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Pluto in the Tenth 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 Pluto in the tenth house you want to make the greatest possible mark upon the world, possibly by being a figurehead of your own personal philosophy or identity in society. You desire social power and status, but beware of manipulating or ruthlessly using others, or letting the ends justify your means in your climb to the top. Pluto is ruthless, too, in it's retribution, and if you violate common ethics and standards of fair play, those you have abused may unite to oppose you and bring you down. This is a frequent position for politicians and those with influence and control over the public. Richard Nixon had this position, albeit opposed to Mars, Mercury and Jupiter conjunct in the fourth house. There's a great intensity and depth connected to your career and public image, which may also be directly connected to death or rebirth—as with Sri Aurobindo, Agathie Christie, Robert Blake, Sonny Bono, Jerry Garcia, Ernest Hemingway, Robespierre, Karen Silkwood and Paramahansa Yogananda. Your career plans will go through many changes until you get a firm handle on who you are and what your goals are. You also have the ability to revitalize businesses that are seemingly dead or dying.

Celebrities with Pluto in the tenth house are/were Hank Aaron, Arthur Ashe, Sri Aurobindo, Warren Beatty, Melvin Belli, Robert Blake, Sonny Bono, Willie Brown, Albert Camus, Pablo Casals, Richard Chamberlain, Carol Channing, Chevy Chase, Agatha Christie, Phil Collins, Jimmy Connors, Tim Conway, Jackie Coogan, Geena Davis, Doris Day, Claude Debussy, Olivia DeHavilland, Neil Diamond, Marlene Dietrich, Jose Feliciano, Jose Ferrer, Sally Field, Redd Foxx, Jerry Garcia, James Garner, Lorne Greene, Richie Havens, Ernest Hemingway, Woody Herman, Edwin Hubble, Rock Hudson, Frida Kahlo, Gene Kelly, Jack Kerouac, Carole King, Peggy Lee, Shirley MacLaine, Karl Malden, Chico Marx, Matisse, Francois Mitterand, Dudley Moore, Richard M. Nixon, Edward Norton, Doanld O'Connor, Debra Paget, Arnold Palmer, Drew Pearson, Suzanne Pleshette, Sidney Poitier, Tyrone Power, Prince, Judge Reinhold, Maximillen Robespierre, Ida Rolf, Omar Sharif, Mary Shelly, Karen Silkwood, Terence Stamp, Charles Steinmetz, Tracey Ullman, Roger Vadim, Barbara Walters, Debra Winger, Natalie Wood, and Paramahansa Yogananda.

If Pluto 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 Pluto is in the ninth house AND within 4° or 5° of the midheaven, then 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 Pluto 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 Pluto 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.

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