These are the descriptions for those of us with Planets in the 10th/Tenth House! If you do not have a planet in your 10th House, look for the description of the sign that cusps your 10th house, in the links below.
Sun in the 10th House: Your ego seems to be consistently hurt, and it might seem that making a name for yourself out in the world is the best way to fix it. You are not confident by nature, but you are a hard-worker and very good at completing what you start, and you do believe in your abilities. You work meticulously on your career as if your life depends on it. This does not mean that you crave fame, by any means. You crave stability and respect from people, as you may not have gotten it in your home, unless you were performing or working for your family. Some people with this placement believe that they are inherently lazy, which can be true if aspected by Neptune, but you are never without a purpose in your mind of where you should be. In fact, you are ALWAYS envisioning where you should be, so don’t forget to enjoy the present. The Sun shines the brightest in the 10th, you just might need some time to build up your life, before you get to the recognition you so desire.
Moon in the 10th House: Your mother might have worked a lot, or you saw her as the one who took care of business and paid the bills. Your father was either MIA, or more of the stay-at-home type–yes both extremes can play out here. By putting the moon (or the mother sign) in the father’s domain (the 10th House), you are taking away from the father’s “usual duty” as man or king of the house. Your mother might have also acted like a child in many ways, so instead of having your own emotions nurtured, you were supporting an adult’s emotions–this would cause you to be an emotionally stunted adult. You tend to wear your heart on your sleeve in the workplace and also on social media (Sometimes you just can’t help but publicly air out all your grievances to get the emotional support from the unknown internet masses and then crawl into your little hole, immediately after). People might find you to be dramatic and overly-sensitive, which is great if you are an actor, but not so great for the 9-5 or fast paced environment. The moon is moody, and in the House of your career, will make your career life moody or unstable as well–you will most likely have many different careers in your lifetime. You might also “emotionally rage-quit” or abruptly leave a workplace when you should just stick it out, and see it what comes of it. Learning to balance your career life with your emotional life is an important obstacle that you will eventually overcome.
Mercury in the 10th House: You pretty much will lead the way in any career you choose, with your expansive mind and proficient communication skills. You tend to gravitate toward a profession where you can analyze, organize and speak freely. You take your public image very seriously, but are not always “career oriented.” You spend a lot of time thinking of ways you could be viewed in the world, and that doesn’t always relate to money or what kind of job you’re going to have. Public relations, public speaking, and careers that keep expanding your mind or allow you to work with your hands, will bring you the most happiness.
Venus in the 10th House: Venus in the 10th is blessing on your career and public image. Wherever you work, you will be seen in a good light–people who don’t know you that well, or view you from afar, could believe you to be more attractive and intellectual than you actually are. It’s not hard for you to get promotions or raises without asking, but since you’ve never had to ask, you may not know how to ask when you need to. You will want a career where you can work in harmony with other people–you tend to despise drama, but will engage in it if someone directly dismisses your abilities. You might meet all your lovers at work, as you can’t help but charm the help (or authority) to the point of hooking up, or dating. A career where you get dirty or are forced to wear an ugly uniform is not for you, and can lower your self-esteem, as you may have been an ugly duckling growing up, and now have a choice in the way you look. Beautifying the world is where you should be, as it’s what you always dreamed about as a child.
Mars in the 10th House: Mars in the 10th will demand authority, even if no one is trying to take it from them. You are in competition at all times for the top spot in your career and will sometimes take it before asking, which can get you in trouble. You consider yourself to be an opportunist, though others may see you as a bully. Having Mars in your 10th could be the result feeling put down by many people as a child, and deciding that you would never allow anyone to do that again, so it can be a little overcompensating. Be careful not to blame the authority figures in your adult life, for hurting you in your childhood. Mars is actually pretty happy in the 10th, when you can learn to tame the beast within, and allow your ambition to come shining through at the right times.
Jupiter in the 10th House: This is not considered the luckiest placement, though it seems that many people with an extreme amount of fame have this: Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Steve Jobs, etc. Because the 10th house is ruled by Saturn, Jupiter is restricted there, and the kind of fame and career expansion that you will receive, will be negative at times, and not without it’s fair share of lessons. The downside of Jupiter in the 10th obviously being that you are always under a microscope no matter what public position you hold, the upside is that if you live life well and full, you will continue to grow happily in the public eye. You may feel that you are a late bloomer, but if you allow yourself to stick it out and work steadily, there will be no stopping you.
Saturn in the 10th House: Saturn is at home in the 10th house, so it’s not as terrible as you might expect. Slow and steady wins the race here, but not all of you are late bloomers–most of the time you hit your high notes earlier, as dealing with your karma is a necessity, and in the 10th house requires a career to do so. You might have learned hard work since childhood. Since Saturn is the father planet, and the 10th is opposing the 4th house of your mother, you could feel that your father and mother didn’t get along, which could have caused you inner turmoil and depression at a young age–Growing up too soon/getting your child self into adult situations. A lot of Saturn in the 10th natives seem to be overtly sexual, as if they are trying to push past their public restriction, and you know, they probably grew up too soon. Your resilience in whatever career you choose and not avoiding your lessons, no matter how embarrassing they might be, will show your strength and unrivaled ambition.
Uranus in the 10th House: You might get a neck tattoo, because having a normal career doesn’t make any sense to you anyway. You could lie about yourself on social media, because you feel that if you can make someone believe something about you, the power of attraction will make it so. You need to allow yourself to have a career, don’t sell yourself short just because you haven’t found a mold to fit in to. When it’s all said and done, you will find that you’re the one who doesn’t accept the world, not that the world doesn’t accept you. When you see that, you will learn how to make the correct changes to yourself (not just for creative expression, but also personal betterment) and to the world as we know it.
Neptune in the 10th House: Speculation about your career is a common game people play: Did she or did she not sleep with the boss to land her position? There’s a lot about you that people will make up to fill in the blanks, after all the Midheaven is your public image, and Neptune creates illusion. This can also work in your favor, as most people are expecting you to project yourself one particular way, and fail to see your next move completely. In your own career life, you can feel lost and directionless. You believe there is a strong purpose for your life, but you can’t even begin to figure out what it is. If you trust that you have a greater and almost heavenly purpose, instead of a normal and worldly life planned out for you, your life will evolve on it’s own and will eventually allow you to access your greatest dreams.
Pluto in the 10th House: Pluto is the planet of transformation, and so it might feel as though you go through many different careers changes in life, as well as discover new life purposes every time a certain “destiny” is reached. Your public image could go through a severe death, but will get miraculously brought back to life, in a different place and time. Since Pluto is very chaotic and destructive, it also shows where you desire the most control, and so it’s not uncommon for you to hold on to a career for dear life, only to have it ripped from you by the universe. Since the 10th house is cultivated around 7 years old, you could have decided at a young age that you would one day own an empire, and are now waiting impatiently for that time to come where you get to own your power over the masses.
Chiron in the 10th House: Chiron is the wounded healer, where you are were once hurt, you now heal. Having Chiron in the most public point of your chart would mean that your reputation was hurt pretty badly by people or circumstances at a young age, and you might have some embarrassing memories of being publicly humiliated. As an adult you feel nervous in the public eye, and might always be waiting for someone to point a finger at you, and label you as a fraud for thinking you could be ambitious or have a career. What you don’t realize is that overtime you have become a master in this area, and many people look up to you for guidance. You could even make a living helping others learn how to stand up for themselves! And if you don’t make living there, you definitely help people deal with their pain for free.