How Do Astrological Planets Work? Our Astrology Guide Reveals AllAstrology allows us to predict future events by focusing on the planetary positions in the solar system. People often assume that horoscope predictions are as simple as saying Geminis are fickle, but, in reality, the study of planets is a much more complex process. Here’s a little overview on the influence of the stars…
When people typically hear the word astrology, the first thought is often about planets and how they orbit the sun. In brief, your natal chart, which is taken at the moment of your birth, is like a photograph of the planets at the time of your birth. By closely following the planetary placement of stars and their interactions, we can determine two things - The way you perceive yourself and your approach towards life.
The Influence of the “Fast” Planets:
The Sun, our solar star, is at the center of our universe. Our zodiac sign, also known as a solar or sun sign, is a reflection of the position of the son the day we were born. Orbiting the sun we have 7 ruling planets (omitting earth), which can be broken down into two categories. First, we have the “personal” planets (also called as “fast” planets): Mercury, Venus, and Mars. These 3 zodiacs all rotate around the Sun more often than the planets that are situated further away. Mercury influences communication and expression.
- Mercury influences communication and expression
- Venus is associated with creativity, beauty, and love
- Mars dominates action, masculinity, and authoritarianism
Characteristics of the “Slow” Planets
Past Mars, we find the planets that are transpersonal or “slow” planets. These planets move at a much slower pace than the personal planets. Their influence will also manifest over many generations.
Among the slow planets, we find:
- Jupiter, who symbolizes luck, enthusiasm, and opportunity
- Saturn, who represents restrictions, limits, and responsibilities
- Uranus, who’s associated with sudden change, the unexpected, and instability
- Neptune, who’s linked with dreams, psychic abilities, creativity, and the metaphysical
- Pluto, who brings about extreme disruption
Each planet is in continuous movement, especially the personal planets which hold different position on a day-to-day basis. By closely following where the planets pass through each sign and house at the time of birth, astronomers are capable of making accurate predictions in our birth charts.
Every planet rules a zodiac sign and they are therefore often referred to as a planetary ruler - with some planets actually ruling more than one sign.
These planets have each been historically associated with a certain set of characteristics, so their presence at your time of birth influences the way that these characteristics play a role in your life. As the fast planets orbit the sun and moon more frequently, they are associated with mood, habits and routine.
The slow planets, on the other hand, will only orbit around the sun a couple of times during a typical human lifetime, so their presence usually holds a much greater significance.