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The Tenth House

The 12 houses can be subdivided into four groups: the angular houses (1st, fourth, 7th and 10th) that fall counterclockwise away from the horizontal and vertical  angles in the above model; the succedent houses (2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th) that follow them; and the remaining four cadent houses (the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th) immediately clockwise of the angles. The angular houses are by far the strongest group, and after the first, the tenth house is perhaps the second strongest of these. Planets in the tenth house symbolize energies tied with how one's standing in the world.

The tenth house symbolizes our capacity (or lack thereof) to contribute to and to make a place for ourselves in the outside world; it is our social image. It rules authority figures, guides and role models 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.

A planet is said to rule a house when it is the ruler of the sign on the cusp or beginning of that house. Using this concept, locate the ruler of your tenth house, then notice the house it occupies. The house the tenth-house ruler is in holds experiences to help you to build a career, achieve status through it and establish yourself in the world—all tenth house needs. That's what the tenth-house ruler is doing in the house it occupies: gaining experience to fill the needs of the house it rules. The tenth-house ruler's aspects and sign show its ease or difficulty in fulfilling those tenth house needs. These principles are true of every house ruler and every planet. In this case, oppositions between the rulers or occupants of the tenth and fourth houses emphasize the value of establishing yourself in the world even though you have to balance your career with the needs of your home and family.

The tenth-house ruler may also indicate your ideal profession. Celebrities with an accentuated tenth house (they have/had both the Sun and the natural ruler of the tenth Saturn in the tenth house) are/were Olivia DeHavilland, Albert Einstein, John Maynard Keynes, Howie Long, Al Pacino, Elizabeth Claire Prophet, Mickey Rooney, Bill Russell, Mike Schmidt, Sally Struthers and Ian Thorpe.

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, or reach the tenth house cusp.

This Tenth House of Astrology Houses page and much of this 600-page website are excerpted from the personalized Fine Art Book You and the Universe.

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