Astrology: The Planets

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Astrology: The Planets

Are you interested in the planets and how their energies affect your everyday life?

Your zodiac sign tells you what kind of personality traits, strengths and weaknesses you’re working with during this lifetime. The houses tell you what life areas are emphasized for you in this lifetime. The planets are the power sources behind it all.

The planets and their positions tell you what kind of forces are at work in your life. It’s all about the planets!

What Are Planetary Energies?

When you look into the sky at night, planets appear to travel along the background of the twelve constellations or zodiac signs.

Ancients noticed certain frequencies became prominent on Earth according to each planet’s location, relative to the view from Earth.

The speed at which a planet travels around the sun determines its particular energy force. This force affects your personal energies, depending on which sign{s} rule your birth chart, which constellation the planet is currently in, as well as aspects to other planets….

Astrology: The Planets,

Zodiac Signs and Their Planets

Each sign of the zodiac is ruled by at least one planet or luminary.

Planetary rulerships show how one sign directs its energy to another sign. For example, Aries is ruled by Mars. If Mars is currently in Taurus, Aries will “send” its energies to Taurus.

This is how we’re all complex expressions of our zodiac sign. If another planet is currently in your sign, it could change your personality and desires while it’s in that constellation.

For example, if the Moon is currently in Virgo and Virgo is your zodiac sign, you might feel more emotional, protective or nurturing during this time. Cancer “sends” its energy to Virgo.

Planetary Rulerships:

Aries is ruled by Mars

Taurus is ruled by Venus

Gemini is ruled by Mercury

Cancer is ruled by The Moon

Leo is ruled by The Sun

Virgo is ruled by Mercury

Libra is ruled by Venus

Scorpio is ruled by Mars and Pluto

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn

Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Uranus

Pisces is ruled by Jupiter and Neptune

Why Only 7 Planets?

Scientists continue to discover new planets within our solar system and in other systems as well.

However, our ancient ancestors knew that duality is the force behind all life. Light and dark, masculine and feminine {active and receptive}, yin and yang… provide the energetic friction and balance of the universe.

The Sun and Moon are the original sacred marriage of alchemy. And this is why every sign has a partner according to their traditional ruling planet.

Air and Fire zodiac signs are masculine; Earth and Water signs are feminine.

Masculine {Active} Signs: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius

Feminine {Receptive} Signs: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces

Dual Symmetry of Planets
Dual Symmetry of Planets

According to the colors in the image above, you can see that:

Mercury rules Gemini {masculine} and Virgo {feminine}

Venus rules Taurus {feminine} and Libra {masculine}

Mars rules Aries {masculine} and Scorpio {feminine}

Jupiter rules Sagittarius {masculine} and Pisces {feminine}

Saturn rules Capricorn {feminine} and Aquarius {masculine}

The Sun rules Leo {masculine} while The Moon rules Cancer {feminine}

This sacred symmetry is why it’s important to preserve the traditional 7 planets and the energetic frequencies originally connected with them.

But modern planets influence our lives too. So it’s crucial to understand all cosmic bodies.

What Are Planets Exactly?

When astrologers say “planets” they’re using a term of convenience to refer to luminaries, hard rocks, gas giants, dwarf planets, comets and asteroids.

These cosmic bodies of energy impact life on Earth in similar ways, even if they’re not scientifically classified as planets.

Astrology: The Planets,

Personal Planets and Outer Planets

Personal planets move at a faster speed through the constellations than outer planets. The personal planets are: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars. These planets influence your personal life.

Outer planets are the collective planets. They move slower and influence what’s going on in the world. These planets are: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Ultimately, your birth chart determines the way a particular planet impresses your unique experiences, personality, and your place in society.

Planetary Rulerships

When a planet is in its ruling sign in your birth chart, that’s called RULERSHIP. It’s easy for you to express the qualities of that planet. Example: The Sun is in Leo in your birth chart. {Your zodiac sign is Leo.} You might feel alive and full of energy.

When a planet is in a sign that suppresses its ruling force in your birth chart, that’s called DETRIMENT. It’s challenging for you to express the qualities of that planet. Example: The Moon is in Capricorn in your birth chart. You might feel emotionally suppressed.

When a planet is in a sign that accentuates its ruling force, it’s in EXALTATION. You’re likely to experience the wild side of that planetary force. Example: Venus is in Pisces in your birth chart. You have no problem indulging your fantasies!

When a planet is in a sign that slightly weakens its ruling force, this is its FALL. This planet’s energies will feel somewhat stifled for you. Example: Saturn is in Aries in your birth chart. You might tend to do all the work and feel a little stressed out.

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The Planets

The following information describes the 7 traditional planets. Scroll down the page to read about modern planets.

The Sun

The Sun, Wikimedia Commons
The Sun, Wikimedia Commons

Rulership: Leo

Detriment: Aquarius

Exaltation: Aries

Fall: Libra

Personal or Outer: Personal

Masculine or Feminine: Masculine

Planetary Deities: Sol, Apollo, Helios, Surya, The Sun God

The Sun – God of Supreme Light – is the most important luminary in the zodiac. It’s the life force of all planets orbiting this solar system. This is why your sun sign {your zodiac sign} reveals your authentic self and your true life purpose.

Your level of vitality, your personality traits, your strengths and weaknesses, and your behavioral tendencies are determined by the Sun. When solar energy is in detriment or badly aspected, you might have a hard time figuring out who you really are, and what you’re here for. Or maybe you have a tendency to destroy relationships because of selfishness.

It takes one year for the Earth to orbit around the Sun. The Sun never goes retrograde. Your birthday is a SOLAR RETURN. It’s when the Sun is in the exact degree as when you were born.

The Moon

The Moon, Wikimedia Commons
The Moon, Wikimedia Commons

Rulership: Cancer

Detriment: Capricorn

Exaltation: Taurus

Fall: Scorpio

Personal or Outer: Personal

Masculine or Feminine: Feminine

Planetary Deities: Luna, Diana, Selene, Artemis, Chandra, The Moon God

The Moon is also a special luminary. In Hinduism, Chandra means shining.

She represents the feminine side of your personality, as well as the intuitive, protective divine goddess or mother. She nurtures her own, and she keeps her loved ones hidden from threat and harm.

The Moon represents what you need to feel safe and cared for. It often brings up memories of your childhood and of the past.

Depending on which sign The Moon is in according to your birth chart, it can show how well you bond to feminine energies, to your mother, or to family life in general. It can also reveal your parenting style, and your emotional needs.

When in detriment, the Moon can bring out moodiness, insecurities and a tendency to hide.

The Moon is the closest cosmic body to the Earth, so its effects are more apparent. But it reflects the light of the sun, so its energy is indirect. Like the Sun, the Moon never goes retrograde. The Moon travels through the 12 constellations every 27.5 days.


Mercury, wikimedia commons
Mercury, wikimedia commons

Rulership: Gemini and Virgo

Detriment: Sagittarius and Pisces

Exaltation: Virgo

Fall: Pisces

Personal or Outer: Personal

Masculine or Feminine: Neutral

Planetary Deities: Mercury, Hermes, Budha

Mercury was named after the Messenger of the Gods and he relates to your communication style. He provides sharp mental vitality, a wide range of intellect, learning capabilities, as well as the ability to express what you learn.

Information is stimulating when Mercury is exalted. When Mercury is retrograde, it becomes difficult to express yourself and your needs. You might feel scattered or confused. Conversations and words are misinterpreted.

As a hermaphroditic planet, Mercury can potentially reconcile the warring masculine and feminine energies.

It takes Mercury approximately one year to travel through the zodiac.


Venus, Wikimedia Commons
Venus, Wikimedia Commons

Rulership: Taurus and Libra

Detriment: Scorpio and Aries

Exaltation: Pisces

Fall: Virgo

Personal or Outer: Personal

Masculine or Feminine: Feminine

Planetary Deities: Venus, Aphrodite, Shukra

The love planet represents the divine feminine and desire. She’s the goddess of sex and romance. Beauty, union, harmony, intimacy, and the ability to enjoy money and material pleasures are all wrapped up in Venus.

When Venus is in an advantageous position, she cultivates beauty through relationships, aesthetics and the arts. She connects us to people and things we truly love, adore and desire.

Venus is confident. She knows what she wants, and she goes out and gets it.

When Venus is badly aspected, it can lead to over-indulgence, material insecurity, and envy of others.

It takes Venus approximately one year to complete its course through the cosmos.


Mars, Wikimedia Commons
Mars, Wikimedia Commons

Rulership: Aries and Scorpio

Detriment: Libra and Taurus

Exaltation: Capricorn

Fall: Cancer

Personal or Outer: Personal

Masculine or Feminine: Masculine

Planetary Deities: Mars, Ares, Mangala

Mars is the driven, high-energy, aggressive planet of action and the God of War. When Mars is well-aspected, he provides independence, will and motivation to defend your ground, begin a challenging project or endeavor, or to simply succeed.

Or Mars can create unnecessary conflict, high tension, rage, and territoriality. A weakened Mars lacks willpower or fails to assert themselves in strategic life areas.

This emphatic Martian force is either amplified or subdued according to the sign it occupies. This is why you don’t want to mess with a Mars in say, Scorpio. In your birth chart, the house that Mars occupies is the life area you’re most inclined to invest your energy.

It takes Mars about 22 months to travel through the zodiac signs.


Jupiter, Wikimedia Commons
Jupiter, Wikimedia Commons

Rulership: Sagittarius and Pisces

Detriment: Gemini and Virgo

Exaltation: Cancer

Fall: Capricorn

Personal or Outer: Outer

Masculine or Feminine: Masculine

Planetary Deities: Jupiter, Zeus, Guru, Brihaspati

Jupiter personifies your potential. In your birth chart, it reveals your talents, and the life area where opportunities, prosperity, and good fortune shows up. This massive planet brings abundance, as well as a subtle drive to expand your mind and consciousness.

When badly positioned or aspected, Jupiter characterizes excess, waste and loss of fortune. It’s too easy to aimlessly gamble away time, energy or resources.

This expansive planet is also associated with ethics, philosophy, higher education, travel, and mysticism. The Roman deity Jupiter means Sky Father. In Hinduism, he’s symbolized by the mentor, guru or teacher of the gods.

It takes Jupiter about 12 years to make his way through each sign of the zodiac.


Saturn, Wikimedia Commons
Saturn, Wikimedia Commons

Rulership: Capricorn and Aquarius

Detriment: Cancer and Leo

Exaltation: Libra

Fall: Aries

Personal or Outer: Outer

Masculine or Feminine: Feminine

Planetary Deities: Saturn, Cronus, Shani

Saturn is notorious as the bad seed planet because it represents limitations, tough karma and learning lessons the hard way. It’s where you learn to meet challenges and power through obstacles.

However, when well positioned or aspected, Saturn provides ambition, authority, and self-discipline to grind through daily drudgery for material security, as well as master any skill. 

It’s the force of order, form and structure. This life area of your birth chart is where you learn to value commitment and hard work.

A weakened or badly aspected Saturnian force tends to block energy. This can result in a sense of inadequacy, fatalism, or suppression under lifeless traditions, organizations, and the status quo.

The Roman deity Saturn means Father of Time. Saturn completes a zodiacal cycle every 29.5 years. Your SATURN RETURN occurs when you’re around 28 years old and again around 58 and 84 years old. This is a time of reaping what you’ve sown, change, and initiation into the next life era.

Modern Planets


Uranus, Wikimedia Commons
Uranus, Wikimedia Commons

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Personal or Outer: Outer

Planetary Deities: Caelus, Uranos, Vasava, Sakra

Uranus empowers you to think outside the box, or reinvent yourself through individuality or alternative thinking.

It’s easier to break rules when this planet is emphasized in your chart or the sky. It’s the planet that challenges set rules, traditions and systems in order to break free from routine ruts.

There’s a strong need for freedom and a need to remove yourself from stifling relationships and expectations. Of course, there’s always the risk of finding yourself alone while breaking free.

Uranus is the “Incarnation of the Sky” as “Uranus” and “Caelus” both mean “sky.”


Neptune, Wikimedia Commons
Neptune, Wikimedia Commons

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Personal or Outer: Outer

Planetary Deities: Neptune, Poseidon, Varuna

“Much like the sign of Pisces, Neptune represents a place in space and time where boundaries don’t exist.” – The Daily Hunch

When there’s a strong Neptunian force in the cosmos, the subconscious becomes manifest through imagination and dreams. Creativity flows. It’s also easier at this time to be more present, mindful, and artistic.

Neptune can heighten intuition, psychic visions, experiences of the supernatural, or creative inspiration. You might feel inclined to learn about metaphysics or the occult.

Or Neptune can perpetuate delusions and confusion. During challenging aspects of Neptune, there’s a strong need for grounding. In this case, let go of short-term actions which are likely misled. Instead, employ deep contemplation to design long-range plans, but wait on acting on them.

In Indian mythology Neptune is the God of Rain. In Hinduism, Neptune means God of the Sea. In general, he’s known as Lord of the Deep.


Pluto, Wikimedia Commons
Pluto, Wikimedia Commons

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Personal or Outer: Outer

Planetary Deities: Pluto, Hades, God of the Underworld and Death, Lord Kubera

Pluto is the symbol for depth, as well as extremes. It thrives on an “all or nothing” momentum.

As the God of the Underworld, Hades means “the unseen” and Pluto means “wealth.” This planet embodies an abundant amount of wealth, but it’s richness of the inner self.

If you have strong Plutonian forces in your chart, you might have an aversion toward superficiality and shallowness. Others might feel intimidated by you, or tend to project their hidden suppressed self onto you, making it difficult to maintain relationships.

Challenging Pluto aspects bring extreme emotions in relationships. Raw honesty is required for relationships to be satisfying for you.

Channel depth and intensity into persuasive communication, social activism, or healing others with trauma. Resisting or suppressing your immense inner treasure can implode into depression or inertia.



Elizabeth, also known as Intuitive Fish, is a healthy vegan mama living in the Pacific Northwest. Her life mission involves researching the esoteric arts, guiding souls along their awakening path, and contributing to a world of humans doing what they love. She’s available for readings and counseling, and would love to be your friend on social media.