represent different cosmic forces or energies that influence your
basic character traits and your changing urges and needs as you
experience this life's journey. They provide the energies that drive
your physical, emotional, mental, and intuition systems. These planetary
energies are modified by the planet's position in the zodiac, and
by its relationships (aspects)
to the other planets.
Other celestial bodies that are considered by
contemporary astrologers are the asteroids
For the purpose of these introductory lessons we will be focusing
on the "ten planets". We encourage the reader to pursue
other texts about the study of asteroids and Chiron for information.
Books we recommend are included in the Source
Bibliography. This recommendation comes with the assumption
that before seeking this information you have gained a firm foundation
in the basic astrological practices.
fall into three groups according to how long it takes them to make
one trip around the sun. The Personal Planets (also known as
the Inner Planets), the Immediate Planets and the Transpersonal
Planets (also known as the Outer Planets).
first group of planets takes less than two years to make a full
cycle. These include the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Since
we experience the influence of these planetary cycles so often,
we soon learn to recognize and control our reactions to them. These
are the Personal Planets.
The keywords are suggested characteristics below but are not all
inclusive as adjectives. Keywords, as you continue through the lessons,
will become helpful in knitting together an effective interpretation
to the charts you read. We do recommend that you work with memorizing
keyword traits of the planets and their effect, zodiac signs, aspects
and the houses. That study alone will allow you to manifest a fair
and concise interpretation of all charts.
second group of planets includes planets Jupiter and Saturn. Their
effects are felt more as long-term inner urges rather than immediate
conscious needs. These urges determine how you view the
third group of planets moves so slowly that its energies influence
entire generations in essentially the same, setting the culture
tones for long periods of time. Uranus makes a full cycle in about
84 years, a full lifetime, while Neptune and Pluto take about two
centuries (165 and 247 years respectively). The characteristics
of these Transpersonal planets are as follows:
The influences of these transpersonal planets will vary among individuals,
depending on how they relate to the other planets of the horoscope,
and how they fall into a person's natal houses.
The Sun's position in the zodiac is your familiar Sun sign. Often
when a person asks "What's your Sign?", it is the Sun
sign they are referring to. The Sun sign shows how you express your
creative urges through conscious acts of will. The Sun is
the Life Force of the Zodiac. The Sun rules the sign Leo.
The Moon's position in the zodiac shows your unconscious emotional
reactions to situations based on your early childhood experiences
and family training. Often the Moon influences dreams of the subconscious.
The Moon is the Other side of the Mirror for us. The Moon
rules the sign Cancer.
The planet Mercury's position in the zodiac describes your thought
process and then how you communicate your ideas and decisions to
others. It also reveals how you make decisions and what you consider
before making a decision. Often its position can show modes
of communication you prefer. Mercury is the EmCee of the Zodiac.
The planet Mercury rules the sign Gemini.
The planet Venus's position in the zodiac shows how you give of
yourself and how you express your feelings for others. It also reveals
how you attract the good things of life, both the material and the
spiritual. Venus is the Artistic eye of the Zodiac. The planet
Venus rules the sign Libra.
The planet Mars's position in the zodiac shows how you use your
physical energies in expressing your needs. It affects your sex
drive, ambitions, endurance, and aggressiveness. Mars, the God,
is best known as the God of War and least known for the God of Husbandry.
Mars does effect agriculture. Mars is the Provider of Sustenance
of the Zodiac. The Planet Mars rules the sign Aries.
The planet Jupiter's position in the zodiac shows how you express
your need to grow. It shows your interests in the higher values
of life and how you share those interests with others. When you
think of the "Giant Planet" you think expansiveness. This
is what energies of Jupiter challenge us to do in the physical,
the intellect, the emotional but most important the spiritualexpand!
Jupiter could be called the Philosopher of the Zodiac and
the Comedian. The planet Jupiter rules the sign Sagittarius.
The planet Saturn's position in the zodiac shows how you try to
establish and protect your position in life. Saturn is the Wise
Sage of the Zodiac. The Teacher asks its student to "know thyself".
It also shows how you face responsibility and seek recognition for
your efforts. Saturn is the Professor of the Zodiac. The
planet Saturn rules the sign
The planet Uranus's position in the zodiac shows something about
the motivation, goals, and originality of those born in each seven
year period during which Uranus is in each of the signs. After Saturn
helps us find our limitations, Uranus assists in liberating us from
those limitations. Uranus is the true non-conformist of the Zodiac
because it rotates on its axis from top to bottom and not from side
to side as we do. We refer to Uranus the Braveheart of the Zodiac.
The planet Uranus rules the sign Aquarius.
The planet Neptune's position in the zodiac influences the collective
outlook of all those born within the same thirteen year period during
which Neptune remains in one sign. Neptune show you the mystical
and inspirational influences felt by each generation. But Neptune
also challenges you to decide what is illusion and what is reality.
Neptune often reveals deception and hidden mysteries of life. This
Actor portrays is the Psychic of the Zodiac. The planet Neptune
rules the sign Pisces.
The planet Pluto's position in the zodiac influences the entire
generation of people born within the same twelve to twenty-two year
period during which Pluto remains in one sign. Pluto's energies
show us the human need for regeneration and control in each generation.
The farthest from us yet the most effecting of all the planets because
it demands change and re-creation from us. There is no other name
for Pluto but The Transformer of the Zodiac. The planet Pluto
rules the sign Scorpio.
that you have an idea on "the actors" and what they bring
to the roles in this drama we call a life's journey, we will move
on to the "roles" they play.
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