Means of Livelihood and Astrology is an important topic for discussion. Astrology is the science which enables a man to choose the line of least resistance and which prevents a youth of intellectual tendencies from wasting the best years of his or her life at the desk or bench. Generally the profession that one pursues is derived from a consideration of 10th house and its lord, planets in the 10th house, the dominant planet in the horoscope and the situation of the 10th lord in navmasa.
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius are fiery sign; Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are earthy signs; Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are airy signs; Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are watery signs. When any of the fiery signs happen to be on the 10th house then a profession involving dealings with factories, fires, army, iron, metallurgy etc. will be followed.
Watery signs in the 10th house produce sailors, navigators, admirals, wine and fish mongers. Earthy sign give rise to landed properties, agriculture, cloth shop, trade, gardening etc. Airy signs indicate orators, journalists, astrologers and avocations connected with technical knowledge. The indications of signs are modified by the indications of planets aspecting or placed in them. The Sun denotes king, member of the political departments, ministers, magistrates and civil servants. The Moon rules over the nurses, midwives, jewelers, dealers in pearls and precious metals ad also government activities. The Mars produces soldiers, warriors, carpenters, lawyers, chemists, and insurance agents. Mercury give rise to preceptors or school masters, mathematicians, authors, printers, booksellers and accountants. Jupiter makes one a priest, a lawyer, a counselor, scholar, judge and a public man. Venus produces artists, musicians, actors, perfumers, jewelers, wine sellers and solicitors with a keen interest. Saturn produces different kinds of profession involving mill hands, compositors, hawkers and factory coolie.
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If there are no planets in the 10th house, then we have to find out the lord of the Navamasa occupied by the lord of the 10th, if such lord be Sun, the native will be a trader dealing with drugs, chemicals and gold. If the Moon is the lord, he will be an agriculturist, deals in pearls, etc. If Mars be the lord, he will be an officer, mechanic and dealer in dangerous weapon. If Jupiter, a priest, lawyer and a sculptor. If Venus, dealer in cattle, dressmaker, dancer and artist. If Saturn, a menial and officer.