Horoscope Houses in Astrology
Welcome to Horoscope Houses in Astrology, a series on the twelve houses of your birth chart, and their meaning. This time the Tenth House of your natal chart (personal horoscope) is in focus. Of course, the houses have the same meaning no matter if we are looking at your public predictions (your zodiac sign) or your private predictions. If you are a Premium Member and have your own birth chart from me, though, you’ll get the most from what you’re about to read.
A really simple way to know yourself at a glance is to find which zodiac signs dominate. Which house (or slice of the wheel) has the most factors?
Horoscope Houses in Astrology: The Tenth House
The Tenth House is ruled by the zodiac sign Capricorn and Saturn. This is where you climb to the top, achieving your goals and becoming successful. From there you either spend a great deal of time hanging on to the top, or finding other mountains to climb. Capricorn is an ancient symbol for the goat who scales the heights, being careful not to put a foot wrong.
The Tenth House describes the system. This may be the class system. The caste system in India. It describes the typical hierarchy of a corporation or business. The interns or work-experience placements are at the bottom. At the top is the C.E.O. or Manager. If you can picture a mountain with a broad base, rising to a small peak at the top, you will soon see that the ‘masses’ are at the base holding up the ‘top people’ at – you guessed it – the top. Who are the top people? Those in the social pages of glamorous magazines, newspapers and websites. Those who become famous. Those who win promotions, win awards, land hits, sit on top of the bestseller lists, and the rest.
The planets, asteroids, angles or Nodes you have in Capricorn in the Tenth House describe how easy or difficult it is for you to work with the system. Do you respect the game – and want to play the game – or do you struggle with the rules? Saturn is a great symbol of fear in astrology. He is pale yellow (the colour of the human face when all blood drains away, when one is facing fear). He is also surrounded with rings, which represent the barriers, walls or boundaries we put up, to make ourselves feel more secure and less threatened by who/what is coming at us.
The Tenth House describes old systems and ancient structures in society which seek to keep fear at bay. What kind of fear? Well, the fear that someone or something could threaten the whole structure so it comes tumbling down. Thus, there are all kinds of rules, regulations, checks and balances in a typical Tenth House workplace, business, government, government department, company or corporation. There is no room for anything or anybody spontaneous or unpredictable, because that might create a landslide on the mountain.
Capricorn structures also seek to comfort people’s fear of unemployment, or failure, by guaranteeing them a well-worn path to the middle of the mountain, if not the actual top. If you do what is suggested and put one foot in front of the other, like a mountain goat – never putting a foot wrong – you too can have your place in the world. If you know your place, you can have your place. Still, with the Tenth House, there is always that fundamental ambition to do better, go further and climb higher. This is also where some of the fear associated with the Tenth House comes from. What if someone else beats you to the top?
We associate High Society (as in, the film of the same name) with Capricorn and the Tenth House. People with the Moon in the Tenth House need to be needed (the Moon rules maternal instinct) by taking care of people within the system. Looking after their elders and betters, or ‘feeding’ the people at the top. As always with any factor in Capricorn in the Tenth House, you have to look for the ambition as well. Mercury in Capricorn in the Tenth House can describe a person who uses his/her way with words, ideas and images to go further within a system. Perhaps this is the ambitious teacher who yearns to be headmaster or headmistress, so starts English language coaching in his/her spare time, to gain favour with superiors.
The Tenth House is about ‘Slow and steady wins the race’ and although it is the mark of a social climber, one only tends to attract this label when there is an unseemly rush to become closer to those at the top (whom, it is thought, will give on a helping hand.) The ladder is the great symbol of the Tenth House. Climbing the social ladder, the corporate ladder, the academic ladder or the property ladder can bring great rewards, if you genuinely believe in the ladder itself and what it is made of. If you don’t, or if the ladder feels shaky, you may have the career crisis, or ‘search for meaning’ crisis which can affect so many men in particular in the business world, as it is overwhelmingly men who are at the top of the system.
Writing in Horoscope Symbols (Whitford Press, 1981) Robert Hand sees this house as: “One’s career or profession. One’s social status, honor or reputation.” He goes on to associate it with “People in power over one, such as bosses, employers or government officials.” Hand associates the Tenth House with father or mother, as so some other astrologers, but I have never found this, except in the cases of teenagers asked to work in the family firm (parents are employers) or adults who still see one parent or the other, as the boss. It’s not always true.