Life Purpose, Career Purpose

weathervaneQuestion: How do I know my life purpose and how it interacts with my career? – Den

Answer: Great question Den! Thank you for asking it. Our life purpose is actually a huge mystery to so many of us. It’s a constant pull that guides us forward as we wander on and off our path. When you’re not aligned with your path, you know it. You’ll be stressed, frustrated and unhappy with whatever the situation is. More than likely you’ll adopt a victim mentality. When you’re living your life purpose, your work resonates with you at an internal, soul level. You feel alive and passionate about what you do. The benefit is more fulfillment and greater feelings of satisfaction. Many people will tell you their life purpose is so rewarding that it doesn’t even feel like work.

Life purpose of course does not need to be limited to only one focus. The life purpose is an energy or calling that can be expressed multiple ways. Many people choose to express it one way their entire lives. Others have multiple careers and occupations that all reflect who they are. A few things that stand out in your chart are compassion for others (we’ll come back to this), playfulness and strong communication. People more than likely see you as someone who is spontaneous, energetic and ready for action. You can thank your Aries Ascendant for the latter traits.

Your Moon is in Capricorn in the 10th house shows a highly responsible nature that leads to professional success. You become an authority in your field! You can write, teach, lead or train. Much of your path is about learning from your own experience and constructing your own philosophies, beliefs and approaches that can be shared with others.

Now back to compassion! Cancer is on your 5th house cusp which is compassion for children. In whatever way you can work with kids, you’ll be expressing your energy. Your own childhood wound is healed and transformed when you direct your compassion out into the world. Your compassion may be directed towards those who feel different or somehow excluded. They feel drawn to you because of your ability to empathize. I say this because Chiron is in Aquarius in the 11th.   Aquarius is the sign of inclusion and Chiron shows the wound around this as well as the healing takes place.

Everything so far has led up to this: If you have been wondering whether or not you’re on your path, there’s a very strong indicator in your chart that says you are a great teacher and leader of humanity. You can actually lift others up through your compassion and inspiration. If this does not resonate with you, you may feel as though you’re trapped by the day to day, routine responsibilities and tasks of your job. If that’s the case, you can make a choice at any time to align fully with your path. It’s all up to you.

Good luck! I hope this answers your question.

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Searching For Work – And Meaning

wonderskyQuestion: My current job has a lot of different parts to it, which is sometimes wonderful and exciting, and sometimes frustrating and exhausting.  As I look toward a new job, I am wondering two things: What questions can I ask myself to identify which “parts” of my job are most satisfying so I can focus my job search towards the most meaningful roles for me?  And how do I know if I should be searching for a position where I “wear a lot of hats,” (exciting and exhausting) or if I should be looking for a position where I can deeply focus on one skill set (which could be deeply satisfying and yet maybe, boring)?  – J

Hi J –

Thanks for your question! Preparing for a career change – especially one yet unknown in role and/or industry – can be challenging and draining. Let’s see what your chart has to say about meaningful work and the questions of variety vs. focus. Hopefully it will help you tap into internal energy and excitement that will serve you through your search!

Questions to focus your search on meaningful role:

  • Will the role:
    • Benefit humankind?
    • Promote fairness?
    • Allow for big picture, innovative thinking?
    • Include group work?
    • Manifest your values out in the world?
    • Allow autonomy?
    • Ask you to be bold and tap into your courage?
    • Provide stability so you can truly engage?
    • Require you to take action on behalf of others?
    • Provide tangible value to your community?

One useful resource: Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller (read North Node in Taurus)

Multiple Hats vs. One Skill Set

In your chart, two very different abilities show up when looking at the way your mind works.

On one hand, you have exceptionally clear judgment and prefer practical, goal-oriented pursuits that are achieved through focus and drive. You are methodical and enjoy teaching and learning through a step-by-step approach. Integrity is of key importance.

On another, it is natural for you to take in as much information as you possibly can. You have an unending curiosity and desire to learn. You crave dwelling in possibility and thrive on the variety of life.

So, what does that mean for your search? The short answer is you need an outlet for both parts of your personality.

Look for work where you are encourage to engage with the world from a standpoint of curiosity about others. One that requires information gathering. A role that encourages you to actively learn and teach.

Make sure the role asks that once you have the information and connections, you are expected to focus and do something concrete. A role that expects leadership and achievement.

You are a transformer of people and process, who deeply cares about the world. We need your gifts out there!

One useful resource: Café Astrology (Gemini Rising, Mercury Capricorn)

Hope these are helpful to you, and best on your journey!


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