THE REAL YOU
For most people, their first acquaintance with astrology comes through their Sun sign. It is true that the Sun is the most important single factor in a Birth Chart. The Sun symbolizes the heart in a chart. Without it, all the other planets would be lifeless, no power to act. With it, the other planets and the chart as a whole, come to life.
Knowing the Sun sign alone is not nearly enough. The Sun’s house position is also important. Its house position indicates the area of life that will be specially illuminated and vitalized. And, the house ruled by the Sun indicates associated influences from other areas of life.
The aspects formed by the Sun with other planets are also particular important. The term “aspects” usually refers to the angles formed in the zodiacal circle between the Sun, the Moon and other planets. The most important aspects are the following:
The conjunction (0 degrees), Semisextile (30 degrees), Sextile (60 degrees), Square (90 degrees), Trine (120 degrees), Quincunx (150 degrees), and Oppostion (180 degrees).
The Sun is the symbol of the individuality, the real self. The Sun represents a person’s ability for self-actualization in the present life. The sign that the Sun is in shows how a person goes about getting what he really wants to achieve in his life.
If there are many aspects to the Sun, the person is multifaceted. If there are few aspects to the Sun, it shows the opposite indicating a person who is more of a specialist – in the sense of developed personal qualities of character.
Any planet aspecting the Sun automatically becomes more important in the chart, and whatever that planet represents in the life is highlighted accordingly. Since the planets govern a range of activities and manifestations, an aspect to the Sun can bring out a diversity of effects in a person’s life or character, but anything coming under the planet concerned will become a focal point at its own level of expression.
Aspects between the Sun and other planets
Aspect between the Sun and the moon is very important, especially the phases of New Moon (the Sun conjunct Moon) and Full Moon (the Sun opposite Moon). The Sun-Moon contact shows the significance of acquired habits, instincts and experience in relation to the events of a person’s life, whether they are a help or a hindrance in that context.
Mercury and Venus can not form the full range of aspects with the Sun, because their orbits lie within that of the Earth. Mercury can form only the conjunction, while Venus can form conjunction and semisquare. The conjunction is the most common and most important.
But, if the conjunction is too close, the planet is said to be combust and loses much of its ability to act independently. If Mercury or Venus is on its own sign (Venus in Taurus or Libra, Mercury in Gemini or Virgo), then the effect of combust usually is mitigated. But even in such cases, there is apt to be a lack of objectivity.
An aspect between the Sun and Mars indicates a person who needs to lead an active life in one way or another. This tendency is more assertive if it occurs in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).That person must have an outlet for his energy, and preferably a creative one. If he can find one, he may accomplish much positive results, but if not, he may be a nuisance, bring trouble to himself and to others.
An aspect between the Sun and Jupiter indicates the coming of opportunities into the person’s life, and usually the opportunity is self-generated. That person will be likely involved with wide range of interests and activities, and with large numbers of people.
An aspect between the Sun and Saturn indicates the importance of developing qualities of patience, self-discipline, and the need to take care of things, such as karma and improvements in due course.
Aspects between the Sun and the outer planets (Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto) indicate the way in which you are set apart from your contemporaries, even though this may not be immediately obvious. There will be lots of ups and downs in your life journey. Those of you with favorable aspects may be geniuses, or act in a productive form of much good. Those with stressful aspects may be in dangerous fanatics, or take a destructive form on occasion. Most people are in between and live an ordinary life.
An unaspected Sun indicates the person’s life will be more about “being” than about “doing”, and the qualities associated with the zodiacal sign occupied by the Sun will come into sharper focus because no other planets are involved to complicate matters.
What Each Planet Reveals About You
The Sun: Your Sun sign shows what you are interested in being involved with in your life. The different kinds of activities that you enjoy. The area where you will shine in life. For example: The Sun in Gemini: You love changes, intellectual pursuits, and variety. You are sociable, like to move around and travel for pleasure.
The Moon: Your Moon sign shows how your emotions work and the depth of your emotions. Are you emotionally stable? For example: The Moon in Scorpio: Your emotions run deep, and can be very intense. Your emotions tend to last a long time, and you do not display emotions openly.
Mercury: Your Mercury sign indicates how your mind works, and if you are a good communicator. Do you think things through, or do you keep changing your mind? What is your memory capacity? For example: Mercury in Taurus: You are stubborn and not likely to change your mind easily. You are practical, may think slow, and may focus on material possessions.
Venus: Your Venus sign shows how you express your feelings. It also shows your unique style of expression, what things you are likely to attract, and what clothes appeal to you. In relationships, it shows how you express your love. For example: Venus in Leo: You have a sunny outlook, want to be the center of attention. You are generous, creative, dramatic, and want to be admired and appreicated.
Mars: Your Mars sign shows how you go about doing things, your will power and drive. Are you likely to put things off, or scatter your energy? Do you need a plan before acting? For example: Mars in Virgo: You like to work from a detailed plan, and are not into spontaneous action.
Jupiter: Your Jupiter sign shows your spiritual values and philosophy of life. It also shows how luck might flow to you, and how you compromise and work things out. For example: Jupiter in Cancer: Your basic philosophy may emphasize on the family and home, and have more traditional values. You may make money in related business, such as hotels.
Saturn: Your Saturn sign shows the areas of your life where you feel frustrated, or encounter responsibilities, difficulties, and limitation. You need to face realities, deal with your karma, and avoid fantasies in those areas. It also indicates your inner strength and maturity level. For example: Saturn is Taurus: You do not easily deal with realities of finances. You are more likely to give than receive. You can reach your goals through a practical, stubborn, and determined attitude that keep you going forward.
Uranus: Your Uranus sign shows whether you are able to deal with sudden changes of plans. It will reveal the particular area of your life where you want and demand freedom to act. For example: Uranus in Aries: You are independent, and will do what you want, when you want to do it. You can take charge and lead people in a crisis.
Neptune: Your Neptune sign indicates what you dream and fantasize about in life. It shows where your confusion and illusions are, where you need to put your feet on the ground. For example: Neptune in Virgo: You will work for a dream in order to have it come true. However, you may be confused over what kind of work you want to concentrate on. You may have a need to serve humanity and an intuitive need to guide others in achieving their dreams.
Pluto: Your Pluto sign shows where dramatic changes will occur, which can serve as a catalyst for redirecting your life purpose. It indicates the area of your life in which you need all your will power to complete tasks. For example: Pluto in Cancer: Your home and family will give you the reason to change your life. A family memeber may cause you to view your life in a different manner. A change in residence from time to time may also initiate change in your work or life.
Interpreting the Aspects in a Birth Chart
The influence and effect of planets in a Birth Chart depend largely upon their aspects. It is essential not only to render judgment on a planet in a house according to the quality of its aspect, but also by nature of the planet with which it is aspected.
All planets can have positive and negative effects. For examples: Saturn brings delays, frustration and limitation, but it also gives stability, patience and endurance. Mars leads to anger, injury and impulsive, but also courage, strength and action. Jupiter, the “Great Fortune,” bestows good fortune, abundance and joys, but also danger of conceit and greed. Venus, planet of beauty, charm and diplomacy, can show vanity, and selfishness. Neptune, associated with spirituality and inspiration, is also responsible for deceit and illusion.
The unfavorable aspects (squares and oppositions) in a Birth Chart can take different forms, sometimes affecting the physical body, sometimes the emotions and mind. The strength of a Chart is not lie with the favorable aspects, but with both the favorable and unfavorable. A double favorable aspects (trine and sextile) can be too fortune, and can make the native too lazy. It is the squares and oppositions that test the native’s endurance and bring out the strength and courage.
Note the challenging aspects in your Birth Chart and use them. If Saturn squares Mars, try to develop patience and concentration. If Mars opposes your Moon, making you impulsive and quick-tempered, try sports to use up your surplus energy.
If Venus conjunct Neptune makes you too sentimental, dreamy and self-pitying, learn to sing or write songs, or do painting, and let others share your emotion. You need action, especially manual work, to avoid dewelling on your worries and difficulties. Believe that your chart, you, can be strengthened. Build on it.
I encourage you to integrate Buddhist concepts like Impermanence, Interdependence, and the Law of Cause and Effect into chart interpretation. These ideas will help you develop greater wisdom and compassion toward yourself and others