N o . 6 The Dynamic Focus of Vocation
The vocation is the next item in the fifteen-point analysis. This is primarily a matter of the planet of “oriental appearance.” The fifteen points of the analysis comprises the ten planets, two nodes of the moon, the Part of Fortune and then two special considerations of when a planet or planets take on an extra role, like now in connection with vocation, and then later in connection with marriage. The ancients regarded that one of four inner planets nearest to the sun, and clockwise from it , here as was a person’s expression of will or vocation in life.
Naturally enough, the four inner planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the Moon .
In Teddy’s case, a quick glance at the chart and we see that this Mercury that is in Scorpio 03. It is an indicator that he can do anything that involves an impersonal dynamic — the moving or communicating of things.
The next sign of a person’s vocation is given by the tenth house, that shows one profession or outer aspect in life. For TR this is Scorpio. The essential lord of the tenth is Mars, & in TF’s horoscope, Mars is in the first house where it is exalted in Capricorn, meaning that his business or professional affairs are entirely in his own hands because the absence of planets in the tenth show that there is not any outside interference that he has to consider.
A third consideration is the moon’s placement, and it represents the native’s touch with the public. The lesser luminary is in Roosevelt’s seventh house I call the house of opportunity and it highlights his professional freedom in taking advantage of the various opportunities in shaping his own career via the theory of the “dynamic focus of personality.”
This theory of mine is that if you are successful in life, it is not because it was given to you, or having an easy ride of it, but that you have worked hard and mastered the discipline to obtain it. How you get this success is demonstrated by showed by the closest square or opposition in your chart — it gives you a vocational clue to the greatest challenge you must face.
In Roosevelt’s chart, this is the square between Neptune and Jupiter. Neptune came into man’s experience with the social revolution of 1848, meaning that Roosevelt’s success would be with those elements which are new — the industrial philosophy or psychology or the electrical age. In America, William Jennings Bryan who advocated American isolationism,, while Roosevelt gave voice to the transition of America to an international partner dramatized this struggle.
When the Republicans under Taft abandoned this international call, TR created the unlucky Bull Moose as an alternative. This has been the rift in American politics, and the Republican party ever since. Woodrow Wilson though picked up the torch of internationalism and made it the mantra of the Progressive/Democratic party.
Neptune Square Jupiter
That the Neptune-Jupiter aspect is a square rather oppositional, indicates that TR’s success was practical rather than theoretical. Since Jupiter is part of the aspect, Roosevelt’s career expressed his own stirrings but since these two planets belong to diverse departments, TR’s success depended more on his own personal originality regenerating the old new.