THE MC/IC AXIS
The Medium Coeli (MC), Latin for middle of the sky is the point on the ecliptic measured in degrees that crosses the meridian, or line of longitude of a particular place at a particular time, and the Imum Coeli (IC), Latin for ‘bottom of the sky’ is a point on the ecliptic that reaches the bottom of the sky on the opposite point to the Medium Coeli (MC).
The signs of the zodiac containing the angular points at the time of birth are very important in astrological interpretation because the power of inner self- perception, outer self-projection is determined by the angular line of force between the IC, MC axis.
The MC is the first point of outer-awareness. It represents the energy of the conscious mind – the ego. It is the conscious mind’s perception of the social environment from birth onwards, and it is responsible for modifying the instinctive energy of the subconscious mind – the id (IC).
Depending on how you express the qualities of the sign on your MC depends on whether you will achieve your desire in the outer world.
The IC is the first point of inner-awareness; otherwise known as the id. The id is the primitive inborn personality, the source of all desires and it relates to your roots and early beginnings. Your childhood nurturing gave birth to your feelings of ‘belonging’ and your deepest sense of self.
The ‘id’ or the inner ‘self’ is the centre of its own universe; all desires are immediate and represent all parts of the physical and emotional person. Such an idyll cannot last. The ego (MC) develops defence mechanisms to manage unresolved conflicts between the demands of the id (IC) and the expectations of the external emotional world.
For example, a child may grow up in a family where the natural rage in the child when it is disappointed is taken by the parent as an attack on the parent’s ability. Such a child will, in all likelihood, be corrected and shamed for its angry outbursts; however, the child’s rage in response to its frustration does not simply disappear, instead the rage is repressed because it simply threatens the child’s closeness to its parent. The child grows up frightened of its own capacity for rage and anger because it never had the chance to express it and regulate it of its own accord when it was young.
As an adult, such a person will have difficulty in modifying the inner-selves anti-social feelings and sensations with the outer-selves social expectations between themselves and other people, especially when there is real anger and frustration around them.
Such a person will have great difficulty in forming well-rounded relationships. Added to this, such a person will occasionally become enraged for an apparently trivial reason because the repressed frustration becomes too much for the ego. This can shame the ego and confirm the need for further repression.
The sign on your IC describes the qualities that moulded and shaped your inner-awareness of self (id) and the MC describes the qualities that you identified with in your social development; these qualities moulded and shaped your ‘outer awareness of self (ego). Once you understand the magnetic line of energy between the MC/IC axis you will understand the energy that shaped your inner-self (id) and outer-self (ego).
The point on the MC is opposite the point on the IC. These points are referred to as the ‘MC, IC axis’, and they have a powerful influence over instinctive energy and conscious energy.
My interpretations of the ‘MC, IC axis’ are designed to help you understand the magnetic force between the ‘inner self’ – ‘id’, and the ‘outer self’ – ‘ego’.
MC ARIES - IC LIBRA
As a child you may have tried to avoid confrontational situations; you tended to follow rather than lead. You may have been ‘passive’ or you felt you were ‘singled out’ or ‘set apart’ from others which may have affected your ‘social expression. Perhaps you felt you had to separate yourself from others to keep the peace, and to find your own way to ‘self-sufficiency’. In your primary years, constant aggressive confrontations may have interfered with your ability to assert yourself and your individual rights. You had a tendency to ‘cower’ from aggressive behaviour through the continuing social conflicts of your childhood. Peace and harmony in all relationships was important to you; this was hard to uphold, but you did your best to keep the peace because you felt more secure in peaceful surroundings. When you were older you challenged yourself to become independent, to become ‘your own person’; you wanted to make your own way in the world. Due to a certain ‘lack of self-confidence’, you may have felt that you did not have the skills, or the ability to make it in the world, so you ‘put your head down’, looked inward and found the ‘strength’ to become ‘self-sufficient’ and ‘independent’. Your focus on the world is one of ‘self-reliance’ and ‘independence’. You prefer to be ‘your own boss’; you will try to place yourself in ‘sole-charge’ positions of ‘your own making’ rather than working for someone else. In public you try to project an image of light-hearted humour which helps other people to ‘lighten up’, and in their light-hearted laughter you feel happy and fulfilled.
MC TAURUS - IC SCORPIO
To get love you looked for approval and if you didn’t get it - it hurt. You needed encouragement but you were kept under very strong dominance or control within the family; there was only one way,’ ‘their way’. You felt you didn’t belong or you didn’t get along with a sibling. Your parents had a powerful influence and effect on you; they may have manipulated your behaviour to accommodate their arrangements or affairs. You could have felt emotionally removed or separated from a parent in some way – maybe the death or distancing of a parent which may have left you feeling insecure. The psychological effect of your childhood was deep; trust may have been broken which may have affected future relationships. You may have felt unwanted and unattractive, that you couldn’t show your true self. You need to look inwards to resolve subconscious childhood issues in order to gain emotional security. You were taught the value of money because financial undertones were issues, yet the financial situation was never discussed. You were provided for but you may have felt the least important person; ‘kept down’ which may have led to a basic feeling of insecurity. When you matured you felt you couldn’t depend on anyone else, you had to depend on yourself. In order to overcome the insecurity you felt in ‘self’ you needed to become financially independent; to land on your ‘own two feet’. You will work at achieving financial security through your own rules, but with a strong work ethic. You are non-materialistic, you will make do. You like to give to other people in practical or material ways, but you can be ‘ripped off’ easily. You will give ‘things’ to people (‘things’ to you are just ‘things’) but if what you give to others makes them happy, then you feel happy too; however you can give too much away.
MC GEMINI - IC SAGITTARIUS
As a child you may have lacked confidence through the lectures, reprimands and corrections from a strict parent who had a handle on everything and whose words were ‘law’; however the truth was often twisted and comments were made. You were made to feel guilty through family members or other people’s opinions and judgements. One of your parents may have placed high expectations on you, or judged your behaviour either negatively or positively due to the inconsistencies of your childhood. Unfair conclusions may have been used against you where you felt you had to justify yourself. You did your best to succeed at school but you may have felt your efforts were not always recognised by your teachers and/or your parents. You may have experienced misrepresentation in your childhood, but from this you learned to respect the truth. You have a tendency to question the ‘so-called’ truth in any debatable situation where you ‘know’ that the version of the truth is manufactured. You are a deep thinking person with good communication skills and you like to share your opinions on a wide range of topics and philosophies that are thought provoking. When you help people with their problems, you listen to them; then offer a wide range of alternatives from a philosophical angle that gives them faith in the future. You guide others through their problems in an intelligent and positive way. You strive to find the truth in any situation and you need to ‘know’ the truth in order to make judgement. You have a ‘many-faceted mind’ and you take all angles into consideration before you reach a conclusion. You open up new vistas of thought, and you offer alternatives when helping others. You enjoy solving other people’s problems, and when you succeed, you feel inwardly fulfilled and good about yourself. You judge situations based on truth and fact to reach fair and just conclusions.
MC CANCER - IC CAPRICORN
As a child you were shy and cautious in your approach. Your parents set the example and they disciplined you, they expected you to take responsibility and trusted you to do things correctly. You may have had fears of failing your parents; you wanted to please them in order to gain approval. You could have blamed yourself when family conflicts arose, with a tendency to withdraw. Family conflicts may have played on your feelings of inner control and security. Recognition was hard to gain in many areas due to family disciplines and standards. You may have felt distanced from some family members; perhaps you had little contact with cousins or relatives. Family disciplines were exercised through family business and/or family burdens. Your mother was very important to you but you may have felt your emotional needs were not met. You could have felt distanced from a parent who was either absent or worked very hard. You may have longed for the care and support of family involvement, but instead you may have felt an inner sense of isolation. You respected your parents, and you were disciplined – incorrect behaviour met with disapproval. You may have felt that others were recognised ahead of you; or that others could express themselves better than you; maybe if you expressed yourself, you would not be approved of; providing you were good, you were safe – this could have affected your ‘self-esteem’. Your parents encouraged you to be self-supporting and encouraged you to work at a young age; the work provided may have been organised through your family. The world is your family but public concerns can dominate your private life and you can concern yourself over other people’s positions and values. Your approach to other people is one of consideration and welfare. You understand the need for basic support and security and you care about the emotional needs of other people. You try to guide others towards their own security by giving them the tools to use in that which they are aiming for. By helping them you feel inwardly fulfilled. Your feelings run deep and you want to ‘make things better’ for the people who approach you in order to reduce their anxieties and uncertainties. You will try to help them get what they want, to make their lives more comfortable. You feel good about yourself when you help other people find their own security.
MC LEO - IC AQUARIUS
As a child you could have been quietly, or openly rebellious (depending on the sign on the Ascendant) if you did not get the freedom you needed to express yourself. You played with friends in the neighbourhood and people may have visited your home. You were taught to treat everyone as equal. You may have associated with a child, or a sibling who was ‘different’ in some way; through this you developed understanding and humanitarianism. In your growing-up years, you could have felt ‘different’ from your friends. Your parents may have had totally different personalities – they were diverse. One parent may have been anti-social and the other social; and you were given the space to develop your social skills independently. You have many friends, and you probably relate well to their problems, but you may feel inwardly separate, somewhat detached and possibly ‘different’. You can lack faith in yourself through a feeling of neglect in love, and an inner fear of being ‘hurt’; therefore you may detach from love to protect your feelings. As an adult you may choose not to make close friends outside your personal circle, preferring to be independent; some may consider you aloof, but you tend to set yourself apart from ‘collective’ social groups; however you mix well with people from all walks of life and you do not cast judgement on class, race or creed. You try to help other people to succeed, and if they do, their success gives you an inner sense of pride. When you are with your selected friends, you are lively, colourful and entertaining. You enjoy fun and entertainment, and you meet with interesting friends from different backgrounds. You try to encourage your partner to share your interests, but this can be an area of social difference.
MC VIRGO - IC PISCES
As a child you were sensitive and imaginative. One of your parents was an idealist who tried to create an ideal family situation. You may have felt as if that parent was ungrounded, but you could have idealised them anyway. Family issues may have been swept under the carpet because nasty things were not spoken of; therefore situations built up to the point of explosion.
Conflicts between your parents were not voiced so you did not know what was required of you. When the family needs were not met, one of your parents could desensitise and become less loving because you had not done what was expected of you. You had your duties, and you were expected to carry them out, which you did in your own time. You may have been considered untidy because one of your parents had very high expectations and you felt you had to live up to them. You were expected to be quiet and good, so it felt good to escape into a world of your own. With your childhood sensitivity and vivid imagination you could easily escape through reading and music, or any other form of creative expression. You were a very shy child, and you may have been afraid to join groups, preferring one-to-one relationships, yet you longed to join in with the fun of group involvement. As you grew older you became a realist; you could see escapism didn’t work. You had to develop your communication skills and gain confidence. You have a tendency to take on the role of ‘hard worker’ for your family. You may feel you have to pay the bills and take care of the general running of household duties. It can be difficult for you to allocate duties to other family members because you sacrifice in service for them. Your sensitivity to your family past, whether mental, physical or spiritual will manifest in your work ethics; and you will consider family needs ahead of your own. You will work hard to create an ideal family/home situation for your family, and you may consider it your duty to take responsibility for the welfare of your family.
MC LIBRA - IC ARIES
You could have been placed in a ‘take-charge’ position at a young age due to family circumstances, but this helped you to develop personal independence. You may have faced aggression in friendship in your primary years, but you learned to walk away from aggression and people who try to control you. You do not like to get involved in conflicts, but if you are pushed to your limit, you will break friendships that are not compatible. You do not like upheaval in your life, you like to balance relationships, and you tend to take the supportive role in friendship; this strengthens your friendships and relationships, and gives you a sense of inner satisfaction. In your childhood, you were exposed to issues of leadership (you had to learn to become independent). You either played the leading role, or you were led around by friends; from this you learned to balance relationships – ‘give and take’ equally. You are only too willing to help or support your friends; ‘you are there for them’ and you will ‘back them’ when they need you, but you believe in ‘equal sharing’ and ‘balanced relationships’; if relationships are not balanced, you will walk away. Relationships have to be on an ‘equal footing’; you are not dependent on others, and you are quite happy to be on your own. Although you enjoy socialising, you have a preference for one-to-one relationships. You show a charming and diplomatic face to the world and you have good ‘public relations’ skills; however if anyone tries to dominate your independence, you will exert your will and stand your ground on principle; you may have lost friends through this. When your relationships are based on equal sharing you feel good about yourself.
MC SCORPIO - IC TAURUS
In your childhood secrets were withheld; this could have made you feel uncertain in the more secretive areas of family circumstance. You were not allowed to talk about issues involving private family concerns outside the family – family business was private and personal. Your mother supported you in school activities and outings, she created the family interests. These family interests can have accentuated the separate values of each family member resulting in a feeling of exclusion in matters that did not include you. Other people’s needs and values dominated, so you tended to help in support of their needs and values because you wanted to feel included and you usually did as you were asked. When everything is going right for those around you, you feel inwardly fulfilled, therefore you will try to give all the help and support you can to others. In public, you tend to wear a ‘mask’; you may feel that other people would not want to be with you if they knew the ‘inner you’. You keep your ‘ear to the ground’ because you suspect that other people can talk and you like to ‘know’ what is going on around you. You are sensitive to the environmental energy and you can pick up on the general tenor that exists beneath the surface in your surroundings, you need to ‘know’ that you are ‘accepted’ by those around you and that they are ‘happy with your involvement’. You may search for a deeper understanding behind the meaning of ‘life’ because you are consciously aware of the higher realms of existence which you seek to understand more deeply.
MC SAGITTARIUS - IC GEMINI
As a child, your parents did not mollycoddle you. You could have felt an island unto yourself, too shy to communicate, and in particular, at school. Perhaps you felt ‘little children should be seen and not heard’. You may have felt remote from your siblings. At school, you were shy, you did not speak up in class, and you did not make friends easily. You may have faced difficulty with education through a lack of stimulation, and you could have felt ostracised by some children; therefore primary school could have been a constrictive experience rather than a free-flowing one. You may have found it difficult to communicate with one of your parents who may have had different opinions from you which could have led to a lack of connection. You may have lost touch with some family members. As an adult you enjoy change, whether it is the house, the décor or the furniture; routine is boring and you are basically restless. Your inquisitive mind will drive you to study and obtain knowledge that can be useful in the outside world and you will inform and teach others through your own experience and knowledge. You are interested in learning about people across the board, but especially their origins and their life’s experiences. You help people through life’s experiences because you have a good understanding of the things that trouble most people. You are not pretentious in public; ‘what you see is what you get’ and you prefer to speak to people and not at them. You love to share any exciting knowledge you may have learned because you genuinely enjoy sharing new information and knowledge with others. You have a good sense of humour and you enjoy making other people laugh. You believe ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and you tend to look on the bright side of life.
MC CAPRICORN - IC CANCER
As a child you were self-protective. You may have felt a lack of security over things you could not control which could have made you feel anxious. You were well provided for by your mother, but emotional or parental conflicts had a strong effect on you. Your relationship with your mother was sensitive or clinging; you needed to feel secure and protected, but often you felt your mother was not around, either physically or emotionally which could have made you feel anxious (especially if the MC is badly aspected in your chart) otherwise your childhood was well provided for. Worry over security and protection could have caused anxiety; you needed a peaceful environment, and you needed to feel a sense of ‘belonging’; to be part of the family. Should anything threaten that feeling, anxiety would be the result. Anxiety over family conflict may have disturbed you because you wanted everything to be calm, and family security was so very important to you. Your early childhood environment may have affected you on an emotional level, and this could have interfered with your ability to place your trust in close friendships and relationships. It was generally accepted that you would do well, and through this, you placed internal pressure on yourself to deliver. As you grew up, you gained a strong sense of having to build your own family structures, to move away from the past and take responsibility. Although you had a strong need for parental approval and respect, you came to realise that you could not lean on anyone else but yourself, and that you had to become self-sufficient. You try to encourage people to be the ‘best that they can be’. You build up other people’s confidence and ‘self-esteem’ which helps them realise their goals; then you feel happy and you release them. You acknowledge ‘ethically correct standards of conduct’ that you feel are correct for you.
MC AQUARIUS - IC LEO
As a child you were sociable and you tried hard to ‘fit in’ with your family. You craved affection but you may not have received as much affection as you wanted which could have led to feelings of insecurity. High expectations may have been placed on you and you were expected to act in a ‘proper manner’. ‘Social or class distinctions may have been an issue and this you may carry into your adult years. When you went out into the world you were friendly, but detached. You have your own personal interests and you prefer not to make friends with work associates. If work associates need you, you will support them and understand their needs, but once you have done this you will detach. You prefer to be independent. You recognise other people’s strengths and you will encourage and acknowledge them. You are a humanitarian and you work for the good of ‘people’. You don’t like undercurrents of ill feeling and discontent; you like to know what is wrong and you try to solve problems in a humanitarian way, but with straight talk. You treat all people equally; without ‘class distinction’. You are a humanitarian and you will defend, or help the underprivileged in society because you enjoy doing the ‘little things’ that count en masse for people. You take the time to listen to other people’s ‘woes’, and if you can ‘brighten up their day’, you feel good about yourself; this is all part of your helpfulness to humanity. You identify with people because ‘people are people’ and you are one of them; ‘do unto others as you would be done by’. You believe in equal rights and opportunity for all people and you play fair. Socio-economic ‘class’ and family values are strong, but you believe we are all equal and we should all get along in friendship and social equality.
MC PISCES - IC VIRGO
As a child you loved books and you enjoyed reading. You may have been exposed to family health issues in your growing-up years where one of your parents may have been associated with hospitals and/or healthcare, or had an interest in health issues such as healthy living, good food and good manners. You may have been at the mercy of family circumstances, but you developed humility and inner faith. You could have worried about issues of security, things that might happen, these things may have been non-specific, but they caused you to worry. Stress-related health conditions within the family could have given you the impression that you had to be good, and you did as you were told. One of your parents may have worried over small things, and could have suffered from stress-related illnesses. You tried to be quiet and not to upset anyone. Through family difficulties, you were expected to help, and you assumed childhood duties to reduce stress. You did this as a form of love and approval. You may have felt remote from a parent at some stage in your growing-up years. You developed a very deep understanding of what suffering was. You show sensitivity and compassion to those who are afflicted, whether through health conditions or social problems. You will empathise with them on a deep level to make them feel better. Your approach to the world is to alleviate the pain and suffering you see in society and through this you can feel spiritually uplifted.