10th House in Astrology...
The tenth house represents our persona. It shows how our reputation, status and what we are able to achieve in the world usually through our careers.
You know who you are, but do you ever wonder who you are according to everyone else? Sometimes these two images of you are quite different. What is your public persona? Are you seen as successful or unsuccessful? Are you seen as open, popular and outgoing or quiet and mysterious? These are tenth-house questions, which are answered by the signs and planets there. The tenth house is where we are completely exposed. We can't hide here. Planets and signs here are on display whether we want them to be or not. They represent how the world sees us, what we expect to get from the world and the status we achieve. Using our abilities to gain is usually achieved through our careers. It can result in money, fame or even disgrace depending on how things plays out. Even without a career, the tenth house still shows the image of ourselves we present to the world, how we expect to be treated by the world and what concrete results come from the interaction we have with the public. Even how your neighbors or the people at the market see you, and how you want them to see you is still determined by the tenth house. Here we define our role in the world and work to make it a reality. This culminates into a public image, which is shown by the signs and planets here. The world sees our tenth house clearly.
Planets in the 10th House...
Sun in the 10th House...
A powerful placement, the sun in the tenth house combines the sun's drive to shine with the house of status and achievement. It's a nice fit and it can work well in helping the chart holder achieve great status. However, keep in mind that this placement means the chart holder is always on display to the public. Having a powerful planet like the sun in the highest, most public point of the chart offers little privacy. Think of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinksy who both had tenth-house suns, along with a tenth-house sun in their composite chart. Nothing in their lives was private! Every gift can also be a curse, this powerful position should be used wisely. It grants natural leadership ability and respect from the community. People naturally look up to those with this placement. A tenth-house sun gives stamina to work hard in achieving goals driven by a burning desire for elevated status. Being born with this placement is like drawing a lucky card, but it must be treated with respect and care. Being a leader in the public eye is an advantage and gives power, but it also demands constant attention. Sloppy or selfish decisions can be devastating because they are noticed by everyone. But the tenth-house sun is resilient. It takes a lot of mistakes to bring them down. These chart holders have charisma and people have a natural respect for them. Used wisely, this position can be quite profitable.
Moon in the 10th House...
Comfortable in the public eye, the tenth-house moon wants to be out in the world enjoying its natural gift of assumed high status. The public arena is the natural home for these chart holders and the world naturally accepts them. From an early age, these chart holders feel comfortable in the public eye. It is emotionally satisfying for them to feel accepted by the public. Being on stage, in front of a camera or speaking to the public comes naturally to them and feels emotionally natural. In fact, the feeling of being accepted by the public feeds their emotions, and success in the public eye gives them emotional homeostasis.
These chart holders will always do well in careers involving caring for the public as the moon is about mutual caring. Think of Mahatma Gandhi whose tenth-house moon wanted to care for the world before himself. They tend to make career decisions based on feelings. Following their hearts in their paths to success in the world is just natural for them. Being cooped up at home, dealing with house chores and responsibilities goes against their emotional grain. These are career people and they can become depressed when their connection to the public and the greater world "out there" is cut off by family obligations. At their core, tenth-house moons belong to the world. It is their source of emotional stability and makes them feel whole.
Mercury in the 10th House...
Mercury's detached intellectual style benefits the tenth house by assisting with strategic decisions in career and public relations. Desire for elevated status can lead to reckless decisions based on passion or emotion. Mercury's dry, analytical approach can keep these people from making emotionally based decisions that would otherwise lower their status, rather than raise it. The planet also aids with communication and networking abilities. In the tenth house of moving up the social ladder, these are valuable gifts. A tenth-house Mercury can also cause the chart holder to be "talked about" as a topic of news or gossip. Those with this position are wise to keep this in mind.
Venus in the 10th House...
Venus in the tenth house makes the chart holder appealing to the public. This position is always beneficial as it brings tact, appreciation and a finely tuned sensitivity to relating to the public and enjoys public attention. Venus always finds the beauty in the house in which it falls in a natal chart. In the tenth house, it sees how the world operates as a beautiful network where people work together to achieve. It uses finesse in dealing with the public and knows to show its best side when in the public eye. Careers in fashion, advertising or any field where the conveyance of beauty is key are natural avenues for chart holders with a tenth-house Venus.
Mars in the 10th House...
Mars in the tenth house knows how to take what it wants from the world. It exerts its will onto the world and has no fear of possible repercussions. These chart holders are aggressive in going after their careers and have strong, confident personas. They don't shy away from fighting for spotlight and any opportunity to increase their status is seen as a battle to be won. Any career allowing them to demonstrate their strength and the forcefulness of their will is likely with this position. The military and policing are obvious choices for these chart holders, but so is politics, which gives a more subtle avenue for demonstrating their desire to take on a fight and win in the public arena. Losing or appearing weak in the eyes of the public is devastating to them and can put them into a rage. There is a constant need to appear strong and confident. Fighting for the rights of others is common with this position as Mars loves to play the hero. If the chart holder's public image is improved in the process, its a double victory!
Jupiter in the 10th House...
A position common to people who are popular in school, Jupiter in the tenth house is so comfortable with the view that other people have of them, they don't even have to try to get attention or popularity. Being popular is their natural position in life. Jupiter is not shy or fearful. It doesn't second guess itself or try too hard. In the tenth house, this natural ability to be genuine and confident is hard for the public to resist. There's nothing not to like. A persona that radiates Jupiter's happy-go-lucky attitude is always attractive and unoffensive. Career opportunities appear to these chart holders in a way that seems like pure luck, but it is more likely just their optimistic attitude that makes them notice opportunities that others overlook. These chart holders are comfortable doing things in public, in a big way. Throwing a large, elaborate event involving many people is something a tenth-house Jupiter can do seamlessly. Then, they can use the party to increase their status and social standing without anyone even realizing what happened.
Saturn in the 10th House...
Those with tenth-house Saturns can take success in career, achievement and status so seriously that they actually make these things more difficult than they need to be. Saturn rules the tenth house, which seems like a good thing, and it can be. But it can also just be overwhelming. These chart holders feel enormous pressure to achieve and be admired in the eyes of the public. It's a feeling they can never shake, and if they believe they will never achieve these goals, it can have tragic ramifications. When a tenth-house Saturn gives up, they do it completely, and at times, dramatically. In the best of scenarios, this position lends stamina and steady determination to achieve in the world. These chart holders can have a dry, serious fatherly persona or sometimes, their need to impress the public is so great that they end up seeming overly flashy, gaudy and fake because they try too hard and overdo it. They prefer leadership positions in their careers. They can't stand to be bossed around. Any career that has high status will satisfy them and they always need room for advancement.
Uranus in the 10th House...
Uranus in the tenth house carves its own path, putting its own desires before its concern over public image. For this reason, the personas of those with Uranus in their tenth vary greatly, but there is always a detached, off-key sense of public opinion. This position can lead to fame or notoriety, but it will always be due completely to the chart holder's motivations and decisions, often making them famous for new and different things or for things that are unrelated to their career that would normally be kept private. Even when things are going awry in the public's eye, Uranus in the tenth house stays on its chosen course. The public often sees these chart holders as stuck on a one-way street. They are determined and have intense faith in their chosen paths to success. Then, when a sudden change occurs in the chart holder's life, it is very news worthy and causes a stir.
Neptune in the 10th House...
Who really knows what's going on with these mysterious chart holders? Many of them aren't sure themselves. They often see their professional lives and ability to succeed as surreal, and although they can achieve a great deal, they don't relish the spotlight or commitments. They tend to waiver and wander without ever really committing to any course of action that will lead them to success and public recognition. Deciding on a career and sticking with it can be incredibly difficult for those with Neptune in their tenth house.
A need for freedom and a tendency toward escapism are hallmarks for Neptune. So, committing to only one particular path to success eliminates all of the other options in life, which takes away freedom and stifles Neptune's need to escape. It also creates a situation where the chart holder has no more excuses for not succeeding other than their own weaknesses putting them on the spot and exposing their faults. Neptune prefers to remain nebulous and to apply their talents when they feel they can do the most good rather than working towards success only for the sake of success itself. Careers involving feelings, caring, art or style are naturals for a tenth-house Neptune. These careers are a good fit for tenth-house Neptune people who have creative, intuitive, feeling and caring talents that cannot be turned on or off on demand.
Pluto in the 10th House...
Once Pluto in the tenth house sets its sights on success, it doesn't look back. No one can be trusted and everyone is the competition for these chart holders. They often have a mysterious or ruthless persona. Their focus on success is serious business, and they can actually become so obsessed with it that they burn bridges and sabotage themselves in their effort to cut out the competition. Think of Richard Nixon who had a tenth-house Pluto. Of course, if they do end as victims of their own secretive and vindictive behavior, they have the regenerative power to rebuild and learn from their mistakes. These chart holders do well in any career where they can put their probing, secretive and untrusting ways to good for a specific use. Working as an undercover detective or interrogator are perfect for them. Psychological works that requires probing and the ability to avoid being duped by nonsense excuses for a client's behavior is also a good pick. Pluto in the tenth house is rarely taken advantage of and does not give up a fight. If anything takes them down, it's usually their own mistrust of the world that backfires on them because the world stops trusting them.
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