Public life, fame or obscurity, ambition, the career, the true vocation, politics and power are found here. Your fifteen minutes of fame. You can have a successful career in one field but become famous or notorious for something else, such a hobby, invention, crime or scandal. Note that this house has nothing to do with financial success. It’s about fame. Some of our most famous artists and writers, for example, have lived and died in poverty, such as Vincent Van Gogh and Walt Whitman. The poet Emily Dickinson lived in modest obscurity and was not famous until after her death.
Public life is the primary theme of the 10th house. This house, also referred to as the Midheaven, shows whether or not you become well known in your sphere of influence from the local to the world level. It promises your great success or failure and your efforts in your chosen field. Most people live humble, obscure lives and don’t care for the spotlight. But there are those, Leo and Sagittarius for example, who crave the adoration of others, the honors, media attention and testimonial dinners. The best aspect for this kind of glory is to have Leo on the cusp, or the Sun here! You may be well known in your community, if not nationally. You could be mayor, president of the PTO, or in some way the big fish in a little pond.
Conversely, Pisces here shows a person who is shy and prefers to remain anonymous. Scorpio on the cusp of the Midheaven may show someone who is mysterious and operates below the surface such as a government spy. This person is shrewd and ambitious. Pluto here can show the same qualities. With Gemini here the person may not be well known, but has several career changes or diverse accomplishments. He might be a Jack-of-all-trades.
To have Jupiter here indicates fortunate opportunities, expansion and exploration. Help comes from wealthy and influential people. If you have the Moon here it is good for political ambition and leadership, for it gives the ability to understand the moods and desires of the people. Politicians usually have strong Moon aspects. If Uranus is here, there may be a sudden rise and fall. Saturn indicates a long way to the top, with struggle and hard work, and for some, conflicts with authority. If Capricorn, the natural ruling sign, is on the cusp, the same thing is guaranteed. You must not be deterred by Saturn. You will succeed by sheer determination. Look at Richard Nixon, a Capricorn (ruled by Saturn). He looked like he was through after he lost the election for California governor, and made an amazing comeback to become President. However, by authority he was later forced to resign!
I have a friend in Wyckoff, Bergen County, whose 10th house is a perfect illustration. He has a tight conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Leo, right on the Midheaven. He has worked hard and made steady progress in his career. He likes to be in charge of projects and is an expert in many things. He once lost his job because of a conflict with a corrupt company vice president. That’s Saturn for you. And like a Leo, he has enjoyed the spotlight, honor and recognition for volunteer work in the community.
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