In this article, I share with you a complete guide to planets under astrology bias. Understanding the origin of this connection and the meaning of each planet brings awareness of how their movements in the sky impact our lives on Earth.
A little bit of history
Over the centuries, the Sumerians classified the distinctive qualities of each of the planets they saw in the sky on clay tablets. They observed the trajectory of each planet, calculated its distance from Earth and noted its brightness, color and size. Over time, the external features of the planets were gradually associated with Gods – spiritual powers that created the universe, according to Sumerian cosmogony.
It is believed that the connection between the planets and the gods was the first step towards considering them archetypal figures that would be used as astrological tools.
For astrology, the planets are the power or motivating force for our actions. They are the actors of an astral map and, therefore, bring complementary and fundamental information for a reading.
Astrology considers Sun and Moon as planets (in the way of naming them). Thus, we have seven planets from antiquity, used in traditional or Hellenistic astrology (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) and three planets that were discovered between the 19th and 20th century and that today are part of astrology studies. contemporary (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto).
Check here what each planet means under the astrology bias:
Considered a god in several civilizations and known as Helios in Greek mythology, the sun is one of the luminaries of astrology along with the moon.
Its keywords are purity, reason, father, center, wholeness, truth of being, courage and the desire to act from the heart. At the center of the Milky Way with the planets hovering around it, it sends light into everything that exists.
Its phrase is “I am”.
As it represents the presence, the father and the world, it has an energy of learning (the reason why we are here living this existence). The sun is where we get energized, where daylight shines, where we have the enthusiasm and passion to move. It can also bring up issues related to the male lineage (like our father or a grandfather).
It’s always good to remember: the same sun that is in the sky is also inside us. When I look and recognize myself within, I strengthen my relationship with the world and with my father.
In distortion, it leads to isolation, the search for dark places and depression. People who have a challenging relationship with their father, have a challenging relationship with the sun (symbolic relationship with both our father and our sun). To heal, it is necessary to let go of the perception of the father that I wanted and that I created to accept my real father.
After all, what we reject in the father is what we need to integrate.
Astro closest to Earth and represented in Greek mythology by the goddess Selene, the Moon is also a luminary.
its phrase is “I feel” and her keywords are enlightenment, playfulness, dreams, motherhood, pregnancy, fertility, sensitivity, the past, home, tears and memory. It is the most karmic planet within astrology (what I vibrate, I attract).
The moon represents the way you understand and express your emotions, the feminine and the emotional field. In short, it is the kind of emotion you came to learn in this lifetime.
It has connection with the mother, childhood, the past, karma and ancestry. The moon is our emotions, fears, anguish and mysteries. It brings something about the mystery of our past (conscious or not) that makes us act emotionally in the sign and in the house it inhabits.
The moon is related to our child. It is where we look for nourishment. Just like her mother, she is generous: making us go back to learning until we understand. The house the moon inhabits represents that our main fears are also there.
In distortion, it can generate a search for the sweet to satiate the feminine. It can also bring fear of the water, the sea, difficulty in crying, in accepting menstruation. Fear of having children can show a disconnect with the moon as well.
To balance, it is recommended a moon bath, a greater connection with the lunar cycles, or even sitting on the floor to play with a child. It is also important to trust and be in a circle with other women.
Known by the Greek God Hermes, the messenger of the gods who has wings on his head and feet, Mercury carries the message from Earth to the underworld.
It is the god of negotiations, arts, commerce and also theft. He was regarded as the dealer, the blackmailer, the one who took advantage of people.
Its phrase is “I think” and his keywords are thoughts, ideas, speech, expression in the world and the way we express ourselves.
Mercury represents our ability to communicate and express our truth. It is the way our mind works and understands life, our ideas, intelligence, rationality, listening and expression.
Mercury invites us to welcome the speech and the truth of the other. We really need mercury to relate and socialize. It tends to repetition for knowledge, for the standardization of things.
Mercury in excess can make you a very rational and mental person, critical, slanderous, controlling and manipulative. It can keep you also always in the same group of friends, always thinking the same way, always doing the same things, excessively in mind control (“on the spreadsheet”).
It is worth remembering that a person who talks too much represents a communication difficulty (sometimes he is using this to distract himself). Missing Mercury can bring social fears: fear of relating, of socializing, not allowing us to connect mind and heart. So, I go to things I’m used to and stop experiencing life in other ways.
Represented by Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, daughter of Uranus (father of heaven and astrology) and Gaia (mother Earth), Venus is born in a shell under the interference of Saturn.
Its phrase is “I value”.
Venus, the little benefic, expresses the way we relate to life through pleasure and pain, bringing the energy of love and pleasure. Venus shows us how we love, how we relate to each other, to groups, how we express our love and how we expect others to love us.
It also talks about pleasure and libido, our ability to feel pleasure, our sexual energy and sexual organs. On the map, you can identify a point of gifts and talents.
It is responsible for our self-esteem and self-love. Venus in excess can lead to promiscuity, lust, manipulation of people, sexual energy oriented towards vanity and seduction. Venus in absence, can lead us to a more Martian energy, masculinized, very self-assured. It can also bring difficulty with money (to charge and receive), difficulty dealing with the feminine, feeling loved, feeling talented, beautiful, attractive.
In the physical body, it can generate anorexia and bulimia as well as aversion and hatred of the body. To balance, it is necessary to be in connection with my incarnate body, to empower myself with the first chakra and my sexual energy.
Represented by Ares, the god of war, Mars is the one who takes the initiative, who has courage and who uses his strength for good or for evil.
Its phrase is “I act”.
It is the fire star of the zodiac, which brings the energy of movement. Mars represents the driving force, energy, courage, motivation to accomplish something connected with your individuality and truth. Your position on the map tells you what you are motivated to act on.
Mars brings individuality, courage to be yourself, to delimit the territory, to accept yourself, to fight. Mars may not only represent our motivation, but also our ability to defend, to set limits. Mars is also related to sexuality, bringing the energy of passion, fervor, lust in life or a sense of excitement.
Mars in excess can make you too doable, without having time for yourself or waiting for the other’s time. It can also lead to recklessness, recklessness, war, destructiveness, impatience and anger. Living too much in the acceleration of time can make you not enjoy life (when we say time is passing too fast).
When lacking, it can generate impatience, intolerance, aggression and violence. Or even a person who can’t defend himself, weak, ashamed, feeling unable to accomplish something. If I don’t give vent to my desires, I can become fearful. It can also cause low immunity.
To balance, I need to be aware of the present moment, meditate, give vent to my body’s desires, make conscious decisions and allow myself to feel pleasure.
Represented by Zeus, the God of justice and truth, Jupiter – the great benefic – comes to show us our subtle worldview, linked to our values.
Its phrase is “I grow” and he governs matters related to airports, universities, research, events, experiences and expansiveness. Jupiter comes to ask us what our soul is looking for. It is known as the planet of expansion and possibility, money and abundance. Where Jupiter touches the map, it zooms in and shows a place to “serve with joy”.
It is a point of abundance, but it is also linked to high and spiritual ideals, our faith and optimism, our movement and restlessness in the world in search of what makes true sense for our soul. Jupiter is also known as the king of synchronicities.
It reinforces our internal justice (what is fair to us), our values, and what makes sense (and can change). Generous and expansive, he leads us to seek experiences to savor and live life and to connect with our deepest truths.
Jupiter talks about what we have lived and learned through the values we have. It also has to do with our internal listening, what we want and what makes sense. In excess, it can lead to restless, agitated, seeking people. It can also lead to gigantism (eating a lot, buying a lot, megalomania, lying and a chatty mind that doesn’t pay attention to presence and everyday life), a person who seeks a lot, but doesn’t know what he wants.
In absence, a person can be mercurial, saturnine, or both.
Represented by the God Chronos – the lord of time – Saturn shows us how time devours us just as Chronos devoured his children.
Saturn’s phrase is “I build” or even “it has to die to germinate”.
Its keywords are commitment, seriousness, maturity, ethical commitment, materialization, difficulty in dealing with emotions, maturation, self-responsibility, perseverance, patience, structure.
Known as the great malefic or planet of fate, Saturn is also moralistic and patient. Where it touches, it restricts, it creates a dryness or quicksand feeling so that the person never feels stable there. He brings the crises in that place and makes the person strive, have perseverance and determination so that he gains wisdom.
Saturn brings karmic challenges and commitments to learning and evolution here on Earth. It reminds us that we signed a contract when we came to this planet to remember who we are and to return to our essence. He is like a strict father who knows what our guidelines are.
It represents the walls of our house, the structure of a society, a company, laws and politics. It brings personal maturity, resilience and wisdom. He talks about relationships with people, with life, with his mother and father. He dictates the rules, disciplines the structures. He is the authority.
When lacking, it brings insecurity, victimism, pessimism, fatalism, rancor and depression. The cure for Saturn (Capricorn) is in the Moon (cancer) and also in Jupiter, as he gives the way.
Represented by the Greek God Ouranos, the planet Uranus takes approximately 84 years to pass through each sign.
Its phrase is “I rebel”.
Uranus is the revolutionary, visionary, disruptive, rebellious, individuality, non-complacent and non-fixed-orbit planet.
Where it touches the map is where we want to innovate, revolutionize, do different, break with what is outdated or old and does not contribute to the future of humanity.
This planet is related to values and a greater guidance of our minds. It is the pure mind, which provides us with downloads, ideas, genius and futuristic social contribution.
Represented by the Greek god Poseidon, Neptune is well known as the lord of the seas. So much water nearby, it’s no wonder that his phrase is “I dream”.
Neptune helps us plan and get what we want. It represents our ability to feel and connect with the pain of the world and with the awareness that “we are all one”.
The planet also talks about our spirituality, our mediumship and the way our unconscious works.
In the natal chart, it shows a point of transcendence. Where he is, there is a “fog” that creates a need for clarity.
Its keywords are the unconscious, sensitivity, intuition, mediumship, dreams, goals and intuition.
Out of balance, he may become more rational or less likely to access the place of dreams and imagination.
Represented by the Greek God Hades, Pluto is the planet of transformation, Rebirth and Death. Precisely because of this life-death-life cycle, his phrase is “I change”.
Where we have Pluto in the chart, it represents a place that we store subconscious memories of the past – pains and hurts – that we need to cleanse ourselves. It also shows us where there can be a mask of power that “everything is fine” when in fact it is not (because it is the place that can lead us to great purifications).
Pluto leads us to the death of the ego and the feeling of cycles, beginnings, endings and new beginnings.
The planet can also represent a person who doesn’t apologize, doesn’t make himself vulnerable and doesn’t surrender, living eternally with the mask that everything is fine.
It can also represent a controlling person who doesn’t let go because he’s proud. Or even that it does not accept the ends and symbolic deaths of the parts that no longer serve us. Pluto invites us to trust life.