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1. The 2nd/6th/10th-house triangle, naturally ruled by earth signs Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, is associated with our worldly work or our true calling.

2. The mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) represent transitional energy. Read more about cardinal, fixed, and mutable (or common) signs in A to Z Horoscope maker and Delineator, by Llewellyn George, Llewellyn Publications, 1977, pp. 40-41.

3. The Progressed New Moon was May 1, 1997, and the First Quarter Square October 23, 2004. Including 2° orbs, transiting Saturn conjoined natal Saturn from April 2 to May 4, 1999 and makes a waxing square from August 13, 2005 to June 7, 2006. Transiting Uranus trines the Midheaven from March 18, 2003 to January 12, 2005; and Jupiter from March 4, 2004 to December 23, 2005; and conjoins Mercury from April 5, 2004 to January 31, 2006. Transiting Saturn entered the 10th house on June 22, 2003 and leaves for the final time on May 18, 2006. You can read more about the Saturn cycle in Transits of Saturn: Critical Ages in Adult Life, by Marc Robertson, AFA 1976. Learn more about the Progressed Lunation Cycle from The Lunation Cycle: A Key to Understanding of Personality by Dane Rudhyar, Aurora Press, 1967 and in the article, An Overview of Dane Rudhyar's Approach to Cycles (TMA, 2/98), by Nicki Michaels.

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Renaissance Dude
From The Mountain Astrologer, December-January 2005 (2)  

Q.  I'm in my mid-thirties, and I still can't decide what I want to do when I grow up. That sounds ridiculous, but there are too many things that interest me. While I have steadily gained skills and earning power, I have jumped from English literature and teaching, to nonprofit work, to acupuncture, to dot-com project management — and now to technical writing. The problem? There are so many other things I want to do, and mean ol' Saturn transiting my 10th house wants me to get serious. While I know that there is a strong calling to service in my chart, I can't reconcile the gnawing urge to get financially settled before I try to put my energy out there as a healer. Or does being of service mean doing whatever I do well enough that I can dabble in politics or healing on the side? Help! I think I can be amazingly successful, if only I can find the one (or two) things to focus on.
— Renaissance Dude

A. With the service-oriented sign of Pisces on the cusp of your 6th house (work and service), nurturing Cancer on the Midheaven (career), people-oriented Libra ruling your Ascendant (persona) and 2nd-house cusp (your resources), it's not surprising that you are drawn to a life of service.1 However, with five planets in mutable signs2 and two of your three Pisces planets opposite Pluto in Virgo in the 6th/12th houses (service), you jump from one thing to another almost compulsively. Coupled with your 8th-house Saturn-Mars conjunction in Taurus (like driving with one foot on the gas and the other on the brake), opposite 2nd-house Jupiter and Fortuna in Scorpio (great capacity for financial success), commitments can be really tough, because, after all, you might be missing out on something else even better! Besides that, you were born in the New Phase of the Lunation Cycle, with an Aries Moon reflecting an innovative, even entrepreneurial capacity that was probably expressed in your dot-com experience and other endeavors.

Natal Chart - Renaissance Dude
Source: Birth Certificate

To discover where your true calling might lie, look back to the early years of your current Progressed Lunation Cycle, which began in May 1997, about two years before your Saturn return in 1999. What compelling interests or career themes entered your life during the early years? One or more of those may be the seed of the career you yearn for. And those possibilities may actually manifest now that you have completed the first quarter of your lunation cycle. This is emphasized by transiting Uranus trining both your 2nd-house Jupiter and your Midheaven, over the past several years, offering the potential for meaningful and lucrative career prospects. Over the next year, it may become easier for you to identify the best next step and to take committed action, as transiting Saturn completes a waxing square to its natal position. Transiting Uranus conjoining Mercury offers insights into the appropriate career direction, even before transiting Saturn leaves your 10th house for the final time in May 2006.3 During this period, reflect upon this: "What sustains me?"

Take this opportunity to develop a career that engages your interest in an ongoing way (supporting your mutability) while also nourishing you emotionally and financially. This will make it possible for you to pursue your myriad other interests and contribute to the world in a multitude of ways, as you continue to redefine what makes your life worthwhile.

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