An Astrological Perspective: What the Hell Is Going On in Your Career?

Of course, if you aren't clear about your ambitions and what you want to achieve in your career this may be a lengthy period in your life when you'll change jobs often on your path to discovering the work you'll ultimately do.
06/03/2013 04:41 pm ET Updated Jul 28, 2013

• "When will I receive a big promotion?"
• "I'm tired of working for other people. When should I start my own business?"
• "I'm in a dead-end job. When is the best time to find one that's better?"
• "I want to be a musician, writer, lawyer, football player or entrepreneur. When will I achieve success?"
• "I'm in the wrong career. When will I find the career right for me?"

Have you ever looked up at the sky and stars and wondered, "Will someone please answer these questions about my career?"

You can find the answer to each of these questions by knowing which planet is transiting through your 10th House of Career & Status. A "lucky" transit may bring a big promotion. Another transit may bring you an exciting new career opportunity. Yet, another transit may lead you to make a career move you'll regret. (To learn where your personal transits are -- see the end of this article.)

The Secret to Understanding What Is Happening

Transits are "astrological" events that affect every area of your life. Let's discuss how your career and status are affected by the five transiting planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. You can use this information to increase your chances of winning that big promotion, starting a new business when it's likely to be successful or even pick the best time to find a more satisfying career.

If you have Jupiter transiting this area of your life, congratulations! You've got a great year ahead of you especially if you've said, "I'm ready to find a new job where I can make more money," or "I'm ready to start my own business," or "I'm ready to change to a career that will make me even more happy."

Make sure to be out networking, making contacts, and taking interviews because this's where you'll hear about great opportunities to advance your career or expand your business. You're feeling confident and keenly aware of your talents and abilities. Even though you may have been fearful in the past, now you're ready to be a big success. You'll find that the people you meet will see you as a confident and "can-do" person who they want to help. In your current job this is a lucky time to win a promotion by letting employers know you have a desire for greater responsibility where you can produce more success. If you want to expand your current business or you're ready to start a new business you'll find new customers ready to buy what you're selling. Expect to hear good news such as, "Congratulations -- you're hired," or "you've just won the lead to be in Steven Spielberg's new movie," or "We'd like to be your first customer."

During this Saturn transit you'll harvest the rewards for all your hard work. Now is when your diligence and preparation will pay off and you'll receive that big promotion. Your employer may say, "Based on your leadership skills we're promoting you to be our new vice president," or "Because of your creative culinary skills, we'd like you to be our new executive chef."

You may also get feedback from your employer (or customers) about your job performance that will help you realistically evaluate whether you're doing the work you're meant to do. In fact, a crisis may occur that will force you to make a change in your career or business. "Based on your poor work habits and lackadaisical attitude, we're putting you on a three-month probation," or "Your lack of patience makes it clear why you haven't been an effective teacher." You will now re-evaluate your actions, so you can let go of any unproductive behavior that is interfering with your ability to be successful.

But if you've worked hard, honestly and to high standards, this will be a time of major achievement in your career where your life's ambitions and goals are realized. It's also a time of "karmic" payback so that if you haven't prepared properly, avoided hard work or operated without integrity, you'll harvest the negative energies of this transit. President Richard Nixon had Saturn in his 10th House when he was forced to resign in shame.

During this Uranus transit you're likely to make radical changes in your career, so get ready for excitement, surprises and the unexpected. You're not interested in pursuing a conventional career path. This may be when you experience a new calling in your career. You suddenly have the courage to start an innovative new business that you think has limitless potential.

You're ready to break away from any career that has become dull and routine so that you can pursue one that is fresh and exciting. This is when all those years of doing monotonous work catches up to you. You will no longer tolerate accepting orders from those in authority who you don't like or respect. Be prepared for a sudden crisis in your career that disrupts it and forces you make a more liberating change that will provide you new experiences. This can result in either possibility: "Take this job and shove it!" or "Clean out your desk, you're fired!"

This is a perfect time to take a career risk that may involve a job re-training program or advanced education in order to prepare for a new career. Now is when you may decide to leave the security of a job to start your own business. When people ask you how you had the courage to make a big career change, you'll say, "I didn't know it couldn't be done -- so I did it!"

This Neptune transit is ideal if you've ever wanted to fulfill the dream of having a career where you can serve others. Now is the perfect time to reflect on your life's purpose and to find out what kind of work would give it meaning and value. Any career in social work, medical service, or service jobs such as flight attendant or waiter or joining the Peace Corps are favored during this transit. This is an excellent time to start a service business that will benefit society.

Other effects of this transit may cause you to feel confused or disoriented about your career, your life's purpose and where you're headed. What's happening is that your orientation is changing from a desire for your own material success to "how can I be of service to others." It's important that you find an outlet for this need, even if it's volunteering outside of work.

Be aware that under this influence you may encounter dishonesty and deception where someone you thought was friendly turns out to be deceiving you. You may also discover that people in positions of power and authority may withdraw their support for your advancement, for no apparent reason. Because Neptune's influence can bring misunderstandings in communication, trust your intuition. If you notice any unusual interactions with people, confront them diplomatically about what has occurred.

During this Pluto transit you'll be intensely concerned with your life's purpose. You'll be able to focus your will and use your personal power to achieve your ambition. You are drawn to a career where you can improve people's lives. If you've been in a job that doesn't seem to matter and isn't satisfying, this is the perfect time to make a radical change and pursue a new career. Under this transit a partner of 20 years in a law firm decides to become a therapist. A former mergers and acquisitions executive decides to be a full time astrologer.

Of course, if you aren't clear about your ambitions and what you want to achieve in your career this may be a lengthy period in your life when you'll change jobs often on your path to discovering the work you'll ultimately do.

The positive energies of this transit give you drive, ambition and strong will to achieve your goals. This can be the period of your life when you assume authority, receive honors, recognition and even become famous. Many powerful politicians, generals and corporate presidents and show business personalities reach the pinnacle of their success during this transit.

Pluto rules the underworld and crime, so if you use the powerful energies of Pluto in a sociopathic, criminal or dishonest manner to take advantage of others, this may be when you will be punished you for your misdeeds.

If you want to know where your personal transits are -- to see if they are affecting you right now, you can go to the FREE Transit Calculator and enter your birth date. Then, read about each transit that's been discussed to learn more about "What the Hell is Going On in Your Career."

Larry Schwimmer is president of, a San Francisco-based consulting company. The firm uses astrological analysis to counsel individual and corporate clients on picking the "best dates" to make successful decisions of all types: personal, marketing, financial, and political. The firm currently advises a diverse client base that includes politicians, presidents of major corporations and an MLB baseball team. Schwimmer, an internationally known astrologer (with a Fortune 500 M&A background) has been a practicing astrologer for 35 years. Visit his website:

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