in astrology, or life, is static. The Midheaven, which is the
astrological point which most defines your vocational aspirations,
moves through your horoscope. It starts in your 10th house,
and then at about age thirty moves into the 11th house, and
then at about age 60 moves into the 12th house, and so on. As it
progresses, and you age, your approach to vocation, although not your
vocation, changes slightly to reflect this different position
of the Midheaven.
The Capricornian Phase of VocationUntil a person is about thirty years old, the issues of the tenth house, Capricorn and Saturn, predominate and mark a time which culminates in the creation of a separate social identity from their parents, which conversely have a huge influence on their children during this time. The following Saturnine qualities are thereby emphasized.
Yet, in astrology, we often look at houses and signs in terms of their opposites, realizing that success in life requires balance. For example, the qualities of Aries, which are self confidence, bravery, ability to initiate projects, and to excellently know their own mind, are often disastrous if not combined with the qualities of Libra, which are the ability to compromise, and understand others. Likewise Librans, need some of that Arian ability to know their own minds, to balance their understanding of others wishes - otherwise they risk becoming indecisive doormats .
And so it is during this early phase of vocation the qualities of the Moon, Cancer and fourth house become important to balance the Capricorian qualities. We all need nurturing as well as discipline, the opportunity to be vulnerable as well as prove our drive, the freedom to be changeable as well as incentives to develop focus, and sensitivity to our feelings, as well as the ability to control them.
Most importantly, we need to remain in touch with our deepest soul needs, even as we develop an understanding of society's needs and to find that to do which balances both
The Aquarian Phase of Vocation
As we pass thirty, we strive for something more than just a place in society. We strive to improve society and leave our mark on it. This is the time when finding or creating that dream job becomes critically important. We have entered the Aquarian phase of vocation and these issues predominate:
When this can't happen, and we find ourself stuck in the Capricornian phase, with an over emphasis on duty or a lack of discipline and structure then we can experience the mid life crisis. Even if we don't, its natural at this time, to remember what are dreams were, re-access our current situation, and make whatever adjustments are needed.
Oftentimes, the mid life crisis is experienced as something that is very disruptive. Not just being fired, but being fired out of the blue, or some sudden urge to quit a current job. That's the nature of Uranus. If your middle years are too unstable, it maybe because you are too focused on structure, routine and fitting in in ways that aren't beneficial to you any more. The things that worked when you were younger, won't work as well now.
As we strive to make our mark on society, or simply be more ourselves, we need to remember Leo qualities of spontaneity, joyfulness, ability to give love and desire to please others, otherwise we may become self centered eccentrics, who love humanity, but can't stand any humans, or suffer burnout.
Most importantly we need to develop our creativity, and the courage to be everyday more fully ourselves.
The Piscean time of vocation
The Piscean period starts in the early sixties and lasts until about ninety, should you live that long. In our society, currently it's characterized by retirement, and too often those negative Piscean qualities of disorientation, disintegration, and dependence on others.
I think that its a great loss to our society that just when people are hitting their stride in mastering vocation, that they think that they must leave it.
Now if you are in a dead end job, or simply looking for more freedom from day to day responsilibity, then retiring is a wonderful way for you to be able to more fully pursue vocation.
The question is, what are you retiring from, and what are you moving toward?
Your vocation doesn't end until you die. If you don't have some role for yourself that is associated with the positive qualities of Pisces, which is service to others, creativity, healing, wisdom, seeing the big picture (holistic thinking), then you risk experiencing the negative qualities mentioned above, which can result in your being confined in some way (in your house, or an institution) or in becoming a victim (of your children, perhaps) or slipping into the mental fog of Alzheimer's.
The idea of retirement came about as a result of a chronic problem in our current capatalistic system of not having enough work for everyone which reached its peak during the Great Depression and not because anyone demonstated that it was good for older people to quit work. Likewise ideas about aging, and also about how vocation should be approached, that is with competition, ambition and drive, but without any heart also compromise this stage of vocation. Read more about this in What the sea goat, as symbol of Capricorn, teaches us about vocation.
How can vocation look like in this stage?
The future of the world does not rest with youth. It rests with the old. Only they have the life experience and wisdom and contacts to effect real change.
The final stage: old age, the Arian phase.
This phase empasses the years after ninety. Obviously some people will experience these issues before ninety.
This time is characterized by a return to childhood sense of exploration, and adventure, and a pioneering spirit. Living past ninety at all is pioneering, and living well after ninety is even more. so. For many its also a time of being more alone because many of those who have come before are gone,, and so that this is the time of the elder-the leader on this new phase in the grand adventure we call life, and also the even grander adventure called dying..
For many this is about coming full circle and reflecting on their lives, on passing on what they have learned, tying up loose ends.
The greatest gift that people in this phase have to give others is the ability to reflect on their lives, give a sense of perspective, and a sense of the past. Also in this phase, there often is the ability to connect to the young, and thereby pass on wisdom, and the ability to connect with one's essential self, much the same way that children do.
And for some this phase can be a time of new beginnings- One last chance to do the things that you have never done, to realize your vocation to your satisfaction.
Ultimately, even in dying you still have a vocation to do it with dignity and meaning.
This period can be tranversed better by maintaining connections with others. Libran qualities of
balance and harmony
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For everything there is a season,
And a time for every manner under heaven.
Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernanard Shaw
The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you will discover will be wonderful. What you will discover will be yourself.
Age puzzles me. I though it was a quiet time. My seventies were interesting and fairly serene. but my eighties are passionate. I grow more intense as I age.
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