The Sun sign Contrary to popular belief, the Sun sign is
not necessarily the most important feature of the birth chart or
horoscope. The characteristics
that the Sun sign reveals are modified and affected by all the
other factors in the chart. The Sun works most powerfully from
The Sun through the houses The Sun represents our vitality and self-expression, and its house
position shows the sphere of life in which our energy will be most
positively used. The Sun works most powerfully from the fifth house.
The aspects of the Sun These are very important, for they show the way in which the planets
own influence will express itself in the individual concerned.
In particular, look out for a possible aspect between the Sun and
the ruling planet of the chart; this will be especially important.
The Moon sign We react instinctively and intuitively
in the manner of the Moon sign, and will also show those attributes
we inherit from our
parents and forbearers. If these are inhibiting, we have to work
to free ourselves from them. The Moon works most powerfully from
The Moon through the houses The Moon's house
position shows the area of life in which we act unconsciously
and intuitively. The Moon works most powerfully
from the fourth house.
The aspects of the Moon Unfortunately,
the aspects that the Moon makes to the planets, the Ascendant,
and the Midheaven cannot be dealt with in this
pack. For further information concerning the Moon, see also Astrology
and You, pages 80-81, The Influence of the Moon.
The Mercury sign The planet Mercury predominantly affects the
mind, and from its sign position we can discover the way that our
minds work - rationally,
logically, or intuitively - and how we best reach decisions and
communicate with others. Mercury's orbit is between the Earth and
Sun; therefore, it can only be in the same sign as the Sun, or
the one immediately before and after. Mercury works most powerfully
when it is placed in Gemini.
Mercury through the houses Mercury's house position shows the area of life in which we apply
our mental energy. The planet Mercury works most powerfully from
the third and sixth houses. [Read More]
The Aspects of Mercury Any
planet to which Mercury forms an aspect will to some extent be "intellectualized" by
its influence. Its negative aspects can produce tension and stress,
usually sharpens the faculties. The planet offers considerable
potential for the lively expression of ideas.
The Venus sign Venus influences the
way in which we relate to other people, both socially and economically,
and have much to do with our attitude
to both love and money. Like that of Mercury, Venus' orbit lies
between the Earth and Sun, and Venus can therefore only be in the
Sun's sign, or in one of the two signs immediately before or after
it. Venus works most powerfully from Libra.
Venus through the houses If
Venus is in either the second or seventh house, its influence will
be especially strong. The individual will have a great need
to relate to other people within the sphere of life represented
by the planet's house position. Venus works most powerfully from
the seventh house.
The aspects of Venus Venus is a beneficial planet, and its effect is invariably positive
- although it can sometimes unduly exaggerate the action of a planet
with which it is in aspect. Beware that the considerable charm Venus
brings does not encourage an individual to take advantage of others.
The Mars sign Mars can fall in any sign of the zodiac, and
its position influences the flow of adrenalin, our physical energy,
our spirit of competitiveness
and assertiveness, and the vigor of our sex drive. Mars works most
powerfully from Aries.
Mars through the houses Mars will energize the affairs governed by the house in which it
is placed, persuading us to expend much energy on them. Aspects
to Mars will show whether we are likely to do this aggressively
or positively. Mars works most powerfully from the first house.
The aspects of Mars Mars
will invigorate and energize any planet to which it forms an aspect,
but it is important to consider whether its influence
is positive or negative - whether the energy will be properly released
or inhibited. If the energy is repressed, it may cause tension
The Jupiter sign Jupiter is connected
with intellectual and physical expansion, and is associated with
the acquisition of knowledge. It helps us
to develop a philosophical attitude toward life, and encourages
us to understand foreign countries and people. Those who have the
planet strongly placed or emphasized in their chart will usually
be broadminded and optimistic, directing these qualities in the
manner of the sign. The negative side of the planet can veer toward
exaggeration, extravagance, and blind optimism. Jupiter works most
powerfully from Sagittarius.
Jupiter through the houses Jupiter
will help to expand the experience of those areas of life emphasized
by the house in which it is placed; the subject should
find little difficulty in those areas. Jupiter works most powerfully
from the ninth house.
The aspects of Jupiter When
Jupiter receives trines from the Sun, Mars, or Saturn, the individual's
personality is likely to be significantly broadened
and expanded as a result.
SATURN The Saturn sign Saturn
represents authority and the inner voice, often of a father
figure. This voice should be taken very
seriously: only bad will come of ignoring the strong intimate
urging of conscience. Saturn works most powerfully from
Saturn through the houses The
sphere of life indicated by the house in which Saturn is
placed will be taken seriously and may under certain
circumstances become burdensome, so that a strong effort
of will is necessary for success. Saturn works most powerfully
from the tenth house.
The aspects of Saturn The
aspects of Saturn should not be ignored, although they will
appear in a great many birth charts. These aspects
can be inhibiting but also stabilizing.
Uranus sign Uranus sheds a generational influence over
a great number of people; therefore, that influence is general
- unless the planet is "personalized" (see "Personalized" planets
overleaf for further information). Uranus rules Aquarius
and works most powerfully from that sign.
Uranus through the houses The concerns of the house
in which Uranus falls can give rise to unexpected events, fluctuations,
and changes; this is potentially a stressful influence. Uranus
works most powerfully from the eleventh house.
The aspects of Uranus This is another generational
influence - but consider the house and sign position; if they
strengthen its influence there will be an indication of the general
attitude toward the concerns of contemporaries.
The Neptune sign Since Neptune stays in each sign for fourteen years, it
exerts a mass influence on the people who were born within its generation.
As it travels through the sky, it exerts an influence on everyday
life, but this involves "progression," which we cannot
deal with in this pack.
Neptune through the houses Our attitude toward the affairs connected
with the house in which Neptune is placed tends to be rather fuzzy, uncertain,
and confused - even
if the birth chart shows fortitude and common sense, we tend to look for
the easy way out of problems concerned with the matters signified by the
house. The planet Neptune works most powerfully from the twelfth house.
The aspects of Neptune It is probably
more important to consider the aspects Neptune makes to the Ascendant
and to the Midheaven, rather than
to the other planets.
The Pluto sign Pluto stays in the same sign for between thirteen and thirty-two
years. Consequently it exerts a generation influence (not as important
as that of Neptune).
Pluto through the houses The house in which Pluto falls
will represent some difficulties, and as it moves through the
sky it will cause congestion,
blockages, overreactions - sometimes a purge of these matters.
Again, this relies on the everyday movements of this planet,
but unfortunately we cannot deal with this here - yet another
reason to take your study of astrology even further!
The aspects of Pluto Pluto's aspects to the Ascendant and the Midheaven
extremely powerful, and should be carefully considered.... although
they depend utterly on the complete accuracy of the birth chart
or horoscope, and fine calculations are needed to make sure that
they are exact.
THE HOUSES AND WHAT THEY REPRESENT The wheel of the zodiac is divided into twelve
sections known as houses: these do not coincide with the sections in
your birth chart
that represent the signs. Each house traditionally represents certain
areas of life, and the planets' effects are channeled toward those
The first house The house of Aries and Mars, and the most important
house of the chart, reveals the personality: psychological motivation,
well-being, temperament, attitude, and physical characteristics.
Any planet in the first house will have a very strong effect on the
The second house The house of Taurus and Venus shows the general
attitude toward partner and possessions, as well as emotional and
perhaps financial security.
The third house This is the house of Gemini and Mercury. This
house is concerned with brothers and sisters, uncles, aunts, and
cousins. The third
house has an influence on the reaction powers of communication, and
attitude is also affected.
The fourth house The house of Cancer and the Moon concerns the
home, domestic life, and the parents - especially the mother.
The fifth house This is the house of Leo and the Sun. This house
affects creativity, pleasure, children, and the father -and love
The sixth house This is the house of Virgo and Mercury. This
house relates to health, diet, exercise, routine work, and hobbies.
The seventh house The house of Libra and Venus is concerned with
partnerships ~ not only emotional relationships but also business
contacts. As to love,
this is the house of commitment and emotional stability (the fifth
house is associated with. more ephemeral affairs).
The eighth house The house of Scorpio and Pluto represents sex
and money: the life for i.e., which sharpens and directs our sexual
appetites, and also
the money we acquire by our own efforts although. Sometimes by inheritance.
It is traditionally the house of death - but often the death of old
ways and the beginning of new life.
The ninth house The house of Sagittarius and Jupiter, which
focuses on higher education, long distance travel (perhaps psychological
travel), ideals, dreams,
The tenth house The house of Capricorn and Saturn. Here the focus
is on aspirations, ambitions, and social status.
The eleventh house The house of Aquarius and Uranus covers our
social life, our objectives in life, our social conscience, and our
relationships with our friends.
The twelfth house The house of Pisces and Neptune, and that of
escapism and seclusion, faith and institutions. Ideas linked to hospitals
and prisons. The
twelfth house is indicative of the nature of the unconscious and
the root of psychological problems.
Personalized" planets Certain planets are "personal," which
means that their effect is strengthened. The Sun and Moon are always
These are joined by the planet that rules the Ascendant (the chart
ruler), the planet ruling the Sun sign (the Sun ruler), and the planet
ruling the sign in which the Moon is placed (the Moon ruler).
Afflicted planets A planet is described as "afflicted" when
it receives unfavorable aspects, such as the square and opposition,
from another planet or
The cusp The cusp is the line dividing a sign or house
from its neighbor. The cusp of the .first sign is marked by the Ascendant.
People born "on
the cusp" (that is, with the Sun Very near this line do not
share the attributes of two Sun signs: the Sun is either on one sign
or the other.
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