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Mars in 10th House

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         The tenth house represents our ability (or lack thereof) to establish ourselves in and contribute to the outside world: our social image. It rules role models, guides and authority figures that have assisted us in exteriorizing ourselves in the world. Here is our career or profession, the dominant parent who guided us into the world, and our orientation toward society based on his or her example. Here are people in power over us (such as bosses and employers), our honor and reputation, and how we play out these roles in relation to others (our being a father, guide, or disciplinary figure). Planets in the tenth house show by the houses they rule which areas in our life depend on our reputation or professional role for the fulfillment of their needs. Many planets here indicate a need to achieve and be recognized as an important person, a strong father orientation, or to have others dependent on us.

         With Mars in your tenth house you put your energy into your career and professional achievement, and are driven to manage and control things. All things being equal, good careers for Mars in the tenth are professional athletes, the military or the police, jobs with tools or around metal, engineering, or activist. Careers that generally demand plenty of action, energy and initiative are what you need and want. You want to be the boss, but if you have a boss, he or she will have to be aggressive enough to warrant your respect and command your deference. Depending on Mars' sign and aspects, at some time in your life you may need to learn to cooperate and to not fight with authority figures or parents. There may also be fights, friction or separation from your dominant parent (usually the father). If Mars has hard aspects from almost any planet, or is in Taurus, Pisces or Libra, there's the possibility of scandal where your morals are concerned. And you have an urge to organize and to be practical that amounts to a minor obsession. 

         Some famous people with Mars in their tenth house are/were Steve Allen, Loni Anderson, Bela Bartok, Lloyd Bridges, Anita Bryant, Albert Camus, Enrico Caruso, Cesar Chavez, Gordon Cooper, Jacques Cousteau, Don Drysdale, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mia Farrow, Peggy Fleming, Eva Gabor, Galileo, Linda Goodman, Martha Graham, Janis Joplin, Stan Kenton, Jessica Lange, Jerry Lee Lewis, Karl Malden, Sal Mineo, Mozart, Ricky Nelson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Geraldine Page, Bernadette Peters, Michelle Pfeiffer, Elvis Presley, Tim Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charlie Rose, David O. Selznick, O.J. Simpson, Frank Sinatra, Terence Stamp, Jimmy Swaggart, Uma Thurman, Tanya Tucker, Ted Turner, Rudolph Valentino, Vincent Van Gogh, Gore Vidal, Lech Walesa, Andy Warhol, Mae West, Esther Williams, and Natalie Wood.

         If Mars is within 10° of the midheaven it is conjunct the tenth house cusp, and much of the previous paragraphs is even more strongly emphasized. If Mars is in the ninth house AND within 4° or 5° of the midheaven it said to be on the "dark side" of the tenth house, and its influence will be felt in the tenth as well as in the ninth house. The closer a ninth house Mars is to the midheaven, the more it will be interpreted as being in the tenth house; if less than 3° from the midheaven, a ninth house Mars expresses itself primarily—and ultimately entirely—through the tenth house.

         Astronomically speaking, the tenth house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky counter-clockwise from the Midheaven (see above picture) occupied by planets two hours before they culminate.

         This Mars in the Tenth House page and much of this 600-page resource website are excerpted from the personalized, fine art astrology book You and the Universe.



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