Which path is best?

Hi Kate,child-1721906_19202
Thanks very much for your career question. Healthcare in general looks like a good fit. But I’m wondering what the underlying motivator is. Key words that jump out of your chart are: compassion, dedicated worker, strong values and work ethic, deep inner healing, spirituality, social consciousness, making the world a better place, independence, healing in general, original, passionate. There’s also a nice flow of creative inspiration throughout your chart that could appear in the form of inspired leadership, teaching or art.

You said you love many aspects of mental health therapy but what exactly is motivating you to make a change? That profession aligns with so many aspects of your chart. I want to point out, however, that there’s a lot of 7th house action this year that suggests searching for new ways to work with your clients or reevaluating other important 1 on 1 relationships. While Saturn transits your 7th house, he aspects Neptune which could easily be asking you to look at the vision you hold for yourself and how does it align with where I am in my life right now. There are many possible manifestations of this transit but it is important to consider your decision carefully. Neptune more often than not will lead us astray when we think the grass is greener somewhere else.

Pluto is also transiting the 7th and you just completed your Mars return in the 7th which points to a new beginning of some type. So there’s lots of activity in that area of your life which makes me wonder what is motivating you to explore new opportunities? Picture yourself in both occupations and ask yourself, ‘what do you have now that you didn’t have before?’ How does this relate to your long term professional goals?

You have a natural ability to look deeply at any issue, step outside the box and be very original with your ideas and thoughts. This seems to fit the research position well and I can definitely see the attraction to it in your chart. Physicians Assistant is a good possibility too, but what is most important to consider is how either one of these occupations line up with your long term goals. Whatever you decide, you’ll need a certain degree of autonomy, and the freedom to be creative, imaginative and original.

One more thing, this year is extra important for you. It’s a high potential year where you can reach for something big and make it happen. So I would suggest that if there’s something that’s really calling you, this year is probably the year to listen. It doesn’t have to be related to your profession either but it’s a year when your energy is strong.
Hopefully this gives you some helpful insights.

Good luck with your decision,

Your Cosmic Career Coaches



Rethinking Career Path

tanner-larson-298283-unsplashQuestion:  Hello, Cosmic Career Coach! I’m wondering if you can see in my birth chart anything regarding my current career path. I’m a holistic health coach (formerly massage therapist then a teacher). After I had my son in 2010, I was working from home as a holistic coach but feel that path is limited and perhaps coming to a close (or just a re-vamping in how I present it?). I feel passionate about healing and am particularly intuitive/sensitive/psychic to the collective consciousness and have a deep connection with nature. I’ve been working with shamanism for several decades.

In any case, thanks so much for considering my question!

Answer: Hi Jen, thanks so much for reaching out. This is a fantastic year astrologically to be considering these questions.

Your chart shows strong signatures for your intuitive and psychic gifts, as well as your penchant for healing and nature.  Yours is also the chart of someone to whom it is important to share these gifts out in the world in a transformational way.

From now until the end of the year, the astrological energies asking you to vision, refine and expand your contribution.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What foundations or structures do you need in place to support your work?
  • Are there challenges calling your name?
  • To what kind of depths do you want to go with people?
  • What’s your ideal use of your intuitive talents?
  • Are you getting signs about direction?
  • What are you really committed to in your work life?
  • What was happening in the Fall of 2006? (there could be good information to apply to your situation now)

Overall, this can be a time of slow movement, with the path ahead being a little unclear.  Things will get clearer with time, effort and reflection.

Sending good thoughts your way as you discover what is next!

If we can be of any additional help, feel free to reach out to me or Tom. 

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Aubrie De Clerck

Torn Between Work and Family

yeshi-kangrang-325341Dear Cosmic Career Coaches:

I am currently pretty confused about what direction my career should take?
I was working right out of graduation in a government job which I quit after having babies as I did not enjoy the job being too administrative. I imagine that I would enjoy a more dynamic job that allows me to travel abroad , however with young children now, my options are limited.

In order to have a career and yet have time for my kids , I’m wondering if I should consider a job in real estate sales that offers flexible schedule? However I’m not sure if I can make it in sales? and I’m more drawn towards the arts and a career that has more meaning. I am also interested in astrology and counseling but that requires me to further study for the relevant knowledge and skill set as right now I only have a generic business degree.

Another sensible option would be a shift job as a childhood teacher, that would match well with my current stage in life, however I have a feeling that I won’t have enough patience for young children (also the reason why I decide that I can’t be a full-time housewife looking after my kids ).

Marriage and family is very important to me so I feel torn between work and family. I am not certain of what talents or skills I can value add to a workplace, but I just know that I need an identity outside of marriage for me to stay sane. Really appreciate any advice or insights you can offer me from looking at my chart.

Thanks, Confused

Hi Confused, many thanks for reaching out.  I can sense the tension that’s happening for you!  It is clear that you need work outside the the house that challenges your mind, supports your understanding of yourself as an independent person and feels meaningful.  It is also clear you have family commitments that require this chapter of your work life be flexible and doesn’t necessarily require further education.

From your chart and from your note, I gather that choosing work solely for the schedule will not suffice and that as innately good at being a mom that you are, there’s a strong drive in you to contribute in additional ways.  In situations like these, I think you are on a helpful track to think about what talents and needs you have.  Here are a few I notice in your chart:


  • Seeing the big picture
  • Giving of yourself generously
  • Investigating, research – finding what is really going on
  • Taking on challenges, leadership
  • Coming up with new ways of approaching things
  • Focus on things that feel deeply important

Logistical Needs

  • Autonomy, independence and freedom to set your own agenda and act on it
  • Variety of input and information
  • Mental stimulation
  • Expansive, broadening your experience of the world
  • Environment of trust

yuxiang-zhang-437423Could you be a great counselor (astrology or otherwise)?  Absolutely!  Could you also excel in real estate and other relationship based sales careers?  Totally!   Often when there seems like many options for what roles/titles you could do and it is confusing which one would be the best fit (for now and the future), I suggest looking through a different lens to alleviate some of the stuckness.

One such lens is looking at your search first through the eyes of sector.  While travel is difficult at this stage, perhaps focus on work that will bring an expansiveness to your mind.  Consider working at a local educational institution where you can be close to learning, take advantage of free lectures.

Another lens is to think about culture and mission.  What organizations are doing really innovative work that is helping people?  Are there places where you can really get behind their mission?

Looking at your chart, this upcoming year is a great time to look at these kinds of questions – how does you work life need to change?  When you get right down to it, what is at the core of what you want and need?

Sending good thoughts your way as you uncover what’s next!

If we can be of any additional help, feel free to reach out to me or Tom!

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Aubrie De Clerck

A career that satisfies both freedom AND security

jerry-kiesewetter-191819Question:  I have Chiron in Gemini in the 10th house (shout out to Aubrie and all the Gemini 10th housers!). I’ve tried many jobs in my career since graduating from college with a degree in journalism, (most of them centered on marketing for nonprofits) and teaching. I currently work remotely in a job that doesn’t pay much as a stop gap until I figure out my next move.

After all these years, I’ve built very little in terms of material assets, material security or career reputation.

I’d like to pursue an entrepreneurial path because I seek both freedom, creativity, making a real difference in people’s life AND material security. Lately, I’ve considered becoming a fashion stylist and blogger, an astrologer and a real estate agent. With all my divergent interests, I’m afraid of putting myself out there and slapping a label on myself not because I’m shy but because: 1) I know how easy it is for me to change my mind and feel trapped in a job or title 2) I’m afraid others (family, friends, potential clients) will see me as a dilettante and if I ever have to find a “real job,” potential employers will be turned off by my scatteredness.

I have an opportunity to pursue a career as a real estate agent since my significant other has embarked on that journey. I have been prompted by friends, family and my partner to try it. However, I’m not very creatively inspired by the prospect.

I know I have great potential (people have told me I have great leadership skills) and my chart supports a great many careers including the ones I mentioned above and more.

How do I find/create a career that satisfies my need for freedom AND security? What potentials am I not seeing in my chart?

tamara-menzi-93235Answer: Many thanks for writing Anne!  There’s so much about your situation that strikes me and can be connected astrologically.  I follow you on the leadership traits (Moon in Capricorn being just one), teaching and journalism (Chiron in Gemini in the 10th, 9th and 3rd house planets) and service orientation (Virgo rising).  What really stands out to me amidst all this, however, is this opposition between freedom and security – which is why I want to focus on the North and South Nodes, squared by Jupiter.

Let’s start with Jupiter in Aquarius (in your 6th house of day-to-day work no less).  Jupiter in this sign wants FREEDOM above all else.  Seeing all sides and continuously learning is energizing and life giving.  There is part of this Jupiter placement that relishes doing things differently than others, not fitting the mold. No wonder you don’t want to be locked into one job or career.  This energy can work very well for you (more on that a little later) – and it is complicated because it is in tension with your North and South Nodes making it a place you might get stuck.

There is a natural opposition/tension energy created by the Nodes for everyone, and for you personally there is a tension between the desire to look to others for definition/direction and a carving of your own concrete path.  You are being asked to understand what *you* value and need, to create a solid foundation for yourself.  Hard enough as it is without Jupiter complicating the matter, making all this feel much more intense!  You’ve got a pinball machine situation going – your desire for freedom triggers your insecurities about how to feel solid in the world.

So how can you move forward? I have a few questions that may help – think of them through a career lens:

  • Think about what you value, what is most important to you, regardless of what others think.  How can this be your guide?
  • What situations help you see the divine in the every day?
  • When have you felt most proud, where has your effort has felt worthwhile?
  • Where might you be most able to express your egalitarian ideas?
  • What helps you get perspective?

Sending good thoughts your way as you navigate this crossroads!  You may want to pick up Jan Spiller’s Astrology for the Soul for more information on the Nodes and Jupiter Signs by Madalyn Aslan for ideas on working with Jupiter in Aquarius.  If you would like, Tom or I would also be more than happy to talk more in depth about your chart with you.


Planets on the Midheaven Impact Career


Your Question: I want to manifest working for myself, in a non-mainstream field (astrology).

I have questions about how to do this, how to start, am I “qualified” ? I don’t have independent money, and work in a job I hate and feel uncomfortable and resentful having to do.

I am going through my second Saturn return.

My question: How to work with a Neptune/Jupiter conjunction on the Midheaven?


Great question that also happens to be a perfect lead-in for our upcoming podcast on outer planet connections to the Midheaven. 

As you pointed out, your chart shows two big planets, Jupiter and Neptune, in your 10th house of career conjunct your Midheaven, the most elevated point in the natal chart.  Any planet that is close to the Midheaven in the natal chart becomes highly significant.  Jupiter’s presence shows the career journey and the need to expand your horizons there.  It’s the search for the truth, to find greater meaning in the world and to form a belief system that resonates with you.   Jupiter’s energy can easily be expressed through travel, teaching, lecturing, learning, exploring or publishing.  It’s the need to keep moving, growing and expanding your world. 

Jupiter’s conjunction to Neptune suggests the need to expand your boundaries and search for the truth in the unknown universe.  It’s the path of tremendous curiosity and need to find a greater meaning outside the tangible, physical, familiar world.  Learning about the world through your own experiences shows you’ve accumulated wisdom which you can start teaching to the rest of us.

With this nontraditional career path energy in your 10th house of career, you want to find a way to bring your talents associated with Jupiter and Neptune out into the public.  Neptune is intuitive and rules our dreams.  It’s no wonder it gets credited with creating illusions, such as those that are depicted by artists, photographers, spiritual leaders, sales people and politicians.  Negative Neptune is connected to addiction which besides drugs and alcohol, includes television.   Illusions can also confuse, distort and lead us astray.    

Neptune urges us to transcend the physical, let go of the ego and connect with a higher awareness.  An excellent book on Neptune is The Astrological Neptune and The Quest for Redemption by Liz Greene. 

So what does all this have to do with Neptune on the Midheaven?  All this energy needs to somehow be expressed through the career window.  Jupiter magnifies whatever it touches so when you become disillusioned and disappointed (negative Neptune) with your profession, then you experience those emotions big time!  When you tap into Jupiter’s power of optimism and faith, the opposite can come true.

There are those who will resist their Neptune in the 10th because it’s not a traditional energy that works in the western world.  It’s easy to get off your path and follow what many will tell you is a practical career.   Don’t risk it on being an artist when you can have a secure job in a company.  The artist’s voice inside may be calling but no one is listening.  The result of following a traditional career for Neptune is experienced as a sense of invisibility in the workplace, i.e., being overlooked for promotions and not getting the praise or recognition you’re longing for.  The reason is you’re not expressing your true talents so no one sees how much value you can bring.

Okay back to your question, ‘how do I work with this conjunction on my Midheaven’?    First, let me throw a few questions back at you.  What exactly is it that you don’t like about your job?  How long have you been feeling this level of resentment?  Knowing a bit more would help.   There are 3 reasons why most people don’t like their jobs: 1) money 2) skills 3) environment.  When more than 1 of these is not a match, work can be stressful. 

Keep in mind that Neptune’s highest potential is noncompetitive, peaceful, compassionate, altruistic energy that can also leave us feeling anxious, negative and stressed if we’re in a demanding work environment.  It’s the higher octave of Venus, the planet of love.  Allowing that energy to come forth in a traditional work environment is not always easy, but it is possible. 

Quiet the mind.  Neptune is a peaceful, unhurried journey. It’s incredibly important for you to take time to spend time alone and to reflect.  Create a peaceful, quiet, comfortable space.  Meditate, listen to music, dance, spend time near water, paint, take pictures, write, anything that engages the creative mind.  You have a passion for astrology so follow that dream to see where it takes you.  Your Neptune Jupiter conjunction will help you to intuitively connect with clients while teaching, leading and inspiring them to greatness. 

Get curious about the universe and follow your curiosity through writing about it.  Remember that your journey is the search for the truth and anything that helps you develop an understanding of the universe at a higher level of awareness is worthwhile.  Writing about your own natal chart, or others, would be the ideal approach. 

Some questions you might want to ask yourself:

What is my greatest potential?  What is the meaning of my current work?  How has it helped lead me to where I am now?  How can I release the negative energy around my job?  When I look back on this time 10 years from now, what are the obvious changes I can make right now?  What is holding me back from moving forward?  

If you’re being overly negative, I suspect it’s mostly related to your 2nd Saturn return.  Saturn of course can zap your energy and leave you depressed.  The 2nd Saturn return is when the universe sends out a strong reminder that it’s time to get on your path.  It’s easy to go negative at this time if you’ve wondered too far away.  

Saturn is connected to reality and when it hits our charts, we can no longer avoid the fact that we’re not doing what we want.   We have to face reality.  Saturn is now kicking you into gear.   Saturn is retrograde at the moment so it’s a good time to reassess where you’re headed and what changes you want to make, whether internal or external or both.  Great time to reflect and plan the work that you want to do.  Once Saturn goes direct and moves closer to Capricorn, I imagine you’ll notice a shift where you can start implementing some changes.   

A really good book that I recommend reading is Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee Adams.  Also be sure to tune in to our upcoming podcast, When Outer Planets Aspect the Midheaven. 

I hope this answers your question.  Good luck!

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Tom Chaplin

Career Coach & Astrologer