In a vocational consultation, the Level of life expression frequently becomes a concern: on a scale of 1 to 10, where are you in terms of how much you’re able to exercise your talent and ability through your daily work?
Let’s say a vocational analysis of your horoscope brings the focus onto the 3rd house (sales, communication.) This person needs to ‘sell’ an idea or things, as well as be informative and communicative. But astrology doesn’t say where the person’s Level is (i.e. she could be a retail clerk, a teacher, or a sales executive for IBM.)
The higher up we go in the archetypal elevator, our rewards tend to increase – often both economically and socially, as well as in terms of personal satisfaction. So astrologer’s work often involves a) identifying optimal channel of vocational outlet, and b) opening up possibilities for a higher level expression, through the mixture of vision and practicality.
Life brings us opportunities to move up a Level from time to time, through changing jobs or asking for increased responsibility within the existing work. Astrology often corroborates such change through the involvement of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus or Pluto (Neptune tends to be significant for people in entertainment industry, but not so much for others.)
Going Up a Level Often Means Letting Go
Often what the key transits or Solar arcs suggest is not so much an increase of income, but of letting go of the old patterns that kept us stuck at the current level. To go through briefly:
- Jupiter conjunction to the Sun happens once every 12 years, signifying a time of opportunity for increased Level of personal/career expression. In other words, this is a good time to let go of limiting beliefs that kept us small, in fact, too small for our potential.
- Saturn transit to Midheaven or Ascendant axes often suggests a time of growth and maturity, where a specific path is chosen in exchange for unlimited potential. In other words, you make a commitment to grow within the path you’ve chosen.
- Uranus transit to MC or ASC axes implies a time of greater individuation. Here we’re learning to let go of the need for other people’s approvals, and give ourselves the freedom to be who we are*.
- Pluto transit to the Angle suggests a metaphorical (sometimes literal) death, which will be followed by the beginning of a new life. Here we have an opportunity for profound regeneration through a deep change of perspective.
Conclusion: Assessing the Level in All Areas
The consideration of Level actually applies to all areas of life. Sometimes it’s useful to ask ourselves: At what Level am I functioning in my current career or relationships? Am I content to remain here, or is there more that I want to be doing?
How does astrology help to show you where you can do better in terms of Level? Do you have an experience of moving to a different Level during an important transit? What did you have to let go, if any? Feel free to share via comments or email.
*An interesting, albeit painful, example is that of Tiger Woods’ fall from grace, which coincided with transiting Uranus conjunct his Descendant between November 2009 – January 2010. While this was indeed catastrophic, we need to consider what it might mean for him to be finally free from the impossible-to-live-up-to public image that had a life of its own since he was 2 year old. Here the concern of Level exists in a deeply personal realm of emotional intimacy.