I encountered this forum, this section in particular, while Googling for resources on the subject of vocational delineation, and reading the stickies, thought I'd take the opportunity to post my own here in the hope that multiple outside perspectives might have better luck seeing in it what I apparently can't right now.
Following the format suggestions by member astrologer50 from this post
in the How to find your career
etc. sticky, here is my chart:
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For all of my adult life, and some of my younger life, I've worked with computers in one context or another, usually writing software under contract as a primary source of income; my first paid job of that kind came while I was still just 10—I worked summers throughout my teens and part-time through highschool doing computer work, occasionally hardware as well as software, for area businesses. Over the years, my inclination to study, and the time for the same afforded me by both career and a light, infrequent sleeping habit allowed me to accumulate a variety of outside skillsets which have led to additional work in other fields. I have played and written music professionally, in a variety of styles on a few different instruments; I have been published and consulted in mathematics and literary translations, have had photography published and sold the odd few sketches and prints when pressed, though I prefer art as hobby.
So much for background; now, as to why the topic is currently at hand. In 2004, my father became suddenly, unexpectedly and gravely ill, spending most of that year hospitalized and a not insignificant portion of it comatose, not expected to survive. He pulled through, but has had increasing health complications since. My career began a change at that time: first, as I spent much of the year away from home, much of it out of state, dealing with the doctors and hospitals where he was at the time, which left little time for regular work schedules. I began taking more offsite jobs via the internet or shorter term contracts that I could wrap up on brief trips home, and occasionally took small, odd jobs that would crop up in the locations where I was staying (helping with a network problem at a residency house, serving as a nurse's biochem tutor, what-have-you) to keep the bills paid. As there have been a number of additional hospitalizations, some also long term and out of state in the ensuing years, this is a work trend that has unfortunately continued; and as his condition has worsened, and my mother's has now joined him after she developed severe cardiac problems beginning in '07, I have become their primary caretaker which, being itself something of a full-time job (minus the paying aspect), has had quite a deleterious effect on vocation and vocational opportunities. Nearly all of my work at this point is conducted online, offsite and generally by night, as I am "on call" most days and usually at one or another doctor's office two to three times a week—not the sort of schedule most day-to-day employers are forgiving or understanding about, and I can see their point. Unfortunately, seeing their point or not, bills still need to be paid, and they continue to come in. In this economy, the work opportunities are becoming more rare, and the few that remain are paying less to the point that, with mounting medical bills of my own (this lifestyle of latter years has hardly been conducive to my own well being and is taking its toll), I'm no longer certain this course is tenable and I simply must seek some other option.
Pluto has recently completed its long crawl across my intercepted 6th, and perhaps its quitting the field has had some effect in this transitional period which also finds transiting Uranus in the midst of the 10th; the second and eighth houses remain empty by natal, transit or progression positions. Knowing Mercury, Venus and Mars are used for profession traditionally: Mars and Venus, part of a natal 4th house stellium in Libra (with the Sun and Pluto), have progressed into the fifth and Scorpio; Mercury, in the 5th and Scorpio natally, remains in the fifth but in Libra.
Though unfamiliar with the method, having first heard of it via references in the sticky, I was attempting to work my way through the "career flow chart", but based solely on the information given in user Alice's site's post, I was uncertain how the method handles this particular case. That is, it is supposed to follow the flow of sign rulerships from the MC, and "the career flow stops with the [planet] dignified in its own sign", then treating that dispositor as a vocational key, if I understand correctly. However, my fairly short chain from the MC ends not in a single stop but in the mutual reception of Jupiter and Neptune. The MC is in Pisces, leading to Neptune, which is in Sag, which leads to Jupiter... in Pisces. We could just go straight to Jupiter and stop if we use only the traditional rulerships, but given a modern method I assumed modern rulerships, correct? But then I'm not sure that would lead to the method revealing anything more than the default interpretation, since Jupiter (retrograde at the end of the 9th) is already conjunct the MC in the natal chart—though I've never been inclined to priesthood, and am unqualified and haven't the time to be a teacher.
If anyone has any thoughts on this issue and are willing to share, I'd be quite appreciative. Due to the very nature of this inquiry and the circumstances which lead me to make it, I fear that presently I haven't the spare resources to acquire new books or hire proffered professional services, so I apologize in advance that I won't be able to take anyone up on offers of the latter. As to the former, please feel free to recommend any useful books on the topic and I will make a note of them for better, future times. But in the mean time, any thoughts as to possible issues I might currently pursue with more success than I am presently having will prove most welcome.
Thanks to you all for simply reading this far.