Wherever the Sun is in a chart, that
brightly illuminated. The Sun in a person’s chart often represents the
self-image and how they reinforce that self-image. When someone says
they are a
particular Sign, they are usually referring to their Sun Sign (the Sign
was in when they were born). The Sun is usually considered the single
important Planet in a chart.
Usually considered second only to the
importance (and sometimes considered more important), the Moon
person’s emotional nature. While the Sun may represent how a person
about or sees him or herself, the Moon represents a person’s “gut
Moon can also describe the relationship between the native and his or
fastest-moving Planet, Mercury shows how
a person communicates and reasons. Mercury can also indicate how the
deals with change.
Venus The Planet of
love and beauty, Venus often
talks about what makes the person comfortable. Venus can show how a
experiences romance, as well as the things in life the person is
value (or “love”). In a man’s chart, Venus will often show how he views
and what kind of impact women will have on his life.
Mars The Planet of
action, Mars indicates how a
person gets what he or she wants, as well as how the person deals with
In a woman’s chart, Mars will often show how she views men, and what
impact men will have on her life.
Jupiter This Planet
represents a person’s free
lunch. Wherever Jupiter is in a person’s chart, that person will tend
good luck and easy success in that area. Occasionally, Jupiter can
overexpansion or overindulgence.
Saturn This is the
Planet of limitations and responsibility.
Wherever Saturn is in a person’s chart, it will indicate where the
to show up and be responsible, where they have to “get serious” if they
succeed. Sometimes, Saturn represents a major obstacle in the person’s
Saturn can also describe the relationship between the native and his or
Uranus The Great
Awakener, Uranus is the Planet of
unpredictability. Wherever Uranus is in a person’s chart, abrupt
opportunities to learn from experience will manifest in that area.
Neptune is in a person’s chart, it shows where in life the person tends
navigate by intuition rather than by reason. Neptune’s Aspects—the
relationships between Neptune and other elements of the chart—are
important in discerning Neptune’s influence, because they can show when
far intuition should be trusted.
Pluto The Planet of
death and transformation, Pluto
indicates where negotiation and compromise do not work for the person,
the person has to change something fundamental in his or her life.
are the ten Planets almost every modern astrologer
works with. Even though astronomically, Pluto has lost it's planet
status, it's still used by astrologers as a planet.
is a lot more that could be said about any—and all—of them.
This article is meant only to provide a brief glimpse—a “taste”—of
it is important to note that there are other
elements—other ingredients—some astrologers prefer to have pictured in
which occupy the same area in the chart as the Planets.
can include planetoids
(Chiron), asteroids (Hera, Athena, etc.), fixed stars (Arcturus, Rigel,
Planets that have not been discovered by astronomers (Zeus, Poseiden,
even Positions...points in the chart with no physical reference such as
Nodes or Arabic Parts
(the Part of Fortune being the most commonly
bring these up simply to let the reader be exposed to the terms, and
all of these are beyond the basics that are necessary to read a natal
(and also to give readers who are interested in a more in-depth study
astrology further starting points).
The next article
talk about the final class of distinct
ingredients in a chart: The Houses and