Choosing a career is one of the toughest decisions we have to make in our lives. For some of us, the decision may come easy. For others, there are several factors that have to be considered before we can come to a concrete decision. Thankfully, astrology assists us in the endeavor of identifying the skills and ambitions that already reside within us, which can help us determine which profession is the most ideal.
In our birth chart, we have four major points – the Ascendant, Descendant, Medium Coeli (Midheaven) and the Imum Coeli (Nadir).
What is the Midheaven (MC)?
The Midheaven, also referred to as the MC or “middle of heaven,” is the highest point in a natal chart. It’s located between your Ascendant and your Descendant when you’re looking at your natal chart. Often times, you will see the letters “MC” at the very top of your chart, located in a specific sign. This is your Midheaven. This is where we look to learn more about our career aspirations and the obstacles we may face along the way.
We can also refer to our Midheaven if we’re feeling lost or unsure about our purpose and life path. Understanding this key point in our chart is an excellent way to recognize our professional strengths and weaknesses. Leaning in to the traits and attributes of our Midheaven sign and learning how to master them can bring us tremendous achievements.
The Midheaven is also where the tenth house begins, often called the “cusp.” For example – if you have Scorpio on your tenth house cusp, your Midheaven is in Scorpio.
This is also where your tenth house of career and reputation starts. The planets that reside in your tenth house can also tell us more about your professional life, as well as your public image, your relationship with authority figures, and your reputation. If you have Mars in your tenth house, this indicates that you are incredibly driven and ambitious when it comes to your career, and this is something other people can clearly see. Someone with Uranus in their tenth house, may change careers very often or suddenly throughout their life.
This fiery Cardinal sign on the Midheaven indicates that you’re a natural-born leader. When it comes to your profession, you like to blaze the trail. You’re excellent at starting things, but may have a difficult time seeing things through once it’s lost the initial excitement.
Any form of entrepreneurship would be a breeze for you, since you’re full of new and creative ideas. Whatever job you choose needs to be full of surprises. Working in the military, as a police officer, an athlete, or in a management role could work very well for you.
Your loyalty is something to envy, especially when it comes to your career. Taurus Midheavens tend to prioritize comfort and stability at work, so the environment must be relaxed and unwavering. Since Taurus is ruled by Venus, you excel at jobs that require any kind of artistic ability.
You are easily able to make things look more appealing, so a job where you’re designing, decorating, or cooking would put your skills to good use. This Midheaven is also ideal for a makeup artist or hairstylist. You’ve got amazing taste!
You’ve got an amazing intellect and a profound way of communicating with others, but deciding on a career and sticking to it may be a little difficult for you. You may find that you enjoy working more than one job at a time because you’re a natural at multi-tasking – just be sure not to overflow your plate with too much at once!
Gemini Midheavens excel at anything that has to do with communication. Writing, teaching, and public speaking are just a few of the professions you could succeed in. Sharing your thoughts and ideas with others is a great way for you to stay feeling fulfilled.
If you have a Cancer Midheaven, you may have a strong desire to “mother” or nurture others. You may find that some jobs don’t allow you to fully express your emotional side, which can lead to some ups and downs in your professional life. It’s important that you find a work environment that makes you feel safe and appreciated.
Working as a doctor, counselor, or caretaker (especially with children) will really allow you to give your empathetic side room to flourish.
As a Leo Midheaven, you are someone who loves taking the lead and being in the spotlight. Being the center of attention probably doesn’t bother you too much, as Leo Midheavens often are natural-born performers. A career where you’re able to express yourself creatively by singing or acting will really allow your gifts to shine.
You are someone who enjoys taking charge and may come off a tad bit bossy – but it’s only because you know what you want! You have the ability to put smiles on people’s faces, no matter what profession you choose.
Virgo Midheavens are excellent at paying attention to detail and offering constructive criticism. These qualities are necessary for so many professions, but especially things like medicine and health fields. Virgo is a sign of service, so any job where you’re able to be resourceful is a plus. I can see Virgo Midheavens doing well when it comes to being a nutritionist, scientist, or even using your analytic mind while teaching or writing.
If your Midheaven happens to be in Libra, you are someone who needs balance and harmony in your workplace. Working in any sort of hectic environment could have you feeling a little out of place. Libra Midheavens are excellent at seeing both sides of any situation or scenario, so working as a lawyer or mediator will allow you to put these qualities to good use.
You are someone who can communicate warm and eloquently, so any profession that involves interacting with others like working as a secretary or in human resources could work very well. Since Libra is ruled by Venus, there could also be career opportunities in the art or beauty industry.
Since Scorpio is ruled by Mars and Pluto in astrology, you may be drawn to jobs that can be incredibly extreme and intense. Jobs that involve death or mystery may be very appealing to you, such as working in forensics, or as a detective. Even a job that gives you a lot of power and authority surrounding other people’s possessions, such as an investment banker or a stockbroker.
When it comes to choosing a career, it’s important to go with something that allows you the freedom to transform when necessary. As a Fixed Water sign, you may find that becoming stagnant in your career is something you can’t tolerate, despite how easy it is for you to commit to one thing for a long period. Finding a career that continues to push you to the next level is essential.
There’s something very free-spirited about having a Sagittarius Midheaven. You like to fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to your career, which can mean that a lot of your jobs may be short term, but it’s not something you probably mind too much. Working in a field where you have a lot of freedom is essential.
A career as a travel agent, a philosopher or a spiritual teacher are a few ways you can be successful. For you, learning and exploring are essential in a job. Finding a career that allows you to move from place to place while learning new things will allow you to fully align with your purpose.
This is an excellent placement for working as an entrepreneur, manager, architect, or any job that allows you to focus on one goal for an extended period of time. As a Capricorn Midheaven, you are capable of handling large amounts of responsibility, and you do it with ease.
It’s important for you to work in a field where your hard work and efforts are appreciated because you will always go above and beyond when it comes to getting things done. Make sure to take time off of work when necessary, you may have a tendency to take on a lot at once!
As an Aquarius Midheaven, working as a humanitarian, activist, or social worker could really put your talents to good use. You care a lot about making the world a better place and working with organizations that can assist others. It’s important for you to find a career that allows you to make the world a better place, while still giving you a certain level of freedom.
Jobs that are somewhat unconventional may appeal to you, so working a desk job may not be the way to go. You have a lot of innovative ideas, so working somewhere that allows you to provide new input and opinions will benefit you immensely.
Pisces Midheavens like to dream big. You may often change careers because of this, in order to really find what brings you joy. This is a very spiritual placement in terms of career choice. Pisces Midheavens tend to be excellent artists, healers and writers. Allowing your intuition to guide you when it comes to selecting a career is key.
You must work in an environment that allows you to help others, or you’ll probably be unhappy with the work that you’re doing. Your emotions are very important to you, and wherever you work needs to honor them. Working somewhere that allows you to use your intuition, or your natural healing abilities will leave you feeling centered and fulfilled.
There’s often a lot of pressure behind choosing a career and sticking to it, but as we grow, so does our wants and desires in terms of a profession. It’s okay to be unsure, and it’s okay to take your time with this decision. Allowing astrology to assist or affirm the choices we make when it comes to our career can be extremely validating and assuring, and learning more about your Midheaven is a wonderful place to start.
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