What’s My Vocation? Am I A Specialist Or A Jack Of All Trades?

degas little dancerHeather M. writes on the Fit Yourself bit – Lousy Virgo Criticizes My Hair..

“I thought that people should shore up their weaknesses until the past month has passed and specifically the last 48 hours. Because my weaknesses have been highlighted in major ways recently and I am so f*cking tired of feeling bad about myself because of them.

So I am completely inspired by this idea that you donโ€™t *have* to. Itโ€™s so simple but like a news flash to me and it makes me feel relief and relaaaaxed.”

I think some people are born to specialize and I am one of them. If your chart is bunched up, this would be strong indication of this.

Am I really interested in anything other than sex and psych, relationships and religion & philosophy? I’m not! So why would I learn to read a horary chart? Surely someone is going to be (naturally) better at that than I am so why not leave this work to them?

Meanwhile if you’re stressed out of your mind, wracked with pain, you should probably come see me because I can speak that language. Not only will I not blink, I will most likely have you patched up and back on the road within an hour. You may even laugh through your surgery!ย  I think specializing makes sense for many.

Degas could paint and sculpt but most of us do have something we are good and fare well if we stick to it.

Are you a specialist of a jack of all trades?



What’s My Vocation? Am I A Specialist Or A Jack Of All Trades? — 18 Comments

  1. I’m still looking for what I’m a specialist at. It’s frustrating to feel like you’re good at a handful of things…not GREAT, just good…and there’s not a one thing that you are just spectacular at.
    Not to pass the buck or anything, but I feel like I had a lot of potential as a child in many areas: academics, dance, theatre, art. But my parents were just those content kind of people who didn’t really encourage/support or push me to accelerate in anything. By the time I became a young adult I just kind of gave up on all my hobbies.
    Other than that, I do specialize in organization (Leo sun/Cap moon) and like Elsa I have a profound interest in emotions, sex, psychology, philosophy, etc. The basis of anything I love has to do with the arts, the human condition, and the unknown. It’s just a matter of finding my nitch. It feels like my psychological clock is just-a-tickin when it comes to finding my nitch. Aggrrr…..
    In the mean time, I’m hoping to find my nitch in teaching.

  2. I’ve come across this quite a bit recently. Partly within myself since I have no virgo planets. I use the saturn in virgo energy to help shore up the other energies it is in conflict with – my jupiter in pisces and my neptune in sag – which is great and is actually helping to build some real relationships in my life who may help me realize my dreams.. but I ignore the perfectionist side because really I’m not virgo and never will be.
    Plus the man I’m dating has moon in capricorn, saturn in virgo and aquarius ruling his 10th house with jupiter and venus in the 10th. He likes being in charge and is good at it. And he organizes people by their natural abilities of who they are and what they are good at, rather than wasting time criticizing people or forcing people who work for him to do work they aren’t good at. With neptune in aquarius and uranus in pisces, this might be the energy that is redirecting the heaby saturn in virgo perfectionism. Why don’t we just all do what we are good at and leave the perfectionists to be perfect!

  3. yes ๐Ÿ˜›

    never have enough time to get into everything as deep as i would like to. maybe that’s the ninth house gemini jupiter?

  4. Oh, I feel this one. My dad asked me a few months ago what I was doing, so he knew what to tell people when they asked how I was. I told him I didn’t know, a bit of this and a bit of that. He explained that in our society NOT having a vocation that we introduce ourselves with means that people don’t know how to “access” you. So he suggested that I tell people that I’m a sex therapist.

    Which has had enormously funny results. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • This ranks among the funniest things I’ve ever heard or read – multiple level hilarious. ๐Ÿ˜€
      I have a chart that is not-bunched, with multiple aspects between the different parts. Someone with a wonky sense of the innate poetry inherent in ordinary, everyday life used the term “lightning rod” about this kind of network. He’s not wrong. When something jars, and then pings along many other points, devastation is avoided.
      Alas, there’s no label for that, either. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I have 4 planets in Cap (Jup, Nep, Venus and Merc) MC in Aries, 3 planets in Scorpio (Mars, Sat, and Plu), NN in Gem. I love psychology, philosophy, anything with mysterious depth. I force myself to play today’s game: I’ve been a mechanic on aircraft, done IT. That shit ain’t for me but in today’s world it pays best, sadly. I’ve come full circle regarding my college major and so I will stick to my internal guns and attempt to what I want.

  6. I was born to research, write and publish. I was able to make a career using those innate skills for almost 30 years.

    I’ve now been stranded for almost a decade.

    Been using those skills in a hobby instead. Very specialized.

    Have a bunched up chart. It says: research, write and publish!

    • Love this Tango. I’m a specialist, too with a bunched up chart in the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th house that I get to characterize with a little analyze time:) now that the topic’s in focus again.

      I also love how you describe your once-user friendly specialization; but not stranded for a decade. Ditto for me too, in a way. The past two decades have been honing those specialities like my once-loved but dull kitchen knives that I’ve insisted on using. And now my birthday present this year? A SET OF BRAND NEW SHARP KNIVES.

      There’s a message here, I think:)

  7. omg, Elsa, your response in that link ๐Ÿ˜‚ Serves that person right.

    I have stelliums in my first and fifth houses, yet I still feel like a jack-of-all trades. There are some core things I always go back to, art and health and spirituality (astrology, religion, metaphysical) but nothing specialized. This used to distress me. Now, Iโ€™m 53, I donโ€™t care. Whoโ€™s grading me? Iโ€™ll just learn a lot and enjoy the passion.

  8. I used to specialize and was good at it in the health care field, nursing and lab. (Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus in Virgo)

    Then I became a SAHM that worked part-time in jobs that revolved around my son’s school schedule. School cook, crossing guard, playground aide… you get the picture, Jill of all Trades.

    I attempted a return to the medical field in which I was once successful at and wowza that was an eye opener! Technology has been a blessing and a curse. The medical staff spends more time paying attention to a screen than the patient. And the cut throat environment has replaced cooperation between co-workers.

    My son is in college now and I’m trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. BTW – lunch ladies really are mean.

  9. I have a “splash” shaped chart. I have many interests and I enjoy learning something new every day (Aquarius ASC, Mars in Gemini).

  10. My Venus Mars in Scorpio work mate said this week, ‘you gotta do you.’ It may take time to find it, the you. It’s worth the search.

  11. with Virgo Sun 12th house stellium but Virgo Sun, Uranus and Pluto with a Virgo ascending sign to boot. But I also have somewhat of a stellium in my 11th house with a Leo North Node along with a Leo ceres Vesta, Juno. I also have a Pisces Jupiter and Chiron in the 6th House of Virgo.
    Naturally my South node is in the 5th house in Aquarius and is nestled close to my Aquarius Saturn.
    It tells me that I was a Healer in my past lifetime. Perhaps I’m supposed the healing has evolved into something more spiritual.

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