The Planets in Astrology: The Actors of the Soul

Planets are one of the 4 pillars of astrology, along with signs, houses, and aspects. Each of them represents a specific aspect of our personality (ego, imagination, responsibility, personal growth) and how they interact through aspects and the houses they occupy determines how these aspects of our personality manifest in our lives.

Planets move through the zodiac constellations over time and through astrological houses during the day. Their positions at the time of birth determine our birth chart or natal chart.

It's important to note that the term "planet" is used broadly to refer to celestial elements used in astrological analysis, but not all of them are astronomical planets. For example, the Sun is one of the most significant "planets" in astrology, even though it's a star. Similarly, some asteroids or theoretical celestial positions in the sky, like the "Black Moon," are used by many astrologers. On Arcadia, we simplify all these elements under the term "planet" for the sake of simplicity.

The main astrological planets are as follows:

  • Sun: The Sun, the central star of our solar system and the source of energy and light. It represents our core identity, ego, creativity, and the paternal image. Its position in the birth chart defines our sun sign, which influences our self-expression and vitality.

  • Moon: The Moon, Earth's satellite, governs our emotional sensitivity, imagination, optimism, childhood, and the maternal image. Its position in the zodiac influences our emotional responses, emotional needs, and relationship with the past.

  • Mercury: Mercury, the planet of communication and thought, influences our intellect, expression, and thought processes. Its position in the birth chart reveals our communication abilities and thinking style.

  • Venus: Venus is associated with love, harmony, and aesthetics. Its position in the zodiac influences our love style, aesthetic preferences, and approach to relationships.

  • Mars: Mars, the planet of action and conflict, governs our energy, ambition, and desire. Its position in our birth chart indicates how we express our inner strength, assertiveness, and willpower.

  • Jupiter: Jupiter is the planet of expansion, personal growth, and group dynamics. Its position influences phases of personal growth, the pursuit of pleasure, and the quest for personal elevation.

  • Saturn: Saturn is associated with discipline, responsibility, and structure. Its position in the birth chart reveals how we handle responsibilities, limits, and obstacles in our lives.

  • Uranus: Uranus embodies originality, revolution, collective action, progressive thinking, and innovation. Its position describes how we stand out, manage or provoke disruptions, and our desire for modernity and changing established norms.

  • Neptune: Neptune is linked to intuition, contemplation, and the ability to sense human and collective currents. Its position in the birth chart describes our mastery of long-term processes, our level of overall clarity, and our ability to sense subtle collective and human energies.

  • Pluto: Pluto is the planet of secrets, power, and personal transformation. Its position indicates how we connect with our deep instincts and animal nature, and how we handle crisis situations, power dynamics, and conflicts.

  • Black Moon: The Black Moon, also known as Lilith, corresponds to the position of the second focus of the lunar orbit's ellipse. It is associated with a form of inner truth and ideal within the individual. Its position describes a deep and irreducible "Truth" that the individual feels, a quest for meaning and authenticity often marked by a refusal of middle grounds and societal norms in a particular area.

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