The profession is defined in dictionaries as “a paid occupation, especially one that involved prolonged training and a formal qualification”, our sages talked about it in a different sense, they termed it as Karma which means work. I will quote a shloka from Bhagwad Geeta which will help us understand what Karma is.
All men are forced to act helplessly according to the impulses born of the modes of material nature; therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment. [3.5]
This Shloka clearly indicates to us that whatever a man does, it is Karma only. There are many types of Karmas such as Nitya Karma, Naimittika Karma, Nishiddha Karma, Prayaschita Karma and Kamya Karma.
Nitya Karma is the daily duties that we need to do, it is like going to the bathroom, eating, sleeping etc. Nimittika Karma is Karma undertaken with a motive it is like teaching to distribute knowledge, drive to reach somewhere etc.Nishiddha Karma is prohibited Karma such as killing someone, suicide etc. Prayaschita Karma is a Karma done in repentance for one’s self-discipline etc. Kamya Karma is done for a desire which is like proposing a woman because you want her to marry you. The difference between Naimittika Karma and Kamya Karma is that in Naimittika Karma you know that thing will happen [You will reach as a result of driving] whereas in Kamya Karma you have a desire which may or may not be fulfilled.
And then there are Karma’s such as Prarabdha Karma, Kriyamaan Karma, Dridha Karma, Adridha Karma etc.
Prarabdha Karma is Karma done in different lives which are written in books of Chitragupta [assistance of God of death] and one needs to suffer their consequences in different lives, Kriyamaan Karma is that Karma which needs to be suffered in this life. Dridh Karma is fixed which cannot be reversed it is such as the murder of someone you can’t bring him back to life whereas Adhridha Karma means which can be fixed, it is like taking a wrong turn on road.
So basically complete horoscope indicates Karma, but here we are talking about Naimittika Karma for earning a livelihood which is a profession. Sages have indicated that it needs to be seen from the Tenth House, but why? when complete horoscope indicates Karma why we need to see the 10th house for a profession, to understand this we need to understand what 10th house signifies [I am writing on this topic because many people take profession from other houses such as 6th, 1st etc – I will talk about them later].
आज्ञामानविभूषणानि वसनव्यापारनिद्राकृषि प्रवज्यागमकर्मजीवन यशोविज्ञानविद्याः क्रमातI
कर्मस्वामिदिनेशबोधनगुरुच्छायासुतेश्चिन्तये दुक्तानी प्रविहाय पूर्वमशुभे माने विमानोभवेत् II१II
जातक पारिजात १५.१
आज्ञा [order] मान [honour] विभूषण [ornament – professional excellence/awards] आणि [etc] वसन [one that covers] व्यापार [business] निद्रा [sleep] कृषि [agriculture] प्रव्रज्यागम [reuniciation] कर्मजीवन [Karma done for life/livelihood] यशो [fame] विज्ञानं [special knowledge born out of practical experinaces] विद्या [learning] क्रमात [serially]
कर्मस्वामी [10th Lord] दिनेश [Sun] बोधन [Mercury] गुरु [Jupiter] छायासुते [Saturn] श्चचिन्त्यो [to be judged] दुक्तानी[badly placed] प्रविहाय [takes away/flown] पूर्वं [earlier] शुभे [beneficence] माने [honour] विमानो [in air/gone/flee] भवेत् [happens]
Translation by Shubham Alock – Order, Honour, Professional excellence etc and one’s protection [money from profession protects one in this life by giving them food etc], business, sleep [without income of money one will have disturbed sleep it a known fact], agriculture [also a kind of Karma], renunciation [end of worldly karma and beginning of spiritual karma or to say end of previous karmas but suffering them and surrendering it to god – now you understand the importance of quoting the Shloka from Bhagwad Geeta], Karma done for livelihood [to sustain life] and fame is to be judged from 10th lord, Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn, if they are badly placed [10th lord, Sun, Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn] then it takes away ones earlier beneficence [Good Karma’s done in past] and his honour [name in society] is gone [he lives a life of shame and hatred by everyone].
A calm and clear understanding of this Shloka will also highlight why the 10th house is taken in highest Raajyoga and why it is given so much importance, these shlokas are quoted because of various reasons which will be explained later when we will try to understand the importance of 10th house, 10th lord and Dashamsa.
So we know now, that because it is mentioned that 10th lord indicates Karma undertaken by oneself the for the sustenance of life [कर्मजीवन] it indicates one’s profession.
Confusion – Ignoring sages
People in this Kaliyuga thinks that they are more learned that our ancient sages and they start propagating their own theories, those who know about the greatness of Sanatana Dharma and sages can themselves decide the result of such a thinking and intellect of such persons.
Some people take the 6th house to indicate jobs because 6th house indicates servants and with the logic that we are servants of those under whose employment we work this house indicates Jobs, I have never seen such a lame logic. If it is because 6th house indicates servants then 3rd house also indicates servants why we should not take 3rd house then, then they come with the concept of Artha Trikona that 2nd house 6th house and 10th house indicates 2nd Purushartha [essential works to be undertaken by humans] which is to earn and collect money for livelihood hence this 6th house is included, I just want to ask them about reference, which classic tells us that 2nd 6th and 10th house are Artha Trikona [I have not seen any such Shloka yet – if they find themselves more intelligent that sages then I can’t help them], also this logic of houses in trikona indicating the same things is a lame logic because it is not so, one must always remember that 2nd is a neutral house, 6th is bad whereas 10th is good, how they can be clubbed together? Their logic is that 7th house indicates business, so one needs to compare between 6th and 7th houses to known one will be engaged in business or employment. Another lame logic – I will state my personal view later.
Next comes Dashamsa [D10], people take this divisional chart to indicate the profession, why? I am unable to understand. Parashara has said दशांशे महत्फलम; it means Dashamsa indicates great fruits. As per me, Dashamsa indicates excellence in life – it is the effects of Raajyoga. Everyone is engaged in a profession or another but not everyone is a distinct personality in his profession, this Dashamsa indicates this distinction. It is fruits of Raajyoga which makes a person famous, people follow him, he becomes ideal for others this is what Dashamsa indicates. One must not have excellence always in profession only, Dashamsa indicates for what you are known some are known because they have married a rich women, some are known because they have saved a child from drowning – they are not from water rescue team but they are known because of this, Dashamsa indicates these things which makes one known in society, it is excellence of life which is not always profession. I am of this conclusion because if Dashamsa was to be used for the profession than sages must have used it for the profession but Parashara, Kalyan Verma, Varahamihira, Matreshwara and everyone have used Navansha for the profession and not Dashamsa, why? do you think they don’t know about Dashamsa? [we will talk about this later].
I just want to say, please stay away from such fantasies. Sages are more knowledgeable than you. don’t waste your time in making such fantasies, instead, dive into works of sages and find what they said, contemplate on them, use your mind on their words. The sage who knew that after so many years Kaliyuga will come will also have knew that what changes Kaliyuga will make in the life of people’s, isn’t it?
बृहतजातक कर्मजीवाअध्यायः 
होरेन्द्वोर्दशमगतैविर्कल्प्नीया भेन्द्वकाँस्पदपतिगांशनाथवृत्त्या II१II
अर्काशे तृणकनकोर्णभेषजाधे श्चन्द्राशे कृषिजलजाङ्गनाश्रयाच्च I
धात्वग्निप्रहरणसाहसैः कुजांशे सौम्यान्षे लिपिगणितादिकाव्यशिपैः II२II
जीवांशे द्विजविबुधाकरादिधर्मैः काव्यांशे मणिरजतादिगोमहिप्यैः I
सौरांशे श्रम वधभारनीचशिल्पैः कर्मेशाध्युषितनवांशकर्मसिद्धिः II३II
मित्रारिस्वगृहगतैग्रहैस्ततोअर्था स्तुड्गस्थे बलिनि च भास्करे स्ववीर्यात I
आयस्थैरुदयधनाश्रितैश्च सौम्ये संचिन्त्यं बलसहितैरनेकधा स्वम् II४II
Translation by V. Subramanyam Shastri [I am not giving my translation because it serves my purpose well] – There is acquisition of wealth, firstly, from the father, mother, a foe, a friend, a brother, a wife or an inferior, according as the Sun or any of the other planets taken in order, occupies the 10th place reckoned from the Lagna or the Moon; secondly by means of the profession prescribed for the ruler of the Navamsa occupied by the planet owning the 10th place from Lagna , from the Moon or from the Sun.
If the Sun be the lord of the Navamsa occupied by the lord of the 10th bhava reckoned from the Lagna, the Moon or the Sun (whichever is strong), the person concerned will earn a living by dealing in the grass, gold, wool, medicine and the like. If the navamsa under reference is that of the Moon, the person gains a living by agriculture, by dealing in things derived from water, or through the medium of women. If the Navamsa in question belongs to Mars the person gains a livelihood through metallurgy, by violent acts like branding, fighting etc. If the navamsa belongs to Mercury, the person concerned will try to earn his livelihood as a writer, by use of mathematical knowledge, by poetry or by pursuing the arts. If the Navamsa belongs to Jupiter, the person concerned will earn money through Brahmins, deities, learned men, mines and the like or by religious acts. If the owner of the navamsa in question is Venus, the living will be derived by dealing in rubies [gemstones], silver and the like and by rearing cows and buffaloes. If Saturn is the owner of the navamsa occupied by the lord of the 10th place, the person concerned will live by doing wearisome acts by the carrying out of punishments etc., inflicted on criminals, by the bearing of burden, or by engaging in some vile pursuit. The person succeeds in the avocation prescribed for the planet owning the Navamsa occupied by the lord of the 10th Bhava.
The source of wealth ought to be seen by the planets occupying friendly, inimical or their own houses. When the Sun in exaltation and at the same time strong (or it may mean in the 7th house), the person concerned earns money by his own exertion (and does not inherit much of paternal property). If benefics in strength occupy the 11th, the 1st or the 2nd houses, the native acquires many in many ways.
Shubham Alock’s Method of Determining Profession
Step 1: Find stronger between Lagna, Sun and Moon based on exaltation, own sign etc [it is only applicable when there is a planet in Lagna] otherwise use Ashtakavarga [Bhinna-Ashtakavarga of Sun, Moon and Ascendant].
Step 2: See 10th house from stronger of Lagna/Sun/Moon. Take all planets into consideration [Planets in 10th house, 10th lord, the planet with 10th lord, planet aspecting 10th lord, planet aspecting 10th house everyone].
Step 3: Find stronger between all planets found from above step with help of their Shadbala.
Step 4: Now see Navansa dispositor of this strongest planet [From Step 3] – This Navansha dispositor will decide everything about the profession, also see which house is signified in D1 by the Rashi in which this Navansa dispositor is placed in D9 and which house it is in D9. Aspects and conjunction on this Navansa dispositor in D9 and D1 will give various professions. But never ignore the lord [whose Navansha dispositor we found in D9], the lord is also of utmost importance. See repetitive influence which will decide profession.
Step 5: Take this Navansha dispositor and the planet to D10 to find out if he can make something big in his profession or not.
Stronger between Lagna, Moon and Sun: There are no planets in Lagna so we need to see Ashtakavarga, in Bhinna-Ashtakavarga there is a confusing situation as all of them have three points. So, in this case, we choose Aries sign to represent Lagna because Sun and Moon both are placed in Aries.
10th from Aries is Capricorn aspected by Jupiter [Special Aspect]; 1oth lord is Saturn aspected by Sun, Moon, Mercury and Rahu. There is no Shadabala for Rahu, we need to see whose results will be given by Rahu. Rahu is with Venus so he will take the power of Venus.
Now we need to see their Digbala points. Planets are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Rahu/Venus. Between them, Sun will be stronger because he gets 564.58 Bala in Shadbala.
Now come to Navansha to find that this Sun is in Scorpio with Saturn and Jupiter, Navansha dispositor of Sun in Mars aspected by Saturn. It is the 5th and 7th house in Navansha and in Rashi Jupiter is placed in Scorpio where it becomes 3rd and 6th houses. Repetitive influence is of Jupiter and Saturn [they influence profession houses/planets in both Rashi and Navansha.
So now it is easy to decide his profession, keep the combination in Mind. 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th houses and Jupiter + Saturn. Now use your mind – Saturn signifies 6th house and Jupiter 5th house. So, just omit 4th and 7th houses. Now it is the 5th and 6th house with Jupiter and Saturn. What do you think? 5th house Jupiter have something to do with learning and 6th house Saturn will indicate struggle [constanly changing jobs for better]. This formula is tested by me on various charts, so it is not better to make a conclusion based on one chart only, the formula given by me is well tested and proven [I am writing it here because some over-enthusiastic person may think that D10 here indicates profession well].
Now let us see Dasha, in his chart Shati-Trimsat-Sama Dasha is applicable. Remember Sun and Mars in D9 indicates profession.
First Job: Saturn-Rahu-Sun – Saturn is with Sun, Rahu is in 10th from Mars. I will give a secret here ‘Shri Jagannath Bhasin, made a good research and gave us a principle that when any planet is placed in 10th from another planet, then the planet in 10th rules over the planet in 4th [from the one who is in 10th], and he will [the planet in 10th] can give results of another planet [in 4th]”. Sun itself is one of the profession indicators.
Second Job: Saturn-Rahu-Saturn – Remember my comment about Struggle.
Third Job: Saturn-Mars-Mars – I think Dasha is already justified, I am not making comments.
We must remember that an example is just a way to demonstrate how things are done, it is not to prove validity. Many people use Dashamsa for the profession, Vimshottari always for predictions etc. Many such problems have crept in Vedic Jyotish, I don’t want to make a comment on that because they don’t want to learn, they are shelled with their own dogmas and when you go to teach them/make them understand they talk with their ego which indicates their inability. I wrote this article for students, there can be many ways to find a profession. What we need to do is, we must remain true to words of our sages and must work on words of sages and not on any persons dogma or belief.
There are many ways to find a profession, God willing I will soon share Jaimini’s method of finding the profession. Before that I just want to say – The technique provided above is well tested and have always stood the test of time, you can safely adopt it and use in reading a chart.
For those who don’t believe in what I have presented or those who have questions which don’t intend to clarify their doubts but intend on proving me and my method wrong, I just want to say that “Please open your eyes and see what sages have told/wrote”
Shri Ramakrishnaye Arpanamastu