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The Planets

SUN

The Sun in your chart represents your basic personality drives and behaviour patterns, the kinds of activities you prefer, and the way you assert yourself toward others. The sign occupied by your Sun at birth describes the nature of these basic drives and patterns. However, in any sign, the Sun always represents your desire to be important in some way to the people you know and your ability to be an independent, self-reliant person.

The house position of your Sun describes the area of life in which you will focus much of your attention and drive for significance.

MOON

The Moon signifies your basic emotional patterns, your habits, your needs, instincts, unconscious attitudes and feelings. The Moon also tells a great deal about your attitude toward your own past and the historical past. The placement of the Moon often describes your relationship with your mother.

The Moon sign and house describe how you express your emotions and how well you deal with them.

MERCURY

The planet Mercury symbolises the mind, mental processes logic and reason.

Mercury shows your ability to discriminate, rationalise and understand. It also shows how you interpret situations and how your thinking is coloured.

The sign that Mercury is in tells how your mind works and how you communicate with others. The house that Mercury is in indicates what you think about most and talk to others about.

VENUS

Venus, the planet of love, deals with all your relationships, how you relate to people and your relationship with yourself. It also shows how you get along with people and make friends, and whether you can be warm and affectionate with others.

Venus is concerned with beauty and harmony in the personal and the material – art, music, peace and socialising. Venus is about attraction – your ability to attract what you need. It also indicates creativity and artistic talents. Venus indicates your ability to think of patterns and forms, to design and to appreciate beauty.

The sign that Venus is in shows how you express your love and other emotions to people in relationships. It tells you something about the kind of people you attract. It also describes your ideas about beauty.

The house that Venus is in indicates the area in which you express your artistic talents and the area in which you are likely to experience beauty.

MARS

Mars signifies your ability to assert yourself as an individual and to fight your battles. It is desire and how you go about obtaining what you want and whether or not you believe yourself worthy of it. Mars shows your confidence and belief in yourself. It is about courage and shows how you react when under threat. Mars rules our physical energy and vitality. It is about sexuality in an assertive way. It is how you actively go about getting the object of your desires, your confidence in pursuing it and your belief that you deserve it.

The house position of Mars signifies the areas of life in which you will be most active, as well as those areas in which you could have great difficulty in getting along with others. A properly developed Mars energy is extremely important because it means you can be yourself and still get along with others.

JUPITER

Traditionally Jupiter signified success, prosperity and general good luck. Jupiter does bring positivity, enthusiasm and love of life, but expressed negatively it can mean excess. Jupiter is concerned with the higher mind. It is connected to philosophical thought. Jupiter seeks to broaden and expand its world through travel and exploration or by education and learning. It is about pushing back the boundaries. Jupiter is connected to religion in its organised form, in its rituals and ceremonies.

The house position of Jupiter tells about the areas of life in which you seek to grow and attain the most freedom. Jupiter is closely connected to religious and spiritual concerns as well as to wisdom and higher kinds of knowledge.

SATURN

Saturn defines your ambitions and goals and is where you have to work hard. Areas of life where you have not tried hard enough or have not done what you know you should are the areas where Saturn will force you to take action. Saturn represents the rules and limitations of your life.

That may seem like a negative function, but it is extremely valuable, because no one has the resources or energies to do everything.

Thus Saturn gives form to your life and a sense of discipline so that you can be more effective in the areas you concentrate on. Without this energy you would spread yourself too thin.

Saturn’s house position signifies the area of your life where you can direct the most concentrated energies. It is where you will have to work hardest. As Saturn forces you to work at these areas of life, frequently they become your strengths.

URANUS

Uranus is the planet of freedom and unconventionality. It is associated with disruption and change.

It is about breaking patterns that have become too rigid. Where Uranus is in your chart is where you desire to break free, where you cannot accept the status quo.

Because of its association with breaking new ground, it rules science, discovery and experimentation. It is the lightening flash of genius. Uranus is all about detachment, splitting, separating and freedom. It does not involve the emotions in any way.

Uranus can be expressed outside of yourself, in the environment, as circumstances that challenge you and occasionally upset you because you had not planned for them.

The house that Uranus is in designates the area of your life in which you need the greatest freedom, or where you are most likely to experience sudden surprises.

NEPTUNE

Neptune is the planet of imagination and perception. It is difficult to define, as it is associated with everything that is unclear, illusory, delusory, ill defined and imaginary. If Uranus breaks down Saturn’s boundaries, Neptune erodes and dissolves them.

Neptune does not follow the established rules, but instead of breaking them by sudden upsets, it makes the rules unclear and vague. Neptune can often be a planet of confusion and mystery. It is associated with obligations, sensitivity, compassion and psychic tendencies. As Neptune goes through each sign, it denotes the area of life that you will challenge and alter in subtle ways.

The house placement of Neptune indicates areas of your life that you idealise, fantasise or, at worst, are confused about. In these areas also you may have to serve others in some way or give up what you want in order to learn more about life. In its highest expression, the energy of Neptune puts you in touch with the meaning of existence, and for this reason it should be mastered as much as possible.

PLUTO

Pluto is the planet of transformation and the powers that cause transformation. It is the edge of your consciousness and symbolises the extent to which you can reach. It is the archetype of death and resurrection. It breaks down the old in order that rebirth can take place. Pluto operates with extreme power and causes you to feel out of control.

Wherever Pluto is, you are unconscious. It relates to anything that is buried in the depths of our unconscious. Its placement in your chart describes how you approach the changes that must occur in your life as you grow and develop. It also indicates your ability to use and handle power as it comes to you.

The house placement of Pluto suggests the areas of your life that will be the sources of greatest change and most intense development. Pluto can also indicate using power or someone else using power to influence you.

CHIRON

Chiron is almost renowned and used everywhere. Most astrologers consider it as a kind of “mediator” between Saturn and outer planets.

Consequently, Chiron is of Saturn’s nature and at the same time is influenced by Uranus, the first slow-moving planet. Astrologically, it symbolizes wisdom, patience and the faculty to reduce others’ sufferings: it is said to be the “great healer” of the zodiac.

Wherever Chiron appears in your chart is where you are called upon to heal yourself and give your gift, and so it is associated with a deep sense of purpose. It is where you find a key (or keys) which can be shared with others, but only after you have used it for self-healing. Its lesson and work are always holistic and expansive.

CERES

The asteroid Ceres is called the Great Mother asteroid. She is also called Demeter (the mother of Persephone). She represents unconditional love, the relationships between parents and children, and all the issues of devotion, attachment, separation, loss and grief.

She also rules agriculture, productivity, nurturing, nourishing and caring. She is associated with issues of self-worth. Her glyph is that of a sickle, indicating her connection with agriculture and her role as nourisher.

In the personal horoscope Ceres shows how we take care of others, as well as how we take care of ourselves.

Ceres is our Inner Mother, and is especially concerned about eating habits and the other ways that we physically grow our personal lives.

JUNO

Juno is the mythological wife of Jupiter, thus Juno is often referred to as the ‘marriage asteroid’. Her meanings go beyond simply marriage, though she does rule the rituals and institution of marriage, and the duties and commitment implied.

She has to do with the principle of relatedness and compatibility, sensitivity to others and intimacy needs, and the individual’s reactions to frustration or denial of those needs.

She is also associated with the arts, and represents creative talent.

PALLAS ATHENE

Pallas Athene (also called Minerva) is said to have emerged full grown from the brow of Zeus, her father. Her glyph is that of a shield, indicating her role as warrior/goddess.

As such, she is protectress of the state and upholder of justice. Her other roles are goddess of wisdom and intelligence, healer, patroness of the arts and promoter of professional excellence.

VESTA

Vesta’s symbol is the Eternal flame. She is Keeper of the Sacred Flame. The flame she tends is that of truth and of the hearth.

She is associated with devotion, service, conservation and dedication to religious or spiritual beliefs.

She is mythologically the Vestal Virgin, one whose life is committed to spiritual service, therefore she is ‘married to spirit’. Her sexuality, as all other aspects of her being, are surrendered to spirit and used in its service, therefore she is virgin in the sense that she belongs to no man, but only to Spirit.

In a chart she indicates how we deal with issues of work, devotion, commitment, sacrifice, and denial of (or fear of) intimacy, and primarily with the question of personal integration.