People today talk about living your passion. But what does that really mean? So many of us know what activities make us happy but income concerns or relationships may have interfered in actually living out this passion. Do we chuck our conservative, well paying, corporate career to be an artist? Or a self-employed restaurateur? Or maybe we really are happy in a corporate type of career with security. Can we really make a living being a physical education teacher or a foreign tour guide? Maybe our parents persuaded us to take the “safe” career or an adult relationship and family kept us from realizing our dreams of owning our own business. Many things in life can steer us away from our passions, but with careful planning and self knowledge, we can discover what our passion really is, always has been, and how to express it in a viable, income producing way as an adult.
Astrology can help discern the type of career or job that is best suited for our work skills and our emotional needs in the workplace. The birth chart holds enormous information about what types of careers we are happiest doing, what type of work environment we need to be successful and happy with our jobs, and what types of activities are likely to generate income for us and when. And if you really want to try and understand it all on a deep level, the birth chart can give us clues about our spiritual purpose here during this lifetime and what sort of areas in life we should be developing. Trines in the chart, or planets that are 120 degrees apart, can tell us where we are likely to find ease and be comfortable with certain aspects of our life The squares or hard aspects of the chart indicate where we are likely to find challenges and setbacks and therefore need to push ourselves out of our comfort zone to achieve with confidence.
Three houses of the birth chart are directly associated with our life’s work or career. The second house of the birth chart rules income and our self worth. The sign on the cusp of this house as well as any planets found here, will give us clues as to how we are likely to make our income during our lifetime. For example, if you have Gemini on the cusp of the second house, you are likely to generate income, as a communicator of some sort, perhaps as a writer or a public relations manager. The sixth house holds information about your work skills and the kind of work environment you prefer. It also tells us how you get along with co-workers or clients. Aquarius on this house cusp might tell us that you like a chaotic work environment with a lot of changes or like to surround yourself at work with forward thinking people. The tenth house is the house of your career and the things you want to be respected for at work. This house and its planets tell us what type of career you are likely to pursue, or should, in order to fulfill your purpose and be respected in the world at large. The professional astrologer will look at all three of these houses and your overall personality type and sun sign to help you determine possible career choices.
People are likely to change careers many times during their lifetime and its not that their birth chart changes, but we do acquire new skills and personality traits in our progressed chart as we grow and experience life. At different stages of our lives, the planetary energies express in different ways to meet our needs. Each planet and sign have multiple meanings and symbolism. The professional astrologer will help you determine the most viable career that fits your chart during that particular time in your life and given your current experience and education and personal situation. If you’re thinking about self-employment or going back to school to re-train for a different career, the optimum times for this can also be seen in the transits and how they are hitting off your birth planets. Astrology can be quite helpful in choosing a viable career path; refining the one you are already on to best express your skill set, or to simply discover your passion in life again! Know yourself and you begin to share your passion with the world, consciously shifting into what you‘re meant to do!