SUN (Apollo, cosmic masculine principle)
The SUN is the principle of Leo, fixed fire sign. The fulfillment of the majesty and power of Spirit embodied in human form. The royal planet of peak masculine/yang energy. Ambition from inner knowing of self’s possessed talents or abilities, even if not yet trained or seen by others. The basic will to power. Most strongly expressed in males.
All other planets are principles whose sum creates the total frequency and quality of the Solar principle.
SUN aligned with the Asc radiates Source power and creates a body that can be larger or sturdier than normal for its sign and a personality that wants the spotlight and needs to be recognized, to be on display or perform. At its height, there can be an Apollonian beauty or stature. There is a self-importance that desires to be at the center of things. Generally, it gives physical strength, stature, even athleticism. Can be dominant, royal, authoritative, imposing. Color: orange to gold range.
MOON (cosmic feminine principle)
The MOON is the principle of the cardinal water sign, Cancer. The receptive principle of basic fertility of the feminine feeling archetype. Spirit held close to earth, but fluctuating from worldly practical to devoted spiritual. Herd instincts and awareness of needs, both individual and collective. Spirit speaking with emotional urges upon the body.
MOON aligned with the Asc puts feeling and rhythm into the person, as well as general sensitivity. This is a personality with soul. This can mean withdrawal frequently to tune in to one’s internal center and to retune to one’s internal rhythms. This can also take on physical expression with inclination to music, rhythmic sports (like tennis), dance. They can be particularly in tune with the public, giving them notoriety. There is an instinctive need for change, variety, ebb-and-flow. Some will feel a need for travel across the oceans, even being attracted to the travel business. The need to feel and receive is more pronounced than usual. Color: iridescent from silver to violet.
MERCURY (the messenger)
MERCURY is the principle of mutable air sign Gemini in outward expression, mutable earth sign Virgo inwardly. Learning and the communication of it. The basic need to question and gain information about one’s environment and the particulars in it. The messenger of the gods, not one of them. Mental fluctuation, as differentiated from internal emotional fluctuation of the Lunar principle.
MERCURY aligned with the Asc puts thought, intellect or communicative ability into the personality. Computer programmers, radio personalities, writers, speakers, etc. Height is almost always increased over average for the sign. The nervous system may display greater activity, depending on the sign and there is an active search for knowledge and interaction, travel, etc. They are often quick-witted, talkative, funny, great conversationalist. Color: yellow.
VENUS (goddess of love, feminine principle in action)
VENUS is the principle of fixed earth sign Taurus in introverted fashion, cardinal air sign Libra outwardly. Appreciation of beauty or pleasure, whether of self or others’. Therefore vanity is often seen in Venus’ part in the horoscope, particularly when ego factors (Sun, Mars) are strong. Its symbol is the vanity mirror. The basic desire to be loved and to Love.
VENUS aligned with the Asc makes for an orientation towards love, pleasure and beauty. These natives are more attractive and appealing than usual, but sometimes with a tendency to plump up a bit or lose tone from enjoyment of life’s leisurely pursuits. Venus brings out the most handsome or beautiful qualities associated with its sign, and the most considerate or kindest according to sign. Venus smoothes the lines and edges of any face. The height may decrease from average for the sign on the Ascendant. They need friendship, closeness and pleasure pursuits. Color: cyan, pastel blues.
MARS (god of war, masculine principle in action)
MARS is the self-assertion principle of cardinal fire sign Aries outwardly, fixed water sign Scorpio inwardly. This one sees its extremes most expressed in males. Decisiveness and action take priority over any type of deliberation or process. Needs factors of time and patience to balance its unbridled expression in any horoscope. The shield and spear that are its symbol are a reminder of a basic defensive posture and the readiness for a fight. Indicates immunity. The willingness to act upon whatever feelings one has, whether love or hate.
MARS aligned with the Asc creates a commanding person full of energy, vitality and drive. Any illness need only be temporary and is often over quickly, as may be bursts of anger. There is an enjoyment of speed, athletics, competition, military, hunting, motorcycles and all things considered masculine. It nearly always brings accidents, injuries (especially to head or face), burns, puncture wounds, etc. There is a fighting spirit that can be applied gracefully or abrasively, depending on sign and aspects. They need to exercise command and may be very bossy, expecting action and a quick tempo not just from themselves, but those around. There is often a ruddy complexion and/or reddish hair in caucasian and those of mixed ancestry. Color: reds.
JUPITER (ruler of all that is bright)
JUPITER is the principle of mutable fire sign Sagittarius outwardly, mutable water sign Pisces inwardly. Jupiter (Zeus) was the sky god who stood with eagles in one hand and lightning in the other. The larger forces of nature, good fortune and providence. Fierce and with a temper, but mostly considered good and generous. The most outwardly, actively indulgent of all the gods and planets with his many lovers, stirring up jealousies. “Jovial” is not just laughter, but the ability to enjoy all life to the fullest.
JUPITER aligned with the Asc of one’s birth chart generally expands the person in height and/or in girth and makes for a big personality (and body). It is the expansive principle, ruler of all that is bright. These people are jovial, with good humor, sociability and popularity with many pleasures and friends. There can also be a philosophical bent, giving good perspective on life to those around. Travel and variety in both people and experience is desired. Often dramatic tendencies are indicated if supported by aspects and sign. Generosity is notable, both with self and others. Circulatory and pancreatic issues can arise from overindulgence, but the health can repair easily with good measures. Far-sightedness or other visual problems are common. Color: blue.
SATURN (Cronus, god of time)
SATURN is the principle of cardinal earth sign Capricorn, of fixed air sign Aquarius secondarily. This one lengthens and limits. Its symbol, the scythe, is an instrument of harvest and Saturn’s action is often one of cutting away what is actually limiting you, whether or not you are aware of it. Authoritarian, paternal factor, not particularly interested in giving up power to the next generation. Stern, often inflexible. By contrast it is the earthy factor most comparable to the god Pan and those natives who are not particularly melancholic often display wit and humor that is often mischief-making.
SATURN aligned with the Asc creates restraint and may reduce the size of the body compared to parentage. It creates a sober person who deals in what is literal and defines life by substantive living and loyalty in relationships. There is a serious outlook, nearly the opposite of jovial, in which responsibility and obligation are put before pleasure. They are circumspect, cautious, conscientious, sometimes with serious health issues. In some, the personality is solidified to create a special type of leadership by example. They can mature early and feel burdened by expectations and responsibilities. This aspects slows the person’s overall tempo and development in life. They need time to consider and to make choices before taking action. Color: green.
CHIRON (Wounded healer, centaur)
Chiron (2060 Chiron), of course, is not a major planet but an asteroid (discovered 18 October 1977 by Charles T. Kowal) that orbits between Saturn and Uranus.
The integration of the earthiness of animal drives with higher human awareness. Especially influential since the self-help and natural medicine movements that sprang up since the 1970s. These are a return to nature and the innate wisdom of the body, moving away from external hierarchies of healing and medicine.
It urges one to the activities of a healer, herbalist, therapist, tutor/teacher, hunter, astrologer, shaman, (or all these) depending on what planets and elements are emphasized. Multi-talented in the natural arts, practical or mystic.
The great lesson is the divinity and worthiness of the body and its own tremendous healing power when working with the wisdom and tools of nature.
Chiron’s Purpose: healing, reconnection of the animal and spiritual natures into renewed wholeness; discovery of the gifts of nature for the elevation of human consciousness.
URANUS (Awakener, Sky God)
URANUS is the principle of fixed air sign Aquarius. Invisible radiations, the energetic matrix connecting all life forms. Transcendent knowing, the psychic. A positively charged knowing that has gone beyond the simple learning of information gathering and the limits of language to language to something more global, universal, transcendent.
This is the planet of extremes, anything or anyone that is “ultra” — prone to extreme good or bad.
A tendency for rebellion, an ‘anti-‘ attitude, which may overextend itself in ignorance of the structures and reach of real power. Technology and innovation, even creative, artistic and social innovation, depending on early life patterns and other chart factors.
Uranus’ Purpose: To connect energetically/psychically with all that is and have access to all knowledge available cosmically for liberation from transient human limits and biases contained within established orthodoxies. To expand what is accepted and embraced as part of human community. Awakening to the energy that comes freely and uninterrupted from the Whole to the individual.
Uranus aligned with the Asc creates a personality that reaches far because it has collective awareness, producing a scientist, inventor, engineer, broadcaster or leader. Nerve and brain disorders resulting from liver imbalance are common to stressed, imbalanced Uranian bodies. When poorly integrated, rebellion and aberration can result. Uranian types get a charge from group or psychic exchange, and this collective-energetic connection becomes the focus of the balanced Uranian type.
Colors are dark greens.
NEPTUNE (god of the Sea)
NEPTUNE is the principle of mutable water sign Pisces. Vision, idealism and perceptual sensitivity. Extra-sensory feeling and super-sensational sensitivity. It cerebralizes the personality, often softening the ego and can be associated with health weakness early in life until the person finds their identity and immunity. Creative imagination and inspiration. Heightened sensitivity and intelligence.
A tendency for altered states of consciousness, spirituality, ecstasies or ideological belief, often urging one to the arts of poetry, music, dancing. This expanded awareness can come with the uneasiness and insecurity, loss of distinct definitions or boundaries, leaving one uncertain as to ultimate identity. It increases sensitivity, causing the person to leave behind the harsher aspects of life for the finer ones.
We all have the capacity for creating our own reality, living ‘as if’, but disillusionment occurs after we superimpose a false reality or wishful thinking upon others or the outer world. Neptune allows for a general optimistic view of others while creating our own consciousness reality. This is the spontaneous healing of belief, faith healing, even placebo affect. Very real. From human consciousness. Believing is seeing (in the mind first).
Neptune’s Purpose: to increase sensitivity and reduce ego, softening one’s edges to merge and interact more easily with surroundings and others; to stimulate creative imagination for bringing more of the brilliance of heaven into a sometimes dull world. The great lesson is the power of imagination and finely tuned sensation to discover the hidden world around us and create our own reality.
Neptune aligned with the Asc can make for a sensitive personality with artistic or spiritual gifts. It creates a dreamer, idealist, visionary, actor, illusionist, escapist, magician, druggie or druggist, some having boundary troubles and a tendency to be victimized by others.
Those with Neptune conjunct or parallel Asc/Sun/Moon, have an extra indefinable flair or mystique. Often a loner or introvert earlier in life. Neptunian types not engaged in conscious creativity often lapse into insecurity and worry, and at worst paranoia, xenophobia, cultic beliefs, mental illness, or addiction/dependence syndromes. They often need a confidence boost and will get it once they see objectively their own strengths and talents.
Colors are dark rich blues and indigo.
PLUTO (god of the underworld)
PLUTO is the principle of fixed water sign Scorpio. Now considered a dwarf planet binary (with its Moon, Charon). Unconscious potential and power that must unfold over time, yet be unleashed fully in moments of great challenge or crisis. The Godforce deep inside which must externalize as profound creativity. Total consciousness. At its maximum it exerts great push upon a person and great pull upon those around. Extremes most expressed in males.
Tendency for isolation and deep incommunicable moods alternating with bursts of ambitious or aggressive action often aimed at some form of power or partnership. (Pluto and Persephone play.) Produces politicians, bankers, business leaders, corporations, executives, autocrats and dictators, criminals and rapists, investigators and researchers, magicians and occultists, depending on early life patterns and other chart factors.
An emphasis on the derierre is often seen, with reserves centered in the internal reproductive organs. Pluto types are more sexually oriented than average. Power and intensity of all kinds attracts them. Internal issues relating to personal creative and sexual power can be externalized as power struggles. Simultaneously visual, visceral, kinesthetic, but not as verbal.
Plutonian Fire types may show relentlessness and obsession, but great power and energy; Earth types, a tendency for melancholy, inertia and stagnation, but amazing resourcefulness; Air types, great potential as social reformers, a lone point of stability in a world of shifting tastes and shifting intentions; Water types, creativity and depth of feeling that may struggle to communicate rather than stagnate in swamps of sentiment or resentment.
The great lesson is that all power is shared.
Pluto’s Purpose: to anchor one’s sense of Self deep inside, uninfluenced by superficial trends and fads in the social world and to endure life’s challenges and compromises with personal power intact and flourishing. To feel and be guided by the Godself, and to eliminate what is not of one’s True Self.
Pluto aligned with the Asc makes for a stubborn, determined personality with a strong consitution and great reserves and ability to recover. These people don’t do things halfway, tending to over-do rather than fall short. Very committed when true desires have been activated.
Colors are dark, rich reds.
Planets are not only the energy of the solar system and the ‘action’ in the birth chart, they are inter-dimensional torsion fields. This means that a soul can sojourn there between incarnations on earth (as stated in the Edgar Cayce readings) because that particular planet resonates with how the person lived/ended their life or because they desire to ‘tune up’ that particular energy within themselves before reincarnating.
Cayce Reading 281-55
Q – Through other planetary sojourns an entity has the opportunity to change its vibration …
A – Each planetary influence vibrates at a different rate of vibration. An entity entering that influence enters that vibration; not necessary that he change, but it is the grace of God that he may! It is part of the universal consciousness, the universal law.
… the experiences of the entity in the interims of planetary sojourns between the earthly manifestations become the innate mental urges, that may or may not at times be a part of the day dreaming, or the thought and meditation of the inmost self.
Here we find astrological aspects and influence in the experience, but rather because of the entity’s sojourn in the environ than because of a certain star, constellation or even zodiacal sign being in such and such a position at the time of birth.
Reading 5755-1, Cayce explaining his own sojourns
…The sojourn in Uranus was arrived at from what type of experience or activity of the entity? As Bainbridge [in a previous incarnation], the entity in the material sojourn [on earth] was a wastrel, one who considered only self; having to know the extremes in the own experience as well as others. Hence the entity was drawn to that environ… “As the tree falls, so does it lie.” Then in the Uranian sojourn there are the influences from the astrological aspects of extremes; and counted in thy own days from the very position of that attunement, that tone, that color…
The birth of the entity into Uranus was not from the earth into Uranus, but from those stages of consciousness through which each entity or soul passes. It passes into oblivion as it were, save for its consciousness that there is a way, there is a light, there is an understanding, there have been failures and there are needs for help. Then help consciously is sought!
It is all in the Solar Balance
Think of the Sun, the solar energy as containing all the combined energies before they are split into different frequencies. Think of the tremendous energy, strength, confidence, talent that comes from a full expression while still being in total possession of oneself. THAT is the aim and potential of every soul that comes into the Earth.
As pure souls we are enormous. We are profound. Yet we come here to create. We can do a little or a lot, but what matters is to maintain a balance – both in the sense of moderation and in fullness.
We live with our energies in balance and die balanced, or we have to undergo some type of re-balancing after we go through the doorway of death!