EACH PLANET - or luminary, like The Sun and The Moon - represents a particular aspect of LIFE ITSELF and a particular Energy System of LIFE ITSELF.
THE MOON ☽
THE MOON represents the Interrelatedness of All Things. She is intuitively connected to every planet and every energy system that each planet represents. Instead of pulling all things into Her orbit, She is emotionally and intuitively interrelated to all the other planets, especially the Sun. She is the “you” that you know, deep inside. She is your “gut instinct” reaction to an occurrence. The sign She “rules” is Cancer.
THE SUN ☉
THE SUN represents the Energy System of the overall self. He is the Unifying Principle of LIFE. All of the planets – which represent other, distinct energy systems of LIFE – revolve around the Sun. The Sun is our overall character and personality. It is we, ourselves, in a nutshell. The sign that He is associated with, or “rules” is Leo.
MERCURY represents the Energy System of Communication and all the tools we use to communicate an idea, a musical concept, a written or spoken message or any type of information. Mercury rules both information and disinformation – lies and trickery. His/Her interest is in providing the tools to learn, to investigate, to order, to gather knowledge and to express/communicate it. Sometimes the tools of expression are masks, languages, and the Arts. Even if Mercury has to trick you to give you these tools, S/He will dress up in whatever drag is needed to do so. Think Bugs Bunny...Seriously. Mercury rules the signs Gemini and Virgo.
VENUS represents the Energy System of Relating. Where The Moon relates everything to Herself, Venus relates to others. She sees the two sides of any thing and strives to balance the two by creating a harmonious relationship. Venus functions in work, love, friendship, art and craft to create beauty through the achievement of an aesthetic harmony. She also works through the justice system to create the harmony found in a fair and just resolution. Venus represents the social and emotional aspects of our sexuality. She rules the signs Taurus and Libra.
MARS represents the Energy System of Action, Intention and the Erotic Pulse of Desire. He is associated with war and anger, but is primarily motivated by finding identity through taking action. If finding identity means creating conflict, so be it. If it means having sex, so be it. Mars represents the physical aspect of our sexuality. He rules the sign Aries and co-rules the sign Scorpio.
JUPITER represents the Energy System of Expansion and Finding Meaning. He is the storyteller who collects all Mercury’s information and puts it together to create meaning and helps us go beyond what we thought was possible. In this way Jupiter brings us great fortune. He rules the sign Sagittarius and co-rules Pisces.
SATURN represents the Energy System of Definition, setting boundaries, providing structure, and acting as our Inner Author. Sometimes He does this through putting up obstacles or challenges that we need to turn into stepping-stones so that we can become more responsible human beings. When Saturn puts a brick wall in front of us, it is usually so that we will climb it to get to higher ground. He rules the sign Capricorn and co-rules Aquarius.
URANUS represents the Energy of Change and Disruption and Revolution. Everything must change. It dissolves old paradigms and sets the stage for new ones. It strikes like lightening – a shocking electric blue notice that your set up has been pulled down. Time for a new way of living! When Uranus is transiting major planets in your chart, you can be certain that change is coming. Uranus co-rules Aquarius with Saturn.
NEPTUNE represents the Energy of Dreams, Imagination, Illusion and Belief. It also represents the Energy of Delusion, Self-Deception and Manipulation. Getting hooked on Neptune’s trident means being lost in a fantasy world instead of having a clear vision of what you want your life to be. These are the major choices of expressing Neptune’s energy. Neptune co-rules Pisces along with Jupiter.
PLUTO/Minerva represents the Energy of Transformation and changing everything that is Taboo into everything that is Sacred. He/She represents power at its deepest level – that is the awareness of the darkest, most secret parts of life and the knowledge of how to relate to these secrets in order to be victorious and heal yourself and others. He/She also represents the destructive nature of keeping a secret in the dark and hurting and abusing self and others. He/She co-rules Scorpio along with Mars.