7 Feb


I have been flooded with request to write an article on ‘Profession’ and this is my small contribution on the subject. What I have depicted is general in nature and I have tried to keep the content simple to understand by budding astrologers.
Predicting the profession of a native is quite a tricky job and is one of the most sought after fields in predictive astrology.  Numerous areas and highly competitive environment, be it business, service, profession, politics, etc. and its magnitude are the areas which have charged the atmosphere, making it quite difficult for the decision makers to identify one which should be most suitable from the point of view of success and also the potentialities of the seekers.
There are a number of factors that help us in arriving at a decision on this vital issue. The nature of the sign falling in the ascendant (Lagna), tenth house governing profession, second house ruling wealth,the eleventh house signifying income and the Lagna of Dasamsha (D-10) of a native.  The strength of the lords of these houses and the operating planetary periods hold the key to decipher the codes.  Similarly, understanding the nature of planets which become significator for profession and the planets exerting influence on these planets is necessary. 
I will endeavour to give certain ‘Thumb Rules’ which can be followed to identify profession and I must caution that these are not exhaustive and readers are advised to do their own research further. This is purely by Parashara method and readers are not confuse with Jaimini system.
1. Check the strength of Lagna. Strong Lagna indicates a steady and good job. Also the nature of sign gives an indication of the job.
2. Identify 10th house from Lagna. Note down what type of sign it is and this gives a clue to profession.
Nature of Sign
  • Movable sign: Explorers, businessmen, travelers, sportsmen and marketing professionals. Job involving travelling and a transferable job.
  • Fixed sign: Sedentary jobs, clerks, peons and job involving routine nature.
  • Common sign: Service industry, teachers, middlemen, accountants, cashiers, actors and writers.
 Type of Tatwa
  • Fiery Sign: engineering, iron industry, surgeons, explorers, soldiers, barbers, trade union leaders and politicians.
  • Earthy Sign: Administrative jobs, civil services, real estate, buildings, agriculture, furniture, wood and timber related business, food items and mining.
  • Airy Signs: Intellectual professions like philosophers, writers, scientists, astrologers, advisors, lawyers, lecturers, pilots and literary pursuits.
  • Watery Signs: Jobs in liquids like petroleum, dairy farming, chemicals, drugs, biology, shipping, Navy, marine engineers and fishing industry.
Careers by Zodiac Signs
  • Aries:  Army and police, surgeon, mechanics, iron and steel, firefighting, industrialists and athletes.
  • Taurus:  Luxury goods, jewelry, cosmetics, music, actors, banking, tailors, fashion and property.
  • Gemini:  IT, Media and journalism, accountants, representatives, translators and writers.
  • Cancer:  Naval and marine, fishing, nursing, interior design, food, petroleum and historians.
  • Leo:  Government jobs, politics, religion, investing and diplomacy.
  • Virgo: IT computing, astrology, accounting, media, doctors and healing.
  • Libra:  Judges, artists, cosmetics, fashion, receptionists, advertising and interior decorating.                                                                                 
  • Scorpio: Chemicals, drugs, liquids, insurance, doctors, nurses, police and occult.
  • Sagittarius: Law, religion, banking and finance, entrepreneurs, athletes, clothing and shoes.
  • Capricorn: Raw material extraction and processing such as lumber and mining
  • Aquarius:  Advisors, consultants, philosophers, astrologers, engineers and computing
  • Pisces:  Doctors, marine related, chemicals, oil, painters, hospital and prisons.
3. Planet / Planets posited in 10th House and aspecting 10th House.
4. Planet / Planets aspecting 10th Lord.
5. 10th Lord and where he is posited in D-1. Here we have to relate the Karakatwas of the planet representing 10th Lord.
  • Sun: Authority, politicians, scientists, leaders, directors, government employees, doctors,
  • Moon:  Nursing, the public servants, women, children, travelling, marine, cooks, restaurants, import/export.
  • Mars:  Fire, energy, metals, initiative, weapons, construction, soldiers, police, surgeons, engineers.
  • Mercury: Intellect, writing, teaching, merchandise, clerks, accountants, editors, transport, astrologers.
  • Jupiter:  Finance, law, treasury, scholars, priests, politicians, diplomats advertising, psychologist, humanitarian.
  • Venus: Pleasures, luxuries, beauty, art, music, entertainment industry, hotels.
  • Saturn: Iron & steel, real estate, labour, agriculture, building trades, mining.
  • Rahu: Researchers, engineers, physicians, medicine/drugs, speculators, waste.
  • Ketu: Idealism, enlightenment, religion, secret affairs, poisons, metaphysics. 
 6. Navamsha dispositor of 10th Lord
7. Lagna Lord of D-10.
8. 10th Lord of D-10
1. Having obtained all the above data it is now the time for identifying the profession.
2. The strongest of the planet gives the final result. If there are more than one strong planet, the you have to blend all their Karakatwas and arrive at the result.
3. There may be more than one profession indicated.
4. Intuition plays a major part in this analysis.
Case Study   
Jyothishi - CS - D-1     Jyothishi - CS - D-9                   
   Jyothishi - CS - D-10
1. Lagna: Libra in all three cases. Mars and Mercury in Lagna.
2.10th House: Cancer. Movable and Watery sign.
3. Planet posited in 10th House / aspecting 10th House – Venus & Jupiter
4. Planets aspecting 10th Lord – None
5. 10th Lord: Moon posited in Mercury House.
6. 10th Lord Navamsha dispositor is Mars with Sun
7. D-10 Lagna Lord: Venus. Saturn is in Lagna.
8. In D-10, 10th Lord: Moon
9. All planets are sufficiently strong in Shadbala
10. Final combination of planets is: Moon, Mars, Sun, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury.
1. The individual is a dynamic and balanced person since Lagna is Libra in all three Vargas. Mars in Lagna made him an adventurer.
2. Cancer, Moon, Movable sign and Watery sign – all of these gave him a career related to water.
3. Mars and Sun assured him a job in government defence service i.e. Navy and he retired as a very senior officer of the Navy.
3. Venus helped him in specialize in the fine art of Navigation. He was also a good orator and glib talker. He was also a good sailor and represented India in various sailing events.
4. Jupiter moulded his teaching skills and he was an instructor in Navy at various stages.
5. Mercury made him a prolific writer by contributing articles to various magazine and journals.
6. Post retirement, Jupiter-Venus-Mercury combination helped him become a faculty member at a prestigious B-School
7. You may also note, Saturn who is Yogakaraka for this Lagna is posited in 11th House indicating that his gains will be through service.
Author’s Note
I have tried to keep this as simple as possible. The professions mentioned above are only representative and by no means exhaustive. The students are advised to do their own research and expand their horizon. The data gathered are mostly from classical texts and the reference list may be helpful for further research.
1. Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra
2. Saravali by Kalyana Varma
3. Brihat Jataka by Varahamihira
4. Jataka Bharanam by Dhundiraja
5. How to Judge a Horoscope by Dr BV Raman
6. Practical Vedic Astrology by GS Agarwal

3 Responses to “Profession”

  1. Rohini G. V. February 8, 2013 at 21:19 #

    Really good to know. Will go through Returned yesterday. Regards Rohini

  2. bhagi March 15, 2013 at 17:14 #

    sir, i was trying to derive a rasi chart atleast using a persons profession information like in mathw we can do LHS=RHS or RHS=LHS i know the profession and date of birth so let me see with the parameters u have given

    • Jyothishi March 20, 2013 at 18:06 #

      I wish you all the best in this endeavour.


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