Astrology: How the Planets Affect Our Lives

If you follow Astrology in depth or in detail, you are already aware of the planetary influences cited in horoscope charts. Generally, my readings are based solely on Sun Sign archetypes, but there is sometimes a good reason to venture beyond those Signs in order to understand the possible, additional implications of planetary effects.  Here, then, is a short summary of one theory, known as "The Causal Chain" that describes how each planet in our solar system may influence us.Those who have not had their charts read might find this information insightful. I have found it a useful tool for face-reading, where, more often than not, the more influential planets reveal themselves.

The Planet Effect:

The Sun: The most powerful body in our Solar System whose very existence insures our own on Earth. In Astrology, the Sun is associated with power, strength, leadership and self-expression - qualities found in the Sun Sign, Leo. But the power of the Sun  in your Horoscope also depends upon where the Sun is located elsewhere in your birth chart - as configured in your exact birth date, time, and location. In terms of face-reading, the Sun face radiates health, power and self-confidence, as one would expect. The Sun-faced personality is graceful, magnetic and attention-getting. S/he lights up a room. The more influential the Sun is in your birth chart, the more brilliantly you shine.

The Moon: Next in importance to the Sun, the Moon controls the rhythms of our lives. The Moon influences how we respond to certain experiences and conditions. As our nearest neighbor, and although we have visited it, the Moon retains its dreamy mystery. The moon controls the tides of Earth's oceans; so we know how to measure its force and influence visually, but not how to explain its cosmic force in our lives. Astrologers like Sybil Leek believes the Moon is as important as the Sun in preparing Horoscopes. One of her books focuses solely on Moon Signs - for example, Moon in Pisces, she believes, creates "artful and avant garde" personalities. In terms of face-reading, the moon-face is quite often round and open,  with luminescent in eyes and pearl-like skin. Sometimes the face seems unfocused. Again, just what one would expect from a face influenced by the Moon. Moon is the ruling sign for Moon Child/Cancer, so you may likely find all of these factors in that Sun Sign.

Mercury: This planet influences our nervous system; its close location to Earth in our Solar System causes frequent erratic fluctuations here. To my mind, Mercury (like a thermometer) can go to extremes; hot or cold, and often rather quickly.  Mercury plays up the "sensitive side"  of a person- motivating creativity and nearly constant activity in those it influences.  Depending on where Mercury appears in your chart, you will likely be a great communicator of ideas or messages. Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo in Sun Signs (two extremes, in one sense - the airy Gemini and the grounded Virgo). Mercury's negative aspect may create a sarcastic, bitter personality; on the positive side, Mercury is detailed, clever and usually wins an argument. In terms of face-reading, Mercury's two extremes show up in the propensity for the Mercury personality to wear either a great deal of make-up or absolutely none at all. With Mercury on board, its either big-time make-up face or fresh face to the world.

Venus: Sometimes known as the planet of harmony and constancy, Venus' orbit is locked into axial rotation with earth. This explains how  positive we generally feel about this Planet and our acceptance and enthrall with the arts created most often by those with strong Venus influence in their charts. Venus is associated directly with beauty and the arts - many Venus' influenced people work in design, fashion, adornment. There also is the undeniable power to love in a Venus influence.  Venus is a magnetic planet - often attracting followers and admirers (watch out for the green-eyed envies). Venus seeks the most harmonious partnerships, which this Planet shows with acceptance and grace. On the negative side, Venus may become dependent and sometimes appears indecisive and excessively romantic. In terms of face-reading, as you would expect, Venus is unusually attractive - either dressing up to adorn and show off the beauty ( in the case of designers and fashion plates), or caring about fashion and style not at all (in the case of artists, writers, creators). This follows because Venus rules both graceful,elegant Libra and stalwart, no-nonsense Taurus. If you are boldly attracted (physically or mentally) to a new person you meet - although their face may have less than perfect features- you are, no doubt, in the presence of someone with a strong Venus effect in their chart.

Mars: Astrology views the attributes of this Red planet to be strength, power, optimism. Those who have Mars influence in their charts will show off this strength, depending on where the Planet appears. Mars rules Aries, which is so often why that Sun Sign is viewed as easy-to-anger (red), but also powerful and optimistic. Mars is a warrior, so this is a good influence in any aspect where you may need to fight - and win. Mars is the first "superior planet"; its orbit falling outside of Earth's (unlike Mercury and Venus who are much closer to Earth). The Mars effect is to create pioneers and leaders, on the positive. On the negative side, Mars can become overly aggressive and argumentative; sometimes even rude. In terms of face-reading, the Mars face is easy to distinguish in most cases: the dominant powerful expression of Mars is shown clearly in the face it affects. Mars' faces are generally square and strong, thin-lipped, with deep, penetrating eyes and often a ruddy complexion. You may find a number of Mars' personalities with auburn or reddish hair; perhaps the deeper the red, the more Mars factors in a chart.

Jupiter: Astrology generally views Jupiter as the planet of power. So the man or woman standing in front of you, dressed in a power suit, will look you straight in the eye,speak to the point, and tell you how s/he thinks it is. Jupiter is one of the newer planets (discovered as one in the 1920s), but even so, its connection to earth is strong - and powerful due to its enormous source of radio radiations. The largest planet in our Solar system, Jupiter seems to have a mind of its own - spending more time transiting some Signs than others. On the positive side, Jupiter, which rules Sagittarius, is fortunate in business and generally successful throughout life.  Jupiter is generally loyal and optimistic. On the negative side, Jupiter does not like to power-share, and sometimes may seem conceited or risk-taking to the extreme. In terms of face-reading, Jupiter's influence shows itself in the look of confidence, self-control, a warm smile and a friendly handshake. A Jupiter face is solid and square-jawed. You will feel warmth in his or her presence.

Saturn:  Ah - mysterious Saturn and its rings. The influence of Saturn in your chart (ruling Capricorn) may provide some limitations in terms of reaching goals and destinations (it's because of those ring barriers). But the hearty Capricorn is generally impervious to limitations, and keeps on climbing anyway (the climb may be a long and windy road, however). So depending on where Saturn falls in your chart, Saturn can unleash genius (Picasso) or limit production (George Gershwin). On the positive side, Saturn is a deep-thinker and quite deliberate in work. On the negative, Saturn  may seem aloof and dogmatic. in terms of face-reading, you can spot a Saturn straight off; they are quite likely to be the person in the crowd who looks the most pessimistic. They will likely not wear much make-up, if female, but their dark, flashing eyes will signal determination, strength and willingness to tackle the hardest work. Upon first meeting, if you think you are the one checking out the face, think again; Saturn is absolutely scrutinizing you to see what s/e can learn.

Uranus:  This planet of "eccentricity" rules Aquarius. Known as one of three "modern' planets (the others being Neptune and the used-to-be, Pluto), Uranus, like the others, is thought to have less direct influence on a person that the more Ancient planets. I see Uranus as an important influence on the thinking in those in the science/high-tech/inventor fields. The  Uranus factor lends itself to unconventional, far-sighted vision. Uranus-influenced personalities are most likely to get along with those who think along the same high-levels and who understand their unconvential behavior. Uranus may bluntly speak the truth as s/he sees it, caring little about political correctness. In the positive, Uranus can change the world; in the negative, the Uranus influence may cause a personality to over-react in a desire to be perverse and different. In terms of face-reading, the slim, sallow-faced Uranus is often either wearing thick-lens glasses or a distracted, far-away look. The pale Uranus face may look sleepy or weak, but if you pay close attention you will notice the wheels turning in his/her mind. Unpredictable Uranus - but what a ride!

Neptune: Likewise a newer planet, not discovered until the 1840s, Neptune was not first seen in an orbit, but viewed as a giant planet pulling Uranus out of its orbit. Due to the amount of water believed to exist on the planet, it bears its iconic water name and also rules Pisces. All of this water makes the Neptune-influenced personality fluid, mysterious and highly spiritual (reflected in his/her thinking or artistic talents). Perhaps one of the most "sensitive" influencing planets, Neptune can help create great artists, authors and overwhelmingly alluring personalities (Marilyn Monroe). This planet inspires intuition and imagination. On the negative side, Neptune's influence may create a self-indulgent, careless and single-minded personality. In face reading, Neptune is likely to be the woman who wears the most makeup in the room or dresses provocatively; the male Neptune may call attention to himself with his unusual hair style or dramatic sunglasses (even if not needed). Neptune loves the mystery of the masquerade.  Neptune can become a great partner in creative work, so long as you understand the ups and downs of working with this fluid, intensely dramatic personality.

Pluto &Vulcan: Poor Pluto. Discovered in 1930, it was demoted to a "plutoid" several years ago. Scientists are still arguing about its place (or absence) in our Solar System. In the good old days, Pluto was thought to rule Scorpio (I believe it still does). At the heart of Pluto is the disagreement over its status - considering that Pluto is so powerful in terms of influencing earthquakes, volcanoes, the underworld and the creative and regenerative forces in the body, one would think reconsideration of its status as a Planet is in order (especially given the state of our current economic woes)....Then, there is Vulcan, which may or may not be a Planet, depending on which solar system you are talking about (or which Star Trek episode). At this point, Vulcan has no appearance as a Planet in Astrology, but Pluto still does, even though scientifically, it's a non-planet. However, I disagree.  I believe both Pluto and the distant Vulcan are influencing certain people to some extent: creators of graphic sci fi novels, inventors of time-machines, those who see the world in other dimensions. If you spot a Pluto/Vulcan in a crowd, s/he most likely will be dressed in black; hair will be shaggy or partially mo-hawked; piercings and tattoos aplenty. Look for heavily made up cosmic makeup and black nail polish. These personalities appear slight or fully androgynous, seemingly existing on the very outer edges of politically correct reality. They are an acquired taste, but there is something to be learned from Plutoids and Vulcanites - and its not about visage.

The impact of Carl Jung on Astrology and the non-causal theory of the Universe. If I had world enough and knowledge enough, I could more fully explain how important this pre-eminent psychiatrist, the founder of analytic psychology, was to the validation of Astrology. During his lifetime (1875-1961), this one-time disciple of Freud, began to study the way paranormal activities (clairvoyance, telepathy) worked to enhance the spiritual nature of humanity.  Jung began to collect astrological data from his patients, which he used to help him evaluate their prognosis and treatment. He conducted research on 500 married couples and found a correlation between the wife's moon sign and her husband's sun sign.  As he recognized that certain character traits were being revealed by his patients through their horoscopes, he postulated there was something else in the Universe besides the causal chain. Jung later developed his theory of "synchronicity" (which, broadly, helps to define how extraordinary coincidences occur).  A great believer in the dynamic truths found in the I Ching, Jung's search for explanations to behavior that could not be explained otherwise (or demonstrated in the laboratory) did, at the time, help validate the truth of Astrology's archetypes and the need to continue exploring the otherwise-unexplained.

Carl E. Jung: We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and we have, like the best wines, the quality of the year and the season which witness our birth."

04.09.09

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