The Tenth House - Social Status and Career (Capricorn is the natural ruler)
The Tenth house challenges us to earn respect and recognition in the world at large, making it known as the house of social status and success. Capricorn is strongly influential in its personification of the ever climbing goat. The house represents our motivation and capacity to make vast contributions to the outside world, establishing our social image.
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
Ruler of the Tenth House in different Houses
Ruler of the Tenth House in the first house
The condition of the ruler of the tenth house placed in the first house is extremely auspicious as the tenth angle being the finest in the horoscope has association with the personal sector. As a result, the person's fortunes will be constantly increasing with age and if the planets are dignified fame of a reasonably high order will be achieved by the person. If other factors in the horoscope agree, political power may also be part and parcel of the combination. If however there's association of the rulers of the sixth, eighth or twelfth or the tenth ruler is in the sixth, eighth or twelfth Navamsa houses, the effects will not be so pronounced or may in fact be nil. This could also be unpromising inasmuch as the person's reputation may be sullied.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the second house
This is an excellent placement for wealth and finance as the second house indicates the acquisition of money. Because the tenth house regulates one's career the person will also choose a professional line associated with banking, finance and other trading spheres, particularly if the earth signs like Taurus and Capricorn are involved. If the rulers of the eleventh house and ninth house also combine with dignity, the person can become a very wealth man.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the third house
This can give dramatic and valorous activities in the area of profession as the third house rules one's bravery. The individual has no fear in attempting bold and ambitious enterprises. It's better for the tenth lord to be un-associated with the sixth, eighth or twelfth houses rulers or to be not placed harmonically in those sectors. If so, he may experience great difficulties in achieving the successes he aspires to. The individual has good writing and linguistic skills and can pursue a career in journalism or other literary areas. Music and dance are also hinted at by the third house and many successful artists are born with this combination. Look to the fifth house and also planets Venus, Mercury and Neptune to see which areas this artistic element may flourish. Siblings may also achieve great success as a result of the tenth ruler here.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the fourth house
Whenever the rulers of angles combine or posit each others houses it's considered a good omen in Vedic astrology. Having the tenth ruler in the fourth assures one of success and a love of knowledge and learning. Great respect accompanies this combination but if the aspects to this planet are very strong, the person is also fortunate in not only acquiring worldly success but inner spiritual happiness as well.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the fifth house
The combination of the tenth house in the fifth is an excellent omen for the children of the person. His offspring attain a great height professionally and this even points to some link between the individual's career and his children's. The fifth house is the sector of speculation and if the planets are well placed with good aspect this can herald great fortune in such things as stock market or gambling. The fifth house is the house of future karma and having the most powerful angular lord in this position ensures very strong and robust karma with many successes to be predicted for the future.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the sixth house
There's an opportunity for the individual to pursue a career in law and possibly even the judiciary, depending on the strength of the tenth and sixth rulers. If the planets are not quite strong, the sixth house may give work in a more menial role and causes obstacles to the achievement of success. The negative influence of planets such as Saturn, Mars and Rahu here causes disputes and litigation or even some sort of professional collapse. Generally as the sixth house is a growing house, success in most circumstances will come later in life.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the seventh house
With favorable influences on this planet the partners of the individual will shine and in fact success can be achieved after marriage. The professional life is linked to travels and this could indicate life in the diplomatic corps. This normally offers a tremendous opportunity for the person in both business and personal relationships.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the eighth house
Unfortunately, the individual born with the tenth ruler in the eight house is not destined to have an easy run where profession is concerned. There'll be many obstacles in the performance of work and even if the aspects are reasonably auspicious, the employment itself may still only be temporary. If heavy aspects and malefics influence this combination the results can be disastrous. This may indicate the person has a natural tendency towards criminal activities and litigious problems as well. Because the eighth house is the house of Tantric or spiritual knowledge, the favorable influence of benefics like Jupiter or rulers of the ninth and fifth house may mitigate these influences and cause the person to pursue a more spiritual path in life.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the ninth house
Good results are to be expected with the ruler of the tenth house here. It's noteworthy to see how many spiritually enlightened masters and religious leaders have this combination. Therefore, there's a direct link between work and the spiritual motivations of the individual which make him a preacher or someone attempting to enlighten the world generally. This is also a strong and positive placement for the father and promises tremendous success and wealth to them.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the tenth house
High status in life and fame are to be expected for the tenth ruler in its own sector. The person's name will shine brightly, particularly if lords of the other angles or trines partake of the combination. It's important for this ruler to be strong however, as the reverse results are to be expected if it's posited in its house of debilitation. More often than not great results are to be expected during the cycle of the planet ruling the tenth or planets found in the Nakshatras (stars) of this particular ruler.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the eleventh house
This is a very strong financial placement and gives immense wealth with many powerful and influential friendships along business and career lines. Unless there's an affliction to the ruler of the eleventh or tenth rulers, the person is likely to have great support from people both in his employ and socially. Alternatively, under negative aspects, these friends may turn on him. This placement also indicates strength in the relationship and professional status of the siblings.
Ruler of the Tenth House in the twelfth house
There's a strong connection between foreign countries and the profession of the individual and they may spend time overseas, living there for a considerable time, particularly if the signs on the twelfth house are fixed. Along with this seeking of material success in faraway places, there's a tinge of spirituality about the person yet if negative planets such as Rahu, Mars or Saturn aspect negatively, they may turn to a life of crime.