When you're assessing your natal chart, you first look at the locations of planets and houses in the signs, the houses the planets fall in, and aspects they make. You can look at aspects the planets make to one another, as well as to the angles in your natal chart.
The angles are the Ascendant (usually the 1st house cusp), the Descendant (usually the 7th house cusp), the Imum Coeli (usually the 4th house cusp), and the Midheaven (usually the 10th house cusp). The angles govern the four pillars of your life: the self (Ascendant) and others (Descendant), the home/family/internal foundation (Imum Coeli) and goals/external foundation (Midheaven).
You can look for planets conjunct, sextile/trine, or square your angles. This article will cover planets that are square!
What is the Imum Coeli and Midheaven?
The Midheaven is external, focused on your goals, ambitions, and direction in life. The Midheaven is the highest part of your chart, and so it’s tied to what you aspire to be. Because of this, it’s often tied to career, what we want professionally, but the goals we have can go outside of our professional lives, so it’s not exclusively that.
It can show anything that we look up to, aspire to be, and respect. This position also shows your life path, the direction that your life goes in, but this is more often seen through transits, progressions, and in return charts. In the natal chart, it’s more the approach you can take to your life path.
The Imum Coeli is exactly opposite the Midheaven, so it’s internal and focused on the personal. It governs your home and family, your roots and where you come from. It’s the very bottom of your chart (hence being your roots).
We all start at the bottom with the Imum Coeli, and rise to the Midheaven (at least, we can try to!). The kind of family you had growing up, the kind of home life you want to have, and what you hold at your core can be found with the Imum Coeli.
Natal planets that are square your Midheaven/Imum Coeli axis can be seen as a block to balancing the internal and external, and may get in the way of having a solid foundation for your life, constantly creating rifts and shaking things up too much.
It becomes very important to work on the issues associated with the block so you can create a solid foundation for yourself and life, and find the balance.
Natal Planets Square the Natal Imum Coeli & Midheaven Axis: