10th House

We spend so much of our lives working – so the tenth house, which rules careers, status, ambitions and success, is an enormously important area of the chart. The kind of career you’d like is shown by the sign on the cusp of the tenth house and by any planets within it. If you’re stuck in an accountancy job when actually you’ve always wanted to be a zoologist, your tenth house is where this disconnect will show itself.

The energies of the tenth house also reveal what you want others to think about you. This is where your public image lives and where we can see how important status is to you. The amount of time and effort you’re prepared to put into your career is shown here, as is the truth of what really brings you job satisfaction. The tenth house also reveals something about your work-life balance.

The tenth house is known as the house of authority: here we find out how you react to authority figures and indeed how you behave as one. If you always want to kick against convention and the rules, it will show up in your tenth house. If you’re more conservative in your approach to life, that’s here too.

Speaking of authority figures, the tenth house also reveals your relationship with whichever parent was the main breadwinner as you were growing up (the other parent being reflected in the fourth house, the house of home). Following on from that, this house reflects your views on traditional roles in society.