Part 2 – the Planet which rules Profession
In traditional astrology, in order to determine the planet or planets most important for career, astrologers used several techniques pretty similar one to each other. Generally, the planet important in career was selected between Mercury, Venus or Mars depending on the house placement, the applying aspects from Sun and Moon and the dignities she had in sign. Let’s see several examples:
Ptolemy in Tetrabilos IV used the planet which was in the tenth sign from the Ascendant or rose before the Sun, but at least 12 degrees to be visible. If there were more planets in this situation he chose the planet to which the Moon was applying or the planet which was more dignified in sign. If there was no planet in the tenth sign from the Ascendant or before the Sun he used the ruler of the 10th house.
Paulus Alexandrinus in Introductory Matters chose the planet of career by looking first at the position in house. The 10th house is the best placement as usual, then comes the other angular houses, then succedent houses and, in the last instance, look at the planets from cadent houses.
Avraham Ibn-Ezra, Bonatti and Alchabitius present a system of house rulership in which each triplicity ruler of a house signifies different matters associated with that house. About the 10th house it is said that the third ruler of triplicity indicates profession while the second ruler of the 10th house indicates one’s rank.
Firmicus Matternus in Matheseos Libri VIII wrote that the planet which determine occupation should be selected, again, between Mercury, Venus or Mars. First we look for the planet placed on the MC or in right or left trine to MC, or on other angles. He wrote that if Mars is the planet to determine profession and is well placed signify arms, leadership, fame, noble skills connected with iron and fire; if Venus is the planet and is well placed signify great fame, pleasing, amiable, handsome, everything they wish turn out well; if Mercury is the planet and is well placed signify orators, royal account keepers, judges, inventors, occupations related with money-changing and translations.
Something different from those similar points of view comes from Michel Gauquelin, a statiscian-astrologer who wrote Cosmic Influences on Human Behavior. It is a book where he presents the results of his statistical studies about the relation between astrology and profession. From the beginning I want to say that his studies were made on successful people from every profession, not on ordinary people. So, the results might not be the same on a large scale.
His conclusions were that the points important for profession in the natal chart are before the Ascendant and MC and not in the 1st and 10th house how is considered nowadays. Those points are placed in the 12th and 9th house in almost any house system. His statistical studies show the following relations between planets and profession:
The Moon is characteristic for writers, politicians and not for soldiers, champions.
Jupiter is characteristic for politicians, actors, journalists, soldiers and not for scientists and doctors.
Mars is characteristic for soldiers, champions, business executives, doctors and not for musicians, painters or writers.
Saturn is characteristic for doctors, scientists and not for actors, journalists, painters, writers.
To determine one’s appropriate profession and professional skills is a difficult task not only in life, but also in astrology. We have inherited from former astrologers some guiding principles, techniques that highlight some important issues for this subject. Still, it is my opinion that doesn’t exist a perfect method, a solution to give the right answer in all or almost all the cases. In order to answer to questions related with the professional area I think we must have a good understanding of the whole chart, we must analyze many astrological symbols, especially the planets near the MC, the Sun position and the planets near the Ascendant.
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