I realised that before I write a series of articles on the meaning of each planet and what they can bring to your birth chart I thought I’d better do a quick run through of the different groups and how they operate.
The Luminaries – The Sun & The Moon
These two are the giant lights in your birth chart with the Sun shining a spotlight on whatever part in falls and by sign, how that spotlight is used. And the Moon is your sanctuary part of the chart and shows by house and by sign how we emote and refuel from interactions with the outside world.
The Personal Planets – Mercury, Venus & Mars
These three planets show how you think (Mercury), value (Venus) and act (Mars) with yourself and to others. All three of these planets motivations should be fairly well known and make up much of what you say you are to others. i.e. ‘I’m really shy’, ‘I like to think things over’, ‘It takes me two seconds to fall in love’.
The Outer Planets – Chiron, Jupiter & Saturn
These two are the bridge between what we know about ourselves and the other, more unconscious drives and actions.
Saturn has a lot to do with how you use and view authority and structure. Its also where you will find the limitation in your chart. Saturn restricts and delays.
Jupiter is the total opposite – wherever it sits in the chart that is where good things happen, where things are always growing, expanding. Jupiter is much about how we learn, teach and give ourselves to others.
Chiron is the psychic wound. It is where we can be hurt the most. It shows the hang-up that you have and will try to cover up as much as possible. But it can also show our healing powers and how we can help others to help ourselves.
The Transcendental Planets – Uranus, Neptune & Pluto
These three planets function the chart but we won’t really understand them or consciously acknowledge it. They rule those bits of ourselves that are unpredictable, confusing and largely out of our control.
Uranus is where we like things to be constantly changing. Depending on sign and house placements it will show how we rebel, how we react to changes and what is unconventional about us.
Neptune is our ability to fool ourselves. It is all about confusion, illusion and delusion. It is one of the most difficult planets to really understand in the chart. Where Neptune falls is where we see only what we want to and can blithely ignore the real facts even if they right in front of us. But it is also about how and where we express selfless, unconditional love.
Pluto, where it falls in the chart, shows what parts of our lives we will find in phoenix cycles of death and rebirth. Pluto brings transformation so depending on the house in the chart you will find that part of yourself or your life will end and start again periodically. It is difficult not to see it as negative but actually most of what is killed off or destroyed was unnecessary and detrimental to your well being, even if you can’t appreciate it at the time. Pluto was made for the maxim ‘what does not kill us only makes us stronger’.