma of the soul being drawn to its final destination.
While it is called the “Profession” house, it is by no means the only place in the chart to examine career issues. (The rising sign and its lord and Mercury are other key indicators for profession.) It is the house where effects of career effort are indicated: the achievements and recognitions gained through career efforts. Indicated here are the channels through which past karma leads the individual to the future, how our karmic past colors our future. It shows the power and position we are able to attain. It indicates worldly, political and social power and prestige. Generally speaking, all Planets do well here as it is the most powerful house in the chart, being the highest point in the chart, where the Sun is highest in the mid-heaven (opposite the 4th House which is the lowest point in the chart below the horizon).
It is the house of the father (their legacy and mark on the world), foreign travel, financial status and place of residence. Physically, it is related to the knees.
Characteristics of Capricorn, the Natural 10th House
Capricorn activates the process of transforming individual consciousness to universal consciousness, a process which can be uncomfortable in the material and emotional sense, but which promises ultimate spiritual fulfillment. Under Capricorn’s influence, past karma becomes activated. Dissolution of traditional values occurs. (Cancer, its opposite sign, is concerned with maintaining of traditions.) Capricorn sets in motion the disillusionment of the old for transformation. This allows re-creation of the individual in fulfillment of their spiritual destiny.
Capricorns are hardworking, tenacious, and have the potential for great achievements. They overcome many obstacles and can range from small town farmers to a hard-nosed businessperson, although they also incline towards science, math and technology. They can be rather rigid, conventional, dogmatic and serious, and benefit from the practice of surrender and humor.
Saturn as the Ruler of the Natural 10th House
Saturn is the great “task master” and is associated with hard work, discipline and service. As such, he represents land and fixed assets. He represents the laborer, dark and hidden places, disease and death. He causes delay, melancholy and deprivation. Saturn represents the dark aspects of the mind: crime, perversion and the underworld. He creates separation from loved ones and bestows grief.
That said, a strong Saturn is necessary for spiritual attainment. It is the great significator of fate. Saturn becomes exalted in Libra and debilitated in Aries. An excellent book to read so as to deepen appreciation and respect for Saturn is The Greatness of Saturn: A Therapeutic Myth by Robert Svoboda.
Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, as Significators of the 10th House
Mercury is a planetary karaka for profession and brings its profession indicators to bear: business, speaking, teaching, writing, academia, ministry, healing, crafts work.
As the other significator for profession, Jupiter also colors the 10th House through its influences: higher or spiritual knowledge, the husband, spiritual preceptor, and minister to kings, money and good luck.
Planets Placed in Capricorn
Remember that when assessing a chart, multiple factors must be taken into consideration. No one effect, such as planetary position in a Sign or House, will be the sole indicator of fortunes and influences. In general, one must assess the strength of the house, its indicator, and its lord and occupants, as well as other planetary influences and the Dasha and Bukti you are running. The following are general indications for when a particular Planet is posited in the sign of Capricorn.
Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Capricorn
Mercury in Capricorn
Venus in Capricorn
Mars in Capricorn
Jupiter in Capricorn
Saturn in Capricorn
Now that we have understood some of the characteristics of 10th House, the Sign of Capricorn, and the Planets that it favors, test your knowledge with the quiz below!