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Planets in the 10th house (Planets in Midheaven, 10th house Planets)
These planets will influence your ability to SUCCEED!
No Planets in the 10th House
Before we get to the nitty gritty of the 10th house planets and their interpretations, I want to make an important note here. What does it mean to have no planets in Midheaven? Is it bad? Does that mean that you will not achieve success and better social status?
Take a deep sigh of relief! Having no 10th house planets is nothing to worry about! The house is still there, and your potential for professional growth and accomplishments is intact! All this means is that you will need to take fewer steps into interpreting the area of career and achievements in the horoscope. If you have no clue how to do so, just grab my FREE guide on finding your most probable suitable professional path according to your birth chart! There you can take the first few steps into uncovering your potential for SUCCESS and accomplishments. In many cases (such as this one of having no planets in the tenth house), these few data points may be just what you need to get your BIG aha-moment!
The 10th House Planets Meanings
OK, if you have at least one planet or luminary in your house of career, here’s what it might mean regarding your vocation and potential professional fields!
The Sun in 10th House
First off, to understand this Sun in tenth house placement, we need to get to know what this celestial body is all about! Helios in the chart signifies how we express our individuality, the leadership and managerial potential, the male archetype, and the drive for POWER and rulership. The position of the Sun can show us where we want to shine in our life! So, knowing this important information, how can we describe the Sun in Midheaven placement? The main keyword we can use here is “responsible”. Since this is the house associated with Capricorn, the Sun in the 10th house will have a similar manifestation as being born under the sign of the Goat – having the potential for being driven, responsible, disciplined, serious, and reliable. This placement may also signify the potential for reaching quite some professional SUCCESS since achievements, reputation, and accomplishments are extremely important to you! Since the Sun is the lord of the Lion and it is located in the house of the ego, we can safely say that this position points to being quite proud and being really invested in proving your worth to the world and getting your fair share of applauds and admiration.
In terms of career, this placement may be EXCELLENT for all sorts of Leo-related professions, like generally being under the spotlight, show business, politics, all leadership and management positions, sports, etc. (All career paths related to the zodiac signs can be found in my FREE ebook on career and success!).
Lastly, keep in mind that the exact position of the Sun by sign and its aspects can completely change the picture. If Helios is afflicted and it is not well-placed, this may lead to arrogance, contempt, egotism, and even despotism. All these tendencies may hinder your career advancement and your reputation, and they should be constantly worked on and softened.
The Moon in Tenth House
This is a very interesting position of the natural Earth satellite! The Moon in the natal chart governs our emotions, as well as the feminine energy (especially the mother). This is the celestial body related to all kinds of fluctuations, liquids, and everything associated with the seas and the oceans.
So, how can we describe the Moon in the 10th house placement? The main keyword we can attribute to this position is “social”. The Moon is the luminary which is deeply connected to society in general, and we can see this position in many celebrities whose careers are in some way related to influencing the masses and their emotions and moods. (That is why this cosmic body is pivotal in the area of Mundane Astrology – the branch of this ancient knowledge which deals with worldly events and that is why it is often called Political Astrology.)
OK, let’s dive a little deeper into this position! Since this is the luminary of fluctuations, having your Moon in the 10th house may often signify having multiple changes in your career. The ups and downs of your professional development may be quite frequent and these can deeply influence your emotional state. Since this is the house related to our egos, the successes and failures in your vocation may cause a great deal of emotional imbalance, and becoming aware of these tendencies will help you deal with the discomfort. Always keep in mind these wise words: “This too shall pass.”
When it comes to some actual career path choices, having the Moon in the Midheaven may be a powerful significator for having SUCCESS in all professional areas related to women (especially motherhood), the sea and all kinds of liquids (like maritime transport), and dealing with large groups of people. (Keep in mind that the sign is also extremely important when we make such assumptions! So, I would recommend you check my FREE guide on finding your vocation with the help of Astrology!)
If the Moon is not well-placed or if it is afflicted, this position may signify having too many changes in the career, public scandals that may hurt your ego, or the career advancement may be challenged by too many emotional swings and changes of heart. Do your best to see the big picture and your positive influence on the world!
Mercury in Midheaven
Mercury in the 10th house can be a WONDERFUL position for achieving success and a better social status! Here’s why! Hermes is a fast-moving planet and it signifies communication of all kind, the ability to express our ideas, short-distance travels, our siblings, and transportation of all kinds. So, how can we describe the Mercury in the tenth house placement? Well the key phrase here can be “SUCCESS conscious”.
Since this is the planet of communication, it is easy to say that this position may be suitable for people who wish to use their unmatched ability for self-expression in their career advancement process! This placement can be seen in MASTER communicators, orators, lecturers, sales experts, and even politicians! You may be deeply intrigued by all kinds of professions related to the public and social life. Your “unfair” advantages are your extremely sharp mind, quick-wits, charisma, and an unparalleled sense of humor. These can be your GOLDEN ticket to climbing the ladder and improving your social status.
What professions might also be suitable to you? Since Hermes is the planet of communication and transport, all Gemini-related career fields might give you the potential for more achievements – sales, marketing, writing, speaking, transport, education, etc. All the professions associated with the zodiac signs can be found right HERE!
Remember that if Mercury is not well-placed or if it is afflicted, you may experience quite some troubles in your career and reputation based on your inclinations towards malicious gossiping and scheming.
Venus in 10th House
I LOVE this placement! Well, I love all of them, but here we can have the potential for something really nice. However, I do wish to point out that there are no true positive or negative placements – even the best and most beneficial aspects of the chart can be detrimental for the individual, if they are abused!
OK, back to our Venus in the tenth house placement! I love this aspect because here we are dealing with one of the so called beneficial planets in the natal chart – it is also known as “The Little Benefactor”. As the name implies this cosmic body is considered to bring good fortune and luck whenever it is located. It is also the planet associated with art, aesthetics, beauty, harmony, relationships, marriage, luxury, and generally – all sources of pleasure and enjoyment.
So, how can we describe the Venus in Midheaven position? The code word for this placement is “sympathetic”. As you might have guessed, this placement of the Goddess of Love might be extremely beneficial for having luck and good fortune in the areas of career, achievements, and reputation. However, this comes usually with the help of other people. The main theme here is the potential for having MAGNETIZING charisma, charm, exceptional manners, and diplomatic skills! These qualities will turn people into your powerful allies much more easily! So, as a logical consequence, your level of success might be phenomenal! Even one of (or both) your parent might have an extremely positive influence on your career advancement.
Since this is the planet of relationships, partnerships and marriage, having your Venus in the 10th house might also help you have a successful spouse who also propels you towards a better social status, luxury, and success. However, this position of Aphrodite can give you the drive to search for marriage opportunities based on status, not exactly based on love and affection.
In terms of specific professions that might interest you – everything Venus and Libra-related might bring you lots of achievements, and good reputation – art, beauty, diplomacy, partnerships, romance, etc. You can read more about all these career fields related to the 12 astrological signs in my FREEBIE on career and vocation!
Lastly, as I mentioned in the beginning of this section, every astrological aspect or placement can turn sour, if not used correctly. In this sense, the exact position of Venus and its aspect can be pivotal in how all these potentials manifest in real life. If Aphrodite is not well-placed or if it is afflicted, you may have real troubles forging and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships, and thus you might not reach the highest potential of this placement. Moreover, there is also the risk of overindulgence (especially in luxury items) and relying mostly on luck instead of hard work and discipline. Since the 10th house is the domain of Capricorn, ambition, self-discipline, responsibility, maturity, and a strong work ethic will always be involved in our path to success and achievements!
Mars in Tenth House
I have some GOOD news and some bad news. The bad part is that since Mars is the God of war, it is considered to be a malicious planet. It is often called “The Little Malefactor” and it is associated with the energy of adolescent immaturity, violence, war, as well as cuts and burns. However, as I always like to say, everything in Astrology can be used in a negative and destructive or in a positive and constructive way. It depends on our level of awareness and our free will choices.
So, on the bright side, Mars can bring an enormous energetic push in the area it is placed in. This is also the planet of strength, POWER, ambition, the motivation to act, and all-consuming desires. Its placement can also give us some unparalleled levels of drive to pursue our goals and dreams! As you can guess, having the Mars in 10th house can make you an extremely ambitious and proactive person who is willing to put in the necessary work to succeed! It can give you the strength to overcome any obstacles and persevere. Ares is the planet of struggle and hard work, and it perfectly aligns with the demands of Capricorn – to be disciplined and persistent in your career pursuits. Mars is the planet of the military and if you can use this placement to cultivate a military level of self-discipline, you may have an extremely competitive edge against your rivals in the professional field! Speaking of “rivals”, Mars in Midheaven may give you the inclination to view your career advancement as a battlefield where you need to fight against your competitors so that you can collect “the spoils of war”.
In that sense, when it comes to actual professional fields, you might excel in all areas related to Ares and Aries – the military, anything related to weapons, metal and metallurgy, surgery, mechanics, etc. However, I do remind you that we need to always keep in mind the whole chart when making such assessments! So, I advise you to take a look at my FREE pdf on finding your most probable career path based on the potential in your natal chart!
Sadly, since we are dealing with the house related to the father, Mars in the tenth house may often signify a strained relationship with the dad. In some cases, the father may even be completely absent (physically or emotionally) from your life. If that’s the case, try to take this from the growth mindset point of view – you have what it takes to overcome this challenging situation, and become a strong and driven human being! Moreover, the family constellations method might also be quite beneficial in these situations!
If Ares is not well-placed or if it is afflicted, you may need to be cautious picking your battles carefully. Your reputation and/or your professional success might be at stake, and you might need to fend off all kinds of rivals left and right.
Jupiter in Midheaven
What can I say? LUCKY you! This is probably the placement any ambitious person wants to have in their natal chart! And the simple reason for this is that Jupiter is considered to be one of the most beneficial planets (if not the MOST beneficial) in the birth chart! This is the largest celestial body in the Solar system, and logically it is associated with the processes of expansion, fortune, luck, optimism, prosperity, etc. That is why in the Astrology community Jupiter is known as “The Great Benefactor”! Wherever you find Zeus (the Greek name for Jupiter), you can count on mainly positive and expansive influence and results.
Logically, Jupiter in 10t house may be the single best placement for adding massive amounts of success, luck, and fortune in the area of career and achievements. Actually, this is among the rare occasions where we can witness early SUCCESS in life. You may have learned that the tenth house is ruled by Capricorn and the slow-moving planet of Saturn, and we usually accomplish our best achievements a bit later in life (at least after the first Saturn return). But here the accomplishments and career advancement may come sooner than expected.
When it comes to the actual professional field, Zeus in Midheaven can bring a lot of GOOD fortune in the areas related to Jupiter and Sagittarius – the judicial system, academics, philosophy, religion, foreign trade, athletics, etc. As usual, I remind you that these potentials have to be backed by other vital parts of the natal chart related to career, success, and vocation! So, I would encourage you to grab my FREEBIE on finding your best professional vocation with Astrology!
However, if Jupiter is not well-placed or if it is afflicted, there may be potent tendencies to become too materialistic, too ambitious, arrogant, and haughty!
Saturn in 10th House
Do you feel a little anxious about this 10th house planet placement? Well, don’t be! I know, I know, Saturn has a really bad rap in Astrology, and I will definitely write a whole post to go over this planet and why I think it is not as bad as it is believed to be! So, feel free to sign up for our newsletter to be notified on all future articles on the blog! Yes, Saturn is often called “The Great Malefactor” in the horoscope because this is the planet associated with restrictions, restraints, and insecurities. However, this is also the celestial body related to ambition, maturity, discipline, wisdom, and responsibility. And since this astrological house is naturally ruled by Chronos, the Saturn in tenth house placement is actually considered to be an EXCELLENT location for the God of time – it is in domal dignity!
Why? Because as I mentioned previously, to reach our highest potential of our Midheaven, we do need to cultivate these qualities in ourselves – a good work ethic, persistence, resilience, patience, the drive to keep growing and improving ourselves, the motivation to overcome the obstacles and limitations! This is what Saturn is trying to teach us – this is the archetype of the strict father who expresses their LOVE for his children by trying to prepare them for the difficulties they might face in life!
So, as far as specific career paths you may choose to pursue, all professional fields related to Chronos and Capricorn might be suitable (if they are supported by other career-related aspects in the chart!) – management and leadership positions, politics (especially conservative types), anything related to conservation and preservation, archeology, geriatrics, alpinism, etc. All professions related to the 12 zodiac signs are described in my FREE pdf on career and achievements!
However, the exact placement of Saturn by sign and its aspects should also be taken into account! If Chronos is not well-placed (let’s say that it is in Aries or Cancer) or if it’s afflicted, this may lead to lots of egotism, arrogance, and even brutality in the pursuits of success and accomplishments – “The goal justifies the means” type of mentality.
Uranus in Tenth House
If I have to pick some relevant keywords for this Uranus in 10th house placement, they would be “unconventional, distinctive, and unusual”. This is indeed an extremely interesting location for Ouranos – the Greek God of the sky! But first, let’s take a look at what this intriguing planet signifies in Astrology!
Ouranos is the celestial body in the Solar system which is associated with inventions, science, electricity, all kinds of radiation, individuality, futurism, and the rebellion against the status quo. Its influence may be beneficial and it may become a POWERFUL driving force for the advancement of humanity. But it can also be destructive through anarchy, chaos, shock, and unpredictable cataclysms. This is the planet of radical changes and surprises – both good and bad.
So, what does it mean to have the Uranus in Midheaven placement? The first logical interpretation is that you may experience quite a few extreme changes in your career. They can be beneficial or not (depending on multiple factors we can describe below). It is highly likely that you may be a natural born leader who simply refuses to bow down to outer authorities, and it may be extremely difficult for you to have a boss over your head. You may have a deep need to express your unique individuality through your career, and quite often you may choose a line of work that is very unusual or unconventional!
As far as the exact professional fields that might be suitable for this placement go, everything related to Ouranos and Aquarius might have the potential for bringing more SUCCESS and achievements – electricity, science, inventions, Astrology and Astronomy, technology (especially audio and video), working within organizations with causes close to your heart, and anything which may bring benefits to humanity! All professional fields associated with the astrological signs can be found in my FREE guide on choosing a suitable career according to you horoscope!
Lastly, if Uranus is not well-placed (let’s say that it is in Taurus or Leo) or if it is afflicted, you may have real difficulties channeling the extremely anarchic and rebellious nature of Ouranos. You may express disrespect towards all authority figures which may force you to keep changing your jobs and to not reach your professional potential and success. This tendency may be exacerbated by difficult relationships with your father. In this case I think that the family constellations may have a really beneficial and healing effect on your personal bonds as well as your career advancement!
Neptune in Midheaven
I hope that I have succeeded in getting this one main idea about Astrology across – there are no true good or bad aspects. Every element of the chart, every placement can simultaneously hold some great benefits as well as some destructive effects, and anything in between! Analyzing your birth chart is about becoming aware of these potentials and making conscious choices! And I think that the Neptune in the 10th house placement will be the perfect example of this dichotomy!
First, let’s take a look at what Poseidon represents in the chart! Neptune is the planet associated with all kinds of liquids (the sea, the oceans, drinks, as well as oil and petrol), music and audio waves, poetry, aromas, television and acting, spirituality (especially Christianity), idealism, intuition, and compassion. However, on the dark side, Poseidon can also govern all illusions and delusions, deception, and all addictions. The location of Neptune in the chart can show us where we deceive ourselves and/or others, as well as where we seek the ideal. Doesn’t that sound a bit controversial? Well, these are the both ends of the spectrum I spoke about earlier in this section!
So, what conclusion can we draw from this information? Well, on one hand, the Neptune in the tenth house placement may give you the IMMENSE potential to excel in all these Neptune and Pisces-related areas, like maritime trade, acting and music, medicine (especially all areas related to anesthetics, addictions, and working in hospitals), money management (money is ruled by the element of water), prisons, and anything idealistic which intends to work for the benefit of humans (through expressing your natural compassion). Either way, you may possess some unparalleled POWERFUL intuitive skills that may lead you towards new levels of professional success and achievements (in other words, you may have keen entrepreneurial hunches to “smell” success). Keep in mind that the full descriptions of all career fields related to the zodiac signs are in my FREE guide on accomplishments and reputation!
However, there is always a dark side to any aspect! Beware if Poseidon is not well-placed (for instance, if it is in Virgo) or if it is afflicted. This can lead to the more negative manifestations of the placement – deception. You may have the inclination to deceive others in attempts to climb up the ladder more easily or you may be deceived by others. You may also have some unrealistic and too idealistic perceptions of what success, accomplishments and social status are, and how they are achieved. With this placement I would say that there may be a tendency to fall for get rich quick schemes or to be part of such. This is something to be really cautious about and I remind you that the 10th house is about hard work, responsibility, maturity, and persistence!
Pluto in 10th House
Pluto in tenth house can be a really interesting placement! If all the luminaries and 10th house planets we have covered so far had positive and negative potentials, when it comes to Pluto… the black and white extremes can be even more pronounced. But first, let’s take a look at what this planet is all about! I know, I know, there is a hot debate whether we can call it a planet at all, but for the sake of simplicity I will regard it as such.
So, Pluto is a very controversial celestial body in Astrology, to say the least! Its Greek version is Hades – the God of the underworld, and even this piece of information can give you chills down the spine. Pluto governs everything regarding the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, radical transformations, secrets, and everything which is deeply buried underground (literally and figuratively speaking), mutations, atomic power, violence, etc. Yeah, it does not sound like a friendly planet, does it? However, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
OK, let’s get back to the 10th house! What would it mean to have your Pluto in Midheaven? Since Hades is considered to be the highest octave of Mars, and Ares is all about energy, impulses, and drive, we can safely say that a person with this placement will be extremely motivated to SUCCEED in whatever professional area they are in. However, keep in mind that Pluto is associated with manias, obsessions, and idées fixes. Career advancement, achievements, reputation, and improving your social status can become such fixed ideas that there may be a strong imbalance between professional and personal life (in the favor of the first). You may be so invested in becoming the BEST in your field that everything else may become just background noise. Yes, for the sake of achieving success, hard work and dedication are necessary, but this Pluto in tenth house placement may go to the radical unhealthy extremes where it becomes a “va banque” type of behavior.
So, on the bright side, this location of Hades may give you the IMMENSE potential to be extremely hard-working, dedicated to your craft, motivated, persistent, courageous, having authority in your field, and with powerful leadership skills. However, on the negative side of the spectrum (especially if Pluto is not well-placed or if it is afflicted), you may become a true power-hungry megalomaniac, vengeful dictator, and a hard-core perfectionist who regularly burns out and tests the limits of their body and psyche.
This placement may also signify the potential for radical transformations in your career. Again, these can be for better or worse. You may go from a carpenter to a world-renowned actor (like Harrison Ford and his Hades in the tenth house) or vice versa – from extreme head-dizzying success to the very bottom of the food chain.
As far as specific professions that might be suitable for this placement go, you may consider all career paths associated with Scorpio – medicine (especially surgery), politics (requires the support from others), working in the police or the intelligence services, anything related to death (like a funeral agent), spirituality and esoterics, archeology, hairdressing (deals with transformation), banking, insurance, etc. The complete list is in my FREE pdf on finding your vocation with Astrology.
Earth in Tenth House
Now, before I get to the analysis of the Earth in 10th house placement, let’s just get this disclaimer out of the way! The Earth is not widely used in Astrology and there are some hot debates whether it should be part of the natal chart interpretation process or not. If you are curious about its hypothetical meaning, then keep reading, but take this description with a grain of salt!
So, what does the Earth represent in Astrology? Or what do we hypothesize about its meaning, to be more precise? Many astrologers assume that Gaia is the natural ruler of Taurus as well as the second house, and it represents our mission in life. This planet can show us how we meet the world and reality in general, where we feel most productive, and where we get our sense of worth (if we take it as the lord of the house of values). Want to know how to locate your Gaia? It’s simple – just look at the exact opposite point of your Sun. The Earth is placed at exactly 180 degrees from your Helios. This means that if your Sun is placed in the fourth house, the Earth is in Midheaven, and vice versa.
That being said, what does it mean to have your Earth in 10th house? First off, I would say that this may be an EXCELLENT position for our planet. And the simple reason for this is that the tenth house is an earth house being under the government of Capricorn. So, this placement might signify being extremely productive in your professional field, and generally speaking, you may have the necessary toolkit for achieving SUCCESS – a strong work ethic, patience, persistence, good core value, etc. This position of Gaia may also mean that your mission is tightly connected to your vocation, and you may be here on earth in this lifetime to be of service of some kind – to apply effort in providing value to other people, and thus – achieve your highest potential in terms of career advancement, social status, and reputation. You may have a true real down to Earth and practical approach to your career, and you may not have any illusions about what it would take to be successful.
Of course, we need to look at the entire natal chart and the exact placement of Earth and its aspects to make such a judgment. (The hypothetical good placement for Gaia is Taurus, while Scorpio may not be that great.) For instance, as you may have learned earlier in this article, if you have Neptune in 10th house, in your mind there may be a true tug of war between what’s real and what’s not in your professional development and your life mission.
In terms of some possible suitable career paths for this placement go, anything Taurus related may be good – farming, anything related to real estate and land, animal breeding, and anything associated with food. All the professions related to the 12 zodiac signs are described in my FREEBIE on vocation and career.
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