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An individual with the Moon in the 10th house often needs some kind of recognition, public status and success. They are intensely sensitive to the general population – instinctively sensing the audience, and the public may feel like one’s family. The Moon possesses an intuitive insight into how to cater to their needs. Inside there is this unconscious need to fulfill ambitions, there is a hunger for achievement, status, and prestige.
Attainment of their goals comes naturally and this natural ambition reflects something in the family background. The 10th house rules authoritative figures and there are many ways a person can be an authority. For example, the mother or father has a parental authority. In older times, the family background had a powerful influence over station in life, even though this is not the case as much today. However, the family thread still has an influential effect on the Moon in the 10th house. The 4th and 10th house axis form the “family status” and reveal the mediating quality of these houses over the life path.
The Moon in the 10th house and its aspects can show whether the individual was praised or criticized. The early parental messages received often have an impact on their chosen life path, sometimes driving them to succeed despite the negativity. Often we meet planets in the 4th and 10th houses through our parents, and then with 10th house planets, we meet these figures ‘out there’ maybe through a boss or from public response. The background may also reveal a parent who occupies a position of authority or craves recognition, which is felt to be lacking, and often early expectations play a pivotal role in the vocation. Women may be influential throughout their life, having an important part in the achievement of goals.
The Moon in the chart rules the things that can make us feel empty, insecure and unfulfilled unless we are getting those needs answered by the Moon. The 10th house must reply to the needs of the Moon. This domain rules our aims in life and vocation which also means ‘calling.’ The Moon in this sphere of life responds powerfully to the area of occupation, there is a deeply felt urge to contribute to social issues. The 10th is the last angular house, ruling the material goals and a sense of completion. The Moon in the 10th house often feels an emotional bond with the collective, with “ordinary” people, and wants to contribute in a way which nurtures, protects, fostering change in the world. They need to feel a part of society, to feel recognised and acknowledged by the people. If they don’t feel recognition, it can result in moodiness, a crankiness, and the individual feels incredibly hurt.
The inner self, the soul of the person is represented by the Moon. In the 10th house, the Lunar drive is drawn to a career path that involves a public connection and can bring success using emotional insights, they like to have a very personal role in their vocation. There is an inherent feeling for the collective and a responsibility which is powerfully felt. In ancient astrology, the Moon in such a high position also reflected the possibility of fame, and this is understandable since the eyes of the world are always on anything in the 10th house. When planets are so high, it naturally carries the individual up to a view at the top. The Moon has a good instinctive feeling in the 10th house, so a good sense of timing, sensing when the time is right to make a career move is usually a gift.
There is a deep need for emotional feedback and approval from the public. Security is built upon an essential need to feel a part of society. They may mold themselves in the professional life and are overly concerned or sensitive to how the world views them. Especially sensitive when it comes to public criticism and they sincerely want to be helpful, but often in a role of larger importance it also comes with it larger accountability. The Moon in the 10th house can have a compassionate response to public suffering, they feel devoted to providing a service. Moreover, there is usually a great sympathetic concern, perhaps by playing a protective role. The person tries to accommodate the needs of others in every aspect of the word.
The Moon in astrology can also play a fluctuating role, so there are many changes of mood, but these variations in feelings can reflect a public that is always changing. The Moon here can cater to those needs. The career is also prone to ‘going through phases’ and the person may change occupational goals. But the individual needs to find something they can really feel at home and comfortable with. They work hard and are good with people and always had this longing for personal acknowledgment. It may show an attraction towards powerful people, sometimes women.
The Moon in the 10th house wants to be known. They want to possess a feeling of being significant in their role. Many start a career early in life because it comes so naturally to use their skills of managing, organizing, and establishing. One isn’t necessarily “famous” with a 10th house Moon, but is often seen or recognized at some point. The Moon takes its place on a very public stage. The private needs and the public self can mix in a highly thoughtful and responsible way. All 10th house planets shape and influence the people in some important way. The career may involve the Lunar qualities of being caring, nurturing and providing adequate support for others, or it may involve domestic matters, food, catering, housing, nursing, or housekeeping skills. Other Moon expressions involve the imagination, memories, dreams – moving the public emotionally.
The Moon in the 10th house can mean that safety and security needs are projected out into the world, assessing the needs of another. The person’s emotional well-being often depends on how they are perceived professionally. The Moon can show public awards, honours and will depend upon how it is aspected, it can reveal the public reputation or social image. The Moon can be like a reflective mirror, unconsciously mirroring the needs of others and reflecting them back in a deeper understanding by showing a deep concern for society.