What is the Midheaven?
The midheaven, also known as the MC or medium coeli, is an astrological point located at the top of the natal chart. It represents the highest point in the sky at the moment of a person’s birth and is considered to be the most visible point in the chart. The midheaven represents the person’s public image and the goals they aspire to achieve in life. It can be thought of as the career point of the chart and can give insight into a person’s professional path and reputation.
How is the Midheaven Calculated?
The midheaven is calculated based on the time, date, and location of a person’s birth. It is determined by the intersection of the celestial meridian with the ecliptic. The celestial meridian is a line that runs from the north to the south pole, passing through the zenith (the point directly overhead). The ecliptic is the path that the sun appears to follow through the sky over the course of a year.
Interpreting the Midheaven
The sign and house placement of the midheaven can provide insight into a person’s career goals and public image. The sign of the midheaven can reveal the type of work or public role that a person is most likely to excel in, while the house placement can give insight into the environment in which they are likely to pursue these goals.
For example, a person with a midheaven in ambitious and career-oriented Capricorn may be drawn to positions of authority or leadership, while a person with a midheaven in imaginative and creative Pisces may be more suited to artistic or humanitarian endeavors. The house placement of the midheaven can also reveal the areas of life in which a person’s career goals are likely to be focused.