Ask the Astrologer: Time for a career change?

By Christopher Renstrom

I have been very unhappy with my job for a long time. I just recently moved to a different boss, whom I worked for in the past, and my unhappiness has decreased—but not by much. I am thinking of a career change, but am having a hard time finding something that I am passionate about that would also provide me with sufficient income. Is there anything in particular that would be a good match for me? 9/15/84

Virgos often put the cart before the horse when it comes to doing what they truly want to do in life. Virgo is an earth sign and earth signs are driven by the question of how do you live in a world where everything falls apart. Earth signs (the other two are Taurus and Capricorn) are desperately afraid of not having enough. This is why they focus on making sure that there’s food on the table, a roof over their head, and a bed to sleep in at night. Earth sign people are industrious, resourceful, and extremely responsible. But they can also neglect those talents and skills that are not in strict adherence to the formula for success that they’ve set up. This would be OK if the paycheck is all you care about, but it creates a very real quandary if you find yourself yearning for greater fulfillment at work.

You’re a Child of Mercury. You could make money at just about anything you set your mind to. But you have to set your mind to it and not talk yourself out of it because what you aspire to doesn’t look like it will pay the bills. Your insecurity about security can get in the way of maximizing your talents and abilities and will wind up shortchanging you in the end if you’re not careful.

On June 4, 2011 Jupiter will enter the zodiac sign of Taurus. This will bring more money into your life which makes this an excellent time to commit to what you really want to do for a living because you will make money at it right away. It won’t be that “sufficient income” that you’re looking for, but it will be something that you can build on. This could be part-time work or even some business that you do on the side. However if you stay in your current position (or even find a job in a similar field) then the income will rise in such a way as to keep things suitably comfortable. Jupiter in Taurus is good news for your bank account, but it’s not a risk taking energy. It would be up to you to step out of your comfort zone and to take the plunge.

As for career possibilities? Ongoing intellectual stimulation is a must. Something that involves a revolving door of new projects and endeavors would be ideal as it looks like you enjoy research, brainstorming and development. You also need to be out and about and talking to people. Sitting behind a desk is deadly dull. It’s not too difficult to do this, but you need to take off the blinders. You’d be able to make a lot more money if you let your creative energies take full flight.

This article was originally published on April 19, 2011.