In astrology, the different positions of planets at the precise moment of a person’s birth are a highly influential factor of their life. It gives important insights into a person’s nature and course of life. The natal chart includes the positions of the sun, moon, planets and other celestial bodies and how they influence that person’s life.
Each planet is associated with a zodiac sign, and that sign will exhibit traits of the planet where it appears in one’s natal chart.
The “inner planets”— the sun, moon, mercury, mars and venus —move quickly through the zodiac. As a result, they affect your day-to-day life, moods and habits.
The “outer planets” — jupiter, saturn, neptune, uranus and pluto – move slowly, changing signs every one to fifteen years. As a result, they shape the bigger trends in your life. In fact, neptune, uranus and pluto orbit the sun so slowly that they’re said to shape entire generations.
|Planet||Symbol and Memory Aid|
|Sun||A circle with a spot inside it – Spirit surrounds the seed of potential|
|Moon||A crescent moon|
|Mercury||The winged messenger – Mercury’s winged helmet and caduceus|
|Venus||The symbol for femininity – The Goddess’s mirror|
|Mars||The symbol for masculinity – A battle shield and sword|
|Jupiter||The number 4 with a curl – Zeus’s thunderbolt|
|Saturn||A lower case h with a cross through the top – depicts a sickle|
|Uranus||A TV antenna – actually a stylised H, after Uranus’s discoverer, William Herschel|
|Pluto||A crucible or the combined initials PL – Pluto’s Cap of Invisibility or named after the person who allegedly “discovered” the planet – Percival Lowell.|
The Sun – (Zodiac sign equivalent: Leo)
The Sun tells us of the actual core of a person and their the inner self. It is also about the ability to assert oneself. The positive aspects of this planet are about the self, self-image and willpower. The negative aspects relate to the ego, vanity and selfishness. It represents your ego, your levels of confidence and where your focus is in this lifetime. The sun in many ways is the driving force in your chart. It is the giver of life and light. Wherever the sun is in your chart tells you a lot about what you came here to do on planet earth. The sun represents who you really are, where you shine, where your focus is in this lifetime, your individuality and how bold you are.
Where is the Sun in your chart?
Fire sign – you are likely to be fiery!
Earth sign – you’re more likely to be quite down to earth.
Air sign – you’re more likely to live in your head.
Water sign – you are the emotional and sentimental type.
The Moon – (Zodiac sign equivalent: Cancer)
The Moon represents our feelings and emotions, the receptivity, imagination and basic feeling traits of a person. It also influences our adaptability to change, our mobility and versatility. The positive aspects relate to feeling, nurturing and instincts. The negative aspects relate to neediness, moodiness and timidity. The moon is about our inner nature. It tells us about what we need. The moon in your chart also tells us about your home, how you grew up, your feelings, your unconscious and your instincts. The moon also represents femininity, receptivity, fertility, the Goddess, cycles and moods. The moon represents what you need, what feeds you, your relationship with your mother, your feminine side, how sensitive you are, your subconscious and your emotional security.
Where is the Moon in your chart?
Fire sign – you have fiery emotions.
Earth sign – you’re are emotionally steadfast
Air sign – you may need to work harder to connect with your emotions
Water sign – you’re very emotional. Have I said this already?
Mercury – (Zodiac sign equivalent: Gemini & Virgo)
Mercury represents reason, reasonableness (common sense) and that which is rational. It stands for the spoken and written word, putting things in order, weighing and evaluating, the process of learning and skills. Positive aspects relate to communication, intelligence and the exchange of ideas. Negative aspects relate to chattering, superficiality and inconsistency. This planet is all about communication – whether it is written or spoken. Mercury is also the transport planet, commuting, trade, commerce. It governs your wit, thoughts, thirst for knowledge, desire and ability to learn. This also applies to someone who overthinks or can’t make decisions. The sign and house that you Mercury is in your chart will tell you how you think and express yourself. If someone is a smooth talker, fast talker or charmer – blame their Mercury fam!.
Where is Mercury in your chart?
Fire sign – you’re likely to shoot straight from the hip
Earth sign – you’re very good at getting your message across in a grounded fashion
Air sign – you’re more inclined towards intellectualism
Water sign – you pick up unspoken signals and assess body language
Venus – (Zodiac sign equivalent: Libra and Taurus)
Venus gives us a sense of beauty, the enjoyment of pleasure, aesthetic awareness, love of harmony, sociability, taking pleasure in relationships and eroticism. This planet is all about romance and riches. It’s the LOVE planet. Venus guides you when you fancy someone, fall in love or yearn for something or someone. Venus is about pleasure, kindness, caresses and perfect and ideal relationships. How you relate to others depends a lot on your Venus. How you fall in love also depends a lot on your Venus. Knowing where a person’s Venus is located is like having the key to their heart and and a manual on how to seduce them! A person who has their Venus in Aquarius will probably want less PDA than one with Venus in Cancer! Venus is also about aesthetics and our appreciation of the finer things in life such as art and music. Its also about beauty, luxury, wealth and partnership. This plant is all about how you fall in love, how you attract a partner, your idea of romance, your softer side, how you flirt, how you draw abundance, how you create harmony, how you express pleasure and how you find pleasure.
Where is your Venus in your chart?
Fire sign – you fall in love faster
Earth sign – you’re usually very loyal and true
Air sign – you can be very romantic but tend to be a elusive when it comes to love – overthinking it instead of feeling it!
Water sign – you are often mushy and sentimental to a fault
Mars – (Zodiac sign equivalent: Aries)
Mars represents the energy and drive of a person, their courage and determination. It also describes the readiness for action, the way one goes about doing things as well as aggression. Positive aspects are about determination, courage and action. Negative aspects relate to rage, brutality or brashness. Mars is a very masculine planet. It governs war, our sex drive, what turns us on and how we get what we want. Mars is also about how we pursue our goals, our desire and our action. Aggression, lust, anger and even brutishness are all Mars traits. Mars is the zodiac partner of Venus.
Where is Mars in your chart?
Fire sign – you have hella drive, but watch that you don’t burn out!
Earth sign – you have the stamina and resilience that will make sure you get things done.
Air sign – you have balanced good energy
Water sign – conflict because Mars wants to rush through whereas water wants to be still. The water element can dampen the fire
Jupiter – (Zodiac sign equivalent: Sagittarius)
The search for individual meaning and purpose, optimism, hope and a sense of justice are represented by Jupiter. So are faith, a basic philosophy of life and the striving for spiritual growth and expansion. The positive aspects of this planet relate to faith, excitement, adventure and joy. The negative aspects are about overindulgence, pompousness, arrogance and risk. Jupiter is the planet that endows you with the confidence to believe in yourself. Jupiter is also about joy, freedom and adventure and seeing the big picture. It is about taking chances and seizing opportunities. This planet is all about faith and the meaning of life. Morals, confidence and luck are all Jupiter traits. It is also about feeling lucky, optimistic, how you feel about being blessed, how adventurous you are and whether you are a glass half full or empty kinda person.
Where is Jupiter in your chart?
Fire sign – you’re likely to have lots of excitement and drama.
Earth sign – you’re likely to have lots of staying power and practical ideas.
Air sign – you’re likely to have a lot of feelings – good and bad.
Water sign – you have a lot of good ideas and social life.
Saturn – (Zodiac sign equivalent: Capricorn)
Saturn shows how we experience “reality”, where we meet with resistance and discovering our limitations. It represents the conscience and moral conviction, the laws and rules which we choose to obey. It also tells us about our powers of endurance and the ability to concentrate, it lends qualities like earnestness, caution and reserve. Positive aspects relate to commitment, discipline, integrity and longevity. Negative aspects relate to fear, barriers, depression and hard heartedness.
Saturn is the taskmasker of the zodiac and is all about the lessons you never wanted to learn! Saturn Return anyone? When Saturn is in your chart you will have hella lessons in your lifetime. If you know where you Saturn is placed then you will have an idea of which areas your challenges and lessons will show up. Saturn is about structure, our fears, work, and discipline. Saturn is also known as the karma planet. Saturn is not about that life basically! On the opposite end of this is that Saturn can lead you to gain wisdom, integrity and truth from all those challenges and lessons.
Where is your Saturn in your chart?
Fire sign – Saturn can cause you to slow down when all you want to do is speed ahead!
Earth sign – The earth signs and Saturn are compatible as they both have restrictive qualities.
Air sign – This is great for letting ideas flow and for making long lasting decisions and formulating ideas.
Water sign – Water wants to flow whilst Saturn wants to restrict and limit – so challenges ahead.
Uranus – (Zodiac sign equivalent: Aquarius)
Uranus stands for intuition, it transmits sudden inspiration and lightning insights. This planet is all about having an openness for all that is new, unknown and unusual. Positive aspects relate to progress, change, unexpected surprises, breakthroughs and non-conformity. Negative aspects relate to chaos, wrecking, unreliability and rushing. This is all about breaking free, doing things your way, not caring what anyone thinks and being independent. Wherever you have Uranus in your chart, you will be striving for freedom. People who have this sign in their sun sign, they will be different because its all about liberation, destroying traditions and breaking down authority – my kinda people! Uranus also rules anarchy and chaos – which makes sense because to build something new, the old needs to be destroyed!
Neptune – (Zodiac sign equivalent: Pisces)
This planet gives us the supersensory, opens doors to mystical experience and the transcendental. On this level it is hard to discern where perception moves into deception, illusion and false appearances, and so Neptune is associated with all of these, with drugs and all kinds of pseudo-realities. Positive aspects relate to enlightenment, inspiration, dreams, connection, mysticism and sacrifice. The negative aspects relate to having no boundaries, substance abuse, delusions and disappointment. Neptune is about dreams, soulmates and the Divine. It is all about meditation, enlightenment and being a visionary. On the other hand its about addiction, intoxicants, idealization, trances and the paranormal.
Pluto – (Zodiac sign equivalent: Scorpio)
Pluto describes how we deal with power, personal and non-personal, be it through suffering the power of others or exercising it ourselves. It describes how we meet the demonic and magical, our regenerative powers and our capacity for radical change and rebirth: the cycles of dying and becoming. The positive aspects relate to transformation, healing crisis, passion and power. The negative aspects relate to destruction, power struggles and violence. Pluto is the Lord of the Underworld. He is a fantastic magician, is responsible for transformation within ourselves and represents the birth, death and rebirth cycle. He also rules detoxes and removing bad habits from your life. Pluto transforms through destruction, helps us to let go of things and empowers us.