This is a continuation of my interview with astrologer Barry Cowger as we discuss the purpose of the Midheaven (MC) in an astrological chart, as well as how each of the 12 signs expresses itself at the MC. This article addresses the Taurus Midheaven.
Janet: Let’s talk about the Taurus Midheaven. How does this sign express itself at the MC?
Barry: Taurus is an Earth sign, it is Fixed and ruled by Venus. The last sign, Aries, was a Cardinal Fire sign ruled by Mars. Whereas Aries MC people like to challenge themselves, to see what they are made of in the world, Taurus MC people like to create and make things so that they can place those in the world for others to see and appreciate. Taurus MC can be artistic, moved by beauty and humanity in the world. They can also go the material route ($) and be concerned with creating and maintaining (it is a Fixed sign) their place in the world. If there's an artistic streak it's often about what they can make and fashion with their hands. So you have the gamut from skills in dexterity as well as just being able to build a house or a skyscraper. Again, as an Earth sign, to them it has to be real and tangible. Beauty can said to be at a higher or more refined level of Taurus on the MC.
Psychologically, Aries MC people usually need to see their fathers as pro-active, risk-taking types--person who would do something because it's there. Moving past the father, in other words, being better, smarter or more successful than he was can be a very predominant part of the Aries MC person's make-up -for better or worse. For the Taurus MC person, they often see their father's as kind of weak and passive. Not the paragon of strength and risk-taking as we saw with Aries MC people. In cases, like this a person needs help in getting themselves 'un-stuck' from a job, boss or lifestyle that just kind of cruises along for years, maybe even decades. So one limitation they have to grow past is inertia, sometimes learned from dad who was not always 'leading the pack' you know? However, if the parental image, which is another factor of the MC, was imbued with a more artistic and 'head on his shoulders' type of parent (usually dad) then you have a more successful and happier type, even in the midst of extreme material adversity, even poverty. So a Taurus MC can come from nowhere and go really, really far in life. Whereas the Aries MC person pretty much had to make up their own rules, and often fight their way through life, Taurus MC people can be helped many times by other more privileged people to help them make their way in the world. Taurus is ruled by Venus, which has to do with relationships. So you could say that one who has reasonably good karma can experience a lot of help from people, that in retrospect, was crucial toward that person's success and professional fulfillment in life.
Both Aries and Taurus MC people can be self-employed. For the Aires, it's often about discovering what they can do for themselves, and in that way, perhaps become a symbol of leadership for others. For the Taurus MC it's about developing one's skills and resourcefulness and to help others with their professional aspirations. So with the 12 Signs, we have to look not at the outward behavior, but at the motivations that stand behind and are the psychological basis for behavior.
Janet: So, motivation wise, what is the difference between Sun Sign and MC Sign? For example, Taurii are known as tenacious people who are lovers of beauty and financial stability. How does that differ from having Taurus in the MC? Just the life purpose/occupation realm (10th House)?
Barry: A sign on the MC says that a specific area of her life will be the target for her "Taurean" behaviors. She will attempt to apply those behaviors (and motivations) within this sphere of her own influence. The Taurus MC person can find a groove, an occupational identity, and "cruise" for the rest of her life. With the Sun in a sign you may not find as much specificity as you would with the same sign on the MC.
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