The Midheaven, or MC (Medium Coeli) is one of the most important angles in the birth chartor horoscopic chart. The Midheaven traditionally indicates career, status, aim in life and ones aspirations in this world.

The Midheaven is the name given to the point where the ecliptic crosses the meridian which passes through the birth chart.

The Midheaven position will be the same for anyone born along the same line of longitude at the same time on the same day.

In the Placidus house system, the Midheaven forms the cusp of the 10th house; in the equal house system it can be found in the 9th, 10th or 11th house. The other end of this axis, 'beneath' the earth, is the point known as the IC or Immum Coeli.The Midheaven sign represents our life goal The Midheaven quite often refers to a parent, quite often the mother, but sometimes the father. The other parent is sometimes represented by the angle at the opposite end, the Immum Coeli, or IC.

Midheaven Signs and Career Choices

When an astrologer offers career guidance to someone, the Midheaven is certainly not the only factor to be taken into consideration. We cannot look at a Midheaven sign and say "Oh yes, you need to go and become an accountant"! Looking at the Midheaven sign does give us an indication of the type of career the individual would *like* to have - although whether this is possible/practical would need to be assessed through a careful look at the rest of the natal chart in detail.

The careers associated with each Midheaven sign are:

Aries Midheaven: The native requires freedom in a career, would not be well suited to a strict routine. Noisy, dirty or dangerous environments are not a problem for this person. Strong spirit of enterprise means that this is a good placement for self-employment, although impulsive risks may be taken. Typical carees for this native include electronics, mechanics, the armed forces, fitness instruction, engineering, self-employment in the IT industry.

Taurus Midheaven: The native calls for some kind of steady career path in order to function best. Irregular income is likely. Open air careers appeal the most. Typical careers include sports, horticulture or agriculture, financial management, food industry, accountancy, building, banking, singing, physiotherapy.

Gemini Midheaven: Communication is the key to a fulfilling career, but these people need a lot of variety and stimulation. Not overly ambitious. Typical careers include sales, the media, writing, advertising, retailing, youth work, the hotel industry, interpreting/translation, teaching and anything related to communication.

Cancer Midheaven: Natives stick to a job and dislike change. Shrewd business sense is either present or aspired to, but money is not the principle motivation in career. Typical careers include nursing and the 'caring' professions, social work, restaurant trade, historian, architecture, child care industry.

Leo Midheaven: Likes to be the centre of attention in their career, but will not tolerate difficult conditions. Ambitious and financially motivated, although much happier when they have an emotional attachment to work. Typical careers include acting, performing, any artistic work, luxury trades, banking, fashion industry, medical profession, politics or local government.

Virgo Midheaven: Natives work best as an assistant rather than a leader, although will often be the real power behind a throne. Typical careers include secretarial/personal assistant work, literary/publishing industry, administration or management of any kind, health club/leisure centre management, journalism, copywriting, psychology, the police, librarian, civil servant.

Libra Midheaven: Comfortable working conditions are a must, and this position is motivated by money. Natives are the eacemaker of the office. Typical careers include fashion and beauty industry, interior design, antiques, diplomatics, legal profession, language work, modelling.

Scorpio Midheaven: Natives have more emotional involvement in the career. Money motivation just won't do. Needs career security. Typical careersinclude the armed forces, police, detective or forensic science work, investigative journalism, mining, self employment, research of any kind, medical profession, funeral industry, psychotherapist.

Sagittarius Midheaven: Natives need to be challenged and are not very good with routine. Not particularly money motivated, but is ambitious. Difficult working conditions are usually no problem for them. Typical careers include the legal profession, outdoor sports, veterinary profession, travel industry, export industry, university lecturer, town planning, space industry, airline industry, religion.

Capricorn Midheaven: Very ambitious for status, rather than necessarily for money. Natives are self-made businessman. Typical career routes include self employment, politics, estate agency, farming, orthopaedics, homeopathy, engineering, exploration industry, dentistry, sculpting, civil service, stock broking.

Aquarius Midheaven: Need absolute freedom in their career, and are innovative. Not particularly motivated by money. Typical career routes includespace industry, airline industry, IT industry, optician, conservation, television work, photography, humanitarian work, publishing, the legal profession, telecommunications.

Pisces Midheaven: Often to be found working tirelessly in the background. Exceptional counselling abilities. Needs variety. Typical career routes include the caring professions,work with the disadvantaged, the music industry, anything artistic, the wine trade, the sea or fishing industries, plumbing, the church, poet or author, the navy.

Related Links

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