When you look on your natal chart for potential careers and how successful you might be, you may find planets placed in the 2nd, 6th, or 10th houses or aspects with your Midheaven. Planets in these vocational sectors are the strongest career factors, and usually one or two of these planets will be the dominant influence. One important consideration for determining which planets are dominant is to measure how strong each of them is.
Let’s see what it means to have a dominant planet:
- If it’s conjunct the Midheaven (MC) within 10°, the 10th or 9th house.
- If it’s one of the highest SCORE*.
- If it’s square, trine, or opposite the MC.
- If it’s one of the most aspected planets in the chart.
- If it’s in a career-oriented earth sign — Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn.
Let’s suppose that the Sun is your dominant planet due to career path.
The Sun’s sign, house, and aspects to other planets show your ways of refining your self-concept, identity, self-expression, self-worth, and self-confidence. Difficult signs or aspects (conjunctions with the slower-moving planets) can modify the basic nature of the Sun.
If so, parts of these descriptions below may not entirely fit.
The potentials that the Sun at its best can bring to your career:
- You are strongly focused on the matters of the house and career.
- High visibility in the areas of life ruled by that house, so you can’t be ignored.
- Confidence and poise that help others believe in you and in your career.
Possible deficits to overcome:
- Egotism or grandstanding that can alienate people involved in the career.
- Self-esteem depends largely on career success; thus, it is badly affected by setbacks.
- Self-centeredness, being convinced that whatever happens with the career, it’s all about you.
The Sun’s possible constructive traits: confident, highly visible, charismatic, regal, dramatic, personable, sunny, generous, encouraging, positive, focused on self-expression and self-development.
The Sun’s possible difficult traits: egotistical, conceited, vain, pretentious, grandiose, having false pride; being demanding, high maintenance, self-centred, self-absorbed, stubborn, selfish, narcissistic, melodramatic.
Solutions to Fix difficult traits for the Sun: Work on your self-esteem and eliminate the negative things you say about yourself; do something good for your self-confidence.
*) Score to define a planet as dominant in natal chart:
15 points for Sun conjunct the Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven,
10 points for Sun square, trine, or opposite the Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven,
10 points for Sun conjunct or opposite the Moon and within 3° of the North or South Node (as you were born around an eclipse),
6 points for Sun conjunct, square, trine or opposite other planets,
4 points for Sun in minor aspect (sextile, semi sextile, semi square or other) to the Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, or other planets,
5 points for Sun as a Part of major configuration like a stellium, T-square, or Grand Trine.
Sun’s orbs: 10° for conjunctions, 8° for oppositions, 6° for trines or squares, 3° for minor aspects
Next month I will write about Moon as a dominant planet in your career path.