Question: 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?
Answer: 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.