While everyone uses Facebook and LinkedIn differently, for this blog I’m looking at Facebook as being more personal & family relationships and LinkedIn as being more professional relationships.
In astrology, the 4th house relates to our emotional environment, our home (as opposed to our house) and the 10th house relates to our career and reputation. The 4th house is our “home self” or “private self” and the 10th house is our “career self” or “public self.” Facebook is 4th house and LinkedIn is 10th house.
While some react negatively to the rise of social media, social media like all tools and technology relates to and retains the fundamental principles of our relationships as a species. It’s just another way to do the same thing. We have a private self and we have a public self. Social media has not changed that, it has adapted to that.
To know the sign that is in your 4th and 10th houses, you need to know your time of birth and to cast a horoscope. I do not have the time of birth for most of the charts I look at in this blog so focus on planets and the relationships between the planets.
I will focus on two charts where I do have the time of birth – Barack Obama, who has recently published his birth certificate online and my Aquarian friend who asked to be referred to as “Bob.” (As an aside, since Obama had to publish his birth certificates I think all politicians should do the same. Astrologers and Republicans will be happier.)
Let’s start with Obama, since you know him better than Bob. Obama’s 4th house cusp (where the house begins) is in 28 degrees of Taurus and ends in 23 degrees of Gemini. Obama’s Gemini moon is in the 4th house. Obama’s 10th house is 28 degrees of Scorpio to 23 degrees of Sagittarius. There are no planets in that house.
Moon in Gemini in the 4th is someone who is VERY chatty, especially while at home among family and closest companions. With Gemini in that house, Obama has a lot of friends and opens his home to those friends, much like you see on a TV sitcom where people walk in and out all the time.
If that is Obama’s pattern in the 4th house of his chart, this would be his pattern on Facebook. Obama would most likely use Facebook to link into everyone he knows, everyone he meets. His 10th house in Scorpio is much more private. Ironically, Obama would be more private on LinkedIn. His public life would be kept more private than his private life.
My friend Bob, on the other hand, has the sign Cancer on his 4th house cusp. His sun in Aquarius is in the 10th house (with Capricorn on the cusp). Cancer is a shy sign that hides in its shell when threatened. It is the mothering sign, the sign of home life itself and the smell of pot roast emanating from the kitchen.
As you would guess from this sign, Bob has been reluctant to join Facebook. He created a profile just the other day and finally connected to me, a friend of 20 years (we’ve been writing by letter than entire time). I made fun of Bob for not posting a picture and yesterday he finally posted one – a sea creature. He couldn’t have expressed his 4th house Cancer better than that.
Bob is slightly more active on LinkedIn, but has been active there for a while and joined it first. Since his sun is in the 10th house, I’m guessing that if he does pump up his activity in social media, LinkedIn will grow more quickly and will always be the first connection he makes with people in the world of social media. Unlike Obama, Bob will probably preserve Facebook for close friends and LinkedIn for most of his social contacts.
Astrology is a description of human patterns and cycles. The external manifestations (such as Facebook and LinkedIn) are representations of those patterns and cycles. To me, Facebook and LinkedIn have changed nothing; they are merely the technological manifestation of our 4th and 10th house energies. Before Facebook and LinkedIn, we had to decide who we liked and didn’t like and how to manage those relationships. Technology has just laid that pattern in front of us.