THE TEN PLANETS
The Sun relates to the core of a person, the inner self and the way in which a person shines. The Sun shows us the general vitality and the ability to assert oneself; it describes a general tone of being which colours everything else. Sun rules the sign of Leo and the 5th House.
The Moon represents our feelings and emotions, the receptivity, imagination and basic feeling tone of a person. The way we go about getting our basic emotional needs met in life is reflected by the Moon's sign. Moon rules the sign of Cancer and the 4th House.
Mercury represents reason, reasonableness (common sense), that which is rational. It stands for the spoken and written word, putting in order, weighing and evaluating, the process of learning and skills. Mercury rules the signs of Virgo and Gemini and the 3rd and 6th houses.
Venus gives us a sense of beauty, the enjoyment of pleasure, aesthetic awareness, love of harmony and socializing. There is great pleasure in relationships with others. Venus rules the signs of Taurus and Libra and the 2nd and 7th houses.
Mars represents ones energy and drive. It also provides courage, determination and freedom of spontaneous impulse. Mars describes the readiness for action, the way ones goes about doing things as well as simple aggression. Mars rules the sign of Aries and the 1st house.
The search for individual meaning and purpose; optimism, hope and a sense of justice are represented by Jupiter. Jupiter also represents faith, a basic philosophy of life, the striving for spiritual growth and expansion. Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius and the 9th house.
Saturn shows how we experience "reality", where we meet with resistance and discover our limitations. It represents the conscience and moral convictions, the laws and rules which we choose to obey. Saturn also shows us our powers of endurance and the ability to concentrate. Where Saturn is placed in the chart we see qualities of seriousness, caution and reserve. Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn and the 10th house.
Uranus stands for sudden change, inspiration and insights. There is openness for all that is new, exciting, unknown and unusual. Wherever Uranus is placed in the chart it can indicate restlessness and rebelliousness. Uranus is said to be characteristic of astrology. Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius and the 11th house.
Neptune is the planet of dreams, visions, ideals, imagination and connects with the collective unconscious. On a higher vibration, Neptune gives us the supersensory and opens doors to mythical experience and the transcendental. On the lower vibration, Neptune is associated with avoidant tendencies such as drugs and all kinds of pseudo-realities. Neptune rules the sign of Pisces and the 12th house.
Pluto describes how we deal with power, personal and non-personal. Pluto symbolizes the desire for transformation through cycles of death and rebirth. Pluto represents our regenerative powers and our capacity for radical change and rebirth. Pluto rules the sign of Scorpio and the 8th house.