The sun represents your will or life force. It is the conscious,
extroverted, positive, male side of yourself. The sun or solar
principle provides the life energy that is expressed by the rest of
your chart. So-called "sun-sign" astrology can work as well as it
does because the sun is such an important feature of your chart/life,
but one should never forget that there are other planets in your
chart. The moon, midheaven and the ascendant are of equal value in
describing a life. Often women will project their sun on some man instead of
owning their sun, while men will forget that they have anything but
The moon represents the emotional side of your existance. It is the
unconscious, introverted, negative, female side of yourself. The moon
or lunar principle provides a reflective element to your chart, and so
it works as a co-equal partner with your sun. Just as the sun and the
moon both appear the same size as seen from the earth (which is why
solar or lunar eclipses can happen), the sun and the moon are of equal
strength in the chart. Often men can project their moon onto some
women instead of recognizing that they too have a lunar nature, while
women can forgetthat they are anything but the mothering, nuturing
moon. The lesson from astrology is that we are all our planets, and
achieving wholeness requires that we recognize all of our chart.
Mercury represents the concretely intellectual part of your
personality, the functioning mind. Mercury represents
communication and the day to day activity of the intellect.
Mercury rules short-distance communications and learning.
Mercury rules both Gemini, where
synthesis is the key, and Virgo,
where analysis is the key. mercury can indicate the manner in which
you think, but not the level of your intelligence.
Venus can be said to represent "love" and is often paired with Mars
in a polarity: The symbol for Venus is the standard biological
symbol for female, and the glyph for Mars is the symbol for male.
Venus shows are ability at relating to others, and the nature of
the desire. Venus can indicate the type of people we are attracted
to, or the nature of our sense of attraction. It rules close
partnerships and also marriage. Venus is associated with the
Descendant of the chart. Venus is the ruler of both
Taurus and Libra.
Mars represents our active energy, the way we go out and get what we
want, which can be determined by, amoung other things, Venus. The
characteristics of Mars in the birth charts shows the nature of our
energy flow. Mars rules both the outer-directed
Aries and the inner-directed
Scorpio. Mars takes two years to circle
the sun, and so we see all faces of mars many times in our life.
Mars is considered a "personal" planet, because it tells something
about the way we are as individuals.
Jupiter is the first of the so-called "social planets." People born
within a one-year period will share the same sign position of
Jupiter. This planet show how the socialization process works
within us. The urge of the Jupiter principle is to expand; without
limits, such as those provided by Saturn, Jupiter would expand
without limits, filling the Universe, and, on a more human level,
gow fat and expend money without limit. Jupiter rules both
Pisces, lending a religious nature to both
Saturn is the second of the two social planets, and it is often
paired with Jupiter. Saturn often gets a bad rap as the bogy man of
the planets, but it is extremely important. Saturn helps us focus
and defnie limits; without Saturn, Jupiter would expand withoout
limits (a good Saturn word), whereas without Jupiter, Saturn would
contract us to a point. Saturn takes about 30 years to go around
the sun, and its positions vis a vis its natal positions represent
major turning points in our life. Saturn can also bring a sense of
limitation and dispair to our lives. Saturn rules the signs of
Uranus is the first of the three transpersonal or generational
planets. It moves so slowly -- requiring 84 years to go once
around the sun -- that it tells more, unless configured to one of
the personal planets or points, about the generation one was born
into than the nature of the person. Uranus represents the process of
individuation, and can manifest itself as independence, rebellion,
revolution or eccentricity. Uranus rules the sign of
Aquarius, giving Aquarius the
individualistic nature it is known for. Uranus was discovered
between the American and French revolutions, certainly good symbols
for the Uranian principles.
Nepture is another transpersonal planet, taking 168 years to circle
the sun. Neptune represents the spiritual or mystical side of
ourselves. It is the sensitive planet. At our level of development,
Neptune often manifests
itself in illusions, vagueness, wooley thinking and the use of
drugs such as alcohol. The discovery of Neptune took place at about
the same time as the discovery of ether in the rise of spiritualism.
Neptune rules Pisces. Even from its name,
we can tell that Neptune is a watery planet,
and is important in religious people as well as performers.
Pluto is the slowest moving of the known planets, taking 248 years
to circle the sun, so no one can experience all the sign positions
of Pluto. Pluto seems to best represent the different generations,
so that we have the "baby-boomer" generation born with Pluto in Leo
(1939-1958) and the so called "generation X' born with Pluto in
Virgo (1958-1973), as well as yet unamed generations born with Pluto
in Libra and Scorpio. In 1996 Pluto moves into Sagittarius, and
another generation starts. In natal charts, Pluto can represent
deep (and often hidden) forces, changes and transformations.
A strong Pluto can lead to obsessive or compulsive behavior, or
involvent in occult activities or depth psychology. Pluto rules the
sign of Scorpio. Pluto was the only major
planet discovered in the XXth Century, and about the time that
expreiment laid the basis for the development of the atomic bomb and
The North Node of the Moon has several meanings, depending on what school
of astrology you follow. In the traditional meanings, the north node refers to a location for intake of the psychic and physical substance you need to maintain
life, while the south node is the point where excesses of those substances
are expelled. If one node is working well and the other is blocked it can lead
to either psychic constipation of lack of nutrition. Both are needed.
In the cosmobiological school, the nodes collective refer to a point of
contact with those who are close to us, if not necessarily in a physical sense.
The word "karma" is sometimes associated with this connection.
The Ascendant -- also called the rising sign -- represents the mask we wear to face the world. Traditionally
the ascendant was considered the most important point in the chart, but
since it can not be known without an accurate birthtime, the sun became much
more prominent. The ascendant -- the point where the sun rises in the east --
represents the defense mechanisms we develop to face a hostile, non-understanding
world. It also is how other people first see us, before they come to know us
and the various personality forces represented by the planets. Some people
tend to identify with their ascendant, forgetting that it is only a facade and
not the real person. The ascendant also colors the way we see the outer world,
so that two people with different rising signs will experience the same event
The Midheaven represents our true self, that part of us that we can feel
observing our mundane activities. The midheaven -- the highest point the sun
reaches in its diurnal cycle -- is not given nearly as much attentions as
the ascendant, even though it is at least as important, and arguably more
important. The midheaven also depends on the time and location of our birth,
but unlike the ascendent it does not depend on the latitude. It also represents
the individual or ego-consciousness. It has been said that the ascendant
represents the ego in the Freudian sense, while the midheaven represents
the ego in the Jungian sense. In some ways the midheaven is closer to who we
really are than the ascendant. The midheaven - also called the MC for the Latin
Midium Coeli which means middle of the sky -- also stands for our career
or calling, and how the outside, impersonal world see us. The career is what
we do to make a living, while the calling is what we have to do.