Astrology houses

Looking Again at the Astrological Houses:
The Tenth House (H10)

Astrology housesThe Tenth House - All the Earth houses permit the grounding and realisation of deep-seated desires of different kinds. When we understand this, we stop seeing them as spiritually uninteresting houses that simply produce materialistic people. Those born with the Sun in these houses may focus upon the material plane but their motivation and drive comes from the astral. These houses provide an opportunity to move on through externalising a desire that has become of central importance to the evolving consciousness of the individual.

For those born with the Sun in H10, the House of Capricorn, the desire is to be recognised as somebody worthy of attention, and to be rewarded with status. They know they will not receive that recognition if the world cannot readily recognise what they are about. So there is an acceptance of the rules of the game in the House of Capricorn. H10 people know that they must deal in a recognisable currency, in the form of the prevailing value system, that they will generally support through a willingness to work hard and handle responsibility. For most, the existing state and corporate structures and established professions are the obvious place in which to make their mark.

This house, which is ruled by Saturn, is not the house of entrepreneurs but of loyal and well remunerated employees who offer their willingness to be accountable as a mark of their respect for the system and its goals.

Trust in the system or organisation is implicit in the H10 experience, and justifies the hard work and sacrifices required to reach the top.

As individuals, successful H10 people are not necessarily more gifted nor more able than average, just more focused and determined – and, as already noted, more accepting of the rules of the game. They do not waste their young years in juvenile rebellion, and those with the inner planets in H10, remain pragmatists all their lives. They are not interested in reinventing the wheel but in using it well. Generally they are conservative in their outlook.

This house can produce careerists who would do nothing that might jeopardise their promotion prospects, least of all think outside the box, but it can also produce those who work for change in the existing system. Innovators they may be but revolutionaries never, unless Uranus is in this house, because they have an investment in the established order.

For the esoteric astrologer, the experience in H10 is an opportunity to handle responsibility and accountability in time and place. It is to be considered a major opportunity. Look at the positions of the Moon, Saturn and Uranus to see its evolution. Some of the best and most reliable psychics and seers that I have known, have Moon in Capricorn, indicating that through experiences of the H10 kind in past life, they have earned the right to handle higher octane energies.

Contemporary Western horoscopy knows that the experience of the father will be instrumental in forming attitudes towards authority and responsibility, unless the Moon is in H10 then it will be mother who is the influential parent. In my experience, however, the sign Cancer on the cusp H10 indicates that the father is the maternal role. This is true in case of Tatum O’Neal whom I note has Moon in Cancer on MC and whose mother lost custody of the children when Tatum was seven years old. Such parenting as she had came from the father (who has a Cancerian Ascendant.)

In some house systems, including Koch and Placidus, the MC (Midheaven) is the cusp of H10 and makes it the highest point of the chart. The closer planet is to the MC, the more powerful is its influence over the chart as a whole.

The psychic, Edgar Cayce, claimed that the most elevated planet in a chart (often that in H10) indicates a zone of consciousness in which the soul inhabits between incarnations. And that impresses itself upon the new personality. I don’t consider that I can say that I know that this is so, but the claim merits consideration and indicates a degree of personality preparation for the present lifetime prior to incarnating.

  • Those with the Sun in H10 are hard working, patent strategists, if impatient and driven personalities who have no time for indulgence and time-wasting and are aware of the passage of time. Success rarely comes early but is a goal from their earliest years. In the days before women were able to do work with status, Astrologers said of women with the Sun in H10 that they either married well-connected men, and got recognition that way, or they made themselves notorious. Either way they needed the established order to provide the recognition. For those with Sun in H10, acceptance is best, but outraging expectation is an option; anonymity is not.
  • Mercury in H10 increases the sense of anxiety connected with achievement, and will steady the recklessness of a Sun in H9 or the giddy idealism of those with Sun in H11.
  • Venus in H10 adds a smoothness and graciousness to the ambitions, and grants good fortune. A person with this placement tends to be in the right place at the right time when it comes to promotion and advancement, and avoids looking hungry for success.
  • Mars provides energy, determination, independence and a fighter’s mentality that does not always sit comfortably with authority and collective decision-making.
  • Jupiter tends to give an easy-going attitude to responsibility and authority. Those with this placement focus upon what is due to them and find it easy to take what the system can offer.
  • Saturn brings about falls from eminent positions that are part of an individual’s karmic allocation. If an individual does not pick up from a Saturnian fall, it may be because he or she has now learned from society or from the employer something that was not learned from the absent or unavailable father, and has no wish to retread that path.
  • Uranus in H10 creates issues with the father and with authority that frequently recommend moving, eventually, to another culture perceived to be freer.
  • Neptune is powerful in this placement and replaces a desire for personal recognition with a desire to do worthwhile work.
  • Pluto challenges an individual’s lifestyle in a number of different ways: an individual may lose faith with the mores of his society, or employer or his society can lose faith in him. Either way, it is life-changing because there is no longer trust and therefore, no longer any willingness to play the game.
  • The orthodox and esoteric planetary ruler of H10 is Saturn ( Ray 3) 

House of Capricorn

Sun-developmental opportunity

Qualities of Sun in H10

Inner planets in H10

Outer planets In H10

Qualities of Uranus in H10

Moon in H10

Element: Earth Plane: Material

Tests focus, committment and intent

Part of Body: knees

Left hand side in man; Right hand side in a woman

Quintessential H10 names: Adam; Caspar, Kassian; Paris; Nicholas and female derivatives; Christopher and female derivatives; Cassandra; Gillian; Laura; Lorna

To stand up and be seen as a responsible, contributing member of society

Serious, pragmatic; hard working; ambitious, cautious

Add a stabilising Capricor-nian energy to whatever sign/house the Sun occupies, that will make those with Sun in H9 or H11 willing to take a more convention-al route in pursuit of their goals.

Require an individual to question what kind of responsibilities he or she takes on at the request of his or her society; wary of the status quo and those who serve it; they do not find it easy to trust what they are told.

Rebellious form early years; resistant to authority and authority figures, in women this may not be overt but comes out in the form of resistance to male influence. Tend not to stay long in any job because of authority issues; frequently leave the fatherland to find a greater freedom.

A person with this placement brings through a past life memory of having accepted or represented feminine authority; predisposed to trust the authority of women, and hostile to male influence / interference.

Suzanne Rough
December 2016

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