©2007, 2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW, reprinted from The Mountain Astrologer
If your work situation is changing and you need to figure out what’s happening, where in the chart would you look for answers? You would, of course, consider the three vocational houses — the 2nd, 6th, and 10th — as well as the Midheaven (10th house cusp).
Rather than looking exclusively at natal placements, pencil in the current positions of the planets from Jupiter on out. Any that are now transiting — or are about to enter — one of the vocational houses would have the most direct and potentially longest-lasting influence.
These transits create new trends and working conditions that color your career potential for anywhere from one year to 15 or 20, depending on the planet’s speed and the number of degrees covered by that house. (A house can cover any where from 25-45 degrees, depending on the season and latitude of birth).
Let’s look at some ways your career may be affected by the planets’ current positions.
Processes You May Experience During an Outer Planet Transit
The table below gives you an overview of what goes on during outer planet transits, regardless of the houses involved. These aren’t the only possible expressions by any means. However, they show typical processes, distilled to the essence.
You might not experience the steps in the order given. You might repeat a step several times due to retrograde and direct motion, or you may stall in the process for long periods. By seeking insight and being willing to grow, you gain a great deal.
| During a Saturn transit, in some areas of life, you are:
|| During a Uranus transit, in some areas of life, you are:
|During a Neptune transit, in some areas of life, you are:
||During a Pluto transit, in some areas of life, you are:
For much of 2010-11, transiting Saturn, Pluto, and Uranus will be forming aspects to one another in the early degrees of the cardinal signs Aries, Libra, and Capricorn. Therefore, we’re in a time when several conflicting urges, desires, and sets of events are happening at once. Part of the challenge in turbulent times like these is resolving these conflicts.
How do Outer Planet Transits Affect your Vocational Houses?
Suppose that one or more of these planets is currently transiting the 2nd, 6th, or 10th houses of your birth chart. Your job situation and career path may change during a transit to a planet in one of those houses or to the Midheaven. Briefly, here are some ways your work can be affected by an infusion of new energies into any of those three houses.
During a Jupiter transit, you could be itching to grow and expand, feeling optimistic about your chances, believing that you have wisdom to offer others, seeking opportunity, feeling lucky, and spending more than you earn. (Jupiter finishes its stay in Aquarius in January, 2010, and moves into Pisces for a one-year stay.)
During a Saturn transit, you could be taking on greater responsibility at work, getting your act together, raising the bar, performing at peak, waiting for the right time, and reaping what you’ve sown.
During a Uranus transit, you could be feeling stifled and restless, questioning the status quo, discovering like-minded souls, experimenting with possibilities, straining at bonds, bursting out of confinement, reinventing yourself, learning new technology, and reconfiguring your career path.
During a Neptune transit, you could be feeling discontented at work or that you’ve lost your life purpose, realizing you’re stuck, seeking a magical escape or a soul’s dream, fooling yourself that you’ve found it, finding out it was all an illusion, and turning to spirit for peace.
During a Pluto transit, you could be dealing with rich and powerful people, inclined to get involved in office politics, brooding on wrongs, unearthing what has been suppressed, reacting to your discoveries, healing your wounds, and reclaiming your inner power.
What I’m describing here are the early, back-to-the-drawing-board expressions of transiting planets — how they spur us to grow into new, healthier ways of using each planet’s strengths, like the spirituality and creativity of Neptune or the transformational power of Pluto. None of these processes is continual during the whole interval, just when the transiting planet forms aspects to a natal planet.
Career Challenges of 2010-11
During these two years, as Pluto, Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter form a transiting t-square, our lives are likely to change in many important ways. In a very short time, we’ve already seen far-reaching changes to the global economy and the ways we earn a living.
If one or more corners of the transiting t-square in early degrees of the cardinal signs falls into your 2nd, 6th, or 10th house or aspects your Midheaven, it is likely that your career will be affected over the next several years.
The most profound impact would occur if you have natal planets or the Midheaven in early Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn. If so, you could benefit from a chart consultation by an experienced astrologer who can help you sort out the ways this complex astrological picture could affect you personally.
Although I’m retired from doing chart consultations, you can find my insights into the outer planets and their career patterns in my ebook, The Outer Planets as Career Indicators (The Outer Planets and Inner Life, volume one) It’s available at http://www.moonmavenpublications.com/astrologybooks.html.
Skywriter’s Mission in the Months to Come
One of the ongoing missions of Skywriter is to provide information and practical problem-solving tools to help you use the energies of the outer planets constructively. You’ll find many relevant articles on this blog under categories like Vocational Astrology, Houses of the Horoscope, and Current Astrological Conditions–Transits.
For the past several months, I’ve been creating A Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit, a new series designed to help people work with the first aspect in the t-square. Over the months to come, I’ll be adding many more articles and exploring Uranus’ part in this complicated picture. If the cardinal t-square is affecting you, please sign up for a subscription by the form in the top right-hand corner, and you’ll recieve the new pieces by email.
Links to some articles you may find useful:
- Pluto in the Career Houses–The Power to Manifest or Fail for Spite
- Uranus In The Career Houses—“You’re Not The Boss Of Me!”
- Saturn Transits—What do They Mean to your Career?
- Saturn’s Delays and Why We Should Embrace Them
- Vocational Angst for the Pluto-Uranus in Virgo Generation
- Planets Squaring the Midheaven—How They Affect your Career
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 1 (Houses and Areas of Life Affected)
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 2 (Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios)
- (See links to more articles in this series under the category A Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit)