Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The 3rd House: What Have We Learned Today?

It’s my opinion that most of the houses in astrology are not exactly the same as their ruling planet. Even though the house and the planet work similarly, there are usually subtle nuances and differences between the two. For instance, I don’t think the 4th House is your soul. The Moon is your soul. Your 4th House is just what makes you comfortable and secure in private, which relates to the Moon, which is also private and comfort-seeking. However, I think that the 3rd House is the one of the houses that’s just like it’s ruling planet, Mercury. Both represent the ways in which you speak and comprehend things. However, the really subtle difference, I think, is the 3rd House is more so about how you learn while Mercury is about how far your learning process gets you.

And however you learn is however you teach. So, when we’re trying to teach people things, we’re in our 3rd House’s mode. Therefore, this house is certainly a big influence in how you communicate and process. But, I think that the 3rd House has more of an objective goal, looking to give or get something intellectually, while Mercury is more so about the process of gaining those results. Otherwise, they’re a lot alike, especially if you’re one of those people who have Mercury in the 3rd House, which pretty much means that your mind never stops.

As I always say, empty houses are just as important. Look at the sign in your 3rd House, if you have no planets there. And I emphasize looking at the sign more than the ruling planet of the 3rd. Doing that is important but I think it’s cooler to consider the sign because it forces you to open up your mind. You can’t complain so much about Sagittarians if you have the 3rd House in Sagittarius, can you? That is, if you ever want to learn something important or teach someone something important. If so, you’ve got to stretch yourself and access that bit of Sagittarius in you. Now, planets in the 3rd will be more strongly felt and a stellium there obviously make it a focus point in your life.

How does the 3rd House work exactly? It’s the opposite house of the 9th and even though the 9th House is always associated with “teaching”, I don’t think that’s the case. In the 9th House, you guide. This is why the 9th House is college. College professors are way more hands-off. They want to guide you toward the right information to help expand your mind and open your possibilities. You’ve spent several years being logically taught things through the 3rd House. But, in the University of the 9th House, you’re just being shown the way. There are fewer tests in college and more essays because your professors are more eager for your views, instead of just expecting you to spit out the facts. That’s why students who’ve spent their lives as serial crammers, stuffing all that information in their heads only to get an A, can surprisingly struggle in college.

That can work in the 3rd House, however. These are the years of kindergarten through 12th grade, where all you have to do is read and memorize and know the facts. And in the first few years of schooling, it’s where you learn everything you need to learn just to make it through life: reading, writing, basic math. So, your 3rd House sign and/or planet tell you how you took to this whole process. All children do learn differently and that’s, unfortunately, something that’s not recognized as much as it should be. Maybe it’s because all teachers teach differently and can often see their logic as everyone’s logic. And if the student isn’t getting the lesson the way it’s being taught, then they think that maybe there’s something wrong with the way the student learns.

That’s not true but we’ve all been guilty of thinking like this because there’s a teacher-side to everyone’s 3rd House. This is the house of duality, after all, so you’re always going to get both sides of the coin. So, our internalized 3rd House logic is projected on to everyone else. With the 3rd House in Taurus, you might wonder why people lack the common sense you have. With a 3rd House Jupiter, you’re puzzled when you encounter the small-minded thinking of others. Yet, we’re willing, in this house, to help people see this logic. We don’t take it personally and get self-righteous about it, unlike in the 9th House. A person’s beliefs are personal, so this is the inevitable downside of the 9th. Meanwhile, the facts that lie in our 3rd House are just about the lesson plan, not us.

I have the 3rd House in Aries and I do constantly feel ahead of other people in conversations. It’s a placement that means that a person learns things very quickly, almost immediately. I instantly grasp the facts in a situation and that kind of processing is just logical to me. My mind works at a rapid-fire pace yet that’s just the way I learn. So, whenever I’m showing other people the things that I’ve already noticed and realized before they did, I feel like I’m helping them to be more rational. Aries in the 3rd House is a very “get to the point” influence. “What’s supposed to be learned here?”, I always think. It’s a mental goal I aggressively pursue, which is what makes me quick.

The 3rd House is constantly referred to as the house of siblings as well as your neighborhood. This is something that I find really interesting about this house. It does make sense because, more than anyone, we learn the most from our siblings. Your brother or sister act as your mirror growing up because they aren’t the grown-ups in the situation. Kids look up at adults in awe while they treat fellow kids as one of their own. And you naturally learn a lot from someone on your level. That’s why we’re the same age as our classmates! And like we can copy a classmate’s homework, we can mimic, imitate, or assimilate different things about how our siblings act to learn more, in general.

People with 3rd House planets tend to have very special relationships with their siblings, more than the next person. There’s usually a really powerful bond with a 3rd House person and a certain brother or sister. It feels like a real friendship, instead of just two people who love each other but just happen to be related. There can be a closeness and an understanding there unlike with anyone else in the family, even the mother or father. And these siblings will really influence each other, to the point of being very involved in each others’ lives, doing everything together, or being the final say in each others’ decisions. The 3rd House is naturally ruled by Gemini, the sign of the Twins, and if you have a planet in the 3rd, you and your sibling can seem truly separated at birth. 

The specifics of the sibling relationship depend on the 3rd House planet or sign, showing what you learned, thanks to them. Venus in the 3rd House people usually have very creative siblings, which made you feel like you always had to find beauty and grace in your environment to learn things. With the 3rd House in Leo, the relationship with the siblings is about self-expression, as you learn to pick up on information from them by figuring out how it relates to you and what’s special about you.

Now, if you have the 3rd House in Aries, like me, you were on your own. This is often the placement of someone who’s significantly the youngest. There was no one on my developmental level, growing up. I was the only little kid in the house, with siblings several years older. So, I always felt like I had to catch up to everyone. I had this impatience to hurry up and get smarter, as a kid, until it gave me a brain that just burns through information. I also learned to think very much for myself because I had no one else to “cheat” off of. Mental independence is the focus of Aries in the 3rd and it makes for a relationship with one’s siblings that’s pretty every-man-for-himself. I was the only one in the house going to elementary school, then middle school, etc. So, my attitude toward my siblings was always, “Do whatever you want because it has nothing to do with me, anyway.”

Of course, there are people who don’t have brothers or sisters. Only children tend to feel their 3rd House differently, because of this. It’s said that an only child will relate more to adults than to kids. So, if you don’t have siblings, your 3rd House self learned from the grown-ups around you, meaning you assumed to be a grown-up yourself. Therefore, the teacher-aspect of an only child’s 3rd House is way more pronounced than the student-side. You related to kids growing up by telling them what you thought they needed to know. With a 3rd House Moon, you taught them how to understand their feelings. With the 3rd House in Virgo, you taught them to be more efficient. And you wonder why only children are seen as know-it-alls. You still have plenty to learn, though, as we all do. So watch out for instructing more than you listen.

This translates into the neighborhood aspect of the 3rd House. How you relate to your neighborhood is very interesting and starts as a kid. This is the area of our life that our parents really cannot control, unlike the home environment of the 4th. The 3rd is what happened near the home but outside of it. And very often, you went off with your siblings (3rd House) to play with the other kids in the neighborhood or to get into whatever childish mischief you wanted to. After all, these little impish explorations are another way to learn. For instance, if you accidentally fell into that lake in your neighborhood when you were six, you then learned to be more careful around water.

If you’re an only child, you probably still played through the neighborhood. Yet, because you learned so much from adults, you definitely could’ve been that child who was telling everyone how they should be playing. And as you grow into an adult, the 3rd House still describes the way you play in your neighborhood. But, now, you’re getting into mischief with adults: going over to their houses or apartments, checking out their yard sales, chatting with them by the pool, setting play dates with your own kids, etc. Just how and why you meet up with Anne across the street for a coffee is defined by what’s going on in your 3rd House.

After thinking about this, I realized that I don’t really care about what my neighbors do, thanks to having Aries in the 3rd House. I’m nice enough to wave and say hi if I pass them by. But, I have little curiosity about them. Whatever house  you have Aries is in is the place where you get to be selfish, within reason. Healthy selfishness is good. And like I did with my siblings and eventually the other kids in my neighborhood, I just do my own thing and let everyone else do theirs. I’m just happy focusing on myself and treating my neighborhood like my own personal playground to do as I please. And I only care about what happens on my turf if it affects me.

I suspect that this attitude will keep me away from the gossip as I get older. I won’t be interested in talking about what’s-his-name who lives three doors down and his personal life over dinner. The 3rd House does represent gossip, after all. I won’t say that gossip is entirely bad. It is another way of both teaching and learning. And I do think that everyone has at least a fleeting interest in it because of that. But, your 3rd House tells you the reason why you do or don’t want to gossip. Is it none of your business? Are you just bored? Do you want to test the person to see if they’re a real friend? This is where those social motivations lie.

Gossip is often seen as two-faced yet everyone’s 3rd House has two faces, in many different ways. That’s because it’s so full of changing ideas and objectives. There’s a real flip side here; another person who emerges in communication. Your 3rd House can mess with people’s heads. At the same time, it can also mess with your head. It’s as unpredictable and tricky as it is intellectual and communicative. There’s always so much going in this house and that’s why it never fails to be interesting; just the way it likes it.

The 3rd House: Signs and Planets

The sign and or planets in the 3rd House of your birth chart determine what you’re looking to intellectually get from and give to a situation. It’s how you take that information in and what you want to do with it, making it not only how we learn things but how we teach things to other people. This is a process learned very much from the relationship with one’s siblings growing up, which is what the 3rd House represents. Of course, you may also be an only child, so this house will then symbolize what you sought to teach other children, like a little adult. And this interaction with siblings and/or other kids influenced how we are in our neighborhood; another 3rd House symbol.

This continues into adulthood, defining the ways that you connect to your neighbors and why you do or don’t gossip. And because the 3rd House is so full of ideas and changing thoughts, it’s also your “flip side”: the evil-twin sort of part of you that emerges in conversations in unexpected or sudden ways. This house is dualistic, after all, and can get pretty unpredictable.

Aries in the 3rd House and/or Mars in the 3rd House
You learn things very quickly, as you’re driven to figure out the essential point. And once you you’ve got the gist, your mind can go elsewhere. You strongly insist on thinking for yourself. So, you teach people to think in ways that are dynamic and full of conviction. Yet, you have a real attitude when your flip side comes out, becoming snappy, testy, or overly forceful. It’s an impulsive, quick-trigger thing, so you often don’t realize when you burn people verbally until afterwards.

If you have siblings, you could handle yourself well with them and weren’t reliant on or influenced by them. You always saw yourself as being in your own lane and didn’t care too much what they did. If you’re an only child, you thought it was important to show other kids how to be brave and stand alone. Either way, you flew solo in your neighborhood and still do now. You’re only concerned with what happens in your literal backyard, so very little of your energy is wasted through gossip.  

Taurus in the 3rd House
You savor every little bit of information that comes your way, building and building toward a solid understanding. So, you pick up on things in ways that might make you seem slower but actually gives you a stronger mind than most. Therefore, your flip-side is extremely stubborn, to a point of making you seem less reasonable than you are. But, you think that you have a lot of common sense and like to teach other people to come to the practical conclusions that you do.

With your siblings, there is a huge amount of loyalty there that would take something really massive and serious to break. You always felt like you could relax around them and that life was more pleasurable with them. If you’re an only child, you wanted to teach the other kids to just relax and enjoy life. So, your neighborhood was a big source of pleasure for you, growing up, and it still is. You love connecting with your neighbors for the sake of it, not the accompanying gossip.

Gemini in the 3rd House and/or Mercury in the 3rd House
You’re always learning, picking up bits and pieces of everything as you go. So, you’re the eternal student and the eternal teacher, as well. You believe that you’re very logical and insist on others having the same rationale. But, your flip-side can come from being so rational that you justify everything you do, as well as using your shrewd mind to play with others’ heads. It comes from an ability to understand things in multiple ways which is, inevitably, what makes you so interesting!

Your relationship with your sibling(s) has always been special. You were two (or more) peas in a pod, probably even seeming like the same person. And you were always getting into schemes together that landed you in trouble. Even if you were an only child, you found some long-lost twin to get into mischief with, taking the lead more so in this way. You’ve always been very active in your neighborhood, as a result: sociable, restless, and, yes, a lover of getting the dirt on everyone.

Cancer in the 3rd House and/or Moon in the 3rd House
Your learning style is to feel your way through the information. It has to really sink in your gut for you to grasp it and, as a result, you’re able to use logic to help you understand your feelings and vice versa. So, you like teaching people how to make rational sense out of more mysterious things. Yet, this also means that when your flip-side comes out, you can be so irrational that you see your craziness as pure logic. Your moods change like the wind but this also makes you fascinating.

If you have siblings, your relationship with them is supportive and comforting. You felt like you were very able to just talk about your feelings freely with them, making you used to verbally venting what you feel or writing it out. If you’re an only child, you became the counselor for all the kids on the block. So, as an adult, you relate to your neighbors by inviting them in and getting them to spill. But, you can unconsciously slip into gossip mode by repeating these confidences to others.

Leo in the 3rd House and/or Sun in the 3rd House
Your intellectual objective is figuring out what this information has to do with you or how you can relate to it. Therefore, you always want the lessons you both learn and teach to be really exciting and alive! If it’s not interesting, you flat line. The fact that you’re mentally stimulated by drama shows that you can teach people to shake up their lives. Yet, your flip side is truly another person, as you crave so much excitement that you feel the need to switch into various personalities to get it.

This placement points to a relationship with one or more of the siblings that is non-stop fun and glory. You may have looked up to a fabulous, attention-getting brother or sister so much that you imitated them highly, to the point of becoming their doppelganger. However, being an only child would make you seek a “twin” or two in the neighborhood to imitate you. Now, you’re very used to being a real character in your neighborhood, full of fun, mischief, and the latest scoop on others.

Virgo in the 3rd House
You learn through acute analysis and attention to detail, which can sidetrack you in conversations. You might easily get too caught up in a tiny thing someone said, to the point where you didn’t listen to anything else. But, this also makes you a good teacher when it comes to urging people to think critically and use good sense. Still, when you get too critical, your flip side emerges by causing you to be too fault-finding and judgmental with information or points of view, particularly your own.

Your sibling(s) taught you what was seen as right and wrong. There was an emphasis on correctness in this relationship, as they were always trying to straighten you out. You obliged, taking to the process of being perfected by them. If you grew up as an only child, then you were more focused on correcting other kids. So, you’re very focused on what’s wrong with your neighborhood. As an adult, your interest in gossip is solely to criticize what or who needs improving around here.

Libra in the 3rd House and/or Venus in the 3rd House
The learning process is a very thoughtful one for you, as you’re well-aware of how people give and receive information. Therefore, your objective in conversations is to get on the same page intellectually with the other person. You teach people through your charm and your sweetness. Yet, the flip-side of your people skills is being highly manipulative, working people by knowing all the right things to say, as well as being so focused on both sides that you become crazily indecisive.

If you have siblings, you highly appreciated their companionship. You might have developed a co-dependent bond with them where you did everything together, including sharing artistic skills and lots of affection. If you’re an only child, however, you were intent on culturing kids your age and bringing beauty to their perspective. You like to play a very peaceful, kind role in your neighborhood now. You probably see most gossiping as unfair or mean yet you’ll still probably hear it out first.

Scorpio in the 3rd House and/or Pluto in the 3rd House
You’re most interested in the subtext of information, instead of what’s on the surface. So, your learning process is investigative, figuring out what’s being left unsaid or unrevealed. You teach people to not think superficially and to hone their detective skills. But, if you go too far, you express a flip side that’s highly paranoid, though you can often take this paranoia as fact. It’s a destructive and also hypocritical mentality, as you’re prone to not exposing much of your own subtext.

You have a very intense relationship with at least one sibling. It can be love-hate, tumultuous, or obsessively close. You sense a power within them that you strive to investigate, especially since they find that power through some sort of trauma, like abuse, self-destruction, or death. As an only child, you’ll be that mystery child, forcing the other kids to figure you out. Now, you’re very private with your neighbors. And if they gossip about you behind your back, you’ll quickly cut them off.

Sagittarius in the 3rd House and/or Jupiter in the 3rd House
Your objective is to grasp the big picture, so you learn by not being too interested in the little things about the information. Instead, you want to see the whole scope of it and be inspired by it. Data has to make you enthusiastic to get those mental juices flowing. You’re an enthusiastic teacher, as you can turn every lesson into a funny, colorful story. But, your flip side makes you an exaggerated clown, going over-the-top verbally in ways that make people just want to put you on mute.

Your sibling relationships felt like wonderful adventures, while growing up. You went off on your own explorations together, discovering whole new worlds by straying far from your own territory. If you’re an only child, you encouraged the kids on your block to follow you wherever you went, whether they were allowed or not. So, you’re still not limited by your neighborhood, making gossip small-minded to you. If you do it, it’s not malicious. You don’t see it as gossip; just a good story.

Capricorn in the 3rd House and/or Saturn in the 3rd House
You think that you have to work really hard to understand things and impress people with your intellect. So, you know how to see the purpose in the information you come across and how to take in and convey that purpose. Therefore, you’re a formidable teacher, making your students take you seriously and even look up to you. Yet, when your flip side comes out, you’re overly pessimistic and negative about what you’re saying, as well as highly anxious about how it’ll be received.

With one of your siblings, you always felt like you had to be more intellectually accomplished than them, probably since they’re so talented and recognized elsewhere that you see intellect as your domain. They might also have hated school, done poorly, or dropped out, even if they were very smart, so you felt the pressure to pick up that baton. As an only child, you’ll strive to be this example for other kids, though you feel the weight of being the “nerd”. You’re very status-conscious with neighbors and may gossip to take someone else down. But, you’ll eventually learn better.

Aquarius in the 3rd House and/or Uranus in the 3rd House
The learning process for you is an unconventional one, encouraging you to think outside of the box. Your whole agenda in conversations is to give and receive unusual thoughts and ideas. This ensures that you have a flip side that seems to go totally nuts, breaking rules and pushing buttons with the wild things you say. However, you are also capable of teaching other people to express their ideas freely, through your own offbeat verbal style, without worrying what others will think.

There is a genuine friendship that occurs with one or more of the siblings, to the point where you are truly friends first and siblings second. You grew up feeling free to be your quirky self around your tolerant brother or sister. You also probably teamed up with them in a few rebellions against your parents. If you’re an only child, though, you were that liberating influence toward other kids, showing them how to march to a different beat. As an adult, you’re detached from what your neighbors think of you. They can gossip about you all they want but you shut them up about others.

Pisces in the 3rd House and/or Neptune in the 3rd House
Information enters your brain like a fog, making you uncertain, sometimes, of exactly what you want out of a conversation. You’re often vague or confusing when you’re trying to teach someone something. Facts easily become fantasies for you, leading to a flip side that can become so deluded and such a “character” that people wonder if you’re seeing straight. Yet, your skill is blending intellect with imagination, giving you a mental outlook that comprehends beyond what is seen.

If you have siblings, you grew up feeling unconditionally loved by them. Your bond was a forgiving, peaceful one and also a Universe unto itself. You truly got lost in the make-believe games you played with your brother or sister and you shared many secrets with them. Yet, if you grew up an only child, you were forever trying to sweep the kids on your block away to a new world. So, you’ve always free-flowed through your neighborhood. You’d rather just love thy neighbor and you’re deeply affected and hurt by gossip, even if (or maybe especially if) you’re not the subject of it.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Leo Midheaven: A VIP to the World

***Also for if you have Sun conjunct Midheaven

People with a Leo Midheaven have a life goal of being as fabulous and admired as possible. Yes, many people with this Midheaven sign just flat-out want to be famous and to live the glamorous life. However, that’s not always the case, especially since Midheaven in Leo tends to see themselves as famous whether or not they’re on the cover of Vogue or Esquire. It’s more about the full expression of your individuality through what you do with your life. And while your opposite, Aquarius Midheaven, is more about expressing individuality by not conforming or fitting a mold, you express your individuality to the world by showing off what makes you special and amazing.

This can definitely lead you into a career where you’re either the leader or in the spotlight, displaying your creative talents for the world to see. An all-too-obvious choice for Leo Midheaven people would be acting or singing. After all, this is a career path that gives you that glorious opportunity to be the superstar that you aspire to be. But, there’s a chance to be a superstar in just about whatever you do. Remember that the Midheaven doesn’t have to be your specific career choice. It’s just what you want that from career. And your Leo Midheaven wants to be followed and applauded and, yes, maybe even worshipped. This is where you might have to watch it, as your ego could potentially get the best of you. Pride goes before a fall and since we’re dealing with the Midheaven here, that fall is going to be really public and, therefore, bruise that pride even more.

However, Leo Midheaven people tend to do just fine as long as they don’t become too dictatorial and demanding. Then, a reputation as a diva will form that you really could do without. Still, even if you go down that route, you can get away with it, within moderation. You have this ability to get a pass for expecting the star treatment because a) you’re so likable and charismatic when you do it and b) people just easily recognize that you’re a star, anyway. You are widely seen as a VIP – a very important person, of course – and the world will metaphorically roll out the Red Carpet and open up doors to special events for you. And achieving this status in the world is what makes you feel like you’re doing something important and worthwhile with your life. 

Katharine Hepburn: Midheaven in Leo

There are so many famous actors, performers, and media personalities with their Midheaven in Leo. Even though they’re all one of a kind, no one can really ever do it like Katharine Hepburn did it. This Leo Midheaven ruled Hollywood so hard that she started acting in her twenties and didn’t stop until her mid-eighties, remaining an iconic Queen (or African Queen, one of her famous films) for decades while many of her contemporaries withered away or faded off. Hepburn was a true individual, shining boldly and brilliantly through her magnetic and distinctive screen presence, her brassy persona, and her style and attitude that defied gender norms. Kate was also not into false modesty or hiding her dislike for herself, like a true Leo Midheaven. One of her most famous quotes is, when asked if she can still have fun while not drinking, “Cold sober, I find myself absolutely fascinating.”

Watch that talk show interview or any other one of her and you’ll see the powerful way that Kate held court, regally dominating her public environment while also bringing an amazing energy that just gave everyone life. With the Midheaven in Leo, this is your ability, as well. You have a huge influence over others just through the sheer force of your strong personality. But, the key is learning how to wield this influence in ways that will generously benefit everyone, not just you. This definitely appeals to you, as you do strive to be generous. Beneath the high self-confidence and fearless attitude, there is a very loving, warmhearted part of your public persona that just wants to spread love to everyone around the world.

This is another reason why you’re a VIP; not just because you’re a superstar but because you can be the special person who brings a highly positive energy that makes all the difference. Ever since high school, which is when the Midheaven really begins emerging, you’ve always had this vision of yourself doing important things. Teenagers with a Leo Midheaven just innately feel like they have a date with destiny; like they’ve been personally chosen to do something in the world that others have not. Because of this, you might have very confidently pursued your life path from this adolescent age, calling the shots when it comes to the job experiences you’d like to have, the schools you’d like to go to, the career you’re passionate about, etc. The adults in your life, especially your parents, could not try to take this command over your life away from you. If they did, they’d be met with an impossible amount of stubbornness or a royal telling off. And that was that!

Many parents with Midheaven in Leo adolescents just learn that the hard way and let their son or daughter have a reasonable level of control over their lives, while still subtly pulling the strings. If the adults around you just made you think that you were the boss, you were happy, especially as it only boosted your confidence in your grand goal of being a Boss. Your peers learned to treat you the same way and they received your warm benevolence in return. In high school, Leo Midheaven is usually very popular but many are that popular guy or girl who’s still so nice to everyone (only making them more popular). Being in that spotlight in school, in any way you could, was very important to you. Taking on leadership roles in various clubs or organizations, winning King or Queen at Homecoming or Prom, or earning some sort of Superlative was an even bigger deal to you than it was to your fellow classmates. These were the things that made you feel like somebody.

So, you head out into the world with that same mentality. More than most people, Midheaven in Leo folks remain their high school self throughout adulthood, particularly since you’ll always pretty much be a teenager, in spirit, in your public life. The youthfulness that Hepburn retained throughout her very long life was evident to everyone, known for never slowing down or letting her passion die. Yet, that teenaged self might still be stuck in silly social politics. There are the unevolved Leo Midheaven folks who still behave like the Alpha Male or the Queen Bee on campus, to the point of getting caught up in bullying, power-mad behavior out in the world. At your worst, you can view many in your community as “losers”, looking down on them or treating them terribly.

Your preoccupation with social politics may also make you consumed with the “do they love me?” syndrome, constantly feeling the need to get the world’s approval and applause. Leo Midheaven people can obsessively pursue success and popularity and even fame solely as a way to feel loved. It’s a cliché thing but you can be that typical person looking to feel the love from the world that you might not feel elsewhere. And this is only going to keep you as a stunted adolescent throughout your life path. If you remember that you’re forever special and loved, no matter what you achieve in life, then you can let go of trying to desperately get the world’s approval. Also, you can realize that your approval isn’t so life-or-death, either, stopping you from looking down on someone else you come across just because they don’t “measure up.” We’re all special and your purpose in society, with this placement, is to do whatever you can to make people feel special.

Letting go of any self-centered jealousy does this, as well, as you can stop feeling like recognizing the importance of others diminishes your own importance. In spite of how much self-confidence you project, there can be deep insecurities underneath about someone else kicking you off of your throne. But, everyone can have a throne of their own! Leo Midheaven individuals are meant to be the King or the Queen within their field or their community. However, you will rule with much more dignity, grace, and class when you recognize that you can be a monarch amongst monarchs. The whole world (or whatever world you professionally find yourself in) could never be ruled by just one person, after all. And every monarch brings something all their own to the territory.

The irony of this is when you let go of these insecurities, you realize that even though we all rule in our ways, very few people can rule like you. Has there ever been another Katharine Hepburn? Cate Blanchett is the modern person who’s probably most compared to her. Yet, as much as I adore her and as much I can see it, no one could ever be quite like Hepburn. She was so determined to be unique that she created a class entirely for herself that no one else could occupy (also evidenced by the fact that she’s the only actor ever to have won four Oscars). And a Leo Midheaven feels like they’ve really succeeded at life when they’re able to do such a thing: to not only be in their own league but to be in it because they basically put themselves there.

When we talk about Midheaven in Leo being an authority figure, it’s sort of redundant. You might maneuver your way into a position of authority just because you fake it ‘til you make it. You walk around like you own the place, you make sure you’re one of the strongest assets on the team, and you make more than a few (possibly forceful) suggestions to those who you work with. It’s only a matter of time before you become the boss! You’re very professionally fulfilled by being in a position of power. In fact, I’d say that you need this from your career, at some point or another. If you’re in a situation where can’t be the boss (yet), you’ll never just want to blindly take orders from whoever’s in charge. You’re not being rebellious and difficult, a la Aquarius Midheaven. You’re just a strong-minded, creative individual who, again, just wants to feel important and not like some mindless, hired hand. So, they’ve got to honor your own will and your own choices.

Just remember that, when you finally are in charge, great responsibility comes with that great power! It’s really a wonderful thing to see Leo Midheaven people move into those authoritative positions because it’s like watching a coronation take place. You’re being prepared for Greatness. In the workplace, whatever your title may be, you perform it with pizzazz and life. The last thing that your Midheaven in Leo wants is a dead working environment. So, you bring all of your passion and enthusiasm and liveliness to those that you work alongside. You love lightening things up at work and will be the one telling the good stories, cheering people up, and making what you do just feel like so much fun. Yet, the fact that you don’t take what you do too seriously might distract some people from the fact that you’re also formidable at what you do and aim to be the best you can be.

This translates to just about everything you do in public. When a Leo Midheaven steps out of the door, he or she definitely turns that light switch of charisma, energy, and all-around awesomeness on. In fact, people you know who very well might be really used to you putting on this show for the world, even if you’re heading to the grocery store. The last thing you ever want to be seen as is boring or unremarkable. And for that reason, you have a knack for making even the smallest things you do out in the world memorable. Like an actual celebrity, people in your community might talk about the most uneventful or uninteresting thing you did, like getting a rental car, as if it were front-page news. So, if there’s actually some good gossip about you, it’ll definitely get around! You feel like public property and regularly find yourself looking over your shoulder for the paparazzi whenever you’re out, figuratively speaking. Yet, this is also why you are so authentic in your public life. Even though you’re definitely “on”, you’re just projecting the amazing parts of you. You’re not inventing yourself. You’re just glamorizing or heightening yourself, which is your greatest asset.