Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The 2nd, 6th, and 10th House: Making It In The World



The 2nd House, 6th House, and 10th House serve as the three Earth houses in the chart because they are naturally ruled by the Earth sign trinity: Taurus (the 2nd), Virgo (the 6th), and Capricorn (the 10th). Now, of course, there is a big chance that these houses are not actually earthy in your natal chart thanks to the signs on the cusp or the planets in the house. You might have Gemini on the 6th House cusp, Mars in the 10th, or Scorpio ruling your 2nd. Whatever the case may be, these houses still have a fundamentally earthy function because they represent how you are able to “make it” in the world in a tangible, substantial way.

All three of these houses are working together toward your success. At least, they are trying to. You have to be aware of what’s going on in your 2nd House, your 6th House, and your 10th House to be able to live the secure, productive, and respectable life that you want to live. Even if one or two or all of these houses are empty in your chart, you still need to look at the sign that is on the cusp and, therefore, rules the house. It governs the activity that is happening in this area of life for you. If you neglect one of these essentials, you can find that you won’t be able to reach the success that you want to. So, we don’t just look at the 10th House in terms of becoming successful. We also look at the 2nd House and 6th House and how they will support these ambitions and goals.

THE 2ND HOUSE: YOUR INCOME

Whatever is in your 2nd House symbolizes how you will be able to make money in this life. It is your road to financial security. It’s also a road to personal security and self-esteem. But, for the sake of this particular topic, it is best to focus on the money element of the 2nd House. The sign on this house’s cusp or the planets in this house represent how you earn and handle money, as well as the particular value that you assign to it. The 2nd House is your power of manifestation; the attitude toward money that you possess that will determine how much or how little of it you have.

You can work as hard as you can (that’s the 6th House) and you can set lofty ambitions for yourself (10th House territory). But, without really knowing your personal value and how to maneuver your way through the marketplace, your work and your goals won’t be able to entirely get off of the ground. The 2nd House is the house that urges you to ask for a raise, that reminds you to charge what you’re worth for your services, and that allows you to pursue the income that you need to live a well-off lifestyle. It’s the pleasure and the comfort that you see as accompanying your goals. After you put a lot of effort into what you do and after you gain the recognition or the status that comes with the job, then you can kick back and enjoy your earnings. 



You could have Venus in the 2nd, which really compels you toward the finer things in life, meaning that you know you need to be making a certain amount of money to be happy and comfortable. Aries could rule your 2nd, causing you to be competitive about money, always challenging yourself to earn more or to stand up for yourself and assert your worth so you can get the money that you want. I have Pisces on the 2nd House cusp. It’s always made me very lackadaisical when it comes to the money that I make. I’ve always been one of those “I don’t care about money because I’m not materialistic” people. But, in terms of my efforts out in the world, I have learned that I need to not be so passive about making money and gain more clarity and consciousness in this regard.

Being concerned about my income doesn’t mean I’m being “tainted” by society. It just means that I am being compassionate enough toward myself to seek the income that I need to feel secure and well-off. I have really come to grips with the fact that I can’t do anything that’s not artistic or spiritual. I’m meant to make money off of Pisces things, such as the spiritual practice of astrology or something in the arts. I also enjoy these forms of income the most. The 2nd House shows you not only how you should make money but how you will find pleasure in making it. This attitude of pleasure and appreciation will help the process of manifestation, bringing an abundance of joy.

Also, just because I have accepted that I should be making a certain amount of money doesn’t mean that I am entirely certain I will be making it. Pisces is the sign of mystery and the unknown and when it rules the 2nd House, you have to just visualize the lifestyle you want and let it go with an attitude of peace and acceptance. Being trusting enough, and allowing your ideal lifestyle to unfold in a fluid manner, will bring you the income you need. Making money does require practical effort, in all cases, no matter what sign or planet is in the 2nd. But, it also requires the right kind of attitude and the proper level of gratitude. Money is an energy that circulates. It’s why it’s called “cash flow”. You can increase yours by valuing your income in the way your 2nd House demands.

THE 6TH HOUSE: WORK ETHIC

But, as I said before, you cannot make the money that you truly want unless you are willing to really work for it. The Universe helps those who help themselves and the 6th House is how we help ourselves in terms of our career and our success. What are the steps you are willing to take to reach your goals? What can you be doing every day to get there? Are you exercising the right kind of time management? Unlike some, I don’t see the 6th House as being related to your actual job. I think the 6th House is the energy you put into your job. It’s your work ethic and, of course, there are many different types of work ethics to have, depending on what is in your 6th.

If you have Capricorn in the 6th House, you could possess a work ethic that is truly impressive and efficient but that is also quite a struggle to turn on. However, once you turn it on, you become an absolute machine. Jupiter in the 6th House suggests a person whose work ethic is driven by a lot of positivity and good faith. You can express a great belief in your level of effectiveness as well as an eagerness to really experience your work, as it is more about the journey for you than the finished product. My 6th House is in Cancer and I can see the impact of this because my work ethic is driven by however I’m feeling. If I’m not in the mood to get something done, it can be very hard for me to push myself to do it. However, if I can channel my feelings into it or emotionally connect to the task in some way, then I can do the work very effectively.

The action of the 6th House is a day-in, day-out kind of consistency. This is how one’s work ethic is developed: through tireless effort. The 6th House is where we practice, practice, practice and we hone certain skills here that fuel our eventual success. You can know how much money you need to be making via the 2nd and you can meet the demands and expectations of society with great dedication through the 10th. But, if you don’t know how to truly work for those goals, and also how to work on the necessary skills needed to accomplish them, you’ll end up empty-handed. Therefore, the 6th House exists to make us constantly improve and gives us a certain discipline.

Having Cancer on the 6th House cusp means that I am actually emotionally fulfilled by this sense of self-discipline and self-improvement. When I listen to my instinct, I am a natural at bettering myself and my skills. But, this placement also shows that I often have to work with my feelings and my moods so they don’t get in the way. Having the 2nd, 6th, and 10th House cusps all in Water signs makes perfect sense because my work is always highly influenced by how I feel. I go about my daily schedule in a very reactive way. I also feel like my work will not be any good if I’m not really “feeling it”, so I am really prone to waiting to do these things until I’m in the right mood.

Your 6th House is an indicator of how you will be able to go through the daily grind of your career. There is a predictable rhythm to everyone’s line of work, even the more unpredictable or unconventional jobs. Sometimes, that rhythm can be predictably unpredictable. Either way, you have to go-about your “check list”: arriving on time, checking and sending e-mails, making phone calls, going to meetings, etc. And since the 6th House shows how you engage in these routines, you will be able to pick the right job when it caters to your sense of practical rhythm. For me, I definitely am most efficient when I am allowed to go about my work routine by following my instincts and even being sort of irrational, at times. I take a break or a day off when I feel like it and I operate more on feeling my way through the work than meeting rigid deadlines.

THE 10TH HOUSE: YOUR AMBITION

Okay, so you know what you’re worth and what money you should be making, thanks to the 2nd House, and you know how you like to work and the schedule you need to be productive, due to the 6th House. Now, you have to know what your ambitions and life goals are. The 10th House is the symbol of your actual career and job. The 2nd House is more about the quality of work you would like to have and the 6th House is the way you work. Reaching the 10th House, you see the job title you do or will possess, forming the answer to the age-old question of “so, what do you do?”

This house describes what you want to do with your life, in ways that are important, responsible, memorable, awesome, interesting, or profound. It’s what you want to be when you grow up and, even as an adult, you can be in that state of yearning to be your 10th House when you finally do grow up. The sign on the 10th House cusp, of course, is the Midheaven and it will tell you how you ultimately want to make a name for yourself, building a particular image and reputation in society. Gemini on the 10th House cusp, aka a Gemini Midheaven, wants to make a name for themselves as intellectual, witty, communicative, or ever-fascinating. Meanwhile, Sagittarius on the Midheaven shows someone who wants to be a real explorer or truth-teller, doing something with their lives that is adventurous, that will inspire others, or that requires the utmost honesty or morality.

Planets in the 10th House, of course, work the same way. A 10th House Moon wants to do something with their lives that will be emotionally fulfilling or comforting to themselves or others. I happen to have Scorpio in the 10th House. My Scorpio Midheaven has always propelled me to do something that I am truly passionate about and that I can devote myself wholeheartedly to. Making whatever is in your 10th House your overriding achievement in society is what inevitably leads to that reputation. So, as a Scorpio Midheaven, when you aim to go deep, use your insights, and feel empowered, you gain a reputation for being deep, insightful, and empowered.

So, the 10th is also the feedback you’re going to receive from the world at large. It forces you to deal with the pressure that other people can place on you. Usually, this pressure is placed on us so we can rise to the occasion of our 10th House. Those in your public sphere, whether they are bosses, co-workers, peers, or admirers, can often see the 10th House potential in you before you can. This brings situations your way that test you and expose what you’re made of. It’s not enough to have a goal and want to achieve it. You have to push yourself toward that goal and persevere on the way there. This earns you the respect of those in society and completes the cycle of success.

You know what you’re worth (2nd House) and you know what you’re capable of putting into the job (6th House). Now, you need to really step up to the plate via the 10th House and show everyone that you can take on this title, whether it’s the role of the beautifier and harmonizer, via the 10th House Venus, or of the one with the all-or-nothing passion, a la Scorpio in the 10th. I’ve had to prove just how all-or-nothing that passion can be and go to certain lengths in a way that show how meaningful my goals are. But, it’s also something that makes me feel very accomplished. In the end, success is not just measured in results. It’s also an attitude.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jupiter in the 1st House



Happy Astrological New Year, everyone! It’s the first day of the Sun in Aries and that means that it’s a new astrological year, as we go back to the first Sun sign. I personally can feel a shift and it’s not just the springtime. I feel a new focus and initiative, which is urging me to pick back up on my Jupiter series. One of the most requested was Jupiter in the 1st and I go by my first or most requested placements, so I will proceed with Jupiter in the 1st House. What does it mean to have this placement? If the 1st House is one’s individual perspective, your general way of seeing yourself, and your role in life, then Jupiter in the 1st means that you have the point of view and the attitude of a highly positive person.

It would take a square or an opposition from Jupiter in order to offset this. Because, even if Jupiter is in a sign like Virgo or Capricorn, its placement in the 1st indicates a person who views and approaches the world with a remarkable, notable positivity. And this is even truer if Jupiter also happens to be conjunct the Ascendant. Someone with Jupiter rising in the 1st will be like a beacon of light and good energy. But, of course, Jupiter is not all good. I have consistently said that the downside of Jupiter is excess; its ability to go over-the-top and not know how to rein itself in. If Jupiter resides in the 1st House of your birth chart, then this is an issue that is evident right on the surface. The way you behave and appear paints the picture of someone who is just “extra”. The thing is that you will probably be the first to admit how extra you are because this excessive stance defines the way that you view yourself and life itself.

This will be expressed in at least twelve different ways, depending on the sign that your 1st House Jupiter is in. If Jupiter is in Taurus in the 1st, you can come off as really, really self-indulgent, stubborn, slow, and lazy. Jupiter being in the 1st in Aquarius would make you behave in an excessively unpredictable, quirky, independent, and detached sort of way. One of the reasons why you so instinctively go over the top in your behavior is because you feel like there are no real limitations. The 1st House is how we have always found our “place” in life, from the beginning; the way in which we carve out our own niche as an individual. With Jupiter in the 1st House, your place in life is one where you can do anything that you set out to do. It’s not like the grand self-confidence of the 1st House Sun or the headstrong initiative of Mars in the 1st, although you can be quite grand and daring yourself. It’s more so that you’ve carved out a niche for yourself that is Herculean, the inspiring journey of a hero (or heroine) who prevails and comes out on top.

Therefore, there’s really no such thing as “too much of a good thing” to you. It’s why you take your positive behavior traits and you exaggerate them. You think if you place no limits on your behavior, you will be able to have the most amazing experiences and attract such wonderful opportunities. The thing is that this works for you regularly enough that you find it too easy to overdo it. If you have Jupiter in Taurus, being grounded, consistent, sensual, and fixed works out enough for you that you take it to the utmost. You feel like you always, always have to dig in your heels and go at your own slow, steady pace, even when good sense would encourage you to move at a faster pace.

1st House Jupiter people regularly do not heed good sense, even if Jupiter is in Earth or Air. You are very willing to take the foolish approach, scoffing at those who label you a fool because they just don’t have the level of faith or conviction that you have. But, sometimes, they are actually right. You can very easily go down a ridiculous path and also be too self-righteous to admit that you are. Jupiter is our belief system and with Jupiter being in the 1st House, those beliefs are right there for everyone to see. You put yourself out there by standing up for what you believe in, even when nobody else believes in it. It’s an admirable quality, even when you are making choices that are silly or ill-advised. And in the end, none of that even sticks to you because, even when things don’t work out, you have a way of finding the positive in what happened and moving on. 

This highlights the fact that life is an endless slew of growing experiences for you and has been, since the beginning. The 1st House shows us what our first several years were like, which instilled impulses, attitudes, and patterns within us when we were still living at an unconscious level. The earliest part of your life was very expansive and adventurous. It would not be surprising to see a 1st House Jupiter person born into a rather carefree or free-spirited environment. This formative atmosphere of yours could’ve taught you to live with the wind in the hair and not worry about much of anything. You might have been swept away on numerous adventures, in one way or another. This could be by parents who were always on the go, possibly to the point of being real world travelers, or by constantly going from one place to the next. Moving a lot in the earliest parts of childhood seems to be a common theme when Jupiter or Uranus are in or rule the 1st House.

Because of this, you were conditioned to see life as not something that you settle down into for too long. Also, there was this early message you received that you should never have to hold back or, again, limit yourself. From the start, you always felt “bigger” than most people, even when you were a little kid. There was just something about your spirit that could not be contained and this was encouraged by those around you. Jupiter in the 1st House children quickly fall into the role of the one who lifts everyone’s spirits or the one who goes big when everyone else goes home. While this may have been a bit too much to handle for some, you had the message ingrained in you that you were this epic person and should settle for nothing less than a legendary life.

This is why there is this awe-inspiring air to just about everything you do. Having a 1st House Jupiter doesn’t just give you a larger-than-life attitude and demeanor. Even your mannerisms and body language, also ruled by the 1st, seem too big to be contained. Jupiter in the 1st House individuals can be easily fall into huge gestures and movements without really thinking about it. You might seem to need more room than other people and this can explain your famous clumsiness. This placement gives you an accident-prone sort of style because your body needs all of the freedom and open space that it can get. If not, you will definitely knock something over. Sometimes, it can be a bit tiresome for you. You might get sick of feeling like you have two extra legs or arms or that you’re like Godzilla, a giant stomping over everyone without even realizing it. 



In fact, that can be a problem for you. As much as people will love and gravitate toward your positive energy, there may be times where you just don’t know how to turn it off. That doesn’t just mean being annoyingly cheery. Someone could be having a seriously bad day and if your attempt to cheer them up doesn’t work, you can just breezily move on to something or someone else. You are so forward-moving that you can be careless or thoughtless. The Jupiter sign demonstrates how. With Jupiter in the 1st in Gemini, you will quickly move on whenever a boring kind of negativity or lack of communication settles in. Jupiter in the 1st in Pisces shows that if someone is trying to shatter the illusions that you possess or is being negative in a way you deem as mean, you will leave them in your dust. You have a distinct intolerance for people raining on your parade. Yet, you might have to stop and remind yourself that life cannot be all positive all the time.

This can be a glaring flaw of yours, as such relentless positivity can instill a blind faith that keeps you ignorant to what’s really going on in a situation. This doesn’t just extend to your way of dealing with people, of course, because the 1st House is so general and touches everything you do. So, in all situations, you can display a distinct resistance to dealing with the bad as well as the good. This is a curious trait of yours because it contradicts your overall insistence on the truth. But, other people can observe you and inform you that you only want a certain kind of truth: the kind that’s not upsetting or disappointing. Otherwise, you can’t handle it! This also may be why you can be so blunt or unfiltered with others because you think that as long as you’re expressing what you believe in, it’s a good thing, even if it’s delivered in a way that could possibly hurt or offend someone.

So, you need to be a bit more moderate in your outlook by revising your idea of the truth, allowing it to incorporate both the good and the bad. You can be so concerned with someone bursting your bubble. But, the thing is that if you are as buoyant and resilient as you describe yourself as being, then your bubble will quickly be inflated again. No one and nothing can get you down for long. So, let that be a way for you to accept the negative while not giving it that much importance, either. In the end, you can live your life as a wonderfully lucky person. Although assigning the word “luck” to Jupiter is a bit too simplistic, you probably see and live life in terms of luckiness. This is something that motivates you to count your blessings every day. Being so grateful and appreciative for the life that you have allows positive opportunities to consistently manifest. I tell everyone else that life opens up for them when they embrace their Jupiter. But, for you, life is constantly open. You just have to acknowledge that and keep following this golden path.

Also, since the 1st House is about one’s individual self, the 1st House Jupiter indicates that you believe very much in being an individual. You attract a lot of good things into your life when you are self-reliant and self-starting. This powerful faith in your individuality will keep you moving ahead in life even when no one is seemingly by your side. After all, sometimes, the adventurer has to fly solo. In doing so, you can end up stumbling across findings you never would’ve discovered if you let a resistance to going at it alone stop you. The instinctive self-awareness you possess is really sizeable. Whatever sign your Jupiter is in, you take on that persona to the hilt.

If Jupiter is in Leo, you can shine with a tremendous charisma and magnetism that makes everyone notice you or you can take command like a real leader amongst leaders, exerting your will with great power. This is due to you having a basic belief in yourself that, again, pushes you to do it big. People will not be able to not notice you. As I always say, I don’t take the physical appearance element of the 1st House too literally. But, there is going to be something about your look that is impossible to ignore. It could be actual physical features like being amazingly tall or having gigantic eyes. It could be having an over-the-top style or walk that makes other stare. Jupiter in the 1st House people also tend to be very loud, with either a speaking voice that you can hear across a crowded room or a laugh that takes up all of the oxygen around them. Regardless, in one way or another, you are an enormous presence and others are just forced to make room for you.

There is an inherent selfishness to the 1st House, as whatever is in this house wants to reap personal benefits just for itself. So, you will actually experience great growth and positivity when you just concern yourself with doing you and only worrying about you. Sure, you shouldn’t give up being a great friend or partner. But, you need to believe that it’s important to make yourself your first priority. As much as you can play the part of the Lucky Charm, spreading so much goodness to other people, you need to be primarily concerned with the benefits you will receive as an individual. Jupiter in the 1st House people treat life like they are out at a casino and are eager to win as much as they can at the blackjack table. Even though you can get yourself into a few disastrous situations because of some crazy gambles, your willingness to take these gambles with such faith and gusto work out in the end, allowing you to walk away with fatter pockets that you started with.