In Astrology, every planet is connected with certain “functions.” They are like Archetypes, alive and functional within both the Collective and Individual Consciousness of all life on planet Earth.
Your natural character, or Spirit. Your energetic frequency. The Sun shows your greatest potential, and perhaps, where your “enlightenment” may take place. How you relate to men in general, especially the father. If the Sun is strongly placed in your horoscope, you will tend to be outgoing, authoritative, maybe even a bit theatrical, and you will be more likely to seek attention. The Sun rules the sign of Leo.
Your ability to express affection. Artistic taste. Love, possessions, and happiness. People with Venus strongly placed in their horoscopes are more likely to be considered charming and they will tend to be strongly attracted to the arts. Venus rules the signs of Libra and Taurus.
Aggression and energy. Will Power. Action. Strength. Sexuality. If Mars is strongly placed in your horoscope, you will tend to be active, energetic, assertive, even over bearing. Mars rules the sign of Aries, and traditionally Scorpio.
Your ability to grasp general principles, as opposed to the specific sense data of Mercury. It also charts our optimism and faith. The sign position of Jupiter shows where we feel most safe and secure and can therefore take advantage of opportunity. This is the quality that is frequently referred to as “good luck”, but is really just “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius, and traditionally Pisces.
Caution and fear. Contraction. Also ambition and determination. Without the obstacles of Saturn, we would never grow. Saturn is strongly placed in the horoscopes of doctors, research scientists, and business people. The sign position shows what we need to feel safe and secure, and what we fear that we will never have enough of. Since this is where we tend to be fearful, we become nervous and tend to “mess up”, or never try at all. This is the quality that frequently comes across as “bad luck”. Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn, and traditionally Aquarius.
Idealistic, naive, and dreaming. Where we see the world through “rose-colored glasses”. Where we see what we want to see. This is the planet of imagination as well as illusion. If Neptune is strongly placed in the horoscope, the person is most likely to be considered imaginative and sensitive. Negatively, there is a potential for substance abuse. Escapism. Neptune rules the sign of Pisces.
The Soul’s intent. Deepest fears. Sex, death, and regeneration. Extremes. Where we tend to pull out all the stops and never compromise. Shamanic, dark, and sexy. Pluto strongly placed in your horoscope generally means you are a person not to be messed with. Pluto rules the sign of Scorpio.
art by Robert Venosa “Angel”