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The Tenth House of the Horoscope

The Career, Prestige, and Reputation

The tenth house is the sector of worldly attainment. This field denotes how you present yourself to the public at large, and those deeds for which you'll be remembered. The tenth house concerns the profession, offices held, and, in a more mundane sense, your reputation. The house also relates to affairs of state or of other large scale operations. 

Sign of the cusp of the tenth house...

Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo
Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces

Aries on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Aries influences on the cusp of the tenth house causes an innate tendency toward shyness to disappears when you get on the public stage, or even in public view. You are determined to make a name for yourself in whatever career you select. At a young age, you may jump into the wrong profession. This would be a reaction to some impulsive urge. Once you are finally established in the right place, you work hard at your profession because you feel you should be the best at what you do. Mars, as the ruler of Aries, is the ruling planet of tenth house matters. Mars is assertive, the planet of action, determination, drive and ambition. Your natural energy is directed to the career, and in this area of your life you are not afraid to compete and charge out ahead of the pack.

Taurus on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Taurus influence in this house denotes a drive to earn money in the main to support a standard suitable to your high self-image. You have a strong drive for personal prominence. Even if you are not at all well to do, people will never realize it because of the way you present yourself to the world. You are possessive of what authority you may develop and you find it difficult to relinquish the reins of power. You can't delegate authority well because of your need to show what you, yourself can do. Venus, as ruler of Taurus, often inspires artistic leanings in the chosen career. Art, theater, and music are apt to be important parts of your social life or public image. You are interested in matters that bring pleasure to the public, or anything that brings beauty to people.

Gemini on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Gemini influence in this house denotes a tendency to gravitate to professions requiring the use of words, or in occupations making use of your skills in dealing with mental and dexterous details. Any career activity must have variety and be fast moving. You can communicate your ideas well, and you enjoy doing so. Your duties must provide never ending variety and challenge to command your continued interest. You are so hyperactive professionally that you may even take on two careers simultaneously, and succeed at both.

Cancer on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Cancer influence on the tenth house shows deep feelings about the career and the general status in life. There is a restlessness causing many changes, or at least ups and downs, in your professional life. It is important for you to feel responsible and respectable. You are acutely sensitive about your reputation and your standing in your environment. This placement often produces a career that in some sense caters to the public. You are likely to have a good feel on the pulse of public whims and desires.

Leo on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Leo influence in the tenth house denotes strong professional ambitions. You take pride in your standing in the world. The Sun rules Leo, and when the Sun has dominance on the Midheaven (tenth house), the ego, executive ability, and leadership potential are all emphasized. Public recognition is all important and you must be sure the ego does not get out of hand. If you maintain a proper perspective, you are likely to get a position of leadership and authority, and be admired for your accomplishments. You are happiest running your own business. If this is not possible, you still want to be the one in charge. You are not as effective working as a member of a group. You have wonderful organizing skills, but at times you need to be more persuasive and not so demanding. Learning to understand others and bringing out the best they have to offer is a task you'll face often.

Virgo on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Virgo influence in tenth house suggests that attainment is gained through service. Often this service is associated with improving people's minds. You work with diligence and devotion to fulfill professional commitments. Despite your broad views, you can efficiently cope with many details in your work. Your career may deal with writing and critical analysis, allowing you to express your practical, concrete observations and your thoughts and theories. You will be bored unless your career requires the exchange of ideas and a complexity of detail. You probably play it safe in selecting a career. You may prefer to find employment in a large, well-established organization such as civil service, a church, or an educational institution.

Libra on the Cusp of the Tenth House

Libra influencing the tenth house suggests entering a business or a profession with a partner, or some type of project in cooperation with others. You present yourself professionally in a poised and balanced way, with much charm and diplomacy. You insist that your affairs remain neat and well run. You have the capacity to be an excellent administrator, and the decisions you make are carefully weighed and considered. Your public standing may rise well above that attained by your parentage. In the public arena, a beautiful and more balanced part of your nature emerges.

Scorpio on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Scorpio influence on the tenth house suggests the display of a degree of intensity and determination toward making your mark in the world. There is much drive to succeed in whatever you set out to do, and you are naturally able to impress others with the forcefulness of your mind. Some field of research in which you can dig out bits of information necessary to solve major problems may be the best place for you to concentrate career efforts. You project yourself to the world in very powerful and confident ways. You are inventive and determined to succeed; a strong combination.

Sagittarius on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Sagittarius influence in the tenth house shows that you have the abilities to be a leader in an inspirational sense. There is a philosophical angle to your attitude in this area, and the importance of the career is measured more in terms of idealism and service to others, instead of in terms of power. You can rise in your profession because of your willingness to work long and hard. Your studied approach usually permits you to sell your ideas to the public, and you never hesitate using your influence to attain goals. A good deal of travel is likely to be associated with your career. You may have more than one career in your lifetime as it is important for you continuously to feel a sense of challenge if you are to be successful.

Capricorn on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Capricorn influence in the tenth house makes you cautious and prudent regarding matters that could affect your reputation and status in your profession. You need prominence in your field and get it through competition and hard work. Power and authority are your goals. Saturn, ruling Capricorn, is the natural ruler of this house. Saturn's influence here denotes a very strong sense of duty, an attitude of dedication. With this dedication comes a high degree of pressure and responsibility. The progress in the career may be slow, but it is consistent. You know instinctively that you are capable of climbing to the top. You can build a solid public image. This is a very achievement oriented placement. Position and security will be attained, but it may take patience.

Aquarius on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Aquarius influence in the tenth house denotes original and inventive approach to the career and life work. Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is the planet of change, freedom, humanity, and rebellion. You may have new and ingenious ideas to present the public. You are a team player and function well as a part of the team. Your goals are likely to be stated in advance, and your aim will be accomplishments producing publicly useful results. The tenth house Aquarius personality is inclined to a public life. You may be involved in many humanitarian ventures if you are in touch with that part of your nature. Yet, you are likely to feel a real sense of reluctance to the "glare and scare" connected with public recognition. There is a natural reluctance in your personality to risk-taking in the career. This must be overcome to achieve true success and measure up to your potential. You must be willing to take chances. No matter what career you finally choose, your special inventive quality will be stamped on the end product.

Pisces on the Cusp of the Tenth House

The Pisces influence in your tenth house makes it hard for you to decide what it is you want to do with your life. You can succeed in several areas, so there is a natural vacillation from one idea to the next. You have a strong image of the heights you want to attain, but there is a lack of practicality to your actions at times. When you do pick a career the selection probably will be based on appeal to your emotions. There is a good bit of idealism associated with this placement. Many times Pisces on the tenth shows people who want to go out and save the world, or at least some small part of it. Many professions in the health field are ideal, as are jobs in film, theater, music, and literature. With Neptune ruling the career, there is also a need to be practical. When accessing career choices, avoid a natural tendency to deceive yourself and become unreasonable.
© Michael McClain 1996-2012.  Permission is granted for unlimited noncommercial use.  All other rights reserved.

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