Have you ever heard of the astrology Vertex? If you’ve been looking into spiritual astrology or anything with compatibility, you probably have since that’s generally what the Vertex connects to.
The Astrological Vertex is a position that some astrologers swear by, and others barely pay attention to. It’s not a physical body and is instead the point where the ecliptic and prime vertical intersect.
In case you have no clue what those words mean, the ecliptic is essentially the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. The prime vertical is the circle passing east and west through the zenith and nadir of a location. The west spot is the Vertex while the east spot is the Anti-Vertex.
I absolutely recommend using an online calculator to calculate your Vertex location (it’s way too difficult for anyone who isn’t an astrologer or mathematician to do by hand, and luckily there are plenty of free calculators online that will calculate your Vertex for you).
Just like when it comes to calculating your birth chart, you will need your full birth date, including your time of birth, as well as the location wherein you were born.
What does the astrology Vertex mean in the birth chart?
Once you’ve calculated your astrology Vertex, you want to know what it means! To start with, the Vertex is linked to fate, specifically fated encounters and events.
The Vertex is usually located in the 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th houses in your birth chart (the axis can be closer to your Imum Coeli and Midheaven if you were born in tropical latitudes). This part of your chart connects to others, so the Vertex is sometimes seen as a second Descendant.
In the astrological houses, your Vertex means different things:
- In the 5th house, you may be fated to fall in love fast and be big on romance.
- In the 6th house, you may be fated to be of service to others.
- In the 7th house, you may be fated to prioritize relationships and be in the middle.
- In the 8th house, you may be fated to transform via love and be passionate.
Read next: What is Your Descendant in Astrology?
Astrology Vertex in the Zodiac Signs
With your astrology Vertex in Aries, this may show you’re fated to become a stronger leader, learn how to take initiative, and stand up for yourself. You need to become strong, brave, and ready to go.
You don’t need to rely on others so much. You can be the one who leads them and inspires them with your actions.
With your astrology Vertex in Taurus, this may show you’re fated to be able to take care of your own needs and revel in your senses. You can develop a strong financial aptitude, and become quick savvy.
Your self-esteem can grow in many ways, and you can find greater value in yourself. You may be destined to create stability and security.
With your astrology Vertex in Gemini, this may show you’re fated to be an excellent communicator or to have a strong way of expressing yourself. Your words may carry a lot of importance.
Your mind can be an asset once you develop your talents and learn how to make use of your natural mental abilities. This can help you become a great idea generator.
With your astrology Vertex in Cancer, this may show you’re fated to become a strong nurturer and supporter of those you care about. You can take care of the emotional needs of others, and have a tender approach.
You may create an incredible home and family life and can be seen as a parental figure to many.
With your astrology Vertex in Leo, this may show you’re fated to become a shining light. You have to learn how to stand out and be comfortable with getting attention for your talents and what you can create.
Creativity may be strong for you, and you can shine when you embrace this part of yourself. You can let your inner light shine.
With your astrology Vertex in Virgo, this may show you’re fated to become detailed and hard-working. You can find everything that needs to be fixed and help others to find solutions.
Structure and order can become a talent for you, and you can benefit from taking care of yourself physically as well.
With your astrology Vertex in Libra, this may show you’re fated to become an incredible negotiator, mediator, and diplomat. Your skills to get everyone on the same page can be unmatched.
You may thrive in relationships and partnerships based on mutual respect, that flow equally both ways, and are interdependent.
With your astrology Vertex in Scorpio, this may show you’re fated to become an incredible transformer. You can go to dark places and find a way to bring in light and make things better.
There may be a major transformation you have to undergo that is destined, and you can emerge with great will and strength. You can be difficult to hold down long.
With your astrology Vertex in Sagittarius, this may show you’re fated to become a wise teacher as you learn from your life experiences. You can share this with others, and inspire others with grand tales and gregarious words.
You may have the heart of an adventurer, and you can learn to be bold and brave. Your beliefs may also play a role in your fate.
With your astrology Vertex in Capricorn, this may show you’re fated to become the one in charge. Others may look to you to take on responsibilities, and you can handle them better than most.
Over time, as you get older, you may be fated to experience great success professionally or with a goal. Others can look up to you.
With your astrology Vertex in Aquarius, this may show you’re fated to become an icon. You may be destined to learn how to push outside of your comfort zone, embrace the unconventional, and break the rules.
You can learn to celebrate your individuality, and help others to do the same. You may thrive in groups and could have a broader impact.
With your astrology Vertex in Pisces, this may show you’re fated to become a master of intuition. You can learn to connect with the subtle energies all around us, and once you let go of spiritual, karmic, and emotional baggage, unlock an incredible connection to your intuitive self.
Your sensitivity can mean you’re extra compassionate and understanding with others, and you may be destined to quietly take care of those who can’t take care of themselves.
Check out: Does Your Fate Change With Your Palm Lines?
The Astrology Vertex in Relationship & Predictive Astrology
The Vertex seems to actually have greater importance in relationship astrology and in predictive astrology. In relationship astrology, you may find that you experience what feels like fated connections with people who connect to your natal Vertex.
In synastry, the Vertex is considered almost like a part of the Primal Triad (Sun, Moon, Ascendant), and you can see connections with people who have a natal planet conjunct your Vertex or Anti-Vertex.
The conjunctions do usually need to be close (under two degrees) because this isn’t a physical body. It’s not enough to just be in the same zodiac sign (it must be close!).
But you do need to remember something – “fated” doesn’t equal “positive and healthy”! We’re destined to meet many people and have many relationships that aren’t good for us, so sometimes those connections aren’t positive, but may have something to teach us.
Don’t have rose-colored glasses with the Vertex!
Transits and progressions can trigger timing for encounters and events that feel fated. When a transit planet conjuncts your natal Vertex or Anti-Vertex, this can bring energy for something or someone fated.
The Moon moves fastest and conjuncts both every month, but this only lasts for a few hours so it generally isn’t enough to trigger anything unless other big astrology is present.
You’ll want to focus on the energy of the transit planet involved and the sign your Vertex or Anti-Vertex is in—this can give clues as to how it happens or what it involves.
Your progressed chart can also trigger with progressed planets or house cusps conjunct your natal Vertex, or with your progressed Vertex conjunct one of your natal planets. This can be as strong as when the slow transit planets are conjunct.
Progressions can also be used with relationship astrology, and sometimes fated people will connect your progressed Vertex (or you with theirs).
The astrology Vertex can be an interesting and fun position to play around with. You may be especially interested if any of the slow planets are conjuncting your Vertex or Anti-Vertex, or you have progressions in play, this year – pay attention!
Have Fun Exploring Your Vertex!
Good luck with those fated encounters!
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