This article is a summary of a chapter of my 2nd book, The Practice of Traditional Astrology that deals with the native´s profession. Since the book is not being translated into English I think it would be useful to summarize it here.
Aside that, I have at this time some charts that are not apparently easy to delineate and I want to show that the medieval instructions if well studied can delineate them.
Please refer to Stefen Birtchfield´s article on this same blog, because I will not repeat the same considerations he made and it is important to take them into account.
So in this article we will focus especially on the native profession, the work,
duties and their strength and power to perform actions in the world.
The delineation of the native’s profession according to Medieval sources which will be addressed here reveals a skill that is the native backdrop for a lifetime.
To outline the type of profession that appears in the natal chart following the Medieval technique is quite different from the simplification that occurred in astrology in modern times.
Nowadays if you just outline the ruler of the MC and see if there are planets aspecting this place, people can talk about the profession, when in fact the Medieval procedure is much more complex.
Delineating the ruler of the 10th house and the planets in aspect to it is only part of one of the techniques, a second choice.
Guido Bonatti gives attention mainly to the rising sign not only because it is the most important house of the chart, but also because the Ascendant can show whether the native has the corresponding body to perform some kind of work.
For example, a warrior or a weight charger must have an Ascendant pointing to the necessary body structure to carry out such tasks. Everything must be connected , as the temperament and the primary motivation, until we get to the correct significator.
The chart should be read in conjunction in order to reach some exact point that is the way through which the native will express himself or herself professionally.
In practice we have to determine whether the native conformation of body is masculine, feminine or neutral, if the temperament is mental, emotional, or vital, just as Stefen Birtchfield have observed.
We will not address to these issues here, but just remember that they provide important information.
Bonatti tells us to use the Ascendant in the first place: if there is a planet there, it should be used as a significator of the native ‘s profession. If there are no planets in the first house, we have to look at the 10th house and if there is a planet there it must be considered in relation to the native´s profession as well.
If we do not find planets in the first house or in the 10th house, we look to the fourth house and the seventh house. Planets in 7th house mean that the native has several small jobs or is employed sometimes and not regularly, and his profession is not solid. The 4th House is considered stronger than the seventh if we are looking for the professional significator.
So if we have planets in angles we can use them to evaluate and discover the native’s professional choice.
Bonatti says that if there are planets in these four angles we have to make an Almuten of these angles and observe if this planet has dignity in the
10th house as lord of domicile, exaltation, triplicity or term.
If the significator is eastern to the Sun and western in relation to the Moon it strengthens it, but if it does not happen, we still can use it, but it is weaker.
The next step is if no planet was found so far.
In this case we have to observe the planet to whom the Moon will first apply after the SAN, if the nativity is diurnal and if the nativity is nocturnal we have to observe the first planet that will join to the Part of Fortune.
Note also that a planet can be used if it is coming out of the Sun’s rays,
but further away, no more than 20 degrees, especially if this planet is
Mars, Mercury or Venus .
Notice if this planet or any planet which is in the angles is aspecting the
This initial list points to the fact that there are several positions that are able to indicate a planet as professional significator and if we find a planet with two of these conditions we can use it as the professional significator.
Reviewing what you should consider:
1- Planet in the 1st or 10th house or in the angles (use whole signs, according to Bonatti ) .
2 – If the planet is eastern to the Sun and aspects the Moon it has preference.
3 – If it is the first planet aspecting the SAN in a diurnal nativity or the
Part of Fortune in a nocturnal nativity.
4- If a planet is coming out of the sun’s rays, no farther than 20º.
5 – If a planet is eastern to the Sun in a diurnal nativity or western to the
Moon in a nocturnal nativity.
When we find a planet with one of these conditions we should consider it, and outline the native ‘s profession from it , especially if it is Mercury, Venus or Mars and if it has any dignity in the 10th House .
The dignity of face or decan is very weak and is not used.
If one of the three mentioned planets are in aspect to the Sun and Moon ,or even more strongly, if a reception is intervening, means that the native will have a profession and a job , will go ahead and will use it with ease, and the profession will be able to give him enough financial resources.
If we have more of one professional significator, we have to chose the one with more dignity in the place where it is in.
When the chart do not meet any of these conditions and in a diurnal nativity and there is no planets aspecting the Sun or if we are dealing with a nocturnal nativity and there is no planets aspecting the Moon, or if the Moon is not linked to any planet, the professional significator must be sought by looking to the planet from which the Moon was separated recently or from the master of the house where the Part of Fortune is located or from the one which fits best.
If the planet that resulted from all this study is fortunate, in good
condition and even more if it is aspected friendly by Mercury, it means that the native will be good at his profession, versed in the science of numbers and writing or mechanical work, and has good intellect and progress in his professional life.
If Saturn is making a nice aspect to this planet and is in good condition and well prepared, it means that the native can benefit from farmlands and plantations and if Saturn aspects it from the tenth house means that the native will rise to large regencies and responsibilities , but with lots of hard work .
If Jupiter is aspecting the professional planet or if reception intervenes it means that the native will be honest and wise, or a writer, and will rise and live with princes, kings and great men.
If Mars is aspecting the significator or if he is itself the significator it indicates that the native is prone to medicine and surgery, but also to theology and will have a mind that will be applied without difficulty to these things and he will be smart and resourceful.
According to Masha’allah (The Book of Aristotle, translated by Benjamin Dykes, we read that if the Ascendant gives signs of a blind native he will be deprived of having a profession.
In addition , we should pay attention to some important points to disentangle the native profession:
1 – Venus, Mercury and Mars are important because they rule crafts.
2 – The application of the New or Full Moon before the Nativity of these three planets should be considered.
3 – The orientality or westernization of the three planets should be
4 – The local of the Part of Kingship should be considered. This Part is constructed from Mercury to Mars by day and the result is added to the Ascendant (ASC + Mars-Mercury) and from Mars to Mercury in nocturnal nativities (ASC +Mercury-Mars).
5 – The nature of the signs in which the three planets are must be considered.
6 – Consider the angles and planets in them: Ascendant, 10th, 7th house and 4h house.
7 – Consider the signs after the angles and also the sixth sign, as said by
Abu Bakr based in Paul of Alexandria and Rethorius .
Ptolemy, Dorotheus and Hephaistio have prioritized the 10th house, the 4th house and the Ascendant plus the location of the Lot of Fortune checking if Mercury, Venus or Mars was in one of those places . If is not the case, they recommend to look if one of these three was near to the Moon or to the Sun, and if you do not find any planet able to give professions, they warned to observe the sixth house and then the second.
Traditional sources used to delineate the native ‘s profession took into account Venus, Mercury and Mars, their houses and terms or whether they were Eastern or Western, or if they are aspected by benefics or harmful planets. The authors took into consideration also the Lot of Work or Kingship, verifying if its ruler was configured to Venus, Mercury and Mars .
If Venus , Mercury and Mars are not aspecting the Ascendant or the Midhaeven the native would not have skill or profession.
Masha’allah however has considered Jupiter and Saturn as professional significators. My opinion is that they can bring a new dimension to the profession.
The greatest glories would be coming from the position in angles and the
orientality or westernization of the planet .
The beneficial planets indicate luck and wealth and the evil ones threaten with poverty and starvation.
Abu Bakr said the following, ” The ancients did not concede dominion over the profession other than to 3 planets (Venus , Mercury and Mars ) , and rightly so, because Saturn, Jupiter , the Sun and Moon do not mean professions without the partnership of these planets . The Sun which means royalty and kings , high officials and traders that have slaves below them, so they themselves take care of the king. Saturn is the master of laziness, greed , weight, madness and sadness and so if Saturn is peregrine in the nativity without a good aspect of the 3 planets that signify professions or if he is aspecting badly that three planets , the native will suffer injuries and be disapproved because of his profession and he will not seek rest for his sake , but because of his misery , and if some planet is helped by Saturn in a powerful aspect , the native can still work the land , channel fill , bury the dead and move from place to place or work in fields and vineyards as a slave miserable or doing trade.
Since that Jupiter is the lord of religion and prayer and so, if he is without the help of other which give professions in certain nativity , that means that the native will be freed from secular things and will mediate those things between God and men, and will let the world behind and will have a poor life.
The Moon is the lady of weakness, fast, light and of low intellect response and his great work is to come and go. It means working with your hands and feet and this according to the reception and respect to the other three planets. If the Moon is not fortunate in a nativity the native will move without good fruits, and if it is strong it means carrying luggage and heavy things or working with the hands. Furthermore, it indicates those who bring discord among others for doing gossip”.
Therefore, Jupiter, Sun, Moon and Saturn are not themselves indicators of professions, each one for a reason, but they can give to the profession a special feature insofar the professional significator was in aspect with them and in good or bad condition, fortunate or not, or if mutual reception intervenes.
To discover the professional significator can be one of the most difficult tasks in astrology.
It often deceive us , because if the significator was for example , Mars , which represent warriors , was close to a star of the nature of Mercury , the native may make war with words. The same if Mars is in water sign and is aspected by Mercury.
Abu Bakr follows Rethorius and Paulus and says that the quality of the significator will reduce or give potential to the profession.
Now I´ll show you two charts , one from a sculptor and the other from a singer;
We do not see Mercury, Venus and Mars in angles. But Rodin, a very important sculptor has Mars in the same sign that the Fortune. So we must look at Mars as a potential significator. Mercury receives it by domicile.
We see also that Mercury is conjunct Venus, in the Fortune´s 4th house, so angular to the Fortune.
The MC domicile master is Venus and if we consider the point of Midheaven we observe that Mars is its domicile lord.
The Asc. is in a earth sign, showing that the primary motivation is the material security.
Mars is the exaltation lord of the Asc. and the lord of the domicile of the Sun: and we are dealing with a diurnal chart.
Creating form in the formless world was the way that the native used to perform his mastership and he was fully recognized by it. We can imagine how much strength someone must have to create a human figure out from a stone.
It not easy to delineate the native´s profession from this chart, but using the Medieval techniques the chart becomes very clear.
The chart above pertains to the nativity of George Michael , an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to superstar, one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
We see the same aspect that we saw in Rodin´s chart, but like a mirrored chart.
The result is the same: fame and money. But this time the Asc is Cancer, which has as primary motivations the necessity of emotional security.
Mars is in the same sign of the Fortune and Mercury and Venus are in the 10th from the Fortune. His temperament is much more sanguine than Rodin´s, which was mostly melancholic.
Both charts shows how important is to look at the Part of Fortune always and especially when we are dealing with the professional significator, one of the most difficult tasks.
At first I thought that the success of George Michael was due to the Sun, in a diurnal chart, having Jupiter and Saturn in masculine signs , working as doriphories, but it is much more plausible that the explanation of his profession stands on the Fortune and the planets angular to them.
We can say that the life of George Michael was easier than the Rodin´s life, and that Rodin´s profession was much harder and heavy, due the hard aspect between Venus and Saturn.