Posted by: Donna Cunningham | July 31, 2016

A Great Mercury in Virgo Project—Increase your Knowledge of Vocational Astrology!

©7-31-2016 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

As noted in my last post, Mercury will be in Virgo, the sign of work and health, for 42 days this year. It started yesterday and includes a 24 day retrograde from August 30th to September 21st. I suggested that readers create a project to take advantage of this unusual span, so they can make the most of Virgo’s best qualities like being down to earth, practical, sensible, helpful, organized, tend to details, analyzes, good work ethic, and steady.

During this last month of summer, a good project for any astrologer or astrology student who plans to become a professional would be to expand their knowledge of the vocational indications in the chart. One of the most common concerns clients bring to astrologers are career difficulties. When fall comes around, you’d be able to offer your clients a new level of insight into today’s challenging career market.  The new information can also be useful if you’re a longtime astrology student and want to learn more about your own career prospects or those of your family or friends.

CareerChoicesChallenges-cvrCareer Choices and Challenges: an Astrological Guide is my latest ebook offering. Vocational astrology was one of my specialties throughout my four decades of client work.

This two-volume set is 180,000 words long and includes 60 articles about various facets of vocational astrology. It’s divided into two parts in order to make navigation easier. The volumes are not sold separately, and the set is $25. It’s distributed exclusively on my website,

Part One is Vocational Patterns in the Natal Chart.  It’s an overview of the subject, including many articles that explore the roles played by the vocational houses and Midheaven, the natal planets placed in the career sectors, and tools for enhancing your career potential.  Both volumes provide templates that make it possible for you to analyze your own career-related chart features and those of other charts you work on.

Part Two is Transits to the Vocational Sectors.  There are lengthy sections giving an overview of the career changes and challenges that are likely to occur under transits from the slow-moving planets Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.  You’ll also learn how to capitalize on the inner planets’ passages through the career houses, including the Moon’s cycles, Mercury retrograde intervals, and Jupiter. It includes a chapter on how to make balanced and helpful predictions of tough transits, neither overly negative nor overly positive.

Explore the Career Potentials in Your Astrology Chart!

Since the 12 houses, 12 signs, and 10 planets each have many possible expressions, no book can possibly describe them all. Instead, Career Choices and Challenges gives you many tools to use in analyzing a specific chart from a vocational perspective.

It will help you become more conscious of both the positive and the more difficult ways the career placements in your own chart or that of a loved one or client may be used and help you make more informed choices.

Consistently mismanaging the planets and signs in the vocational sectors can bring big trouble or even failure to the person and affect the lives of their loved ones as well. Self-awareness helps avoid self-sabotage and costly mistakes that arise from undesirable expressions of the planets and signs in the career combination.

You’ll be guided, step by step, in creating templates to analyze the houses, signs, and planets involved in your career picture so you can make the best use of them and avoid the pitfalls. You’ll find lists of the areas of life involved with each house and the qualities of all the signs and planets in the appendix and a link to a downloadable version to work with.

You’ll be able to copy and paste self-inventories that list the positive and the difficult potentials of the career sign, house, and the planets in the combination. If you’re an astrologer, you can create the same self-tests for your clients or students as a service. This can help them become more aware of their strengths and more conscious in avoiding any self-defeating patterns in their work.

If you’d like to take advantage of this Mercury in Virgo interval, Career Choices and Challenges: an Astrological Guide is distributed exclusively on my website, (The direct link to the book is:

PS: Review copies are available without charge for astrology bloggers and for astrologers with newsletters.  If you’re interested, send  a link to your blog or a copy of a recent newsletter to me at

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