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!
Sincerely,
Jen

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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A career that satisfies both freedom AND security

jerry-kiesewetter-191819Question:  I have Chiron in Gemini in the 10th house (shout out to Aubrie and all the Gemini 10th housers!). I’ve tried many jobs in my career since graduating from college with a degree in journalism, (most of them centered on marketing for nonprofits) and teaching. I currently work remotely in a job that doesn’t pay much as a stop gap until I figure out my next move.

After all these years, I’ve built very little in terms of material assets, material security or career reputation.

I’d like to pursue an entrepreneurial path because I seek both freedom, creativity, making a real difference in people’s life AND material security. Lately, I’ve considered becoming a fashion stylist and blogger, an astrologer and a real estate agent. With all my divergent interests, I’m afraid of putting myself out there and slapping a label on myself not because I’m shy but because: 1) I know how easy it is for me to change my mind and feel trapped in a job or title 2) I’m afraid others (family, friends, potential clients) will see me as a dilettante and if I ever have to find a “real job,” potential employers will be turned off by my scatteredness.

I have an opportunity to pursue a career as a real estate agent since my significant other has embarked on that journey. I have been prompted by friends, family and my partner to try it. However, I’m not very creatively inspired by the prospect.

I know I have great potential (people have told me I have great leadership skills) and my chart supports a great many careers including the ones I mentioned above and more.

How do I find/create a career that satisfies my need for freedom AND security? What potentials am I not seeing in my chart?

tamara-menzi-93235Answer: Many thanks for writing Anne!  There’s so much about your situation that strikes me and can be connected astrologically.  I follow you on the leadership traits (Moon in Capricorn being just one), teaching and journalism (Chiron in Gemini in the 10th, 9th and 3rd house planets) and service orientation (Virgo rising).  What really stands out to me amidst all this, however, is this opposition between freedom and security – which is why I want to focus on the North and South Nodes, squared by Jupiter.

Let’s start with Jupiter in Aquarius (in your 6th house of day-to-day work no less).  Jupiter in this sign wants FREEDOM above all else.  Seeing all sides and continuously learning is energizing and life giving.  There is part of this Jupiter placement that relishes doing things differently than others, not fitting the mold. No wonder you don’t want to be locked into one job or career.  This energy can work very well for you (more on that a little later) – and it is complicated because it is in tension with your North and South Nodes making it a place you might get stuck.

There is a natural opposition/tension energy created by the Nodes for everyone, and for you personally there is a tension between the desire to look to others for definition/direction and a carving of your own concrete path.  You are being asked to understand what *you* value and need, to create a solid foundation for yourself.  Hard enough as it is without Jupiter complicating the matter, making all this feel much more intense!  You’ve got a pinball machine situation going – your desire for freedom triggers your insecurities about how to feel solid in the world.

So how can you move forward? I have a few questions that may help – think of them through a career lens:

  • Think about what you value, what is most important to you, regardless of what others think.  How can this be your guide?
  • What situations help you see the divine in the every day?
  • When have you felt most proud, where has your effort has felt worthwhile?
  • Where might you be most able to express your egalitarian ideas?
  • What helps you get perspective?

Sending good thoughts your way as you navigate this crossroads!  You may want to pick up Jan Spiller’s Astrology for the Soul for more information on the Nodes and Jupiter Signs by Madalyn Aslan for ideas on working with Jupiter in Aquarius.  If you would like, Tom or I would also be more than happy to talk more in depth about your chart with you.

Truly,
Aubrie

Choosing a new direction

Your Question: I have been dealing with and some blocks to financial success in my music career and have been trying to break this pattern of bringing in the amount of money I desire through my passion, as well as overcoming procrastination and fears. I am wondering what is the best way to get my music to my fanbase so that I can become well known on a huge scale. I see this in my chart and in my future.

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Hi Dani,

I hear your natal Saturn speaking loud and clear but I’m initially curious about what you’ve been doing to grow your career.   Saturn makes a very nice aspect to your most elevated career indicator which includes Venus, your chart ruler.  Plus you have three 10th house planets with Venus being the most elevated.  That combined with your Leo energy, suggests a very strong desire to be working closely with the public.  Fears and worries arise from Saturn in Scorpio in your money house, which suggest you could put a lot of pressure on your Scorpio Moon in the 2nd house (emotions and financial security), Leo Sun (creative energy) and Leo Mars (fiercely competitive), to perform more and better.  Saturn likes to point out all the areas that aren’t up to snuff which generally leaves us unsatisfied until we’ve perfected and mastered the perceived weaknesses.

How we feel about Saturn calling us out is up to us but if you’re like so many people, you may sabotage your own progress.  If you were my client, I imagine the coaching would lead us to your Saturn to make sure your self-talk, thoughts and emotions are all in alignment with your ambitions.  Money of course is a big part of the overall equation with Saturn in your 2nd house.   You want money and you want to express yourself creatively, but Saturn forces us to look at every little detail and many times the payoff is delayed.  The Leo energy in your chart is very strong and wants to be noticed. It’s the actor that shows talent, charisma, charm and warmth.   

Anyway, 2017 looks like a significant year for you and it could turn out to be a memorable one.  It’s an important year when you want to make sure you think, imagine and dream big.  The potential is to be in the public eye more so than in the past.  When you put your energy out there in 2017, people will respond and you’ll be noticed.  If you’re not doing things in a big way this year or have a plans for growth in place, you may start feeling trapped by your work, so it’s important to keep your attention focused on your important goals so you can move towards them.

This year also looks like it could be a new beginning of sorts professionally.  Have you been working towards transforming your career, starting something different or simply doing things in a brand new way? This looks like the year when the seeds that you planted start to take root.  If you’ve been exploring various options for growing your career, this is probably a good time for you to get serious and nurture what it is you wish to cultivate.  If you’ve been thinking about moving, your chart shows this could be the year, more than likely for professional reasons.

There’s a solar eclipse next August which happens to land directly on your Leo Sun, the performer in your chart.  Solar eclipses tend to super charge the planet they touch.  So for your career in music, this should be a very important time.  Eclipses can indicate confusion but if that’s the case, it’s only because you’re gaining more insight and wisdom around this time and feel overwhelmed by so much new data.  Clarity will follow and the energy you’ve been putting out there can start to manifest in unexpected ways.   

Another thing that can help with 2017 is to restructure, reorganize, get your finances under control and develop or modify your plan for the future.  Typically, this is the year when you feel the need to buckle down and get serious.  Keeping yourself well organized, structured and freeing yourself of any unnecessary clutter helps.  

Thanks very much for your question.  I hope this helps.  Best of luck with your year. 

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Which way do I go?

Footsteps_morgueQuestion:

I’ve been in the same job for over 10 years. I’m feeling stagnant and stuck, and I don’t know how much room there is for growth and development in my current position. If I were to look for other opportunities to transition to something different, I’m not even sure which would be the most fruitful direction in which to apply my strengths and gifts. The security of my job is very appealing, but I don’t want more of the same in the next 10 years. How can I best fulfill more of my potential?

Answer:

Hi Tatiana,

Your situation is not at all uncommon in our present workforce.  There are many people who remain in unfulfilling jobs simply because they have found their comfort zones.  Stepping out of the comfort zone can appear so daunting and intimidating that people choose to remain.  Anne Kreamer discusses this in her book, Why Intelligent Leaps and Daring Choices are the Best Career Moves you can Make.  She says that keeping your head down and hoping only to avoid risk is the riskiest strategy of all.

Besides your income, what is preventing you from leaving right now?  Have you grown tired of the company or your daily tasks?  Based on your question, I’m assuming if you had a clear vision and plan for moving forward, you would seriously consider new opportunities.  My request for you is to take an inventory of your current skills, values and daily activities or tasks.  Also look at which of your talents are being utilized or underutilized.  Determine which of the above are most fulfilling and which ones are least.  Highlight the ones you want to do more of and scratch those you want to eliminate.  This may or may not help with your current situation but if you take the time to do a thorough job on this exercise, it will get you focused and clear about what the next step should be.  If you need help, I have a career tune-up guide you can download from my website.

Assuming you have an accurate birth time, you have an important interception in your chart.  An interception simply means that a sign appears in a house but not on a cusp.  When this occurs, the energy is internalized and intensified.  In your chart, Taurus and Scorpio are intercepted in the 10th and 4th houses.  Since your Sun and Mercury are in Taurus, they’re intercepted as well.  This particular axis points to a drive for security which for many people is about money.  Many people with this interception tend to accumulate possessions or stash away lots of money.  Your chart strongly suggests a great potential to do very well with money. However, it’s most important to fully develop your talents and work in an environment that honors your values.  That’s when you can really shine.

Your chart also suggests strong leadership potential as well as success.  If you currently work in a corporate environment, this would mean moving up the ranks to an executive level.  If you’re not already there, take a look at how you can acquire more responsibility while strengthening your leadership skills.  If you’re more drawn to small business, you may want to look at what you can do on your own.  Either way, leadership for you is also about empowering and inspiring others.

I want to leave you with one last thing.  You’re coming up on your Mars return which is a great time to start something fresh. I recommend you using this time to explore how you want to creatively show yourself to the world.  Additionally, transiting PL is transiting your 6th house cusp which suggests it is time to transform the way you work.

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