Selection of Job or Business in Astrology

Determining the nature of your profession or the sources of income is a very tough task for any astrologer. Selection of profession between job and business is very important decision of life. There are many astrological factors which need to be considered.Astrological readings can also suggest whether you can enjoy smooth success in your job or business ventures.

Ascendant: whatever is the field education, marriage or profession the strength of ascendant and its lord play very important role.

10th house/lord: 10th house and its lord from ascendant/Moon sign/Sun signs are pivots for determine the profession and business. Authority, power advancement and ambitions, business affairs in general, one’s rank, social status and profession of a person, name, fame foreign land, sources of livelihood self respect and self control are indicated by 10th house.

3rd house/lord: indicates courage and initiative for professional life, risk and speculation taken in life. Sometimes it indicates over confidence of the native.

5th house/lord:represents knowledge, education, intuition and intelligence of a person. Besides high position it indicates risk and speculations taken in professional life.

6th house/lord: indicates loans from bank or financial institutes, funds rising and the employees working under the native.

7th house/lord:represents professional relationships and business partnerships, independent skilled professions.

9th house/lord: this is house of luck or fortune of the native; it also indicates distribution or circulation of money, dignity of a person, foreign travels, and government favors.

11th house/lord: this is house of gain and income in one’s life.

Planetary transition: the nature of the profession also depends on the planetary period of major periods /sub period of a horoscope. The Dasha/Antradasha of the native forces him for change in profession in a very drastic and dramatic way. Through the strong and favorable Dasha/Antradasha, even a weak and ill placed planet can bless the native with success in profession and career.

Job/business influencing astrological factors:

Job/service:

  • If lord/sign or planets placed in 10th house are strong, indicates surety of service.
  • If number of fixed signs planets are more than number of planets in common or movable signs in a horoscope the native will chose the profession which demands patience, peace, tolerance and stability like Government jobs, medical profession or in achieves.
  • If the planets of common signs are more than the planets of fixed and movable signs in a horoscope the native will have different sources of income like as a teacher he can chose property dealing or as a profession he may own his own consultancy firms, tuition centers etc.
  • Lord/sign of 10th house are weaker in strength than the lord /sign of 7th house, profession of advocate, doctor, and professors are indicated.
  • If lords /signs of 10th and 7th houses are equally strong indicates the native will have individual business along with his own service. Like a doctor doing private practice along with his own service or the person will start his own business after retiring from the job.
  • If the lord of 10th house is strong but placed in 6th/8th/12th house or of medium strength the person will work in an autonomous institutes or private sector.
  • Sun/Mars/Saturn favorably influencing the 10th house, and lord of 10th house is in a strong position indicates profession of doctor.
  • Lords of 3rd/6th/10 and Jupiter are strong indicates profession of advocate.
  • Moon and Mercury influencing 10th house indicates writer or journalisms as profession.
  • Strong mercury and Jupiter influencing 10th house denotes writer or poets.
  • Moon and Jupiter aspecting 10th house indicates gazette officer rank job.
  • Moon placed in 10th and Jupiter posited in 5th house indicates very highly ranked position.
  • Lord of 11th placed in 10th house or their lords exchanges signs/houses indicates very good administrator.
  • Lord of ascendant and 10th placed together or lord of ascendant and 10th house is a same planet the person will work excellent work from his own hard earned money.
  • Jupiter as lord of 10th placed in trine indicates highly acclaimed position of the native.
  • Sun placed in 10th house from ascendant/Moon or lord of 10 is posited in the Navamansa of Sun indicates appreciation from government but if Sun is debilitated/ malefic/ill placed indicates unscrplous means of earning.
  • Lord of 10th is Mars or lord of 10th posited in the Navamansa of Mars indicates police, army, and wrestling as profession.
  • Mercury is the lord of 10th house or the lord of 10th goes in the Navamansa of Mercury indicates service in banking, writing, education, astrology art and crafting.
  • Mercury in ascendant and Jupiter in 9th house indicate government services.
  • Lord of ascendant placed in quadrant and aspected by lords of 2nd/5th indicates government job.
  • Sun having favorable aspects of Saturn indicates government job, manager authority and high authorities power of a person.

Business:

  • Lords/signs of 4th and 7th houses are weak but lord/sign of 7th house are very strong indicates sound business abilities of the native.
  • If numbers of planets in movable signs are more than the number of planets in fixed or common sign in a horoscope indicates the best qualities the native will have as a businessman like he will have initiative and capacity to make decisions, intelligent, alert and will possess the quality of leadership
  • If any or all planets like Mercury, Jupiter and Venus placed in quadrant to Moon indicates independent venture.
  • Mercury, Jupiter and Venus and Moon are placed in 2nd/12th from each other indicates independent or self ventures.
  • Jupiter is placed in 3rd house and Venus is placed in 11th house from Moon indicates the native will start his own business.
  • Lords of 2nd and 11th exchanges houses indicates very good business abilities.
  • Mercury related to 10th house indicates, business skills.Malefic influence over 10th house indicates laziness of the native.
  • All the planets placed in quadrant indicate money earned from agriculture.
  • If 7 planets posited in ascendant and 7th house, indicates business of transportation, wood, cartwheel etc.
  • If any malefic planet placed in quadrant having no benefic influences and Jupiter posited in 8th house indicates excellence of business in meat, poultry and fisheries.

9th Circuit to Law Firms – Turn Over to Grand Jury Foreign Docs Obtained in LCD Antitrust Discovery

For foreign companies doing business in the United States, avoiding getting sued may be hard enough without having to worry about whether you’re being investigated by a grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice. However, life can be really difficult for foreign companies that are not only getting sued, but also have to turn over their civil litigation documents for investigations of possible criminal conduct.

Under a recent 9th Circuit ruling, this is exactly the kind of misfortune that has befallen several foreign LCD manufacturers. The foreign companies, including LG Display, Sharp, and Chunghwa Picture Tubes, are embroiled in an antitrust class action suit and are simultaneously being investigated for antitrust criminal behavior.

Even though it couldn’t find any precedent to support its decision, the court ruled that if the documents were in the country then they were within the “grasp” of the grand jury. The 9th Circuit’s ruling comes as a big victory for the DOJ. It gives prosecutors expanded power to subpoena foreign documents that have entered the country for civil litigation purposes.

Antitrust Criminal Violations

The foreign companies involved in the investigations and civil litigation were mostly based in East Asia, countries such as Japan and South Korea. The companies produced LCD screens and marketed them within the United States, where they were used in cell phones, computers, and flat screen televisions. The foreign manufacturers reportedly controlled 90% of the U.S. market for such products.

In its criminal indictment, DOJ attorneys charged that the foreign companies had conspired to fix prices in the LCD screen market from 1996 to 2006. According to the DOJ, the scheme violated U.S. antitrust laws. In 2008, the companies pleaded guilty, resulting in one of the largest criminal settlements in U.S. antitrust history. One company, the South Korean LG Display paid a whopping $400 million, which a DOJ press release called the second highest criminal antitrust fine ever imposed. All in all, the companies racked up fines of nearly $600 million for violations of the Sherman Act.

Class Action

Problems for the LCD makers, however, did not end with the criminal punishments. Soon after the criminal charges were levied against the LCD makers, private plaintiffs began filing civil suits, bringing similar claims of price fixing and civil violations of antitrust laws. Subsequently, all cases were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Then, in 2010, California District Court Judge Susan Illston certified a class action.

So far, according to the law firm of Lieff Cabrasser, which is serving as lead counsel for the class, the court has now given preliminary approval of partial class settlements from two of the foreign companies for a combined $17 million.

District Court Quashes

Civil suits are often filed on the heels of criminal antitrust charges. As such, a certain amount of overlap in the evidence is unavoidable. However, under current criminal law pertaining to the reach of grand juries, obtaining foreign documents requires letters rogatory or other methods. The grand jury’s subpoena power does not extend outside the U.S.

Nonetheless, the DOJ sought documents brought into the United States as part of discovery in the civil litigation and apparently located at the offices of the law firms.

What were the documents and why did the grand jury want them? According to an earlier protective order of the district court, the foreign documents may have contained “deposition transcripts of foreign national employees of the Toshiba Entities and AUO, as well as the other non-indicted foreign defendant (such as… Hannstar Display Corporation).”

The foreign defendants “vociferously argued against producing either their documents or their employees into this country during this entire litigation.” The district court reluctantly quashed the subpoenas, noting a lack of precedence in doing so and encouraging that the DOJ take the issue up on appeal to the 9th Circuit. Judge Illston reasoned that allowing the DOJ to have foreign discovery documents that had been brought into the United States under court order would grant the DOJ foreign discovery otherwise outside the grand jury’s subpoena power.

Law Firms’ Position

According to a press release from White & Case, one of several big name law firms representing the foreign LCD makers, the DOJ employed a “questionable” tactic: “subpoenaing law firms representing foreign manufacturers of such devices for documents originating and kept in the ordinary course of business outside the United States.” A partner at the big defense firm not involved in the dispute questioned whether this tactic would hurt the DOJ’s traditional policy of international comity and reciprocity:

“We don’t want foreign governments doing this to U.S. companies, [but] DOJ has sought to sidestep this policy by issuing subpoenas to law firms defending foreign targets of antitrust grand jury investigations.”

In arguing against the subpoenas, the law firms did not claim that the foreign documents were privileged. Nor did they allege that there was collusion between the government and the class action plaintiffs. And the district court found no acts of bad faith on the part of the government. The law firms argued instead that the district court had made a valid exercise of its discretion when ruling to quash the subpoenas pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 17.

9th Circuit Reverses

Writing for the 9th Circuit 3-judge panel, Judge Noonan disagreed with the law firms’ position. Judge Noonan reasoned that the appeal should not be considered under an abuse of discretion standard. That standard allows trial judges copious leeway in how they handle matters below. Appellate judges are typically reluctant to reverse decisions made with trial court discretion.

However, Judge Noonan responded to the lower court’s concern for lack of case law in the area. He considered the lower court’s opinion as a “passing of the decision” to the appellate court. The decision below was “a request for guidance.”

The judge applied an earlier established “per se rule that a grand jury subpoena takes precedence over a civil protective order.” By a chance of litigation, the documents have been moved from outside the grasp of the grand jury to within its grasp. No authority forbids the government from closing its grip on what lies within the jurisdiction of the grand jury.

The Takeaway Lesson

The Department of Justice is the big winner in this case. But just how much they will actually use this new tactic is not yet determined. After all, to some extent, they must play nicely with foreign entities to preserve relations with their governments. But to what extent is apparently now a question of the DOJ’s discretion.

Going forward, this ruling will have an impact on how law firms handle foreign clients simultaneously involved in civil and criminal litigation. Attorneys in such situations will need to consider carefully whether bringing foreign materials into the country might adversely position their clients if and when those materials are subpoenaed. They should ask that age-old discovery question: Are these documents really necessary?

Finally, for young attorneys entering the field of antitrust defense, you may want to brush up on your Korean, as the best strategy for reducing the risk that a client’s sensitive documents will end up in the hands of a grand jury might be simply to do document review in Seoul.

Why Content Should Be King of Your Business’ Website

You’ve no doubt heard that “content is king” on websites, but do you really know why?

What are people really searching for when they perform a search at Yahoo!, Google, Bing, MSN or another search engine? Information.

They’re looking for a good pre-school for their children and they want to know why one preschool is better than another.

They want a good electrician and they need to know how to differentiate one from another.

They want to learn how the new health care reform bill is going to affect their family.

Know. Learn. Why.

All pertain to looking for information.

If your business website doesn’t give them good, solid information they’re going to leave your site and go to the next site that came up in their search engine results looking for the information you didn’t provide. If they find it at your competitor’s site, she’ll probably get their business.

Instead, if your website is full of information that helps them make a decision, if it is full of facts that will help them make a better decision, if your site is there to help them, you’ll more than likely get them to stick around your site.

And you could very likely get a new client/customer.

The information on your website also is known as copy. In the Internet age, it’s more frequently known as “content.”

You can write your content for your site yourself, of course. But you must keep in mind that any copy on your site should be less about you — your services, your history, your prices — and more about them: How your service or product will make your potential customer’s life better. What problem it will solve for them. What need it will fulfill.

Don’t talk about features: “I’m a plumber available 24 hours a day.” Talk instead about benefits: “I’m a plumber available any time your pipes burst or your toilet overflows, even if it’s at 3 a.m. on Christmas morning.”

Write for the 9th Grader in All of Us

People reading online read differently than they do with a print publication. Online readers skim and jump about. You’ll want to be write short (300-600 words maximum per page), and be sure to add plenty of subtitles to highlight the main points you wish your readers to know. Subtitles also create nice whitespace, which eyes reading online love.

Keep your paragraphs short and your sentences even shorter. Write in the active tense. Never: “The plumbing company that’s available for emergencies even on Christmas morning.” Instead: “We’re available for emergencies any time, even at 3 p.m. Christmas morning.”

In addition, keep what my mother used to call the “Dollar words” to a minimum. Instead, write your content at the 8th-, 9th, or 10th grade level.

Remember, inform. Teach. Answer why. And do so in a lively, engaging manner.