Happy New Year! It’s been a busy time but I managed to dig out my notes and continue to research more information on my quest to complete my Astrology training. A quick note about the 2014 New Year. Based on various items I’ve read, the “shifts” that started in 2012 will continue into 2015. Much of this is due to transformative Pluto and inventive Uranus being squared seven times between June 2012 and March 2015. The last time these two planets significantly danced together was between 1964 and 1967, spurring various social movements including women’s rights, gay rights, civil rights as well as stirring up economic vectors. Have you noticed similar activity since June 2012?? As we learn more about the planets’ transits and aspects, how this dance is choreographed will become more apparent.
The sun is a star and the moon orbits earth and therefore not technically planets but in astrology, each are considered one of the 10 planets used in traditional western tropical astrology. At some point we may discuss the merits of Chiron and possibly other planets and celestial objects, but for now, the 10 basic planets, and a few of their key words, are as follows:
Sun Personal Planet Self, Life force, Personality, Outgoing, Inner self, Soul
Mercury Personal Planet Communication, Perception, Ideas, “how” we think
Moon Personal Planet Emotions, Receptive, Needs, Nurture
Venus Personal Planet Relationships, Value, Beauty, Feminine Energy, Creativity
Mars Personal Planet Assertion, Aggressive, Physical, Masculine Energy, Sexuality
Jupiter Social Planet Expansive, Expression, Optimistic, Teaching
Saturn Social Planet Boundaries, Rules, Pessimistic, Responsible
Uranus Outer Planet Independent, Individual, Inventive, Detached, Humanitarian
Neptune Outer Planet Spirituality, Escapism, Empathy, Intuitive, Depression
Pluto Outer Planet Transformation, Death/Rebirth, Mass Emotion, Transcending
The planets are presented here in order of proximity to the Sun, starting with the Sun itself. The planets closest to the Sun, inclusively, are considered “personal” planets which transition through the twelve zodiac signs rather quickly and therefore have a greater influence. The Sun, of course, take only one year to transit through all twelve signs. Since the Moon only takes 28 days to complete a full cycle, it has the most daily impact to our lives. Mars takes almost two years and is the furthest “personal” planet in the orbit. The “social” planets take 12 years for Jupiter and 28 to 30 years for Saturn to complete their cycles. Saturn is the furthest planet which can still be seen with the naked eye. Since these planets stay in one zodiac sign for an extended period of time, their influence starts to effect communities at a societal level. The “outer” planets cannot be seen from earth without assistance and take from some 84 to 248 years to complete their cycles. The influences start to converge Universal forces with personal ideals and effect our lives generationally.
The planets rule the Zodiac Signs as well as the Houses. The House is the “area” of life being influenced by the planet and the Zodiac Sign is “how” the planet is expressed. The Pluto square with Uranus influence for 2014 can be further explored to show that mass emotional Pluto is in the sign of Capricorn which is ruled by pessimistic Saturn and independent Uranus in the sign of Aries which is ruled by assertive Mars. The layering of influences become a little more complicated but hopefully lend to a deeper understanding. Until next month, may the heavens be kind and your new year be happy.
Cindy Fadoir is an Astrologer in Training, Reiki Master and Intuitive Channel at the Higher Self Bookstore. Readings maybe be scheduled through the Higher Self Bookstore