Those ruled by a strong Tenth house are likely to find themselves in a career of authority, disliking bosses and employers pursuing greater power over us. Different planets in the tenth house indicate a different reputation or professional role for the fulfillment of our needs, with the 10th house marking how we project ourselves in the world and what we enjoy within our career.
The Tenth house is linked with social status, ambition, reputation, public image, authority, maturity and the desire for strong success within our professional life.
The Midheaven or Medium Coeli is the position in space where the ecliptic passes the Meridian the north in the southern hemisphere (and the point in the south in northern hemisphere). It marks the 10th house cusp in most house systems. Astrologically, it represents career, status, reputation, life goals and aspirations. Its position in our birth chart is elevated, reflecting our social standing and reputation as well as our vocational purpose in life. The particular combination of planets within our 9th and 10th house will indicate our choice of career and level of success.
The Midheaven is not only confined to indication our vocational goals, and can also influence our spiritual or personal goals, and the way we respond to stressful situations. The Midheaven represents a parent, usually the mother, with the other parents reflected by the angle at the opposite end (the Immum Coeli). The Midheaven has a significant effect on the way that others perceive us, particularly our social qualities and trustworthiness.
The Midheaven influences the different zodiac signs in different ways, explained below.
Midheaven in a Fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius):
Fire signs are generally instinctive, active and passionate seeing them looking for a spiritual passion that explodes beyond all barriers.
Midheaven in an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn):
Earth signs are practical, rational and grounded seeing them infuse idealism into themselves, allowing for them to aspire to spiritual as well as mundane goals.
Midheaven in an Air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius):
Air signs are logical, methodical, and levelheaded seeing their desire to expand perception beyond all narrow opinions and limited understanding.
Midheaven in a Water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces):
Water signs are imaginative, perceptive, and sensitive seeing them seek to enjoy life with unity, dissolving the parts back into a whole. This means surrendering to the divine as part of life's journey.
The Midheaven's relationship to the planets in a chart is also particularly important, with this being called aspects to the planets. When the Midheaven and a planet fall into a conjuction, this indicates a change or the start of something new. The Midheavens relationship with the planets is listed below:
- Midheaven/Sun: Clarity of consciousness and aspirations
- Midheaven/Moon: Inner spiritual clarity
- Midheaven/Mercury: Clarity of thinking
- Midheaven/Venus: Clarity of love and creative expression
- Midheaven/Mars: Clarity of action
- Midheaven/Jupiter: Clarity of expanded purpose
- Midheaven/Saturn: limitations of the physical environment, self-criticism
- Midheaven/Uranus: originality, career dance with, sudden change
- Midheaven/Neptune: uncertainty, dreaminess, strange ideas, deception
- Midheaven/Pluto: power, authority, fame, recognition
Planets in the Tenth House
Sun in 10th House. This is a token of success and of gaining an honorable, independent position in society. The mind tends to clear, logical trends of thought; peaceful constructive philosophy, based on sell-observed facts.
There is much talent for occupying a leading position, the more so, because the individuality, great ability, willpower and passionate love for work (when the aspects of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are good) are an example to dependents or pupils, compelling them to imitate.
An affliction of Jupiter will at times reduce the strong, self-conscious manner to a certain arrogant pride, less favorable to gaining the affections of those lower in rank.
On the other hand a trine aspect with Uranus opens the possibility of great popularity when one is on more brotherly, equal footing with them. One will truly gain far more love and confidence by sincere pleasant cooperation than by behaving in a self-sufficient, commanding manner.
Moon in 10th House through the changing nature of the Moon, indicates many changes in the profession and outward life. Further many connections with the public and with women. On the whole, the profession will not be taken very seriously, the private life being of far greater concern. Yet this position gives more success and appreciation than might be expected. The consequence is apt to be that, considering the effect of relatively slight exertion, the native feels less and less incentive to really serious and devoted work. And this is of course a great pity for all that might have been reached with a little more trouble.
Mercury in 10th House gives ability to do unexpected jobs: practical organizing of work and a talent for putting into practice a great deal of acquired knowledge. Too much repetition should however be avoided, and compulsion from outside weakens both energy and zeal. This position inclines the native to have more than one profession at a time, to enter into relations with many people and to deal" in various things.
When Gemini or Sagittarius is in M.C. a journalistic career is most probable.
When afflicted, especially by Mars or Uranus, there will be likelihood of many rash and unfortunate changes of profession: a jack of all trades and master of none.
Venus in 10th House. The profession will in some way be connected with things which embellish life or make it more pleasant and will on the whole be lucrative. Only strength to persevere, to finish what has been begun, will sometimes be lacking when no aspects are formed.
This position further denotes a great desire for contact with others, connections with cultured or artistic circles. And the career will be favorably influenced by these.
When inharmoniously aspected it will not be easy to find the exact direction in life and various disappointments will precede lasting happiness. When, however, at last the right choice has been made (e.g. during a fortunate direction or transit) it will cause much progress both, spiritually and socially.
Mars in 10th House. Great energy for progress, love of enterprise and also much love of work, which always be based on strong and lofty ideals, sustained by a firm belief in the possibility of reaching them and their helpful influence on society. And it is this sense of Truth, this faith, this love of work which embody the greatest possibilities of development. The calling chosen will be one in which a resolute manner is desirable and where ability to use sharp-edged tools is needed e.g. that of a surgeon' medical man, officer. This position gives love of fame and honor.
When Mars makes few aspects it is wise to strengthen its influence consciously by guarding against pessimistic or weakening feelings and by opening oneself wide to new thoughts, the healthy joy of life and love of action.
When afflicted a revolutionary nature manifests, which opposes all restraint, hot-headed. If the native succeeds in guiding the unbalanced energy of Mars into good directions - e.g. by work that is largely constructive - sorrow, trouble, anxiety and disappointment will in the long run result in such good things that could perhaps never have been obtained had the course of life been easy.
Jupiter in 10th House. There is every likelihood that the native's occupations or situations will harmonize with his inclinations and temperament, and therefore give him every satisfaction. And if perhaps in the horoscope an afflicted Saturn makes him disposed to worry about material things, the presence of Jupiter will remind him that ideal victories have also value which may be greater.
Here Jupiter gives great ease in intercourse with other people and a keen sense of humor. The native has a great sense of responsibility and justice but also a certain partiality for outward show, as well as for public recognition and esteem.
Further this position strengthens vitality, especially when there is sufficient movement in the open air, sun-baths etc. Listening to good music may also have a physically helpful influence. This position makes the native very fit to be a calm, benevolent guide of younger people, not excessively strict, but clinging to definite principles "suaviter in modo, fortiter in re".
His love and attachment are very great especially to his own children, and also relatives, although an affliction is sure to cause a passing conflict. He should ever bear in mind that though his own ideas may be excellent, as a rule youth has other views. And our task is to seek to understand these and to guide them aright. His inner feelings of religious brotherhood and humanity are stronger than they appear on the surface to be. He likes to help with advice and action, but the latter only when it has been proved that assistance will be really useful and is really necessary.
When afflicted Jupiter does not point to a strong position in social life. There is a possibility of slander which might harm the native's good character. This position therefore requires great prudence in all personal matters, actions and sayings. Reckless action may have fatal consequence, with regard both to health and finances. Intercourse with relatives will probably cause much unpleasantness through mutual misunderstanding. With regard to subordinates trouble may also be expected and this gives a possibility of a change of fortune and loss of credit.
Saturn in 10th House gives opposition and perseverance in the profession as well as ambition which aims very high. Affliction seriously demands great self-control and tact in all connections with the outer world, because otherwise a public collapse may occur at the moment of the greatest fame (Napoleon I). Notwithstanding all the native's good qualities, perseverance, love of work and self-confidence, the feelings of modesty and responsibility should always be prominent and he should never undertake any enterprise which is beyond his control.
In affliction discontent, dissatisfaction with the native's own being and position arise.
In general, even when this constellation is not unfavorably aspected, it is apt to cause great whimsicality and bad temper. The native should fight the inclination to concentrate, when opposed, wholly upon himself – for this is sure at some time or other to manifest physically as some Saturn-disease.
Further this position indicates a great love for public, responsible offices, preferably abroad, and makes the native very sensitive to signs of reverence or respect from outsiders. Saturn afflicted hinders its fulfilment.
Uranus in 10th House indicates somewhat peculiar occupations in a social-ethical direction. Uranus is the planet of altruism and inspiration, and posited in the house of calling indicates a field of activity whereby the weaker people of the world art protected, educated, and generally supported. Nursing, morally as well is physically, emancipation of women, the relief of the outcasts of society - all these will have his active approval - and in these fields he will meet with success.
It goes without saying that when afflicted, this cannot be done without incurring resistance or even ridicule. Sedate respectability and selfish calculating reason will be unable to join in the aim of this life and again and again resistance will be felt.
When well aspected the ideals may be expected to be.strong enough to hold their own in the midst of much opposition and disapprobation, and in the end the fruits of this difficult but courageous work may be gathered. Uranus placed here gives something original, at times even genius. A lively imagination and peculiar and rather special ideas render the personality very attractive even to those who understand but little of this character. But this fact does not prevent the native from being a "black sheep" for his family and the more old-fashioned of his acquaintances, a being whom in all possible ways they will try to convert. This however will only increase the alienation.
Upon the whole this position is an indication of a life full of vicissitudes, which cannot be disregarded. It points to the fact that only after many and various disappointments will people recognize that here is an original talent. Uranus rendered intuitive, resourceful, gives magnetic healing power.
Neptune in 10th House. As Neptune by its position in this house exercises an influence on the calling and position in the world it will bring peculiar changes and occurrences in these. Romantic situations, strange intricacies which, after all, are solved quite simply will again and again occur in life. This position gives also the faculty to reproduce one's experiences in some form of art and to extract teaching from it in order to be able to help another with its result. The native’s occupations can certainly not be called common.
The native has gifts, which however are not developed with sufficient assiduity or devotion; he has not enough system, not enough organizing talent with which to make his own gifts productive. This will cause the outer world to receive an impression of a chaotic indefinite mind without any solid foundation.
There is great sensitivity psychically and astrally and experiences and ideas in this direction can always be traced in the work and behavior.
When afflicted this position may prove dangerous for demonstrating occult powers publicly and even for their excessive cultivation. Great care should always be taken, because otherwise nervous disorders may result.