individuality, the essential core of our whole character. Sun relates to
how we view ourselves on inner level.
E.g. Do you see yourself as
confident, impulsive and brash when the Sun in Aries? Or being cautious
and lacking in confident when the Sun in Capricorn?
feelings, responses and habits and is very important in the birth charts
E.g. Do you response to a
stressful situation with sensitivity, tears and shyness, as would a person
with Moon in Pisces, or would you analyse the situation and talk matters
over in the typical manner of somebody who has the Moon in Gemini?
Represents manner which we
communicate through speech, thought, learning or writing. This planet is
strongly associated with the mind.
E.g. Do you talk forthright
, open manner as person with Mercury in Sagittarius or more of deep
thinker like somebody with sign of Mercury in Scorpio?
Represents how we love,
appreciate and value, our strivings for perfection and harmony.
E.g. Do you love in
nurturing and caring as someone with Venus in Cancer or do you tend to
love detached at distance like person with Venus in Aquarius?
Represents the amount
of energy and drive we possess, our sexuality, aggressive tendencies and
self seeking characteristics.
E.g. Is much of your energy
directed towards materialism like person with Mars in Taurus or your
energy diverse and changeable, unstable like someone with Mars in Pisces?
Represents manner which we
expand ourselves. This planet also indicate our religious and
philosophical beliefs. It can make us feel on top of the world.
E.g. Do you endevour to
expand your charm, fairness like someone with Jupiter in Libra or you
extremely concern with minor details like someone with Jupiter in Virgo?
Represents learning path. It
can therefore, restrict, limit and burden our lives with serious intent.
This planet can often make us depressed.
E,g. Do you feel restricted
or frustrated in your innate desire as a person with Saturn in Leo or do
you feel at ease in grave situation with ample time to work on matters
like Saturn in Capricorn?
Represents everything that
is unusual or happens abruptly in our lives.
E.g. are you are live-wire
who is stimulated by change, variety of knowledge and learning as someone
with sign of Uranus in Gemini or do you feel threatened by life up and
down and often forced by circumstances to change environment, jobs,
attitudes, etc - as someone with sign of Uranus in Taurus?
Represents the mystery in
life - escapism, confusion, and spirituality. It is nebulous and difficult
to understand being indicative of the subconscious on a very deep level.
It can cast us down to evil depths or elevate us into the highest elements
of love and creativity.
E.g. Do you sometimes feel
as if you are not truly of this world - someobody ruling your life as like
someone with sign of Neptune in Pisces or you are highly practical person
who for no logical reason becomes confused about fundamental occasionally
alike somebody with Neptune placed in the sign of Capricorn?
Represents ruling behind the
scenes and invariably comes out on top. It is significant of eruptions,
transformations, birth, death and rebirth.
E.g. Were you born in the
40's-50's where sign as Pluto in Leo? or were you born in 60's whereby
Pluto is moving through the mudane, critical sign of Virgo - created a
generation of highly strung, restless individuals continually striving to
cope with the stress caused by the intensity of eruptive Pluto in such a
practical, reserved sign?
The Sun: Planet of Self
The Sun puts forth light, so it
brings forth life. This Planet (also known as a luminary and a star)
represents the self, one's personality and ego, the spirit and what it is
that makes the individual unique. It is our identity and our face to the
world. The Sun also speaks to creative ability and the power of the
individual to meet the challenges of everyday life. One's natural father,
husbands and other male influences are ruled by the Sun, as are children.
The Sun's energy is a forceful one, and in its wake comes authority, the
ability to lead and an individual's essence, their core being. Through the
will of this Planet, we learn to manifest ourselves in the world. The Sun
is majestic, and in keeping with its regal air, it rules royalty and
higher office. This orb also lords over our health and well-being. The
Sun's golden glow is a vital life force which imbues us with strength,
energy and a will to succeed. It is the Sun which gives strength to the
other Planets, which is why this Planet occupies a key role in
Astrology.The Sun spends about a month visiting each Sign and takes a year
to journey through the twelve Signs of the Zodiac. It is masculine energy
and rules Leo and the Fifth House.
The Moon: Ruler of the
Since the Moon is the closest 'Planet'
to Earth, completing its circuit in less than a month. It also touches us
more deeply than most Planets. As the ruler of the tides, it is fitting that
the Moon should be the ruler of our emotions. Still waters run deep? Making
waves? A wellspring of emotion? Yes, our emotions have long been portrayed
in terms of the sea: fluid, momentous, churning from within. Mood swings,
instinct, how we feel about things and how our feelings affect others are
all influenced by the Moon. Whereas the Sun gives us our spirit, it's the
Moon which gives us our soul. The Moon is goddess-like in that it symbolizes
mother and the relationship between woman and child. This Planet (also known
as a luminary) speaks to the women in one's life and their role as nurturer.
Fertility, pregnancy and childbirth are also governed by the Moon. We see
the Moon casting its silvery glow from our earliest moments, when we were
stroked and caressed by our mother and felt her tender touch. Our emotions
manifest themselves through our being and set the tone for our daily lives.
The Moon is party to this continuum, rendering us vital one moment and
fragile the next. We're up and down, naughty or nice, and may laugh wildly
or cry at will. Through the Moon's energy, we endeavor to reconcile these
varied emotions in order to make ourselves complete and one with the world.
The Moon also helps us see that which we want, and to use memory and the
past as part of this process. The Moon spends roughly 2 1/2 days in each
sign and takes 28 days to circumnavigate the Zodiac. It is feminine energy
and rules Cancer and the Fourth House.
Mercury: Planet of
Mercury, much like the winged
messenger of the gods, comes in on feather-light wings and commands us to
speak. Communication, intellect and awareness are all within Mercury's
domain, as are logic and reasoning, our manner of thinking, and how we
create and express our thought processes. A mercurial nature brings to mind
restlessness and motion. Rat-a-tat-tat -- things happen fast here. Mercury
is about a quick wit, quick thinking, possibilities, opinions, reasoning and
the ability to rationalize things. Mercurial energy can be good or bad, but
it will certainly be energizing! This Planet also prompts us to move from
one thing to the next and to get answers on both a physical and
psychological level. Further, Mercury's energy is both dexterous and
perceptive. Mercury is about short trips: a visit to a neighbor or a friend
across town, the workaday commute, a weekend getaway. Siblings, and
transportation in general, are also within Mercury's realm. Speaking,
writing, books, online communications and learning are all within Mercury's
domain. This Planet implores us to express ourselves often -- and well. When
Mercury goes retrograde (the appearance of traveling backward), however, our
communications will be challenged. Mercury is never more than 28 degrees
from the Sun; it takes about 88 days to complete its orbit of the Sun. It is
neither masculine nor feminine energy and assumes the gender of the Sign it
is in. It rules both Gemini and Virgo and the Third and Sixth Houses.
Planet of Love and Money
Venus is all about pleasure, especially pleasure shared with
someone else. This Planet concerns itself with love, romance and harmony in our
emotional attachments, marriages, friendships and other unions (like business
partnerships). Venus is content to spread happiness and tenderness, all the
while teaching us how to love and appreciate others and the things that we
possess. We appear attractive -- and we attract others -- thanks to Venus's energy.
Socializing with and relating to others are important to this Planet. Beauty is also strongly associated with Venus. The arts (music, dance, drama
and literature, to name a few) and a sense of the aesthetic fall within the
realm of Venus. Venus beseeches us to indulge our senses and revel in the beauty
of our world. This Planet is inextricably linked to refinement, culture, charm
and grace. Venus also deals with the pleasure we derive from our possessions. Luxuries
(jewelry, paintings, expensive cars), good food and drink, a beautiful home and
a sense of refinement all please Venus's interests. This Planet asks us to
appreciate the exquisite nature of things. It's a sensual -- though not
necessarily sexual -- world as far as Venus is concerned.Venus takes 225 days to complete its orbit of the zodiac; it is never more
than 47 degrees from the Sun. It is a feminine energy and rules both Taurus and Libra and the Second and Seventh Houses.
Planet of Passion
Mars is the action Planet of the Zodiac. The 'Red Planet,' after all, should
be pretty fiery, and Mars does not disappoint. Energy, passion, drive and
determination are all right up Mars's alley. This Planet commands you (and yes,
Mars does rule the military) to stand up, be noticed and get things done --
sitting on the sidelines belongs somewhere else in the heavens. Simply put, Mars
speaks to the power and confident expression of the individual. Ambition and competition are also within Mars's realm. Whether it's at work
or on the field of play, Mars encourages us to face challenges and to be our
best -- or better. Aggression is part of the plan here, although Mars also
values courage and honor. Assertion and a daring, fearless nature please this
Planet. It's important to note that Mars's energy can be constructive or destructive.
The God of War in ancient times, Mars could be brutally violent. While this
energy still emanates from the Planet, it also asks us to harness this force for
good. Stamina, ambition and achievement are all part of Mars' mantra. Mars rules our sexuality and sexual energy, and governs weapons, accidents
and surgery (the last two illustrating the yin and yang nature of this Planet).
In the end, however, the energy of Mars can be quite useful if used properly.It takes nearly two years for Mars to complete its orbit through the Zodiac.
It is masculine energy and rules both Aries and Scorpio and the First and Eighth Houses.
Jupiter: Planet of Luck
Jupiter is the thinking person's
Planet. As the guardian of the abstract mind, this Planet rules higher
learning and bestows upon us a yen for exploring ideas, both
intellectually and spiritually. Intellectually speaking, Jupiter assists
us in formulating our ideology. In the more spiritual realm, Jupiter lords
over religions and philosophy. A search for the answers is what Jupiter
proposes, and if it means spanning the globe to find them, well, that's
probably why Jupiter also rules long-distance travel. In keeping with this
theme, Jupiter compels us to assess our ethical and moral values; it also
addresses our sense of optimism. Luck and good fortune are associated with
Jupiter for good reason. This is a kind and benevolent Planet, one which
wants us to grow and flourish in a positive way. Jupiter may be judge and
jury, but it's mostly an honorable helpmate, seeing to it that we're on
the right path. While our success, accomplishments and prosperity are all
within Jupiter's realm, this largesse can, at times, deteriorate into
laziness and sloth (Jupiter, at its worst, is associated with weight
gain!). More often than not, however, Jupiter will guide us down the
primrose path. Leisure time is also one of Jupiter's pastimes. Sports of
all kinds, games of chance, and a stroll in the park with the family pet
(Jupiter loves animals) are all ruled by this Planet. Finally, Jupiter
often presages great wealth, material and otherwise. This is a good friend
in the heavens! It takes Jupiter about twelve years to circle the Zodiac
(the Planet visits an average of one Sign a year). It is masculine energy
and rules both Sagittarius and Pisces and the Ninth and Twelfth Houses.
Saturn: Planet of Karma
Saturn doesn't make things easy.
That's the role of the taskmaster of the Zodiac. Saturn commands us to get
to work and to work hard. Discipline and responsibility are important to
this Planet, yet if we're eager to conquer the world, that's okay, too.
Much like Father Time, Saturn implores us to look at the clock. Is there
time for everything we want to do, or are there limits? Those limitations
are important to Saturn, and we must learn to manage them. Restrictions
are the province of this Planet, as is any form of discipline or delay. In
keeping with the passage of time, Saturn governs old age along with the
lessons it teaches us. Learning life's lessons is key to this Planet, in
keeping with its role as teacher. The majesty of older age also brings
with it a certain sense of tradition, conventionality (our learned
patterns of behavior) and wisdom, and Saturn is mindful of these
characteristics. This Planet applauds our perseverance and the fact that
we've withstood the test of time (yes, time comes up once again). This
senior status further brings with it a measure of authority, and Saturn
lords over that as well. Structure, order and the way in which we conduct
our affairs are all ruled by this ringed Planet. Contraction and the
reining in of assets are also important here. Lastly, Saturn, again in its
role as teacher, concerns itself with karma and the lessons which past
experiences might bring. It takes Saturn 28-30 years to complete its orbit
of the zodiac. It is masculine energy and rules Capricorn and Aquarius and
the Tenth and Eleventh Houses.
Uranus: Planet of Rebellion
The Planet Uranus wasn't
discovered until 1781. As one of the outermost Planets, it moves rather
slowly through the Zodiac. The result is that its effect is felt more
generationally than individually. Uranus brings with it a new way of
looking at things, and its approach is best met with an expanded
consciousness. Originality, inventions, computers, cutting-edge
technologies and future events are all ruled by this Planet. Uranus sees
no need for the status quo, preferring instead to break with tradition and
create a new mold. While the building blocks (science, electricity) are
safe here, this Planet would rather focus its gaze on a new world order.
To that end, rebellion, revolution, dictators, an autonomous state and
free will all fall under the aegis of this Planet. No one will ever
characterize Uranus as subtle. This is the Planet which coaxes erratic and
bizarre behavior and byzantine schemes. A bohemian, utopian society is
more in keeping with Uranus's bent, as are humanitarian ideals. Freedom
and creativity are important to this Planet; Astrology is also within its
realm. Lastly, in keeping with its sudden, sometimes violent and often
unexpected manner, Uranus rules earthquakes and other natural disasters.
It takes Uranus 84 years to complete its trip around the zodiac. It is an
androgynous energy and rules Aquarius and the Eleventh House. Uranus is
considered to be the higher octave of Mercury and the first of the
Neptune: Planet of Illusion
Neptune, another of the outer
Planets, was discovered in 1846. Its slow orbit around our Zodiac ensures
that its effect is generational in nature. Neptune's glyph is the trident
of Poseidon, God of the Seas. Much about this Planet is fluid (Neptune
rules the oceans of the Earth), changeable and illusory in nature. Dreams,
illusion, abstract thought and the mysterious are all governed by Neptune.
Our spirituality is important to this Planet, and how we harness that
energy for our personal betterment. Neptune invites us to let its energy
wash over us and to use a meditative state to gain insights and heightened
awareness. Poetry, music and dance are among the trance-like activities
which this Planet favors. Neptune does have its showier side, as it rules
movies, television, theater, fashion and all forms of glamour. In essence,
Neptune is creating an illusion -- of what is enchanting on the outside
and captivating within. Neptune has a mystique which doesn't reveal itself
easily. It can be a poser, too, dabbling in flattery -- and subversion.
The shadow side of Neptune is akin to the aging star who cannot make one
more curtain. When the lights are low, this Planet plays in a netherworld
of drugs, alcohol, trances and hypnosis. Neptunian energy reeks of
escapism on its darker days, a sea of delusion, hypochondria and
abnormality. Sleep and dreams are also lorded over by this Planet. At the
end of the day, Neptune keeps coming at you -- how will you receive it? It
takes Neptune 165 years to complete its whirl around the Zodiac, spending
roughly 14 years at each Sign. It is feminine energy and rules Pisces and
the Twelfth House. Neptune is known as the higher octave of Venus and is
the second of the transcendental Planets.
Pluto: Planet of Power
As the outermost Planet in our solar
system, Pluto is also the farthest from the Sun. It has only recently been
discovered, having come to light (albeit a dim one) in 1930. Pluto's
energy may be subtle, but its results will hit you like a ton of bricks.
This Planet is about transformation, regeneration and rebirth. Things
aren't pretty with Pluto, but they do get done. Pluto says 'out with the
old and in with the new,' and we'd better be ready for it. If we're not,
this Planet will simply have us wallow in our misery. Pluto asks us to
transcend that which we know, redeem ourselves in the process, and come
out stronger as a result. For all that Pluto (re)creates (it also governs
the reproductive system), it loves to destroy. This Planet rules
destruction, death, obsession, kidnapping, coercion, viruses and waste.
That's definitely not pretty. Pluto also governs crime and the underworld,
along with many forms of subversive activity (terrorism, dictatorships).
This Planet is about all that is secret and undercover, that which is
hidden from view. Is this the story of good vs. evil? Yes. No one will
deny Pluto's power (it rules atomic power, too) and intensity. This
Planet's energy is often focused on the masses and what the collective
will do. Pluto beseeches the masses to look inward (and to their
subconscious) to see what's there. It may be scary, but Pluto doesn't
care. This Planet knows how to push buttons. It takes Pluto approximately
248 years to complete its orbit around the Zodiac. Due to the eccentricity
of its orbit, it takes this Planet between 12 and 31 years to pass through
a Sign. It rules Scorpio and the Eighth House. Pluto is the last of the
transcendental Planets and is the higher octave of Mars.