Lesson 2: The Planets

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Lesson 2: The Planets

Post by Donata » 07 Nov 2006, 16:11

Each planet has its own basic charecteristics, regardless of which house or sign it appears in. Each planet's expression blends with and is influenced by the action of the sign and house it occupies. The aspect a planet makes to other planets will also modify its expression.

The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are called 'personal planets', or 'charecter building' planets.

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are called 'impersonal planets' or 'event planets'.

Keyword: Inner Self

The Sun rules the sign Leo and the fifth house. It represents your ego and the expression of your individuality. It also shows by house and sign placement your ambitions, deepest charecter traits and personal fulfillment.

In a natal chart, the Sun represents those who have a great influence in your life; i.e., a boss, supervisor,the government and men in general.In a males chart, The Sun represents the father and in a females chart, it represents the husband.

The Sun travels about 53 seconds per day and spends approximately 30 days in each sign.

Positive Sun Traits: Ambition, confidence, strong will power, strength, loyalty and a desire for recognition.

Negative Sun Traits: Arrogance, jealousy, laziness, conceit.

Keyword: Emotions

The Moon rules the sign Cancer and the fourth house. It represents your needs and desires, habits, instincts and the subconscious mind. The Moon also shows by house and sign placement, how you respond emotionally to others, situations and experiences, as well as how the public will react to you.

The Moon represents the mother, babies and the home enviornment. It also shows how well you get along with women regardless of your gender.

The Moon goes through all twelve signs about every 28 days. It spends approximately 2 1/2 days in each sign.

Positive Moon Traits: Inspiration, Flexibilty, domestic, nurturing, magnetism, fertility.

Negative Moon Traits: Self destructive, moodiness, smothering, dreaminess.

Keyword: Reasoning Powers

Mercury rules Gemini, Virgo and the third and sixth houses. Mercury represents the way a person thinks and communicates. Mercury's house and sign placement will show how the mind directs its thoughts, ideas and opinions.. It is the conscious or reasonig mind.

When Mercury is in aspect with another planet, it will give additional information about how a person thinks. For example, if Mercury is aspected with the planet Mars, it will show a person who will most likely act upon their thoughts and ideas. If it aspected to Saturn, it would show a serious thinker, one who is cautious in communicating their thoughts.

Mercury also shows how an individual goes from one place to another (slowly, quickly, weakly, strongly etc.) depending on the sign placement. It also deals with day-to-day activities and siblings.

It takes Mercury approximately one year to go through all of the twelve signs. Mercury can stay in one sign from about 14 to 30 days, depending on its motion.

Positive Mercury Traits: Ability to learn quickly, resourcefulness, awareness, dexteriy, intelligent.

Negative Mercury Traits: Indecisiveness, instability, gullable, talks too much, two-faced, nosy.

Keyword: Affection

Venus rules Taurus and Libra, the second and seventh houses. Venus rules social attitudes and behavior, as well as values, priorities, an individual's judgement and moral tendencies. Venus' house position in the natal chart shows where good luck can appear (in a minor way), where money may be gained or spent, and where you will want to relate to others. In a male's chart, Venus will indicate the kind of woman he may be attracted to. It is the planet of marriage and partnerships.

Venus travels from 0 to 1 degree, 16 minutes a day, depending on its motion, and stays in a sign approximately 23 days to a little over 2 months.

Positive Venus Traits: Charm, appreciation,of beutiful things, creativity, considerate, social.

Negative Venus Traits: Vanity, laziness, self-indulgent, indecisive, possesive, jealousy.

Keyword: Reality

Earth represents the physical plane and mundane matters. The Earth is always the exact opposite of the Sun sign, degree and house placement. In the natal chart, Earth describes the area in which a person will be the most successful and one's own approach. It shows the individual's mission in life.

Keyword: Energy

Mars rules Aries and the first house. Mars represents action and energy. It's house position in the natal chart willshow where one is most likely to take risks, physical activities and the kind of things that one will put a lot of effort into. In a male's chart, Mars will indicate the sexual potency and drive. In a female's chart, Mars will describe the kind of man she would be physically attracted to.

Mars travels from 0 to one degree, 16 minutes per day depending on its motion, and takes about 2 years to go through all 12 signs, staying in one sign for about 1.5 months.

Positive Mars Traits: Courage, determination, independent, energetic, self reliant.

Negative Mars Traits: Impulsive, stubborn, violent, cruel, destructive.

Keyword: Expansion
Jupiter rules the sign Sagittarius and the ninth house. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and where it is located in the natal chart, will show an abundance in the individual's life. It also describes the potential for growth be it physical, intellectual, spiritual or cultural. It also describes one's capacity for enjoyment, optimism and the development of aspirations.

In a female's chart, Jupiter represents the father. Jupiter is sometimes called the greater benefactor because it is associated with good fortune in major ways and more often a benefit in a chart than it is a detriment.

It takes Jupiter about 12 years to go through the 12 signs, staying in one sign an average of one year. Jupiter travels from 0 to 14 minutes a day depending on whether it is retrograde or in direct motion.

Positive Jupiter Traits: Success, ambition, inspiration, wealth, optimism, generous, aspiring.

Negative Jupiter Traits: extravagance, pomposity, conceit, very lazy, overconfident, fanatical.

Keyword: The Teacher

Saturn rules the sign Capricorn and the 10th house. Saturn is the 'teacher' planet and through its influences we learn. Sometimes this can be a difficult process. But remember, the planets represent circumstances or options. The individual makes the choices. Saturn's house placement shows the area of a person's life where that person has the most lessons to learn and where that person mat have the greatest feelings of inadequacy, resposibilities and limitations. Saturn's action is slow and enduring.

Saturn travels from 0 to 8 minutes per day depending on its motion and takes approximately 29 1/2 years to go through all twelve signs, staying in one sign for about 2 1/2 years.

Positive Saturn Traits: Stability, self- discipline, patience, endurance, humility, thriftiness, conventional.

Negative Saturn Traits: Misery, narrow-minded, selfish, fearful, pessimistic, rigid.

Keyword: The Awakener

Uranus rules the sign Aquarius and the elveventh house. Uranus rules freedom and independence. It indicates originality in thought and expression. It's also associated with sudden changes and events, unpredictability and where a person's lifestyle may be different from the norm. Uranus in the natal chart indicates where a person will be unconventional, intuitive and individualistic. Uranus rules astrology, electricity, inventions and friends.

Uranus travels from 0 to 4 minutes per day, depending on its motion and it moves through all twelve signs of the Zodiac approximately 84 years, staying in one sign about 7 years.

Positive Uranus Traits: Clairvoyant ability, intuition, humanitarian ideals, strength of will, progressive, original.

Negative Uranus Traits: Rebellious, eccentric, impulsive.

Keyword: Intuition

Neptune rules the sign Pisces and the 12th house. Neptune is a difficult planet to describe because it rules anything that is difficult to pin down or define. However, in the natal chart, Neptune represents a person's spirituality, abstract thinking, illusions, and where things aren't always what they seem. It can also rule those who are oppressed, abandoned or perecuted.

If well aspected Neptune can represent those who are glamorous and charismatic, compassionate and highly creative. Neptune also indicates good fortune and protection that almost seems supernatural.

Neptune travels from 0 degrees to 3 minutes per day, depending on its motion. It takes Neptune about 165 years to go through all 12 signs, staying in each one for approximately 14 years.

Positive Neptune Traits: Mystical, inspiration, genius, devotion, sensitive, idealistic, creative, psychic, understanding.

Negative Neptune Traits: Self-delusion, self indulgence, chaotic events, negativity, self-sacrficing, powerlessness, misplaced sympathies, Fraud.

Keyword: Transformation

Pluto rules the sign Scorpio and the eighth house. Pluto represents intense energy. While Pluto mainly applies to a generation, a strong Pluto in the natal chart generally indicates an individual who will most likely be a nonconformist, who will bring new developments into the world. It can also indicate great amounts of money and power behind the scenes for the individual.

The presence of Pluto's energy is never obvious until it is used. Pluto is the transformer, breaking down the old and replaces it with the new and is associated with drastic changes and forced conditions. Pluto is also associated with karmic responsibility and where a person must gain a deeper level of understanding. Pluto's action is slow, ponderous and inescapable.

Pluto travels from 0 to three minutes a day and takes approximately 248 years to go through all 12 signs, staying in each one from 14 to 30 years.

Positive Pluto Traits: Spirituality, revitalization, positive clairvoyance, transformation.

Negative Pluto Traits: Fanaticism, anarchy, destruction, turmoil, criminal behavior.


The nodes of the moon are not planets; they are calculated points in space based on the Moon's position. There is a North Node and a South Node which are always in opposition to each other. Traditionally, the north node is viewd to have an influence similar to that of Jupiter and the south node has an inlfuence similar to that of Saturn.

In a chart, the north node represents the area where development of new talents should be directed. The south node represents talents already developed.


The vertex represents an important life instruction. The vertex mostly falls between the fifth and eighth houses. Its exact point varies depending on the individual's birth date, time and place. The vertex and the anti-vertex (opposite point of the vertex) indicate karmic events in the life of an individual regarding cause and effect. Be careful of what you wish for, as it just might come true when the votex and anti-vortex come into play.


Refers to the forward movement of planets as seen from Earth. Direct motion allows an outward expression of a planet's energy, as indicated by house, sign placement and its aspects.


Refers to a planet that appears to be moving backwards as seen from the Earth. The energy of a retrograde planet is less assertive and more internalized, sometimes reversing situations and changing our feelings and regular activities. The Sun and Moon can never be in retrograde motion.


A planet is said to "make a station" when it seems to stop moving. A planet has a greater influence in the horoscope when it is stationary because its energy is concentrated and focused at the degree of the zodiac it occupies.
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Re: Lesson 2: The Planets

Post by Airmid'sCat » 14 Mar 2010, 00:07

I'm bumping this I need to know where to find it....very useful Donata :grin:

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