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:
The Sun: There can be challenges with achieving what you set out to do, and problems at home or personally can cause problems for your goals, and problems professionally can cause problems at home or personally. You may need to work on developing solid self-confidence, believing in yourself more without being arrogant, and working hard for what you want while not ignoring personal needs.
The Moon: There can be challenges with controlling your emotions, and this can create problems for you at home and professionally. You may be unsatisfied with your home life and with your career, but may lack motivation to do something about it. You may need to work on taking positive action to create change, and to make a conscious effort to use your talents and skills.
Mercury: There can be challenges with communication that hampers your ability to succeed or balance the internal and external. You may be scattered, all over the place with your goals and personally, and this can create all sorts of problems for you. Having better focus needs to be worked on, and sticking with things. If Mercury is retrograde, the different way you communicate and see the world may be the source of the problem, and you need to work on finding and accepting your own way.
Venus: There can be challenges with feeling appreciated at home or professionally. You may feel that you’re not getting the love and affection you want at home, or the recognition you deserve professionally. Challenges at home or professionally can lead to an unhappy social life. Finding more self-love and not looking for it externally may need to be worked on. If Venus is retrograde, the different ways in which you express affection and connect may be at the root of the challenges, and you need to work on opening up more.
Mars: There can be challenges with authority figures, parents, bosses, mentors, etc. and you may struggle with separating what happens professionally with what happens at home, so you can bring problems professionally into your personal life and vice versa. There is likely some underlying anger issues that need to be worked on, and an outlet to channel energy into can help. If Mars is retrograde, the different ways in which you use energy and pursue what you want may be a hindrance, and you need to work on finding motivation and not making excuses.
Jupiter: There can be challenges with thinking too big, too broad, and lacking a practical approach or sense of reality with your goals. You may talk big but not follow it up with action. You can come up with big goals, but may be lazy with pursuing them. Issues at home or personally can grow quickly if you don’t deal with them right away, so don’t run from issues. Work to take a more active role in your life.
Saturn: There can be challenges with restriction, often through too many responsibilities, both personally and professionally. Others may make demands of you that are unrealistic, and you may try to shoulder the burden, but it only serves to overwhelm you. Work on finding some space within your limitations, and stop taking on responsibilities that aren’t yours. You may find that the biggest obstacle in your path - is you.
Uranus: There can be challenges with instability at home and professionally, and you may create sudden changes with your goals so you never really achieve anything, or you may create sudden changes at home or personally that leave you on shaky ground at all times. Controlling the rebellious urge and need for constant stimulation is important, and finding creative ways to channel the energy can be helpful.
Neptune: There can be challenges with being focused on your goals, personally or professionally. This may cause you to be scattered, uncertain, and easily deceived by others who want to drive you down a path that isn’t good for you. You can be dreamy with your goals, but lack reality or action. Getting clear about your goals in life can help, and having some good boundaries between you and others.
Pluto: There can be challenges with disruption and upheaval in your life that can cause problems personally and professionally. You may become obsessed with a goal or with something in your personal life to the detriment of everything else, and need to take a step back. You may want to transform things too much, and need to be more practical about what’s possible and more realistic about what really needs to be changed.
Chiron: There can be challenges with healing yourself that gets in the way of allowing you to feel you have a strong foundation or achieving anything in your life. The more you avoid healing, the harder it gets. Healing and growth can feed your foundation and help you strengthen it. This can then help you to help others, though you do need to make sure you have solid boundaries and don’t become self important.
Lunar Nodes: This may show that balancing the internal and external, personal and professional, and having a solid foundation needs to be achieved in order for you to get on your spiritual, karmic path to find your potential and purpose. Until then, a shaky foundation and imbalance with the personal and professional can create lots of problems in your life and keep you from your potential. Removing blocks to imbalance and strengthening your internal foundation can be of great help.
Suggested Reading: The 4th House and 10th House pages for planets in the houses and signs on the cusp