David Cochrane pointed out in his declinations video that we’re not really doing 3D astrology unless we’re taking into account distance. Good point, and something I’ve neglected. (We’re assuming of course the 4th dimension of time). This is important, because given all things being time-equal (such as the freeze frame of a birth chart and the imprint it has upon us), the closer the planet the stronger the influence generally is.
So let’s do a rundown of this:
The Moon is the closest body to Earth and when in close (especially closest) aspect with Asc or Midheaven can become the strongest influence of any by far. The Moon is Earth’s satellite and averages around only 238,000 miles from us (383,000 km). This is only 0.0025603564424354 Astronomical Unites (AU).
· Venus is much further averaging around 0.28 AU from Earth
· Mars, 0.52 AU
· Mercury, 0.61 AU
· Jupiter, 4.20 AU
· Saturn, 8.54 AU
· Uranus, 18.14 AU
· Neptune, 29.06 AU
· Pluto, 29 – 49 AU (a more elliptical orbit)
All things being equal across the planet in terms of human and biological life, this list is a ranking of the influence planets have on us. Slow speed, however, can make up for such longer distances given a long enough lifetime and (trans-)personal development.
There are also times when any body’s influence is stronger than usual because its orbit moves it closer to the Earth.