The Midheaven (MC) is the cusp of the tenth house of the natal chart, and is one of the angles of a chart. Very often, we find this astrological point near the very top of the chart–it’s the most public point in our chart.
By extension, the Midheaven relates to our career or “life path” and can signify our social standing and reputation.
The Midheaven is one of the four main angles of the chart. The other three are the Imum Coeli (IC – directly opposite the Midheaven), the Ascendant (ASC), and the Descendant (DSC).
While the Midheaven is usually found at or near the top of the chart wheel, its direction is South.
The Midheaven’s Role in the Chart
The Midheaven represents:
- our most visible achievements in the eyes of society,
- our public “face” (as opposed to our more personal “face” at the Ascendant),
- the material accomplishments we hold most dear, and
- our overall sense of responsibility and standing in the world/society.
The Midheaven represents our higher aspirations, and it relates to our status or reputation, long-term goals, and sense of responsibility. This point can describe the parent who gave us our station or status or who guided and disciplined us the most along these lines. Furthermore, it can respresent an employer, government, or another authority figure in our lives.
The Midheaven sign can describe our profession or career, attitude towards achievement, and awareness of what others (or society) expect from us. Additionally, its planetary aspects give further clues. They can also point to the relative ease or challenge with which we might pursue and achieve our potential.
The Midheaven is the cusp of the tenth house in most (but not all) house systems. It’s often represented in its abbreviated form: MC, which stands for Medium Coeli (translating to middle of the sky).
You need to know your birth time to determine the sign of your Midheaven. If you do know the time, look up your Midheaven with this tool:
Keep in mind that you should double-check birthdates before 1970 with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In some areas of the world, time zones were complicated.
What does your Midheaven sign mean? See Midheaven in the Signs to discover more about the zodiacal sign of the Midheaven.