The Midheaven in our natal birth chart represents our higher aspiration, the legacy which we wish to leave to the world, the skills which we are most known for.
Ah, the eternal glamour of the Midheaven! Yet it’s an aspect of our natal birth chart which is often over interpreted, to the detriment of the equally important Descendant or IC.
Not to be confused with the Lunar North Node, which is more associated with what our soul’s internal longing is. And yes, we can combine and work consciously with both yearnings.
The Midheaven and your sense of vocation
Planets on the Midheaven and in the tenth house give early clues as to what our real vocation is. And again, for practical day to day reasons, we may not be able to invoke that energy until later in life.
We may be destined to be a wonderful teacher – Jupiter on the Midheaven – but live in a place where there are no teacher training colleges nearby. In which case we may need to travel – Jupiter – to learn what we then are called to go forth and teach.
Time and time again in clients’ charts, I have seen Jupiter on the Midheaven, and a yearning to both learn and teach having lain dormant for years, even decades within the souls of those clients. How poignant.
Or we may have our natal Midheaven ruled by Scorpio, or else have an angular Pluto on the Midheaven, in which case our true vocation will be utterly transformed several times in our lifetime. A case of dying and being reborn in our vocation.
Publicly too! For the energy of planets on the Midheaven plays out in a highly public manner.
The late Princess Diana had Neptune in her tenth house, close to her Midheaven, hence she was not truly seen for who she really was until after her death. It was only after her death that she became recognised for her work with Aids patients, and landmine survivors.
Prior to that, during her lifetime, she was seen through the veil of illusion, glamour and fashion – all also the embodiment of Neptune.
Changes with relocation
In a relocated area of the world, we may indeed embody a new vocation. Which may not be at all what we expect will happen. It may happen overnight. My natal Midheaven is Aquarius, and so it is ruled by Uranus, and so it was in Italy where I became an astrologer, not my native Ireland.
Being an astrologer is as eclectic as it gets, as many of you know!
My Midheaven did not change signs, but Chiron and Ceres both moved to conjunct either side of my Midheaven – so yes, I became a healer through the lens of astrology. All within less than 20 miles of my Chiron and Ceres lines.
The relocated Midheaven
In astrocartography, when we combine the relocated Midheaven, along with any planets which may move closer to the Midheaven, and simultaneoulsy closely interpret the planetary lines themselves, we get an immediate and clear picture of how a new vocation may play out. Or in fact, our current vocation may also continue to play out, but in a different way.
If we move from the intensely private Scorpio Midheaven to a more playful Sagittarian Midheaven, then meeting helpful people from other countries and cultures will become the norm. Or we may simply find ourselves more inspired to take intuitive action, for fire is all about action!
The Midheaven and transformation
For those who wish to totally transform their vocation, then yes the Midheaven is crucial. But as I have written before, it may actually be the transits we are currently going through which invoke the urge to relocate and try something new.
The days of ” a job for life” are long gone, and, well, they should be. We only have one life, and we owe it to ourselves and others to be all that we can be during our lifetime.
Who knows what your new vocation will be by the end of the week?!
You may well have decided to become an astrologer!
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