Finishing up, Sun aspects to Ascendant & Midheaven

I’ll be finishing up the Sun aspects to the Ascendant and Midheaven today, per Mapping Your Travels & Relocation (Maritha Pottenger & Kris Brandt Riske, MA). Before I proceed, I’m excited to let you know that I’ll be doing a compatibility chart with the woman I’m dating in my next blog post either on Friday’s or next Monday’s post. She has given me permission & will remain anonymous.

Sun conjunct Ascendant:
If you’re already self-confident and able to put yourself first, this might not be an ideal placement because this combination is less inclined to compromise in relationships and you could adopt a “divine right” attitude. Personal magnetism and charisma could increase, however, and you probably are willing to take more risks (might gamble). In this location your inner child is accented, with a high level of enthusiasm and creativity, and you might feel more vital and alive, an active participant in the world.

Sun conjunct Descendant (opposite Ascendant):
If you already tend to “give away” some of your own charisma to other people, this is a location you might want to avoid. It would be easier for you to see others as magnetic, dynamic, and larger than life, but you might often hide your own light under a bushel. Excitement and thrills are sought in relationships, and you can attract people who are generous, passionate, dynamic, and full of praise. You also could enjoy a mutual admiration society with partners.

Sun sextile or trine Ascendant:
You might find it easier to express your creative side in this location, and your leadership instincts could pour out more smoothly, along with charisma and enthusiasm. Romantic urges may increase, and the desire to love and be loved could be a stronger part of your personal expression. You also could be more involved with play, entertainment, or exciting or onstage activities. Praise, appreciation, and admiration flow more easily and naturally in relationships.

Sun square or quincunx Ascendant:
Issues of personal self-esteem could be in focus here, and you might struggle with an overly inflated ego (arrogance, a prima donna attitude), or too little self-esteem. Perhaps you overdo the desire for play and recreation, or don’t know how to celebrate life and love. You might feel that others inhibit your capacity for creativity and joy, or that you must deal with people who try to upstage you. Your challenge is to find healthy ways to be center stage and to take reasonable risks.

Sun conjunct Midheaven:
If you’re very career-directed, this placement accentuates that trait, and there is a good possibility for increased professional recognition or renown. But that might be at the expense of a less domestic focus, and family members who feel your attention is too much on the world of work. You also might look for ways to generate more excitement, fun, or creativity in your job, or work in fields that accent recreation, entertainment, drama, or leadership. A strong sense of personal pride in your accomplishments and status is possible, but if ego issues with authority figures (including bosses) are a problem, you could run into difficulties at this location. Nevertheless, the potential exists for reaching great heights in your vocation, and this placement is excellent for speculation, creative endeavors, and jobs in the entertainment industry and working with children.

Sun opposition Midheaven/conjunct IC:
You might want to avoid this placement if you feel under-appreciated or rarely receive adequate recognition in your career. Although the possibility of happy exchanges on the home front is increased, there is also the potential to feel that others get the professional attention and applause you deserve. Love and warmth are highlighted, and the desire for a home and family is usually overly emphasized. You could receive more admiration or attention for domestic skills or activities within the nest, and you might want to turn your home into a showplace.

Sun sextile or trine Midheaven:
In this location you could effectively use creative skills to further your vocational aims, and personal charisma and persuasive abilities could be professional assets. You might do more teaching or delve into other vocational pursuits that put you center stage. Authority figures and loved ones can be the source of an encouraging word or helpful hand, and your pride an urge for recognition will contribute to your achievements. Promotional skills can help you do well in your field, and you can achieve more professional notice (perhaps even fame) in this locale.

Sun square or quincunx Midheaven:
You could face challenges from authority figures regarding your ambitions or status, and loved ones, including children, could compete with your vocational goals (in terms of time and energy). The balancing act between love and work may be difficult, and pride and pragmatism may be at odds as well. Creative abilities are accented but may not always be optimally expressed. Your challenge is to find a way to be special and to shine while also being sensible, responsible, and productive.

Remember this is only one of several interpretations that you can use to determine how favorable a location happens to be. As per the usual disclaimer: Do not move somewhere unless you have visited there before, preferably for a long enough time to determine which of these interpretations resonates with you as truth so that you have a better idea of what you’re getting into.

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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