Our Solar System is basically comprised of nine recognized Planets (and their moons) which orbit our Sun. In Astrology, however, we take a geocentric view. That means that eight Planets, and the Sun, instead revolve around the Earth with its Moon, exerting their unique gravitational influences on us. The influences attributed to each of the celestial bodies have been studied and developed over millennia, by stargazers from a diverse group of cultures throughout human history.
Jupiter and Venus are recognized as beneficial; Jupiter is the Great Benefactor while Venus is the Lesser Fortune. The influences of the Sun and Moon are generally considered to be essential. Mars, Saturn and Uranus have traditionally been identified as malefic. Mercury, Neptune and Pluto are classically identified as neutral; they assume a positive or negative role depending on the aspects they create in a native’s Horoscope.
The Planets themselves are not actually “good” or “bad”, but human reaction to their vibrations is often interpreted as such. I prefer “helpful” and “difficult” when describing influences, and it is important to remember that our reactions to celestial vibes evolve as we age and mature. Further, even though the chart is essentially a snapshot of the Zodiac at birth, the Planets and Moon – of course – do not stop their travels.
“Transit” is the term used to describe the vibrations of the planets’ current locations relative to our natal Horoscope charts. That will be discussed separately.
Click on the Planet’s name below to read more about its Astrological interpretation.
The Moon represents the mother and maternal instinct, and also represents personality (in association with the Ascendant). It rules the breasts and stomach. It indicates common employments.
The Moon transits the natal Horoscopes of all people in just about 28 days. That means it produces a regular, fairly predictable cycle of conditions, events, feelings, moods, and activities for everyone.
Traditionally, the Moon is classified as cold, moist and feminine. It rules Cancer and the Fourth House.
Mercury has influence over the nervous system and represents the mentality, or mental ability of a native. It influences adaptability, communication, dexterity, perception, and quick wit. It is also associated with mistakes, haste and anxiety, and forgetfulness, depending on aspects. Mercury is the Messenger. It indicates employment in intellectual affairs.
Traditionally, Mercury is classified as cold, moist, neutral and convertible. It rules both Gemini and Virgo, and the Third and Sixth Houses.
Venus rules love and affection, pleasure, touch, luxuries, music and the arts. It rules the throat and veins. It is the grace and beauty of Aphrodite. It indicates employment in arts and entertainment, as well as social media.
Traditionally, Venus is classified as warm, feminine, moist and fruitful. It is considered a benefactor. Venus rules both Taurus and Libra, and the Second and Seventh Houses.
The Sun is classically identified as the life force, character, impulse and individuality of a native. It rules pride, hope, courage, aspirations and honors. It rules the sides, back, and heart. The Sun indicates government employment.
Traditionally, the Sun is classified as hot, masculine, inflammatory and electric. It rules Leo and the Fifth House.
Mars was the God of War. It denotes energy, force, action, initiative, contention, desire. It is passion and conquest. It rules the head and muscular system. It indicates employment in manufacturing and the military.
Traditionally, Mars is classified as hot, dry, masculine and malefic. It rules Aries and the First House.
Jupiter’s domain is benevolence, expansion, optimism, confidence, philosophy and enterprise. Its nature is jovial and beneficial. It rules growth, promotion, worldly knowledge and travel. It is the Great Benefic. It inclines to employment in legal, financial and religious careers.
Traditionally, Jupiter is classified as hot, moist, moderate and temperate. It rules Sagittarius and the Ninth House.
Saturn was Kronos, and is often associated with the Old Man. Saturn acts to restrain, restrict, contract, and limit. As such, Saturn rules solidification, maturity, organization. Saturn imparts lessons. It rules the bones, knees and spleen. It inclines to work in mining, farming and cement.
Traditionally, Saturn is classified as cold, hard, earthly, masculine and malefic. It rules Capricorn and the Tenth House.
The remaining three planets transit the Zodiac so slowly, that their Sign location influences generations generally, rather than individuals specifically.
Uranus was Caelus, Father of the Titans. It represents electricity, clairvoyance, the supernatural; intuition, surprise, originality, innovation and invention. In the modern world, it’s the internet. It governs the aura. It is responsible for revolution and reform. It’s associated with employment with railroads, utilities and telecommunication.
Traditionally, Uranus is classified as cold, dry, positive, and spasmodic. It rules Aquarius and the Eleventh House.
Neptune was Poseidon of the Seas; he symbolizes the ether; dreams, psychometry, idealism, utopia and the spirit. It also rules deception and avoidance, mysterious or secret matters, drugs and alcohol. Neptune governs the psychic faculty and intuition, the seas, mariners, and the feet. It inclines to employment with oils, and fishing industries.
Traditionally, Neptune is classified as cold, moist, neutral and convertible. Neptune rules Pisces and the Twelfth House.
Pluto was Hades, the ruler of the Underworld. Pluto rules death and deterioration, and also birth and regeneration. It represents transformation, metamorphosis, and the subconscious mind. It is affiliated with chemistry and metabolism. It’s associated with employment regarding waste and recycling, as well as research.
Traditionally, Pluto is classified as cold, masculine, and neutral. Pluto rules Scorpio and the Eighth House.