©1-3-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
What should you expect when a planet in someone’s chart is conjunct your Midheaven? How are they likely to affect your vocation and your life?
Briefly, any person–whether it’s a boss, parent, mentor, lover, friend, relative, or whatever–who has a planet conjunct your Midheaven within about 3-4° is going to have a strong impact on your career. Here are some of the ways they do.
If the contact is a positive one (say Venus or Jupiter) then they’re likely to support and encourage you and generally be an asset. If it’s more challenging (like Mars or Neptune), then they may undermine you or detract from your reputation or chances for success. Either way, they’re bound to be significant for whatever time they are in your life…and may leave a lasting imprint for all time.
People you’re close to–family, partners, lovers, and friends–can have an impact on your career. Look for Midheaven contacts there, too. If they support and encourage you in your aspirations, it’s easier to keep the faith and work toward your dreams.
If they disparage your gifts and abilities and say you’ll never make it, it’s easier to grow discouraged and give up. Remember, they’re only one person, and they probably don’t know diddlysquat about the field you’re aiming for!
You can even be affected by a Midheaven contact with someone famous or someone prominent in your field that you’ve never met in person but whose work inspires and influences you.
If you look up their chart in AstroDataBank’s Birthdata Collection or at least find their date of birth online or in a Who’s Who, you’re very likely to find a conjunction to your Midheaven.
Contacts by all the Planets—Allies or Detractors?
The descriptions that follow are necessarily brief—this is a blog post, not a book chapter. They’re a starting place for you to draw your own conclusions by considering all the positive and negative interpretations of each planet and the sign it’s in, then applying them to the relationship.
Especially watch for an aspect from a planet related to the nature of your career—which could be your Midheaven ruler or connected to your 10th, 6th, or 2nd house.
If you’re in a Venusian career involving fashion, beauty, or matchmaking, you’d like to see their Venus conjunct or in a positive aspect to your Midheaven. If it were a Plutonian career like counselor, healer, stock trader, insurance agent, or mortician, then a Pluto contact might not be a bad thing. If you’re a teacher, look for Jupiter, and for writing or other forms of communication, look for Mercury.
(Note: The accuracy of these summaries depends on the sign and aspects of the planets involved. For instance, the Moon is often a nurturing influence, but the Moon in Capricorn woman is much too busy with her own career to coddle you and won’t hesitate to deliver a much-needed kick in the keister.)
Their Sun conjunct your Midheaven: Not necessarily favorable—they’re the ones who naturally shine in this environment and may not make room for you in the spotlight. It’s entirely possible that they’ll benefit more from this contact than you do.
Your work makes them look good, but you may not get much credit from the public exposure unless you insist on it.
Their Moon conjunct your Midheaven: This should be a nurturing connection for the most part, possibly female, who tends to your insecurities, mops up your crises, and then bakes cookies to console you. (No cookies? Well, I can hope!)
She may worry about your career and any dangers it entails more than you do. One drawback is that she may baby you too much when what is needed to move to the next level at work is a good kick in the pants.
Their Mercury conjunct your Midheaven: This is someone who can be a good idea person or sounding board for moves you’re thinking of making. They’re likely to generate a buzz about your work and may hook you up with FaceBook and other online sites for promoting your work. They’ll keep you informed on new developments and what’s happening in your field. Just don’t tell them anything you don’t want broadcast to the world at large.
Their Venus conjunct your Midheaven: As mentioned above, this person is an asset in any field having to do with beauty or people skills. Their charm and popularity show to good effect in public appearances, so do drag them along. Their warmth and genuine affection for you makes them a great support in cultivating contacts you need for your business.
Their Mars conjunct your Midheaven: You’re likely to run into competition and jockeying for position with this person, unless you can convert it into a win/win situation for both of you. They have a goal or mission in mind, and unfortunately, it’s pretty much the same as yours. The up side? This person is in the Worthy Opponent category and will force you to bring your A Game to the table.
Their Jupiter conjunct your Midheaven: Unless their own Jupiter is in a world of trouble, this is almost always a benefactor, generous in their support without a lot of strings attached. They may function as a teacher, mentor, or role model, happily sharing what they know so that you can be a success. They’re usually well regarded in the field and will help you make the right contracts to move up the ladder.
Their Saturn conjunct your Midheaven: This can also be a mentor, but a business-like one who expects a great deal of maturity and accountability from you. As an employer or parent, they can be very tough and won’t cut you a lot of slack. If you put in the sweat equity to do high-quality work, they’ll respect and reward you.
Their Uranus conjunct your Midheaven: Their motto? “I’m here to Rock. Your. World!” Iconoclasts and rebels of the first order, they may provide just the impetus you need to break out of a career track that’s gone stale. Their revolutionary ideas could become the next great thing. Don’t hire them on staff, though; bring them on as independent contractors or consultants. They’re not gonna punch any clocks, and you might very well wind up needing deniability.
Their Neptune conjunct your Midheaven: If this is a boss or parent, you may very well idolize them for their inspirations and visionary/spiritual qualities, yet become an enabler for their worst flaws.
If you cover for their addictions or other failings, you may wind up being the scapegoat who gets the blame when things go bad. Accountability is a foreign concept to them. Run, Bambi!
Their Pluto conjunct your Midheaven: An exceedingly mixed blessing. This is someone whose power—whether political or healing—can transform your career from mediocrity to great success. They can connect you to the Higher Ups in your field, and their political astuteness is uncanny. As long as you remain under their wing/thumb and do what they suggest, they’re a great asset. If you grow up, move out on your own, and start to outshine them, you’re toast.
Their Nodes conjunct your Midheaven/IC Axis: The North and South Nodes are said to represent important connections—even karmic ones—and that would be doubly true if their Nodes were placed across the 4th/10th cusps. If this is a difficult relationship, it would be worth exploring the stories of past lives where the two of you were family or shared a vocation.
How about Other Aspects to the Midheaven?
Though conjunctions to your Midheaven are by far the most potent in impact, other aspects to your MH also have an effect, but not nearly as strong and active. For an in-depth example of how the four possible squares to the Midheaven work, see the article about Neptune linked below. The oppositions drain energy away from the career by insisting on equal time for the matters of the house involved.
Trines to the Midheaven, especially from the 2nd and 6th, are a great asset, as they bring money management skills and a good work ethic into play. Sextiles, though minor, represent helpful people (folks who do you favors) and areas of life that give you some wiggle room with your work pressures.
Readers, in browsing through your chart collection or looking up the planets of people who’ve been important in your career, what Midheaven contacts do you notice? Share about that planet and what light it sheds on the relationship in the comment section.
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Related Articles in the Midheaven Series:
- Midheaven 101—What the 10th House Cusp Shows about You
- Readers Ask—Q & A about the Midheaven
- Readers Ask—Q & A about the 10th House
- The Midheaven/IC Axis: Who Wore the Pants in your Family?
- Neptune Squaring the Midheaven—How It Affects your Career
- Research Question—What did You Want to Be when You Grew Up?