In astrology, the Midheaven (MC) marks the cusp of the tenth house on a natal (or birth) chart. Also known as MC, short for Medium Coeli (meaning “middle of the sky” in Latin), your Midheaven sign represents your public face, determining your career path, goals, achievements, social standing and reputation.
What is the Midheaven in astrology?
As Personal and Family Astrologer Lorena Mitoi explains in a TikTok video, the Midheaven in astrology represents “not just your career, it’s your social status, it’s how you present yourself in life on a public scale and it is also the mark that you leave into this world after you leave it.” Put simply, your Midheaven sign describes the traits people like your employers and teachers would most likely see in you.
If you’ve ever wondered what job would be best for you, your Midheaven sign is a great way to understand the types of careers that come naturally to you. Checking your Midheaven can help you gain greater clarity on your natural-born gifts and talents as well as what you are best suited to contribute to the world in your professional life.
How to find your Midheaven sign
Your Midheaven sign is found by looking at the vertical line labeled ‘MC’ at the top of your natal chart on the cusp of the 10th house. This position indicates the zodiac sign that was directly overhead (hence, Midheaven) of your location at the time of your birth.
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As one of the four angles in the birth chart, the Midheaven sign is one of the most important aspects of a natal chart because it represents your highest aspirations in life.
Midheaven Sign Meanings
Read on to learn more about what your particular Midheaven sign means and what careers you are best suited for according to astrology.
A career filled with excitement, challenge, and action is going to be the best fit for someone with a Midheaven in Aries. Midheaven Aries people are determined, like to be in control, and prefer being able to express their opinions when they feel doing so is necessary. There is no stopping an Aries Midheaven! Given their excellent self-discipline, Aries Midheaven individuals thrive in positions that offer opportunities for growth, expansion, and leadership. Their sense of adventure can also be fulfilled in roles such as detectives, journalists, fitness instructors, firefighters, and athletes.
Those with a Midheaven in Taurus need to feel secure and guided throughout their career. Meant to create beauty and improve upon the world, Taurus Midheaven individuals are willing to work hard to achieve their goals. And although they might find it hard to give up control, it’s beneficial for them to trust in the positive qualities of others. Because of this, they shouldn’t be discouraged if it takes a while to find the right career path. With their talent for finding good business opportunities, people with Midheaven in Taurus are drawn to creative ways to make money, including careers that involve banking, art, music, finance, or fashion.
If your Midheaven is in Gemini, you are a true go-getter! Midheaven in Gemini people tend to be good at multitasking. Considering themselves lifelong students, they strive to share their wisdom and knowledge with the world, thriving when they can be in contact with others without losing the freedom to explore their many varied interests. Careers such as teaching, journalism, advertising, public relations, comedy, marketing, and sales will most likely bring someone with a Midheaven in Gemini the most happiness.
Born to nurture others, those with a Midheaven in Cancer tend to have great empathy. Cancer Midheaven people often possess a strong intuition and have a passion for work that is both creative and nurturing of others. Since these individuals may struggle with insecurity and suppressing their emotions, it’s normal for them to experience highs and lows as they move along their career path. People with Midheaven in Cancer would make great chefs, nurses, teachers, historians, or social workers — anything that involves lending a helping hand to another.
One of the most confident and driven leaders, people with a Midheaven in Leo continue to pursue their goals no matter how many times they’re told not to. Leo Midheaven individuals are often admired for their extraversion and bravery. The many things they excel at require a special kind of confidence few others possess. People with Midheaven in Leo do well in the public eye and love inspiring others to be the best version of themselves. As a result, they tend to make good motivational speakers, actors, singers, organization leaders, film directors, spokespersons, businesspeople and politicians.
Those with a Midheaven in Virgo look for stability and practicality within their career. They tend to be highly logical and pay close attention to detail, which enhances their ability to improve the world. That said, Virgo Midheaven individuals may lack sufficient self-confidence. Once they get a handle on their inner peace, they will find success in their chosen career. As they are comfortable working behind the scenes, people with Midheaven in Virgo are often drawn to science, research, medicine, psychology, and the literary arts.
People with Midheaven in Libra are frequently concerned with finding harmony and balance in their professional lives. They are willing to fight for justice, fairness, and equality while also focusing on self-improvement. As they grow older, Libra Midheaven individuals grow more likely to place an emphasis on helping others, which is aided by their natural charm and diplomacy. In their search for justice, people with Midheaven in Libra make great psychologists, therapists, lawyers, judges, diplomats, interior designers, architects and musicians.
Those with Midheaven in Scorpio often look for a career that fulfills both their sense of curiosity and need for financial security. Scorpio Midheaven individuals tend to be good at uncovering the truth of certain situations and people but may lose interest in the sameness of one career. It’s likely they will work in a variety of jobs and professional fields, as they grow bored easily and love being kept on their toes. There is a potential benefit for someone with a Midheaven in Scorpio in working as a criminal psychologist, detective, actor, healer, accountant, banker, stockbroker or therapist.
With a desire to wander, those with a Midheaven in Sagittarius are not meant to stay in one place. Midheaven Sagittarius individuals need a career that allows them to continue evolving and growing with each new day. As they find enjoyment in socializing, researching, and investigating, they thrive as they gain independence in the professional realm. It’s clear that people with Midheaven in Sagittarius would make good pilots, flight attendants, touring musicians, photographers, or travel consultants. They may also do well in a spiritual vocation.
There’s one word that describes someone with a Midheaven in Capricorn: boss. Midheaven Capricorn people are concerned with making their mark on the world and letting their ambition establish them as a serious force within their chosen professional field. Given their desire for making as much money as possible, they often find themselves in positions that demand respect. Midheaven in Capricorn people make natural CEOs, managers, doctors, property owners, financial managers and bankers.
Those with Midheaven in Aquarius dream of making the world a better place. Highly original Aquarius Midheaven people are good at bringing new ideas to the table, always freely expressing their unique thoughts. While they may sometimes be motivated by a desire for change, they’re also eager to learn from others. Drawn to all things New Age, people with Midheaven in Aquarius would do well in careers that involve astronomy, astrology, engineering, environmental science, film, television, and humanitarian work.
Careers that utilize gut intuition are popular among those with a Midheaven in Pisces. Sometimes it may seem like Pisces Midheaven individuals are out of touch with reality, but it’s usually the total opposite. These people are typically more focused on using their passions for the greater good than on making tons of money, and that’s a good thing. Gifted with creativity and compassion, they are likely to face an abundance of excellent opportunities. People with Midheaven in Pisces are likely to find fulfillment and joy if they pursue a career in music, theater, film, literature, or the healing arts.
Isabella Pacinelli is a writer with a B.A. in Digital Media Journalism from Ashland University with experience covering astrology, spirituality and lifestyle topics.