All 10 of the planets have their own distinct function and influence. Following are the descriptions of what each planet expresses.
Sun: Our creative life force and what we’re learning to be, it concentrates on the here and now and is the conscious mind. The giver of life, the will to live, our purpose in life and who we actually are.
Moon: The home, upbringing and all things maternal. Our deepest personal needs, basic habits, what we require to feel a sense of security, and how we react and respond to problems. Reflective, responsive and receptive. The energies of the moon mediates between the inner and outer worlds, and has to do with our dreams and imagination. The sun is rational, whereas the moon is instinctive, sometimes irrational and can cause our emotions to fluctuate. It produces the immediate reactions and feelings before they’re censored by the sun.
It’s the moon that knows what you want to say but the sun doesn’t always know how to put it into words in order to express it. A struggle between the sun and moon may exist when unable to express the moon nature, or the sun can cause inner thoughts to speak out accidently.
Art, imagination, creativity, intuition, hunches, instincts and sentimentality are products of the moon. The house position shows the area of life we feel most comfortable.
Mercury: Regarded as the messenger of the gods and the rulership of Gemini and Virgo. The every day exchanges and communication, unemotional and curious. The manner as to how one personally communicates, the coordination of thought processes, ideas and sensory perceptions. There are many various ways that mercurial energies are manifested. Some of these are inquisitiveness, stubborness, indecisiveness, versatile, nervous, technical, talkative, spacey, forgetful or even grandiose.
How one studies and processes information and relays thoughts to others is the position of mercury and it’s aspects to other planets. The house position denotes where one seeks to express themself and what they give much thought to.
Venus: The things in life that are deemed of personal value and the rulership of both Taurus and Libra. The kinds of things we’re attracted to, types of gifts we select, liesure activities, artistic inclinations, money, possesions, and comfort. The house position denotes what areas of life we obtain pleasure from and want to refine.
Mars: Pure physical energy and action, ruler of Aires. Self-assertion, survival and ambition. The house position shows what kind of areas we apply the energy, enthusiasm and ambitions.
Jupiter: The king of the gods in mythology, having plenty, the rulership of Sagittarius. Benevolence, hope, honor, law, philosophy, faith and religion. The broad picture and far reach, foresight, fortune, optimism and growth. Negative manifestations can include exaggeration, weight gain, breaking the budget, over-looking the fine print and finer details, and skipping preventative measures.
Saturn: Father of time and the grim reaper, rulership of Capricorn. Restricts, limits, schedules, builds, defines and brings organization. The father or paternal nature, discipline, rules, regulations and authority. Lessons that are taught to help us grow and understand how to structure our lives and to build character. Saturn brings both definition and limitations to the areas interpreted by the planets it aspects. Some of our fears, as well as what we may feel responsibility or obligation about, are shown in the house position.
Uranus: God of the sky, science and technology, rulership of Aquarius. Innovation, invention, discovery and progress. Representative of the spark of intuition, and sudden insight. Because of its slow movement, Uranus is placed in the same sign as many others of the same generation. The house shows the area where that generation stirs things up, brings a new spin on what’s already established. Originality and spontaneous thought and action are in the areas interpreted by the planets it’s in aspect with.
Neptune: The god of the sea, poseidon, rulership of Pisces. Inspiration, psychic receptivity, dreams, illusion, romance, idealism, compassion and spirituality. Some of the negative manifestations are deception, guilt and addiction. Planets aspected by Neptune will display some characteristics of vulnerability, dreaminess, and intuition.
Pluto: Referred to as the god of the underworld and is the rulership of Scorpio. Transformation from the subconscious, endings and new beginnings susch as marriage, becoming a parent, graduation, renewal, regeneration and spiritual growth. Negative expressions are obsessiveness, and general destructiveness. The sign’s position is generational and denotes where issues of control might manifest, where truth and deeper meanings are sought, upheavels and changes may occur. Where we either seek change and regeneration or have it thrust upon us in accordance to our personal deepest needs.
Ascendant: Is placed on the cusp of the first house of the natal chart and is referred to as the rising sign, the sign rising on the Eastern horizon at the moment of birth. This is one of four angles of the chart and is how we approach everything and everyone and the first impressions we make. Represents our appearance, health, stature, and demeanor. Shows our disposition and expectations such as hesitant, anxious, assertive, shy or stoic, for example. How we go about beginning anything new is also ruled by the ascendant.