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Determining Profession from Horoscope

By Kshitij Sharma, February 21, 2018

Tenth house in a horoscope indicates profession and reputation of a person. The kind of work that is undertaken as a vocation, the status gains in society, help from the government of the day (kings in olden times), etc. is seen from the 10th house and the lord of 10th. Apart from the bhava and bhavesh, the following should also be studied as per the karakatva:

  1. Reputation: Significator Sun
  2. Professions and Career: Significator Mercury
  3. Prosperity, growth: Significator Jupiter
  4. Karma, all actions: Significator Saturn

I refer to the analysis by Dr. Sureshchandra Mishra in following two books:

  1. Phal Deepika by Acharya Mantreshwar. chapter 5 – Karmaajevadhyaya.
  2. A similar chapter is given in Jaatak Paarijaat, volume 2 called Karmaaydvadashbhavfaladhyaayah.

These principles are also provided quite neatly in Hora-saara by Shri R. Santanam, Chapter 22 – Livelihood, but there are references to the above two astrological works themselves. Further, the shlokas provide similar indications. Both these books are published by Rajnan Publications and are available on their website.

In order to determine livelihood, vocation, profession, and the area of work, the following are important:

  1. Planets located in 10th house
  2. Planets that are navamsha lord of the 10th lord, as seem from Lagna, Moon, and Sun: For this, note down the 10th Lord from Sun, Moon, and Lagna. Locate these planets in navamsha chart and note down their navamsha lords. These navamsha lords are important.
  3. Nakshatra lord of the 10th house cusp

The high-level choices for a profession based on the key planets are:

  • Sun: Medicine, medical equipment, general administration, king’s work, messenger, various services in government, dealing in gold, precious gems
  • Moon: Dealing with import/export, travel, professions related to water, ocean products, milk, liquids, artworks, especially made from earth, clothing & textile
  • Mars: Metals (except iron, which is governed by Saturn), providing security – police, military, etc., income tax, excise, liquids like petrol, petroleum products, chemicals, making money from any type of conflict, sports, etc.
  • Mercury: Analysis, mathematics, astrology, teaching, literature, communication, marketing, priest, authorship, writing
  • Jupiter: Banking, advisors, consultants, teaching, finance, legal/judiciary, sales, astrology
  • Venus: art, entertainment, selling precious and shiny items, dairy, restaurants, banking, vehicles, clothing & textile, etc..
  • Saturn: General administration – dealing with large number of people, union, construction/infrastructure area, iron ore, mining and cement industry, waste products, leather products, sale of grains

Apart from 10th house, the other houses that are capable of denoting profession are:

  1. 2nd and 11th: Both these houses rule earnings. 2nd house is the savings and 11th house is the source of money.
  2. 6th house: Although the 6th house is a dusthana, it is an important part of Artha trikon (2-6-10). In today’s date and time, when loans and funding are important for bootstrapping a company, 6th house is an important asset. 6th house intimately rules healing and association with people and is important for services industry, e.g., the medical profession, hospitality sector, practice of law, etc.
  3. Lagna: Lagna and lagna lord are the foundation of the chart. A strong lagna lord will imprint the profession as well.

Any of these four categories of planets, if strong and also associated with the 10th house by location or aspect will be able to strongly influence the choice of profession. In addition, the strongest planet in the chart, irrespective of its location will also be able to influence vocation by sheer force. The lord of 10th house is surprisingly not on this list. It can, therefore, be inferred that tenth lord does not directly affect vocation. Instead, 10th lord greatly affects the atmosphere in which a person works. While a different planet, by virtue of navamsha ownership or location may indicate whether a person becomes a doctor, teacher, banker or policeman, the levels achieved in the profession, e.g., high or low status, self-respect, disdain or dishonour will be denoted by the state of 10th house and 10th lord in the horoscope. The planets having drishti/aspect on 10th house contribute to strength or weakness of 10th house. These planets will indicate rise and fall in profession, promotions. However, like the 10th lord, they would not affect the choice of vocation. There always be multiple planets under consideration in the horoscope that would influence the vocation. As you can rightly see, there are three planets that are navamsha lords of 10th lords, given the three tenth lords (one each from Moon, Sun and Lagna). Each of these planets will gain importance during their dasha/bhukti. Needless to say, running dasha/bhukti becomes extremely important. A major change in choice of the profession during a lifetime of an individual is attributed to dasha periods.

Lata Mangeshkar Rashi Chart
Lata Mangeshkar: 28th Sept 1929, 23:51, Indore

Let’s take some examples. In Bharat Ratna Sushree Lata Mangeshkar’s chart (Source: Kundali Sangrah, Tendulkar), Gemini is rising & Lagna lord Mercury is in swakshetra in the 4th house. This combination makes her famous and followed by one and all, as 4th house is the house of masses. Still, the Lagna lord is Sandhi and can be considered weaker than Moon. The 2nd lord Moon is in 2nd house of vaksiddhi, which gives her immensely sweet voice. From Moon, the 10th lord is Mars, which is in Venus’ navansh, making her an artist. Besides the point, as to why is she unmarried, see the location Jupiter, the lord of 7th from Lagna and Saturn, the lord of 7th from Moon. Saturn is in 7th, which would have caused delays and obstacles whenever she had had thoughts of marriage.

Other professions are also straightforward to predict. I am a software engineer and also an astrologer because my 10th lord is in Mercury’s sign of Virgo in navansh. Good doctors are indicated by Sun and a strong 6th or 12th house.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni: 7 July 1981, 11.15, Ranchi

Professions that are not straightforward are sports and politics. Although Mars is the planet for sports, good sportsmen are not guaranteed to have important planets in navansh signs of Mars. Instead, they are seen to have a strong Mars affecting the foundation of the chart and Venus as the planet of entertainment governing their vocation. This is likely because, in today’s day and age, sports is also entertainment.

The most notable of such horoscopes is Shri Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is no doubt a good sportsman. However, his claim to fame was through the T20 world cup and IPL, which should be considered entertainment. There is a great Bhadra Yoga in the horoscope in 10th house and Mercury, the 10th lord is in Venus’ navamsha. Mars is 3rd Lord and is aspecting its own house of Parakram from 9th house, which gives Martian hue to his artistry. He is a good businessman, administrator of a sports company and he is an actor working in myriad advertisements. Yes, bottom line is that he is good in sports, but to say that his main vocation is sports would be misleading.

Also, Venus is a planet of grace and style, while Mars stands for competition. I have seen examples where a child was doing well in sports, had amazing grace, concentration and form/style, got good encouraging comments from his/her coach, but did very badly when it came to competition. Venus was strong, Mars was debilitated and the kid did not do well in competitive sports.

There are multiple charts of Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar floating around on the net, which makes it difficult to judge the 10th house. However, irrespective of confusion over his time of birth, his chart is an example of how strong planets fulfill their karakatva and drive the destiny of the individual. It doesn’t matter which houses they are located in and which houses they preside over. In Sachin’s chart, both Mars and Sun are near the degrees of maximum exaltation – 10°29′ for Sun in Aries and 26°42′ for Mars. He is, therefore, a warrior. Sun’s exaltation indicates that he has always had the government and higherups on his side. If he wasn’t been a sportsman, he could have been a high ranking general in Indian armed forces.

For politicians, it is not easy to delineate vocation. Politics is public service, while the main vocation for the politicians is something different. I have not taken examples of politicians for this article.


  • Comment by vaishaly rathore on August 23, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Please tell me which career option is best for me according to my kundli mbbs or lawyer or judge or any other..Dob is 7-4-2003 Birth place is bareilly uttar pradesh and timing is 12 :23am

  • Comment by Upwan Gupta on July 8, 2020 at 5:06 am

    please tell me what career is suitable for me according to my kundli and every details about myself
    Dob- 31 july 1994
    Place -Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
    Name- Upwan Gupta
    Longitude- 77:41 E
    Latitude- 29:28 N
    Time of birth- 16:10:00 PM
    Time zone- 5.5

  • Comment by Devaleen on August 27, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Plss tell me about my career
    I’m in19/04/1999 at 2:30pm

    My Sign is Taurus and sinha Lagna. In 10th house I have venus (it’s own sign) and moon (exalted) conjugation.
    And lord of 11th house is in 8th house with Jupiter.

    Plss tell me.

  • Comment by Madhumoy singha on September 1, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Please tell me which job I got? I am in 25/07/1998, 6am place Bankura west bengal

  • Comment by Tanushree Guria on November 1, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Please tell me which job I can get?can I get a government job?
    D.O.B- 10/08/1997
    Birth place- Kolkata ,west Bengal

  • Comment by Shubhangi Rana on November 2, 2020 at 1:34 am

    Which job is in my way please tell me coz i m really confused between banking or IAS/IPS/IFS.
    D.O.B- 2 JANUARY 1999
    TIME- 11:45 AM

  • Comment by Jaishree on November 2, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Place :New Delhi India
    Please tell right career options for me

  • Comment by Rushita Desai on December 13, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Dob : 10 Oct 1991
    Tell me my right career

  • Comment by Amey tuptewar on December 19, 2020 at 4:52 am

    Dob : 15 Nov 1996
    Amravati Maharashtra
    Tell me my right career
    Please tell me which job I can get?
    Please tell right career options for me

  • Comment by Karan Yadav on January 26, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Time of birth –
    Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra.
    Pl let me know about my career
    Marriage,working or house wife

  • Comment by Preeti on February 4, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    bhupender kumar utreja
    d.o.b. 15-07-1981
    time 13:48
    place srigangangar rajasthan india
    pls tell about future and which profession is best

  • Comment by Shivansh on April 12, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    D.ob 14/05/1999
    Please tell job or business and which profession exactly if possible

  • Comment by Seraming Roy on May 23, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Seranima Roy (female)
    Place–Burdwan, WB, India
    Pls tell education, career, job profession and golden time for govt service.
    Thank you.

  • Comment by Piyali laha on May 24, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Name – piyali laha
    Dob – 29 /06/1994
    Time – 2.05 pm
    Place – howrah, West Bengal,india.
    plz tell me about my career, job profession and monetory position in my future…..

  • Comment by Manisha Saini on May 27, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Name: Manisha Saini
    Dob: 10 August, 2002
    Time: 02.09 PM
    Place: Jaipur, Rajasthan
    Please tell me about my career, and what career i must opt and my monetary conditions in future

  • Comment by Urvashi Thakur on May 31, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Name : Urvashi Thakur
    Dob: 21sep, 1997
    Time : 9:35 am
    Place : Mandi , Himachal Pradesh
    Please feel me which career options should I pursue

  • Comment by L Marisamy on June 11, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Name : L Marisamy
    Date of Birth :28.02.1972
    Time of Birth :10:35 Am
    Place of Birth : Kovilpatti ,Tamilnadu state PIN 628716
    Please let me know whether Govt or Private and which sectoral job is best choice for me as per the karma

  • Comment by Gokul Malwe on June 19, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Name Gokul Maker Dob 22-12-1968 Time 8:05 am,Birth place Bareilly Uttarpradesh..Sir,I lost my teacher job in last year in civil.I am suffered from vividh and admitted to hospital.Should my complete my education,which I am doing externally.I am M.ed and I have done diploma in yoga for one year,Am I choose correct field or can I choose business or which one or which job

  • Comment by harikumar on July 20, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    sir my son 25/2/2003time 12.30pm kollam Kerala he student engineering electrical and electronics please tell sir he get government job please tell career and job thank you

  • Comment by Sundarraman on August 4, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    dob: 4/11/88
    time: 08:23am
    place: tiruchirapalli

    please let me know which job should I do and when will I get married.

  • Comment by Diksha Shahi on August 23, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Can you please tell me which career option will be best for me,
    DOB : 28 may 2001
    Time of birth : 3:05 AM
    Place of birth : barnala, Punjab, India

  • Comment by Premalatha on September 1, 2021 at 9:57 am

    DOB : 3/12/1999
    Time : 1:05 pm
    Can you please tell me which career option will best for me

  • Comment by Jigyasu on May 21, 2022 at 12:09 am

    Date: 26/05/2003
    Place: siwan bihar
    Time: 6:5am
    Can you plz suggest me best career option for me

  • Comment by D Adhikesavalu on March 9, 2023 at 12:12 am

    Nice explanation Will you please show your birth chart I am curious know how your astrology knowledge is derived

    Will be more useful if you could give the Birth charts some successful doctors and surgeons


  • Comment by D Adhikesavalu on March 9, 2023 at 12:39 am

    How to find the Nakshatra lord of of 10th house cusp ? for example, Capricorn Lagna ,will it be Chitra or Vishaka ?

    I request your reply


  • Comment by D Adhikesavalu on March 10, 2023 at 12:22 am

    Dear Mr.Sharma,

    You have mentioned in the above article that Mercury is weak because it is at Sandhi. I fully agree. But mercury is also affected by Kendaribhatya Dosha ( being the owner of Kendras 1 and 4).

    But can we still ignore lagna?
    10th house from Gemini is Pisces and this house lord Jupiter is sitting at Taurus,12 th house. However Jupiter the 10th lord aspects the 4th house and its occupants (mercury and Sun), thus increasing their power.

    Your comment of her not getting married is well understood. Seventh house does not has any positive aspects either. This also adds to the negativity of the house.
    I am still curious how Saturn the owner of 8 th and 9th places shows only 8th place behaviour here. What happens to its 9th place aspect ? Saturn is not a beneficial planet for Gemini Lagna ?

    Jupiter also aspects her 8th house thus explaining her long longevity


  • Comment by D Adhikesavalu on March 15, 2023 at 1:36 am

    Mars is considered as a significant planet for surgeons among other things. There are many in the internet talking about the D-10 divisional chart for profession and you have not mentioned anything about it. I agree that predicting profession in the modern times is very difficult. One can only see the directions in the well documented horoscope.

    I request you to write about divisional charts and particularly D-10 chart.

    Thank you

  • Comment by Hema joshi on September 23, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    Name Hema Joshi
    DOB 20/12/1986
    Time 7:20pm.
    Place Tekanpur gwalior (M.P)
    Can u plz let me know when i ll get job and financial stability

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