The Sun with it’s perpetual fire is the heart of our Solar System. It defines the seasons and sets the limits of the 12 Signs of the Zodiac. It represents the focal point of an Astrological Chart or "Map of the Heavens". The angular relationships or aspects with the other planets are the basis of a Chart and are consequently very important.
Astrologically speaking, the Sun navigates through the Zodiac (12 Signs or Constellations) in 365 days and visits each Sign for approximately 1 month. It bestows it’s brilliance on everyone’s Birth Sign; it is our source of energy.
The Sun symbolizes vitality, determination, loyalty, honesty and life. It is the "Fire" which signifies one’s vital force and consciousness. Representing the nobility of the spirit, the Sun symbolizes heroism, the ideal and "love with a capital L"… of the heart and not of the senses (Venus).
In short, the Sun is our positive energy, depending on its aspects with other planets at our birth.
Earth’s satellite, the Moon, is the heavenly body which affects life’s rhythms. Its influence on both the tides and menstrual cycles is undeniable. New and Full Moons are also remarkable examples of its influence.
The Moon traverses the Zodiac (i.e. 12 Signs or Constellations) in 28 and a half days. It’s monthly visit to each sign lasts approximately 2 to 2 and a half days.
The Moon is considered unstable and changing due to its speedy trajectory through the heavens. It is linked with all that is feminine and fertile. One’s emotions, memories and imagination are also connected to this "planet".
In short, the Moon is the prototype of woman, mother and dreamer… capriciousness depends on the mood of the moment.
Mercury is not only the closest planet to the Sun, but it is also the smallest and fastest of our Solar System. Symbolically, it represents "active intelligence". This eloquent planet likes human contact, rousing debate and brilliant conversation.
Mercury orbits the Sun in approximately 87 days. Yet it stays about one month per year in each Sign of the Zodiac, due to both its proximity to the Earth and occasional "retrograde" movement.
In Greek mythology, Mercury was represented by a young man with winged ankles transmitting the messages of the gods. On an esoteric level, Mercury is no different than Hermes the Messenger. Its influence is felt wherever intellect dominates and where it can act as an intermediary to unify opposing sides.
Mercury symbolizes the mind, communication, academics, contracts, trickery, movement, intellectual exchange, vivacity and the central nervous system.
Traditionally referred to as the "Planet of Love" because of its influence on lovers, Venus appears in the sky like the Evening Star. With this heavenly Aphrodite, one’s love life is graced with exquisite sensuality.
Like Mercury, this planet is never too far from the Sun. Venus traverses the Zodiac (i.e. 12 Signs or Constellations) in 225 days and remains in each Sign for about 1 month.
Venus symbolizes beauty, the arts, pleasure, emotions, seduction and sensuality. Known for its charm, Venus likes those professions that are related to luxury: fashion, aesthetics and interior design.
Above all, true Venusians seek the pleasures of life. Their weak point is lust, and idleness can also be one of their hobbies! They need to feel loved.
Unlike Mercury, Venus feels far more than it understands.
Earth’s "little brother" Mars inspires energy and impulsiveness. Authoritarian yet disciplined, those who are strongly influenced by this red planet require activities of a more aggressive nature… tenderness is almost considered a sign of weakness.
Mars traverses the Zodiac (i.e. 12 Signs or Constellations) in 2 years and remains in each Sign for approximately 2 months.
Fiery and hyperactive, Mars symbolizes war, physical strength, aggressiveness, the desire for conquest, but also courage.
In short, Mars (the small soldier) is an impulsive rabble-rouser and sportsman. Once a Martian’s mind is made up, nothing will stop them.
Jupiter is the largest heavenly body orbiting the Sun. It is referred to as Zeus in Greek mythology. The attributes of this "planet of good fortune" are the exact opposite of those of Saturn. As much as Saturn is cautious, wise and moderate… Jupiter is indulgent, expansive, and even excessive.
It takes Jupiter 12 years to traverse the Zodiac (i.e. 12 Signs or Constellations) and remains approximately 1 year in each Sign.
Jupiter symbolizes maturity, justice, philosophy, religion and all that has society’s approval. It bestows its recipients with success, growth, luck, riches, education, generosity, but also excessiveness. Sometimes regarded as the planet of "greed"; Jupiter’s influence can lead to excesses of all kinds.
In short, Jupiter represents abundance.
Saturn, with its halo-like rings, is often given an undeserved bad reputation. Called Kronos in ancient Greece, this heavenly body represents Time. The pale light emanating from this planet evokes that element that consumes all, but without which nothing worthwhile can be created.
Saturn traverses the Zodiac (i.e. 12 Signs or Constellations) in 29 years and remains for approximately 2 and half years in each Sign. Character building is an emphasis of it’s slow and steady pace!
Saturn signifies introverted tendancies. This heavenly body symbolizes commonsense, prudence, wisdom, a strong sense of responsibility. Saturn may also bring restrictions and delays. It helps to both accomplish the most difficult work and later reap the rewards of success.
In short, Saturn typifies seriousness, reserve, stability, and fidelity.
First of the "modern" planets, Uranus was discovered by the English astronomer Sir William Herschel (1738-1822). Its discovery took place in March 1781 and coincided with the Industrial Revolution. It takes 84 years for Uranus to travel through the Zodiac (i.e. 12 Signs or Constellations); this planet remains in each Sign for approximately 7 years.
This heavenly body is known for its marginality and rigidness, as well as its need for space. Nothing is good or bad in itself; there is only the unknown or the unexpected…in others words, the future. As such, Uranus represents progress, inventiveness, originality, eccentricity and all that is "new". It is the surprise, the shock… the flash of lightening.
True Uranians seek to affirm their individuality and express their freedom. They do not adapt; one must adapt to them.
In short, Uranus is associated with those who are independent, nonconformists, libertarians, even anarchists, but also inventors and pioneers.
Neptune was discovered on September 23rd 1846 by the German astronomer Johann Galle, who used the calculations of Urbain Leverrier (1811-1877) of France. It was called Poseidon in Ancient Greece. This heavenly body traverses the Zodiac (i.e. 12 Signs or Constellations) in 168 years and visits each Sign for approximately 14 years.
This planet signifies illusion, uncertainty and impressionability; but Neptune also inspires humanitarian and intensely religious feelings. It symbolizes water, dreams, music, intuition and inspiration. However, it can also influence secrets, doubt and escapism.
In short, Neptunians are known as idealists, spies, great mystics, creative artists and an occasional genius.
Based on Percival Lowell’s 1905 mathematical calculations, Pluto was confirmed as a planet by another American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh on February 18th 1930. Due to this heavenly body’s recent discovery, it is difficult to describe its influence with any certainty.
PLUTO traverses the Zodiac (i.e. 12 Signs or Constellations) in approximately 240 years. Its’ average twenty year visit to each Sign enables Pluto to offer a particular character to a whole generation. This heavenly body’s elliptical orbit is different than those of other planets, thereby strongly influencing each Sign throughout its slow journey.
In our observation, Pluto seems to signify metamorphosis, regeneration and transformation… destruction so as to rebuild. One thing is sure, Pluto has neither the social graces of Venus nor Mercury’s ruse.