The 10th House in Astrology


The tenth house represents career and social status.  It deals with the place you seek in society, your standing in the community, your reputation. It governs ambition, professional goals, achievement, motivation, prestige, ego, fame, authority.  It describes how the world sees and evaluates you and how you influence those around you.

The Tenth House is ruled by Capricorn and Saturn.

The 10th house of the natal chart is an angular one and is ruled by sign Capricorn and planet Saturn. The cusp of the house is also called Midheaven (or MC, medium coeli) and its position indicates the path that someone will follow as a career. Generally, the whole house is responsible about the career of the native and how he appears in the eyes of the community. His public standing and rank in society are to be observed here, while also his success in becoming an authority figure.

The Significance of the 10th House

The 10th House is the realm of ambition, reputation, and the public sphere. It governs one’s career, achievements, and the way they are perceived by society. When planets are placed in the 10th House, they influence an individual’s approach to their vocation, their goals for success, and their desire to leave a lasting legacy.

The placement of planets in the 10th House of the natal birth chart significantly influences an individual’s career aspirations, public image, and legacy ambitions. Understanding the impact of these planets can provide valuable insights into one’s professional path, goals for success, and the impact they aim to make on society. Astrology, in this context, serves as a tool for self-awareness and navigating the path to reaching for the stars and leaving a lasting legacy in the world.

Planets in the 10th House

Each planet, when positioned in the 10th House of the natal birth chart, imparts its unique attributes to an individual’s career ambitions, public image, and legacy aspirations. Here’s an exploration of how different planets in the 10th House can influence an individual:

Sun in the 10th House: The Sun represents the core of one’s identity. When found in the 10th House, it signifies a strong focus on achieving personal goals and recognition. These individuals often have a strong sense of self tied to their career and may strive for leadership positions and public acclaim.

Moon in the 10th House: The Moon signifies emotions and instincts. When placed in the 10th House, a person’s emotional life is often closely tied to their career. They may be highly sensitive to their public image and often experience emotional fluctuations related to their professional life.

Mercury in the 10th House: Mercury governs communication and intellect. Individuals with Mercury in the 10th House often have a sharp mind for career-related matters. They excel in professions that require effective communication, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Venus in the 10th House: Venus represents love, beauty, and aesthetics. When placed in the 10th House, it suggests a desire for a career that involves creativity, beauty, and public recognition. These individuals may excel in artistic, entertainment, or diplomatic professions.

Mars in the 10th House: Mars symbolizes action and energy. Those with Mars in the 10th House have a dynamic and ambitious approach to their career. They are often driven to achieve their goals, may thrive in competitive fields, and take on leadership roles.

Jupiter in the 10th House: Jupiter represents expansion and growth. When found in the 10th House, it indicates a love for career success, growth, and recognition. These individuals often seek opportunities for advancement and may have a philanthropic or leadership-oriented approach.

Saturn in the 10th House: Saturn is associated with discipline and responsibility. Individuals with Saturn in the 10th House approach their career with a strong sense of duty and responsibility. They may strive for long-term success and are willing to work hard to achieve their goals.

Uranus in the 10th House: Uranus represents innovation and individuality. When placed in the 10th House, it suggests a unique and unconventional approach to one’s career. These individuals may be drawn to pioneering fields and often seek to bring innovation to their work.

Neptune in the 10th House: Neptune signifies creativity and spirituality. Those with Neptune in the 10th House often have a dreamy and idealistic approach to their career. They may be drawn to artistic or spiritual professions and often seek to make a meaningful impact on society.

Pluto in the 10th House: Pluto represents transformation and power. When found in the 10th House, it indicates deep transformative experiences in one’s career. These individuals often experience profound shifts in their public image and may be drawn to roles that involve power and influence.



As the tenth house rules everything connected with one’s career, the sign at the cusp of the house and any planets present reveals the nature of the native’s occupation. Keep in mind, that the 10th house is not ruling the random short-time jobs that one might have during his life; it also does not rule jobs where you are a servant to someone else. These are affairs of the 6th house. The 10th house is responsible for your choices in career; your conscious steps towards working on something you love and care.

The career as projected in the tenth house is your dream job, the occupation through which you will mature into a more complete being, your personal way of evolution. Therefore, many times these jobs are of self-employment, without it having to be the rule. A pattern frequently appearing in people that have planets both in the 6th and the 10th house, is that their 6th house is activated more early, while the 10th takes time.

Saturn, the ruler of the house, is a slow planet; it takes time for us both to find what we really love doing in our lives and creating the necessary circumstances so that we can do it. Gradually, the power upon our career area is transferred to the 10th house; we no longer want to work as employers to someone else (6th house) but try to stand on our own feet and gain the public standing we yearn for.

Jobs in governmental institutes are also ruled by the 10th house, and it is a quite frequent phenomenon that someone will quit his 6th house job when he finds an opportunity to work for the government. The way that the government and authorities treat you can also be observed through the condition of the house, while also your own attitude towards them. In addition here you can find relations from and towards all people who are in positions of power towards you.

The 10th house is ruling the dominant parent of the native. There have been a lot of arguments in the past on whether it was ruling the father and the mother, but it seems that the gender does not play a role in this situation. The fourth house, which is opposite the 10th, is responsible for the parent that is more tender and connected to the child, a stable ground for it to step on. The 10th house is ruling the one that was taking the decisions in the house, the one that was the authority figure, which at the same time was both a role model for the young soul and someone to fear of.

The tenth house is responsible about how we appear in the eyes of the people that surround us. It is our reputation, and forms the opinion of those who observe us, while also how we are remembered when we die. People with a lot of planets in the 10th house will leave a deep impact after their death, and when important planets are in conjunction with the Midheaven they might even become very famous through their profession.

Keep in mind that the presence of malefic planets or planets with adverse aspects might make someone known but through a negative way; the world does not only admire individuals for their achievements but can also judge them with a lot of criticism.

The last degrees of the tenth house that are adjacent to the cusp of the eleventh, are the ones mostly responsible for governmental jobs, while also can signify entering elite groups of people with power. Those degrees can signify a lot of help from groups of people in your task of creating your career.

Also, when planets are present in this position there is a quite higher chance that you will be ruling other people when you become of age and your life has progressed enough so that you become a part of the authority. The first degrees of the cusp are mostly about creating your own profession and the direction you will try to follow in your career, and the prestige you will receive.

Another thing you can examine through the 10th house is whether you will become a mentor for other people, and guide them with your influence. It does not only signify the legacy that you will leave behind you but also how much important it will be for your followers; because this pattern continues as a fractal you can even catch some echoes of how your legacy will continue through them towards the souls of which your successors will be mentors.

The 10th house takes a lot of time to be fully developed, and many times a person cannot reach its full potential in his short lifespan. The house continues developing even when we have ceased existing in this incarnation and is strongly connected with Karma.

Through the tenth house, we can invest towards next lives; while also be in debt if we misuse the power and control that it can grant us over masses. Choose wisely; Saturn is kind to those who keep their pride down to earth but can bring a lot of trouble if your high position affects negatively the ones below you.

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