Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computers, was one of the pioneers of the modern computing age. Jobs transformed our relationship with computers into something deeply personal and human. While his professional accomplishments and vision continue to shape the future, we continue to be fascinated by the question of Steve Jobs, the man. His management style was famously aggressive; he was demanding and unreasonable, and required excellence from everyone. His personal life was complicated by his strained relationship with his first wife and daughter. And yet, as we will see, Jobs struggled with a significant split between how he experienced his authentic Self, and how he was perceived by the world.
Part 1: Personality
Jobs has three planets in Water signs (Sun, Jupiter and Saturn), and two planets in Fire signs (Moon and Mars), which accounts for his intense, passionate nature. He also has four planets in Cardinal signs (Moon, Venus, Mars and Jupiter), which supports his initiating, pioneering nature. Planets in Cardinal signs initiate new projects; they are always looking ahead and wondering what’s next. The initial creative process is what inspires them; the moment something becomes routine, they lose interest and cast about for the next challenge.
Steve Jobs’ Sun
Jobs’ Sun, his authentic Self, is in Pisces, suggesting that his Personal Standards of Integrity may include qualities such as compassion, mysticism, spirituality, flexibility, generosity, understanding, and healing. He hope to be able to express and embody these in his 6th house affairs, which include his job, how he is of service to others, his workplace environment, and, perhaps most relevant of all, his relationships with his employees. The challenge for Jobs is that his Sun rules his 12th house, so it’s the vehicle of his self-sabotage, sorrow, adversity, and hidden enemies. Jobs may aim to embody the higher-consciousness qualities of Pisces and be an intuitive visionary presence in his workplace relationships, but if he misses the mark, he will appear muddled, dreamy, and confused, and this may create resentment among his co-workers and staff.
Jupiter in Cancer rules Jobs’ Sun in Pisces, and further complicates Jobs’ inter-personal relationships. Embodying his authentic Self (Sun) requires that Jobs be able to grow, expand, and experience faith (Jupiter) with great emotional sensitivity and awareness. Jupiter rules Jobs 4th house of his private, personal, and family relationships, and his 7th house of one-to-one relationships, marriage, and partnerships, but because Jupiter occupies the 10th house, the details and dynamics of these personal relationships will always become public and impact Jobs’ reputation. Much of this is Jobs’ fault, because when there are disruptions in these relationships, his instinct is to over-react (Jupiter) in a public way (10th house). Jupiter is the almuten of Jobs’ 12th house, so this, too, creates sorrow, adversity, and self-sabotage. The people in Jobs’ life who endure these outbursts will grow to resent him, and become hidden enemies. Jobs won’t realize there’s a problem in these relationships until it’s too late.
Venus in Capricorn has the greatest influence over Jobs’ Sun in Pisces, with a total of 6 votes on the Sun’s Board of Directors. For Jobs to be able to embody his Personal Standards of Integrity (Sun), he must also be able to align with his Core Values (Venus). Venus in Capricorn provides a great deal of structure and helps ground the more spiritual and unformed expressions of the Sun in Pisces. Job’s Venus expresses in his 5th house of creativity and risk, suggesting that the Capricorn work ethic and practical ambition is directed to experiencing and creating pleasure and beauty. Venus rules Jobs 2nd house of money and resources as well as his 9th house of beliefs and ideals, suggesting that Jobs’ vision and his money unite in his creative expression.
Mars in Aries has only 3 votes on the Sun’s Board of Directors, but Mars is an exceptionally important planet in Jobs’ chart. Mars is the Sole Dispositor of Jobs’ chart, so every planet in the chart ultimately reports back to Mars. Jobs’ Mars is in the 8th house of debt and shared resources, and it opposes Neptune, in the 2nd house of his personal finances, suggesting that when Jobs wants something (Mars), his dream of it (Neptune) helps him to ignore or move beyond any perceived financial limitations. Mars is also important because it influences a third of Jobs’ chart. Mars rules the 3rd house of his familiar environment and communication, and the 8th house of his debts and shared resources, and it’s the almuten of his 5th house of creativity and his 7th house of one-to-one relationships.
This immediately sets up a challenge for Jobs because Mars in Aries, his ego or “little s” self is extremely strong, and very much at odds with his Sun in Pisces, his authentic Self. It’s essential for Jobs to learn to balance these two selves. The “little s” self needs to operate in service to the “Big S” Self, not the other way around. This is far easier to maintain if Jobs is able to stay out of First Kingdom/Victim Consciousness and operate from integrity. Unfortunately, Mars is in charge of Jobs’ Safety Need Account, and has significant influence over his Validation Needs as well. When Mars isn’t happy, it will make Jobs feel unsafe, and if the balance in his Safety Need Account drops below the minimum level, Jobs will step into Victim Consciousness, where he will lose touch with his authentic Self, and Mars will take control.
Finally, Saturn in Scorpio also has influence over Jobs’ Sun. Saturn has only 1 vote on the Sun’s Board of Directors, but Venus in Capricorn reports to Saturn, so Saturn influences all of Venus’ votes. Saturn rules the 5th and 6th houses, placing further importance on his creativity and his work, and it occupies the 1st house of his personality, suggesting that Jobs has a need for self-discipline, but also for self-judgment. When a 5th house creation doesn’t meet his expectations, he will blame himself. Of course, Saturn in Scorpio reports directly to Mars in Aries, so any failure will also result in impulsive, direct, and sometimes aggressive action.
Steve Jobs’ Ascendant
How Jobs appears to the world is quite different from his authentic Self. Just on the face of it, his Ascendant in Virgo is opposite his Sun in Pisces. Other people will not easily perceive Jobs’ authentic compassionate, spiritual nature, because he appears to be so precise, methodical, analytical, and efficient. But the real disconnect between Jobs’ appearance and his authentic Self comes from Mercury, the ruler of his Ascendant.
Jobs’ Mercury is in Aquarius, and it rules his 1st house of his personality, his 10th house of his career, life path, and public reputation, and his 2nd house of money and resources. Mercury gains a level of intensity because it’s Stationary Direct, but more importantly, Mercury has virtually no influence in Jobs’ chart. Mercury makes no aspects to any other planets, and other than having 2 votes on Saturn’s Board of Directors, has no influence over any other planet.
Mercury rules the 1st and 10th houses, so it has absolute control over how Jobs appears to the world, and yet it has no connection, common ground, or integration with his authentic Self. How the world saw Jobs — as a visionary, intellectual, cold, contrarian, eclectic, disaffected, and impersonal man who was obsessed with details and information, and who appeared to live entirely in his mind — bears no connection to Jobs’ deeply sensitive, intuitive, compassionate, authentic Self.
The various aspects to Jobs’ Ascendant highlight some of the facets of his personality. Uranus sextile Ascendant shows his innovation; Venus trine Ascendant shows his values (and ambition, as Venus is in Capricorn); Jupiter sextile Ascendant from the 10th house, ruling the 1st and 10th shows his personal investment in his career and life path; and Saturn sextile Ascendant shows his underlying rigidity, structure, and judgment.
It’s challenging enough for Jobs to connect with his authentic Self with Mars in Aries, his “little s” self, having so much influence over his chart in general, and his Sun in particular. When you also factor in how other people perceived Jobs and related to him, it’s clear that choosing the truth of his authentic Self — or even recognizing that truth — was difficult for Jobs. The cost of failing to align with, nurture and nourish the Sun is quite high: it has a devastating effect on health, vitality, and happiness.
Part 2: Relationship Needs
The Moon: Steve Jobs’ Safety Needs
Jobs’ Moon in Aries has a Fire Safety Checklist. He needs to take action and expend energy to feel safe. He will feel threatened by boundaries, restrictions, and limitations, and in every situation, he needs to feel able to express his individual identity and to follow his own path impulsively. Jobs has a “shoot first, ask questions later,” approach, and he feels uncomfortable and unsafe when he is required to consider the consequences of his actions and choices, at least beyond their immediate effect.
Jobs’ Moon rules his 11th house of acquisition and the pursuit of happiness, and it’s the almuten of his 9th house of beliefs and ideals. When you combine this with the fact that Mars in Aries rules the Moon, it becomes clear that what Jobs needs more than anything is the freedom to pursue his desires and dreams. This is hard-wired into his Safety Needs, which suggests that Jobs may create powerful attachments to the things that he wants, and his ability to pursue those objectives. Unfortunately, Jobs can’t do this alone. His Moon is in the 7th house of one-to-one relationships, so no matter what it is that Jobs wants, it always requires the support and cooperation of other people.
The Board of Directors for Jobs’ Moon consists of Mars, the Sun, and Jupiter, the three planets that have the greatest influence over his authentic Self. This emphasizes the importance that Job is able to embody and express his identity, because expressing his identity is a fundamental Safety Need. However, it also magnifies the inherent challenges Jobs experiences in his personality, and his need to tame Mars in Aries so that his ego serves his authentic Self rather than the other way around.
Of particular importance here is Jobs’ issues with anger. The engine of Jobs’ chart is Mars in Aries, who wants what it wants when it wants it, and who will happily create a shortcut by bulldozing everything in its path. When Jobs encounters obstacles, delays, restrictions or limitations, Mars will get frustrated, the balance in Jobs’ Safety Need Account will drop, and Jobs will get angry. He will lash out impulsively and without thinking, and because the Moon in Aries lives in the moment, once he’s expressed his anger and frustration, he’ll consider the matter closed. The people on the receiving end of his outbursts may feel differently.
Pluto in the 12th house forms a sesquisquare to Jobs’ Moon. Normally, this would be a minor consideration, but it creates some specific challenges for Jobs. Pluto in the 12th makes him unconsciously sensitive to issues of power, control, and manipulation, and that it’s sesquisquare his Moon in the 7th means this sensitivity shows up both in his safety concerns and in his one-to-one relationships. Jobs’ Moon in Aries (ruled by Mars in Aries) is already uncomfortable having to take other people’s needs into consideration. The contact from Pluto in the 12th house means he may be even more sensitive to this, and may consider the perfectly reasonable, appropriate requests of his partners in relationship to be unreasonable attempts to control and manipulate him. When this aspect is triggered, it will drain Jobs’ Safety Need account quickly.
Saturn also makes a sesquisquare to Jobs’ Moon, coming from the 3rd house. This is a minor consideration that probably shows up as double standards. Jobs will get irritated and feel unsafe when other people do not follow the rules or live up to expectations, especially in their communication and daily routine, but at the same time, he may choose to disregard these rules himself because they’re uncomfortable, inconvenient, or he simply can’t be bothered to follow them. The rules should apply to other people, not to him. This belief—which is heavily endorsed by his Mars in Aries—clearly lacks integrity, and if Jobs does embrace this double standard, it will create a minor drain on his Safety Need Account.
Summary Steve Jobs Safety Needs
Relationships with other individuals are a significant factor for Jobs. His Moon is in the 7th house, which suggests that he expects other people to meet his Safety Needs, and he must learn to accept responsibility for meeting his own Safety Needs. Mars, the ruler of his Moon in Aries, rules the 8th house of shared resources, and is the almuten of the 5th and 7th houses, while Jupiter, who has 3 votes for Triplicity on the Moon’s Board of Directors is the ruler of the 7th house. Jobs needs to be in relationship with other people to meet his Safety Needs.
Jobs also has a strong 12th house theme with his Safety Needs, as the Sun rules the 12th and Jupiter is the almuten of the 12th house, suggesting that he may encounter self-sabotage, adversity, sorrows, and create resentments and hidden enemies as he pursues the experience of safety. Pluto in the 12th house sesquisquare the Moon further emphasizes this unconscious challenge by making Jobs more sensitive to being controlled or manipulated. This aspect may be especially challenging as Jobs has both the Moon and Mars in Aries, so he’s already resistant to having to take other people’s needs into account, especially when doing so means he has to delay his own gratification. The quincunx from Pluto in the 12th to the Moon in the 7th may make him view other people standing up for their needs as an attempt to manipulate or control him, so these experiences may drain his Safety Need account more quickly than expected.
Venus: Steve Jobs’ Validation Needs
Jobs has Venus in Capricorn, so he has an Earth Validation Checklist. He looks for love and appreciation in the physical, tangible, practical, and material realms. Physical intimacy is extremely important in romantic relationships — and also important in appropriate degrees in other relationships. Words and feelings are not sufficient to convey affection or esteem; there must be some kind of tangible expression associated with them to anchor the experience or it will not make a deposit in Jobs’ Validation Need Account. It’s possible for Jobs to become too focused on the material plane and base his experiences of validation on the price or value of the gift. Money can become his primary tool for evaluating, experiencing, and expressing validation and appreciation — however, this almost always involves an attachment to the physical realm (and money in particular), which will drain his Safety Need Account and ultimately make it more difficult to experience being validated.
Jobs’ need to be validated and to align with his Core Values is the strongest influence over Jobs’ Sun, because Venus has the most votes on the Sun in Pisces’ Board of Directors. Jobs’ Core Values help define his identity and influence his Personal Standards of Integrity. As we’ve already noted, with Venus in the 5th house, Jobs looks to express and experience validation through his creative expression, pursuit of fun and pleasure, and willingness to take risks.
The Board of Directors for Venus includes Saturn in Scorpio with 5 votes for Rulership, Mars in Aries with 6 votes, and the Moon in Aries with 3 votes. However, both Saturn and the Moon report directly to Mars, so once again, we see the dominance of Jobs’ ego, his drive, and his need to go after the things that he wants. This is particularly challenging in this context, however, because Mars and Saturn are quincunx by sign, even though Mars rules Saturn. Saturn in Scorpio’s actions will be slow and methodical, with a deep sensitivity to the rules, but Mars in Aries wants immediate results. This inherent conflict will make Mars unhappy (because anything less than instant gratification makes Mars in Aries unhappy), and it will drain not only his Validation Need Account but also his Safety Need Account.
As noted before, this is perhaps the most important pattern for Jobs, and the most difficult lesson for him to learn. Without a level of mastery over his Mars in Aries, Jobs will not be able to maintain enough of a balance in his Safety Need Account to stay out of victim consciousness. When he drops into Victim Consciousness, Mars will take over, and to some extent, his actions will use force, rather than power, and will make the situation worse.
Uranus in the 11th house opposes Jobs’ Venus in the 5th house. This aspect plays out in his one-to-one relationships, particularly in his relationships with his friends and peers. It suggests that Jobs may expect that his friends and teammates do not support his personal creative expression; at the very least, they are not consistent in their support and validation of it. This makes Jobs question his resources and talents (Venus rules the 2nd) as well as his beliefs and philosophies (Venus rules the 9th).
On the positive side, Venus and Saturn form a partile sextile, and work very closely together. Not only does this provide a structure and a foundation for Jobs to manifest his 5th house creativity and bring it into the world of form, but it also sets up some protection for his Validation Need Account. When Jobs knows he’s done a good job and created something of value and worth, the deposits he receives in his Validation Need Account will stay there.
Summary Steve Jobs Validation Needs
With Venus in Capricorn and Saturn in Scorpio sextile each other and in charge of Jobs’ Validation Needs, there’s a distinct suggestion that love, appreciation, and validation need to be earned. Validation isn’t something Jobs shares or experiences easily, and it carries an expectation of trust and loyalty. Unfortunately, all of this is based on Jobs getting what he wants when he wants it, because Mars in Aries has the most influence over his Validation Needs. As Jobs’ Mars is in his 8th house, this dynamic is even more complicated because it’s not enough for Jobs to get the things that he wants; he needs other people to agree with him and want the same things that he wants. If he feels like he has to coerce other people to agree with him and go along with his desires, he will not receive deposits in either his Validation Need or his Safety Need accounts.
Summary of Steve Jobs’ Relationship Needs
Jobs’ Moon in Aries has a Fire Safety Checklist, while his Venus in Capricorn has an Earth Validation Checklist. There’s little in common between the two, but as there’s no angular aspect between them, this simply means Jobs will have to pursue each need separately.
Looking deeper, however, there are strong connections between his Safety and Validation Need Accounts. First, the Moon has 3 votes (Triplicity) on Venus’ Board of Directors, while Venus has 2 votes (Term) on the Moon’s Board of Directors. This suggests that even though there’s little common ground between what he needs to feel safe and what he needs to feel validated, he must manage to meet both needs to meet either need.
What truly links his Safety and Validation Needs, however, is his Mars in Aries. Jobs needs to be free to go after the things that he wants, without taking anyone else into consideration. When he gets what he wants when he wants it, he feels both safe and validated. When anything interferes with his focused desires, he feels threatened and rejected.
It’s hardly surprising that Jobs’ Mars makes aspects to all of the outer planets: it’s square Uranus, opposite Neptune, and trine Pluto. His desires and his drive changed the world. Unfortunately, on a personal level, his desires and his drive created many challenges in his relationships.
Part 3: Relationship Wants
Both consciously and unconsciously, Jobs is attracted to partners who embody the fluid, subjective, spiritual, emotional, compassionate qualities of his Descendant in Pisces and his Vertex in Pisces. These partners may manage to meet his Venus in Capricorn Validation Needs quite well, especially as Jobs’ Venus is sextile his Descendant. They will be able to bypass the material attachments of Venus in Capricorn and help Jobs to experience a higher level of love and appreciation. Unfortunately, these partners will have little chance of meeting his Moon in Aries Safety Needs. That these partners are so vague and changeable and unfocused will cause Jobs’ Moon in Aries to feel very unsafe.
Jobs’ Sun in Pisces is conjunct his Vertex in Pisces, so safety issues aside, the attraction to these partners — and to the higher spiritual truths that they seem to embody — is powerful.
Jobs’ Father, represented by Jupiter in Cancer in the 10th house, is strongly dignified by Exaltation. His Mother, represented by Mercury in Aquarius in the 5th house, is equally dignified, by Triplicity and Face. He expects his romantic relationships to be between equal partners. However, Jupiter in Cancer and Mercury in Aquarius have nothing in common. They are quincunx by sign, and neither planet has any influence over the other. The only common ground they have is that Venus in Capricorn has 2 votes for Term on each of their Boards of Directors.
Jobs’ father, Jupiter in Cancer, is conjunct Uranus, suggesting that he was erratic, unstable, and unreliable. His mother, Mercury in Aquarius is in the 5th house of entertainment, fun, children, and love affairs.
Jobs’ Marriage Blueprint lacks any expectation of a long-term commitment. Each partner is free to pursue his or her own path, with no real expectation that those paths will follow the same direction. This rather supports Jobs’ fundamental need to be able to follow his own desires without any distractions, so in a sense, his Marriage Blueprint works well for him. Whether it works for his romantic partners is another matter entirely.
Friends, Lovers, and Spouses
That the Moon rules his 11th house of friendships suggests that his friendships are very important because they’re intricately involved with his Safety Needs. Friendship will be an important foundation of any relationship in Jobs’ life. And of course, the fact that the Moon occupies the 7th house shows a strong connection between friendships and marriage. He will expect his marriage partner to start out as a friend.
Saturn in Scorpio ruling the 5th house of love affairs makes these relationships deep and passionate, but also serious and responsible. Jobs’ idea of “fun” may not correspond with most other people’s idea of fun.
Finally, Jupiter in Cancer rules Jobs’ 7th house of marriage. Because Jupiter occupies his 10th house and rules his 4th house, Jobs’ personal relationships will not stay private for long, and his marriage will affect his public reputation.
The Moon, the ruler of his 11th house of friendships, occupies his 7th house of marriage, and rules Jupiter in Cancer, the ruler of his 7th house. This is a very strong connection between his 7th and 11th houses, suggesting that friendship must be the basis of any lasting marriage for Jobs. Saturn in Scorpio, the ruler of his 5th house, is sesquisquare his Moon, the ruler of the 11th house, suggesting some minor difficulties moving a relationship between the 11th house of friendship and the 5th house of romantic involvement. However, Mars in Aries rules both the Moon and Saturn, so it’s possible to stay friends with former lovers, or for a friendship to become a romantic relationship.
Part 4: Career
Mercury in Aquarius rules Jobs’ 10th house of his career, life path, and public reputation. This is the first time that Mercury shows up in a significant way in Jobs’ chart. Mercury rules his 1st house/Ascendant as well as his 10th house, and yet it makes no aspects to any other planet, and has no influence over the rest of Jobs’ chart. Mercury in Aquarius is how the world sees Jobs, both individually (Mercury rules Ascendant) and professionally (Mercury rules 10th), and yet how the world sees Jobs has no real connection with his authentic Self.
Saturn in Scorpio rules Jobs’ 6th house of his job, service, and workplace relationships, and Saturn provides the only bridge that links Mercury with the rest of the chart. Saturn rules both Mercury and Venus, which ties Jobs’ professional needs (and his outward appearance) to his Validation Needs, as well as to his money (Venus rules 2nd).
Job’s Part of Fortune is in Leo in the 11th house of acquisition and the pursuit of happiness, which is traditionally viewed as a favorable placement. Jobs will experience success and prosperity when he pursues his dreams and ambitions — but more importantly, because the Sun rules his Part of Fortune in Leo — Jobs will experience the greatest success when he is true to himself and expresses his authentic Self. Because Jobs’ Sun occupies his 6th house, he will have to work very hard to succeed, but his hard work will pay off in the end.
Numerous connections between Jobs’ career, money, and employment make it easy for Jobs to succeed in his career. It also creates a single-minded focus that aligns with Jobs’ overriding need to express his identity.
We can only wonder, given how inscrutable Jobs was, if his professional accomplishments fulfilled his personal needs. Was Jobs able to reconcile his deeply spiritual nature with his ruthless ambition and need to create and express? The power of his ideas and the ways they’ve changed the world suggest that on many levels he was able to align with high spiritual vibrations. But the question of his individual identity remains. Was he ever able to move past the mask and share his authentic self? Perhaps, in the end, he chose to sacrifice his need for personal recognition in service to a higher vision.
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