More about Mercury Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going as represented by Mars , and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed. More about Venus Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion.
It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction as represented by Saturn and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
More about Jupiter Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith as represented by Jupiter.
It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
More about Saturn Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life. More about Uranus Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions.
Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus. More about Neptune Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness.
As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution. More about Pluto Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in , and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart.
Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others.
The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers. More about Chiron As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
More about Ceres The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies. More about Pallas The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
More about Juno In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman or man who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other. More about Vesta While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary.
By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole. The astrology of Haumea seems to be related to love of the natural world and to the fecundity of natural process. This archetype thus signals profound connection to Nature, connection to Source, and a form of natural charisma. More about Haumea The astrology of Makemake is related to love of the natural world and to the activism associated with defending the environment.
This archetype thus signals a profound connection to nature that is quite similar to the archetype of Haumea, his fellow traveler in the Kuiper Belt, with the same astronomical designation and also named from the pantheon of indigenous gods and goddesses.
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More about Makemake The Part of Fortune from the Latin Pars Fortuna is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness. More about the Planetary Bodies The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you.
Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime. Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing.
Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature. More about Aries Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
More about Taurus Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes based on duality and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty. More about Gemini Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life.
They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them. It is here that we enter the realm of relationship. This is the place in the chart that describes our experience of others - how we deal with interpersonal relationships and how we develop our understanding of and connection with other people.
The natural ruler of this house is Libra - a sign that is essentially concerned with creating balance, and as such it brings lessons regarding the integration of opposites. This being so, even though the Descendant might be said to relate to our ideal self, it is important to remember that this position can reveal either collaboration and alliance or competitiveness and conflict within our close associations.
The Descendant sign illustrates distinctive qualities regarding the impulse for liaison - our general attitude to those we are in close contact with, what we seek from them, what we give to them and how we relate to and respond to them. Not only does this point describe who you are drawn to and get along with, it also shows the way you endeavour to work harmoniously with others and how you interact with them both on a personal level and in business.
The manner in which you deal with controversy, compromise and issues of equality are shown here too as are traits that may be precarious in an adversary. All relationships entail a certain degree of give and take, co-operation and conciliation. Used to its highest potential the Descendant can show the way to harmony, peace, equanimity and accord.
Along the road to this lofty ideal, it is the place where we meet hidden or unacknowledged aspects of ourselves and possibly too, unhelpful attitudes in our approach to others. It is often through interrelationship conflicts we come into contact with the shadow part of our nature or we may tend to project an urge, impulse or aspect of ourselves on to someone else - albeit unconsciously.
Careful and honest study of this point in the chart can reveal why we tend to meet the same problems in our closest affiliations over and over again - the challenge being not to reproach the other person but to look within. Our expectations of others can also be shown here, realistic ones and otherwise. By definition, the Descendant is the opposite point to the Ascendant and from this we can infer that our sense of identity is influenced by the relationships we attract into our lives. The sign on this point can represent a quality you like in yourself or one you feel is lacking and so seek in others in order to compliment your own life path and to experience a sense of completeness.
Thus, it is perhaps true to say that the particular qualities and attributes we seek - and admire - in a partner, are the very qualities we perhaps need to develop and consciously work towards and acquire within ourselves. As the cuspal point of the seventh house, the Descendant advises about important people in the life.
It governs committed relationships, hence business and personal partnerships, associations with lawyers, mediators and consultants come under its rulership as does marriage, close one-to-one links and long-term associations. It is also said to rule open enemies - rivals, opponents and competitors - it is after all the counterbalance to the Ascendant, the house of self.
Furthermore, it reveals your needs as regards relationship and how they may be fulfilled, as well as what you want from the other person and the response you give in return. While Libra is the natural ruler of this cardinal air house, the majority of charts are likely to have a different sign on this cusp, and the quality it falls in can suggest wants, desires and requirements within close links: a cardinal sign suggests a need for initiative and dynamism, a fixed sign a need for permanence and stability and a mutable sign a need for variety and change.
Nevertheless, the sign, house placement and aspects of Venus should always be carefully examined when relationship matters are being considered. The element of the Descendant sign gives valuable information as to attributes we find desirable in a partner as well as elements within our own nature we do not want to own.
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A fire sign at this point of the chart suggests a need for energy, enthusiasm and inspiration within close links or it can give rise to an impetuous, confrontational or argumentative attitude to others. An earth sign implies a need for practicality, stoicism and usefulness or it can be intractable, disapproving and controlling. An air sign can occasion a need for feedback, objectivity and a good flow of ideas or it can induce a restless, overly compromising or indifferent approach. A water sign intimates a need for nurturance, care and support or there could be a somewhat smothering, jealous or impractical stance towards other people.
A few examples of each sign will serve to illustrate the possible import of each Descendant sign. Aries engenders a potent need to find self in others as with this Descendant, relationships tend to be very much connected to self-image. Often, they are seen as an adventure and so an active, assertive partner is likely to be sought.
The stars surrounding your ascendant ASC are your "rising stars. The ascendant is one of the most important points in the sidereal chart. Unlike in tropical astrology, where emphasis is on the Sun's placement, the sidereal ascendant is far more revealing about the nature of a person. It is the point of self-awareness.
In sidereal astrology, the ascendant reveals more of "who we are" and what we are expressing, while the sidereal Sun is more about "how we are," the role we play in the world and the persona we identify with. The sidereal sign, stars and planets surrounding the ascendant reveal the nature of what we embody. It is this that we express through our physical experience into the world—from the ascendant through the descendant, upon our horizon plane.
The ascendant stars and the sidereal sign of the ASC are also strong indicators of a person's body type, augmented by the Moon's placement. This includes physical and facial appearance, body structure, constitution, the four temperaments and 20 chemical types, 1 and mannerisms. The stars surrounding your descendant DSC are your "setting stars. They, in a sense, create the stained glass window through which you express your ascendant , and through which others see you. The descendant's magnetic energetic draws the reflection of self, the reflection of the energetic we express.
Thus, the people we draw to ourselves often reflect that which we are projecting. They, in a sense, not only lure us to express our ASC theme in its fullness, but also invite us to observe our own expression. The DSC stars, and planets in the DSC's immediate foreground, tend to reveal how we interrelate with significant others in our lives. They also reveal the nature of the facade we present to others when fearful to express true self. The ascendant is a point of action and expression.
The descendant is a point reception and change. Note: The nature of our relationships is also strongly influenced by the Moon and Juno, and somewhat by Venus and Mars, as well as additional aspects to those planets and to the DSC. Properly speaking, from an astronomical perspective, your rising stars an planets are those above your horizon plane.
Those below have not yet risen. However, stars or planets that conjoin, or that are east or west of the ASC, can be either above or below the horizon plane. The same holds true for the DSC and setting stars. This is often ignored by astrologers. In this sample star chart, even though Altarf of Cancer conjoins the ASC, it is below the horizon, yet to rise. To see your true rising stars and planets , look at an astronomical star chart that shows your horizon plane and all of your great circles.
See: Personalized Star Charts. The bisection of the natal meridian the longitudinal plane on Earth where a person is born and the ecliptic plane creates the MC-IC axis of the Natal Cross. The MC is the projection of the Zenith the point in the heavens directly over the birth location through the Earth's meridian longitude onto the ecliptic.
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Likewise the IC is the projection of the Nadir opposite the Zenith through the Earth's meridian onto the ecliptic. All meridians of the Earth pass through Earth's poles.
The Zenith-Nadir axis is our personal pole. Thus the MC and IC nodes in the ecliptic are the result of translation of the pole of our personal sphere of consciousness Zenith-Nadir through the Earth's sphere of consciousness. The MC-IC axis is of the physical sphere of consciousness—revealing the nature of soul's unique expression into and through the physical body.
This is our vertical axis, equated with our spinal column or backbone. The MC-IC axis reveals how soul expresses through our genetic makeup and functions in the physical world. The MC-IC axis has a electrical component. The MC stars are our culminating stars. They reveal our day-to-day focus, what is always in our face, how we see or look at life. It marks the pinnacle of the chart and of our pursuits in life. Understanding and mastering our MC energetic is key to our soul's physical fulfillment in life and to the accomplishment of soul's incarnational purpose.
The MC stars articulate the nature of the culmination of our personal pursuit in the world—the culminating point of achievement. The IC stars are our anti-culminating stars. They reveal the nature of the foundation upon which we stand and from which we participate in the world. The IC stars also reveal the nature of the genetic patterning through which our soul manifests, and thus, also our inherent patterns we need to fully embrace and master.
The IC stars and sidereal sign also reveal the type of environment best supportive for our physical wellbeing. Understanding and integrating the IC energetic is essential for balance and support in our lives. This is about embracing our genetic patterning, including the family heritage and bloodline into which we are born. To fully infuse soul into the physical body is to fully incarnate, this is the energetic movement from MC to IC, which is required to fully express soul-level awareness in and through our corporeal existence.
The advent of counter-clockwise house rotation, common to Western Astrology, began with Hellenistic astrology, as did the separation into the drifting tropical zodiak away from the true sidereal zodiak. The seasonally-based tropical zodiac articulates the weather of mass-consciousness, but also the disconnect from soul awareness, thus personality level consciousness. It articulates the aspiring personality looking upward to the stars, wondering what they are really doing on Earth.
Predating this, back to Egyptian and Babylonian times, clockwise house rotation and whole house signs was a natural part of sidereal astrology. Clockwise house rotation is far more fitting if we are exploring soul's perspective of the incarnation. From this perspective, we are looking down from soul-level awareness upon incarnate life.
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This perspective upon incarnate life reveals what we are doing here on Earth from soul's vantage. With clockwise house rotation we are also facing the movement of the planets, embracing their energetics, consciously evolving, rather than being pushed around by them in the circle of life, or worse yet, running in reaction from the experience they bring.
The ASC the eastern rising stars is sunrise, day-break. The MC is noon, the day's culmination. The DSC western setting stars is sunset, days end.
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This east to west direction is also Earth's precessional direction, the opposite direction of planetary movement around our Sun. Precessional movement of Earth's pole and the vernal axis through the heavens reveals the evolutionary cycle of the soul collective on Earth. Consider first that soul descends from the Zenith, the location of birth, down through the Earth to the Nadir, the opposite location —thus grounding, becoming fully incarnate.
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