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The Planets

The Sun The Sun
Ego, identity, father, men. Rules LEO.
The Moon The Moon
Feelings, fluctuations, mother, women, nurturing. Rules CANCER.
Mercury Mercury
Communication, learning, siblings, short trips. Rules GEMINI and VIRGO.
Venus Venus
Relationships, money earned, values. Rules TAURUS and LIBRA.
Mars Mars
Assertiveness, aggression, action. Rules ARIES.
Jupiter Jupiter
Higher learning, long journeys, expansiveness. Rules SAGITTARIUS.
Saturn Saturn
Responsibility, structure, limitations. Rules CAPRICORN.
Uranus Uranus
Sudden changes, originality, innovation. Rules AQUARIUS.
Neptune Neptune
Spirituality, illusion, imagination. Rules PISCES.
Pluto Pluto
Sex, death, transformation. Rules SCORPIO.

The Houses

In astrology, there are twelve (12) houses, or areas of life. Each is ruled by a planet or sign.

1st House: Appearance, beginnings, the outer self. Ruled by Aries/Mars.

2nd House: Money earned, values. Ruled by Taurus/Venus.

3rd House: Siblings, learning/communication, short journeys. Ruled by Gemini/Mercury.

4th House: Parents, origins, home. Ruled by Cancer/Moon.

5th House: Children, creativity, love affairs. Ruled by Leo/Sun.

6th House: Work/service, health. Ruled by Virgo/Mercury.

7th House: Marriage, partnerships. Ruled by Libra/Venus.

8th House: Death, sex, the money/resources of others. Ruled by Scorpio/Pluto.

9th House: Long journeys, higher learning, faith/religion. Ruled by Jupiter/Sagittarius.

10th House: Career, reputation. Ruled by Capricorn/Saturn.

11th House: Friends, groups, ideals. Ruled by Aquarius/Uranus.

12th House:
The unconscious, sacrifice, transcendence. Ruled by Pisces/Neptune.

The Elements

Fire, Earth, Air, and Water.

Fire: Pertains to passion, inspiration, motivation.
Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Earth: Pertains to practicality, reality, the material world.
Earth Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo

Air: Pertains to intellect, communication, objectivity.
Air Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini

Water: Pertains to emotion, feelings, intuition.
Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

The Modes

Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable.

Cardinal: Initiating, pro-active.
Cardinal Signs: Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn
Each Cardinal sign begins at the times of the equinoxes and solstices, heralding
the beginning of a new season or cycle.

Fixed: Stable, persistant.
Fixed Signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius
Each Fixed sign stabilizes and consolidates what was begun by the preceding Cardinal sign.

Mutable: Adaptable, changeable.
Mutable Signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces
Each Mutable sign heralds the transition from one season to the beginning of another.

The Signs - Keywords
The Planets, Houses, Elements & Modes
Astrological Teaching Wheel
Songs in the Key of Astrology
Suites & Elements

Copyright 2003 • Patty MacDonald