Rethinking Career Path

tanner-larson-298283-unsplashQuestion:  Hello, Cosmic Career Coach! I’m wondering if you can see in my birth chart anything regarding my current career path. I’m a holistic health coach (formerly massage therapist then a teacher). After I had my son in 2010, I was working from home as a holistic coach but feel that path is limited and perhaps coming to a close (or just a re-vamping in how I present it?). I feel passionate about healing and am particularly intuitive/sensitive/psychic to the collective consciousness and have a deep connection with nature. I’ve been working with shamanism for several decades.

In any case, thanks so much for considering my question!

Answer: Hi Jen, thanks so much for reaching out. This is a fantastic year astrologically to be considering these questions.

Your chart shows strong signatures for your intuitive and psychic gifts, as well as your penchant for healing and nature.  Yours is also the chart of someone to whom it is important to share these gifts out in the world in a transformational way.

From now until the end of the year, the astrological energies asking you to vision, refine and expand your contribution.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What foundations or structures do you need in place to support your work?
  • Are there challenges calling your name?
  • To what kind of depths do you want to go with people?
  • What’s your ideal use of your intuitive talents?
  • Are you getting signs about direction?
  • What are you really committed to in your work life?
  • What was happening in the Fall of 2006? (there could be good information to apply to your situation now)

Overall, this can be a time of slow movement, with the path ahead being a little unclear.  Things will get clearer with time, effort and reflection.

Sending good thoughts your way as you discover what is next!

If we can be of any additional help, feel free to reach out to me or Tom. 

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Torn Between Work and Family

yeshi-kangrang-325341Dear Cosmic Career Coaches:

I am currently pretty confused about what direction my career should take?
I was working right out of graduation in a government job which I quit after having babies as I did not enjoy the job being too administrative. I imagine that I would enjoy a more dynamic job that allows me to travel abroad , however with young children now, my options are limited.

In order to have a career and yet have time for my kids , I’m wondering if I should consider a job in real estate sales that offers flexible schedule? However I’m not sure if I can make it in sales? and I’m more drawn towards the arts and a career that has more meaning. I am also interested in astrology and counseling but that requires me to further study for the relevant knowledge and skill set as right now I only have a generic business degree.

Another sensible option would be a shift job as a childhood teacher, that would match well with my current stage in life, however I have a feeling that I won’t have enough patience for young children (also the reason why I decide that I can’t be a full-time housewife looking after my kids ).

Marriage and family is very important to me so I feel torn between work and family. I am not certain of what talents or skills I can value add to a workplace, but I just know that I need an identity outside of marriage for me to stay sane. Really appreciate any advice or insights you can offer me from looking at my chart.

Thanks, Confused

Hi Confused, many thanks for reaching out.  I can sense the tension that’s happening for you!  It is clear that you need work outside the the house that challenges your mind, supports your understanding of yourself as an independent person and feels meaningful.  It is also clear you have family commitments that require this chapter of your work life be flexible and doesn’t necessarily require further education.

From your chart and from your note, I gather that choosing work solely for the schedule will not suffice and that as innately good at being a mom that you are, there’s a strong drive in you to contribute in additional ways.  In situations like these, I think you are on a helpful track to think about what talents and needs you have.  Here are a few I notice in your chart:


  • Seeing the big picture
  • Giving of yourself generously
  • Investigating, research – finding what is really going on
  • Taking on challenges, leadership
  • Coming up with new ways of approaching things
  • Focus on things that feel deeply important

Logistical Needs

  • Autonomy, independence and freedom to set your own agenda and act on it
  • Variety of input and information
  • Mental stimulation
  • Expansive, broadening your experience of the world
  • Environment of trust

yuxiang-zhang-437423Could you be a great counselor (astrology or otherwise)?  Absolutely!  Could you also excel in real estate and other relationship based sales careers?  Totally!   Often when there seems like many options for what roles/titles you could do and it is confusing which one would be the best fit (for now and the future), I suggest looking through a different lens to alleviate some of the stuckness.

One such lens is looking at your search first through the eyes of sector.  While travel is difficult at this stage, perhaps focus on work that will bring an expansiveness to your mind.  Consider working at a local educational institution where you can be close to learning, take advantage of free lectures.

Another lens is to think about culture and mission.  What organizations are doing really innovative work that is helping people?  Are there places where you can really get behind their mission?

Looking at your chart, this upcoming year is a great time to look at these kinds of questions – how does you work life need to change?  When you get right down to it, what is at the core of what you want and need?

Sending good thoughts your way as you uncover what’s next!

If we can be of any additional help, feel free to reach out to me or Tom!

Want more insight? Read more about your cosmic career coach and reading options:
Aubrie De Clerck

Where to turn?

whereturnQuestion: I’m leaving a job that is no longer fulfilling. It has kept me from spending time with my family without providing appropriate monetary benefits or personal satisfaction. While I can take a little time off for now to reconnect with my family, I will need to find something else eventually. I’m not sure where to turn. I’m not even sure I want to stay in the same field. At this point, I just want to land on my feet, have a normal life, and provide for my family. – Kathy

Answer: Thanks for writing Kathy.  It sounds like your decision to leave is choice for more – more time, more money, more satisfaction.   I’m glad to hear you can take some time off!  It can be hard to identify industries and roles when you are so early in your transition.  As you explore, consider evaluating your opportunities based on what attributes are important – even consider which are deal-breakers.

When weighing your options, consider:

A role where you are:

  • Able to create tangible results
  • Expected to take charge, be a leader
  • Showcasing your resourcefulness
  • Focused on setting and accomplishing goals
  • In service

An organization that:

  • Aligns with your beliefs
  • Rewards your persistence
  • Appreciates your attention to detail
  • Allows for your unconventional and egalitarian approach
  • Provides variety
  • Is stable

As there may be some tension between meeting your own needs and meeting the needs of others, be sure to pause and ask yourself if balance can be achieved in that role or organization.

Useful resources: The Astrology of Success (Taurus midheaven), and Astrology for the Soul (North Node Virgo, 1st House), both by Jan Spiller.

Best to you as you start this new chapter of your work life!


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Which option is the better choice?

questionQuestion:  Am I supposed to be partnering up with other consultants or truly doing my own thing? – Greg

Answer: Hi Greg! After looking at your chart I’m really curious about your current work arrangement and which one of the above options you’re most drawn to.  Your chart absolutely screams ‘do your own thing’ with a focus on the needs of others.  So right off the bat, there’s a bit of a contradiction.  How can you truly do your own thing when your own thing becomes about the other?  First of all you have an Aries stellium in your 6th house that consists of the personal planets Sun, Venus, Mercury and Mars.  So a great deal of who you are is aligned with the type of work you do.  With a chart such as yours, you get your energy through your work, so it’s critical that your work is meaningful and rewarding, otherwise risk burnout in a big way.  In this case, meaningful work is closely aligned with being of service.  So the nature of what you do, ultimately needs to be service oriented or somehow improve the lives of others, or make what they do easier.  Also important is the fact that your Sun rules your 10th house of Career suggesting you want your hard work to get attention and be noticed by the public.

Venus rules your Libra Ascendant which suggests a friendly, likeable, diplomatic approach which immediately gives people a sense of comfort and ease in your presence.   Libra loves working with people, righting any wrongs, fixing any problems, etc.  When a client is having a bad day, you have the knack of saying the right thing, taking the right steps to turn the situation around.  You understand people and how to relate to relate to them.

Jupiter the planet of growth is in Capricorn in the 3rd house, ruling the 3rd and 5th.  Capricorn is associated with your career and with Jupiter in this sign, freedom to learn and expand your career becomes a major value of yours.  The 3rd house is connected with communication and the 5th is an indicator of how you want to creatively express yourself.   No matter what you do professionally, it’s important to include an element of writing, teaching, leading, speaking, consulting or publishing.

Your Moon is in Virgo in the 11th house which is yet another indicator that working with people in general is ideal.  Your Virgo Moon is a very responsible, grounding force in your chart.  While all your Aries planets are jumping at the thought of a new adventure, your Moon is more likely to evaluate and analyze the situation and proceed with caution.   This is also a great placement for problem solving and shows you like practical problems with real solutions.  The driving force to take immediate versus the need to carefully analyze what you might be getting yourself into is likely a pattern that has repeated itself.

There’s no doubt you’re a hard, responsible worker who enjoys providing a service that benefits others.  In fact your path suggests a selfless, altruistic type of giving to others.  Partnerships can be fine as long as you’re able to maintain your own sense of independence.   Whichever way you choose to go, keep in mind that it’s important to allow yourself the freedom to take inspired action on behalf of your clients, once your Moon gives her permission of course.  Therefore, should you decide to make a change you need to keep your Moon happy. This can easily be done by creating a well documented, well thought out and researched business plan of what your approach will look like.

Thanks for visiting Your Cosmic Career Coach!


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Tom Chaplin


Change ahead?

changeQuestion: Will I stay on my path of 30 years or will it change dramatically?  – Jules

Answer: Hi Jules –

Looking at your chart, I see a few things that are important that your work life integrate and respect:

  • Personal freedom & independence
  • Ethics
  • Honest communication
  • Ongoing learning
  • Exploration of multiple options

I imagine that if these things were missing or compromised on your current path, it could be a deal breaker and instigate a change in your work life. Partnership plays a significant role in your life, so changes there might also affect changes in your work. You have high standards for yourself and do not hesitate to put in hard work, so I’m guessing that won’t change, whatever route you take.  🙂


  • What goals do you have for your career over the next 5 – 10 years?
  • Are there contributions you would like to make and have not yet?
  • With whom could you share your wisdom?

Whatever direction you take, you are sure contribute wise perspective and a harmonizing influence.

One resource: Surviving Saturn’s Return by Sherene Schostak & Stefanie Weiss (read chapter on Capricorn)


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Life Purpose, Career Purpose

weathervaneQuestion: How do I know my life purpose and how it interacts with my career? – Den

Answer: Great question Den! Thank you for asking it. Our life purpose is actually a huge mystery to so many of us. It’s a constant pull that guides us forward as we wander on and off our path. When you’re not aligned with your path, you know it. You’ll be stressed, frustrated and unhappy with whatever the situation is. More than likely you’ll adopt a victim mentality. When you’re living your life purpose, your work resonates with you at an internal, soul level. You feel alive and passionate about what you do. The benefit is more fulfillment and greater feelings of satisfaction. Many people will tell you their life purpose is so rewarding that it doesn’t even feel like work.

Life purpose of course does not need to be limited to only one focus. The life purpose is an energy or calling that can be expressed multiple ways. Many people choose to express it one way their entire lives. Others have multiple careers and occupations that all reflect who they are. A few things that stand out in your chart are compassion for others (we’ll come back to this), playfulness and strong communication. People more than likely see you as someone who is spontaneous, energetic and ready for action. You can thank your Aries Ascendant for the latter traits.

Your Moon is in Capricorn in the 10th house shows a highly responsible nature that leads to professional success. You become an authority in your field! You can write, teach, lead or train. Much of your path is about learning from your own experience and constructing your own philosophies, beliefs and approaches that can be shared with others.

Now back to compassion! Cancer is on your 5th house cusp which is compassion for children. In whatever way you can work with kids, you’ll be expressing your energy. Your own childhood wound is healed and transformed when you direct your compassion out into the world. Your compassion may be directed towards those who feel different or somehow excluded. They feel drawn to you because of your ability to empathize. I say this because Chiron is in Aquarius in the 11th.   Aquarius is the sign of inclusion and Chiron shows the wound around this as well as the healing takes place.

Everything so far has led up to this: If you have been wondering whether or not you’re on your path, there’s a very strong indicator in your chart that says you are a great teacher and leader of humanity. You can actually lift others up through your compassion and inspiration. If this does not resonate with you, you may feel as though you’re trapped by the day to day, routine responsibilities and tasks of your job. If that’s the case, you can make a choice at any time to align fully with your path. It’s all up to you.

Good luck! I hope this answers your question.

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Career Crossroads

Question: I spent years trying to break into the field of international development, and after several years in this field, I have a hard time staying enthusiastic and hopeful that I am making a significant difference for myself or others in my work.  I find the work interesting sometimes, and I believe it is well suited to many of my skills, but I often feel very drained at the end of the day, and have trouble getting motivated in the morning.  Work is generally not something I want to discuss in my time off, and therefore I feel the passion for it has gone, if it was ever there.  I find reading about psychology and health very interesting but I don’t know if I should try to change careers or just continue to enjoy my interests in my time off and continue with my career?  I have finally had some success in my work and seen myself progress and I am reluctant to leave given the momentum I have gained.  Thank you for your insight!  – Jessica

Hi Jessica –

Many thanks for writing. You have put a lot of effort into your current path and are at a crossroads – push through or start anew? Let’s take a look at what astrology has to say.  🙂

Your chart speaks to a visceral need to be inspired and energized by the way you interact with the world. Astrologically, these feelings are guideposts to whether you are on path or not – so kudos to you for listening to yourself.

For you, restlessness intensifies if you are finding it hard to contribute in a way that is in alignment with your values system centered around fairness and if circumstances restrict your natural tendency to be experimental and autonomous.

In assessing your career direction, ask yourself the questions below. Keep your mind open to a myriad of possibilities – whether that be your current career or something entirely different.

  • What feels fun?
  • Do you have an outlet for being innovative?
  • What kind of environment would support your natural gifts of diplomatic communication?
  • How can you be your own leader?
  • What projects would you like to initiate?

One useful resource: The Astrology of Success by Jan Spiller (Aries midheaven)

Try not to be too judgmental of yourself at this time. You have a lot of love to give the world and you will find the next expression of it, take heart!


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