Sign on the 10th House (the Midheaven): Interpretations
Example: If you see the sign of Aries beginning the tenth house, then you can say that Aries is on the tenth house cusp of your chart. Note that in most house systems (not all), the cusp of the tenth house is also the Midheaven, abbreviated MC.
Tenth House: Professional and Public Matters, Career, Long-term Goals, Responsibility, Reputation, Life Path Goals
Aries on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Aries on the tenth house, you excel in the areas of initiative, fresh ideas, vision, enthusiasm, and uniqueness. While persistent, you do grow tired if uninspired. It may be at this time that you start something new. Ideally, your profession allows you to take on new challenges.
With your career, life path, responsibilities, and long-term objectives, you can be a pioneer. You have the vision, although not always the follow-through. Self-taught and self-directed, you prefer to answer to yourself. While you can be excited by your tasks at the outset, they can grow tiresome later. After all, you feed off the spark of inspiration. Read more about Aries Midheaven.
Taurus on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Taurus on the tenth house, these areas of life are typically very stable, predictable, and slow to unfold or develop with Taurus, a Fixed Earth sign, on the cusp.
You are a hard worker, often preferring to plod along steadily than to face challenges or innovation. You’re resourceful and possess lots of common sense in your profession. Preferring to learn your trade thoroughly and carefully, you are the one who others can count on.
Harmony and peacefulness are vital for you in any career–uncertainty is not your cup of tea. You’re not one to push for change if things are working decently. In fact, you’re inclined to keep the status quo perhaps a little longer than is good for you at times. Read more about Taurus Midheaven.
Gemini on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Gemini on the tenth house, you feel most fulfilled when you have the chance to express yourself, diversify, and enjoy some variety. Teaching, narrating, explaining, guiding, chatting, and connecting the dots can come naturally in professional settings.
This position is often associated with people who have two active professions at the same time. Or, the profession requires versatility and adaptability. You need stimulation in your career, and you also prefer to feel that you have options and some flexibility with your life path goals. Read more about Gemini Midheaven.
Cancer on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Cancer on the tenth house, there can be some moodiness along the way as you pursue your goals. You’re sensitive to your reputation or image, and you tend to want to keep this fact to yourself. Nevertheless, you convey your kindness to the world through what you do. Without special care, your sensitivity could keep you from working to your full potential.
While you can be guarded in public situations, your warmth, nurturing, and care show through in what you do. You can take more time than most people to come into your own professionally, but you get there, and when you do, you do so with heart.
You’re talented at bringing intuition, empathy, nurture, humility, and warm humor to your craft or profession. You’re personable and likable, even if sometimes hard to get to know.
Your attitude toward your work, responsibilities, and goals can be strongly influenced by your Moon sign and the Moon’s aspects. You could work in a family business or take a similar path a parent took professionally.
You have a strong sense of responsibility, even if your energy and motivation frequently waver. You need to intuit your way toward your long-term or professional goals rather than rely only on facts and logic. If you don’t feel something deeply, you can struggle–it’s difficult for you to fake it. Read more about Cancer Midheaven.
Leo on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Leo on the tenth house, you need to feel in charge of your destiny, and you’re a natural manager or leader. A lot of heart and your personality go into your career, responsibilities, reputation, or life path goals. Your ego is also strongly involved!
With a Fixed sign Midheaven, you don’t take a path or career lightly, and you don’t readily jump onto or off a track. You do things with extra flair or drama. You’re proud, and the image you project is something you need to feel not only good but great about. Whatever you feel on the inside, you project an image of confidence to the public. You prefer to be the boss or, at the very least, dictate your own direction.
You stand out rather than blend in. In fact, you shine in what you do, and you make a strong personal mark in your field. You can be skilled at self-promotion, but you also project such a warm, strong image that others want to promote you as well.
You can also be quite organized when it comes to planning and long-term objectives. With your career, you’re determined, persistent, honorable, competitive, and passionate. Often feeling like you are on stage, you enjoy performing and gaining recognition. You also expect a lot from yourself, and you want the best– and to be the best– in your chosen field. Once in a position, ideally an important one, you’re exceedingly loyal and committed. Read more about Leo Midheaven.
Virgo on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Virgo on the tenth house, you seek to be orderly and efficient in your profession, and you prefer a tidy, humble image or reputation. People see you as quite put together, but you can be especially particular and somewhat nervous or inhibited in these areas. You can sometimes come across as more aloof or critical than you actually are. You’re service-oriented with a strong work ethic.
You have a strong sense of duty, and you put a lot of thought and mental energy into your career. There’s a perfectionist in you, which can sometimes delay you and can lead to indecision or frequent changes of direction. You seek to be correct and thorough.
You’re not a person who requires too much in the way of recognition or power over others. There can be times when you think or worry too much about your career, reputation, or life path. You would benefit from steeling yourself up and avoiding letting feedback sway you too much from your path. You’re not always comfortable in the limelight. Watch for taking on more than your share.
You are talented at analysis, hard-working, genuine, humble, and highly observant in your career. Somewhat risk-averse, you prefer to know every last detail before you make a big move. Read more about Virgo Midheaven.
Libra on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Libra on the tenth house, you weigh your decisions about your career or life path carefully, and you concern yourself with how your choices will affect others. You prefer not to rock the boat, and you seek (and usually find) the middle road. People see you as gracious and fair, and it’s important to you that you come across that way in public or professional settings.
You succeed in your profession by being relatable, fair-minded, charming, pleasant, balanced, ethical, moderate, and agreeable. You seek harmony and balance in your career and regarding your reputation–you don’t want to make drastic changes, statements, or moves. You’re an excellent mediator and quite relationship-focused in your professional dealings.
You do a lot of thinking, planning, and imagining about your career or life path and plans. Because you have difficulty with extremes or absolutes, you can be indecisive. Your presentation is balanced, and you’re a team player in your work. You have a powerful sense of what people want or of current tastes and trends.
You might see your parents or caregivers as vastly different–one who emphasizes socialization and tact, and another who values authenticity and being self-made or independent.
Your ability to cooperate, balance, mediate, and harmonize can take you far. Partnering can figure strongly in your work. While you’re flexible and adaptable, you’re also proactive and persistent. You are an expert at getting things done without stepping on anyone’s toes. Read more about a Libra Midheaven.
Scorpio on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Scorpio on the tenth house, you don’t readily take orders, preferring to forge your own path. At the same time, you’re loyal to your chosen profession, and you don’t readily change your focus or position. Still, your work and reputation can undergo dramatic shifts or transformations in your lifetime.
With career and reputation matters, you’re determined, passionate, intuitive, and perceptive. Your image is intense and possibly intimidating! However, you’re a healer, powerful, and competent.
A parent or caregiver may have been secretive, reclusive, or self-contained, and you might carry over this energy to your responsibilities to the outside world. You prefer to be in control, not revealing your vulnerabilities. Still, you’re not as likely as others to follow in a parent’s footsteps or fall in line with their expectations–you do your own thing.
If planets in the tenth house or the tenth house ruler are under strain, watch for sudden turns of reputation, vengefulness, paranoid or emotional decisions affecting the career, and a tendency to shoulder more than is healthy.
Your talents are many, but you especially excel at investigation, analysis, research, psychology, and deep explorations of the unknown. You have far less fear than most in your career, and you can feel driven to uncover the truth. Your hunches are often outstanding, leading you to great places. Read more about a Scorpio Midheaven.
Sagittarius on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Sagittarius on the tenth house, you “sell” yourself or your work through your good humor, positivity, cheerfulness, and commitment to truth and ideals. You have good energy for promotion and wonderful public appeal.
With your career and life path, you’re idealistic and optimistic. While far-sighted, you prefer not to plan too far ahead. You’re up for a challenge. There’s a bit of a risk-taker in you in these areas of life–you prefer to wing it, working on your intuition.
If planets in your tenth house or the ruler of your tenth, Jupiter, is under strain, you should watch for overdoing and over-optimism that leads to poor or impulsive decisions with career, status, reputation, or life path matters. It’s not always easy to finish what you begin simply because you excel at the big ideas part of a venture, and you might eventually tire of the details. There can be sharp changes in direction as a result. You might work on developing more focus and discipline.
You’re especially talented at seeing the big picture, bringing tremendous energy and spirit to a venture, helping and assisting others, selling and promoting, sharing ideas, enlightening, guiding, and teaching. With your career, you thrive if you have the space to move and grow–you don’t work to your potential if you feel cramped, limited, or confined. Read more about a Sagittarius Midheaven.
Capricorn on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Capricorn on the tenth house, there can be a slow and steady rise to the top. One parent or parent figure may have been markedly ambitious for you (or status-conscious), and another markedly not. You take a pragmatic approach to your career or reputation, and you have notable organizational ability. As you crave security, you’re willing to work for something long-term. You plod along, taking on a lot of responsibility quite naturally. You’re not always very comfortable or natural in the spotlight, but you’re somewhat ambitious. You have a strong sense of responsibility or duty.
Preferring to make change quietly, you don’t enjoy controversy in your professional life. While you don’t ask for assistance, you prefer it that way, but you can feel a little lonely in your position/profession at times. You tend to excel at tasks others find too difficult. Read more about Capricorn Midheaven.
Aquarius on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Aquarius on the tenth house, tenth house areas of life are a mix of unstable and stable, or these areas of life fluctuate between these states. For example, you might hold down a job for years longer than others, but then experience a sudden break from your job or industry. You’re a valuable worker who stands out from the pack–you don’t fit the traditional career mold.
You need to go your own way and do things your way! Innovation is your specialty with career, professional, public, and reputation or status matters. Because you work on inspiration, you need some freedom and space to work. Long-term goals are eclectic, unusual, or more happiness-oriented than material. Read more about Aquarius Midheaven.
Pisces on the 10th House Cusp (MC or Midheaven Sign)
With Pisces on the tenth house, you have a brilliant sense of (or intuition for) current trends.
You may put spiritual goals above material ones. You prefer to naturally and intuitively gravitate to your career or move toward your goals rather than plan out the details or intellectually choose them.
You could have two jobs or your goals are multifaceted. It may be that you’re undecided or impractical regarding your career or life path. Committing to one particular path or even defining it can feel restrictive and devitalizing. Read more about Pisces Midheaven.