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Astrological Energies

The Sun, Moon and Planets in Astrology

The Sun, Moon and planets each represent different qualities of energy. You use these energies to create and direct your life. Additionally, these energies are each related to a specific need, and indicate a variety of drives which serve to form your complex personality structure. The Sun and Moon are luminary bodies. The Sun is a star, and the Earth's Moon reflects the light of the Sun. Some horoscopes will also contain other factors, and I've described a few of these at the end of this section.

These energy bodies in your chart operate much like the actors in a play. In fact, if you think of your life as the primary creative project on your cosmic 'to do' list - then, it's easy to consider that your life is your own personal stage play!


Sun
Sun

Of course, we know that the Sun is not a planet; but in astrology, it is called an 'energy' body. Actually, you're already well acquainted with the energy of your Sun. This is the part of you that needs to shine. Your Sun energy drives your willpower. When your Sun is operating at its fullest, you openly express your individuality and make the best use of your personal magnetism. This energy is about showing your authenticity, it the zodiac sign influencing your Sun shows how you affirm your identity to the world. Sun also represents the essence of authority, and your Sun is the drive that sustains and keeps you going. Psychologically, Sun represents the primary masculine part of your psyche and shows in the way you relate to your Father and father figures in society. Your Sun also plays an important role in your physical health, since it's the energy you feel as your vitality; if you were a car, your Sun would be your engine. Think of your Sun as the part of you that says, 'Hey, pay attention! I'm right here!' The astrological sign influencing your Sun alters your basic drive to be noticed, adding qualities like mannerisms and attitudes, and describes the costume your ego likes to wear in order to be noticed in the way that feels most natural and personally empowering for you.


moon
Moon


The Moon is the most familiar body in the heavens, reflecting a continually changing light. In your astrological chart, your Moon is the part of you that reflects the way you feel. Your Moon is your comfort zone. It functions a lot like a recording device, taking in everything that is happening around you. Your Moon is your receptivity and your subconscious mind. You probably know your Moon best as your habits and your instincts. Your Moon is at work when you're addressing your feelings about security, your desire to feel at home, and your need to be nurtured. When you're taking care of someone, you're using your Moon, since it represents your own ability to nurture. It's probably no surprise to discover that your Moon represents your Mother and the part of your psyche described by psychology as 'the feminine self.' Yes, even men have a Moon - although it's sometimes easier for males to let the women in their lives be the most emotionally expressive! For males and females alike, the Moon's sign indicates the qualities you seek that support your most significant needs and feelings.

Mercury
Mercury


Mercury's sprightly expression exists in the realm of the intellect. Your Mercury shows how you take in and express ideas - it's your ability to communicate. How you connect to others, the way you adapt, socialize, understand, or develop skills and dexterity: these are all ways you express the energy of Mercury. Mercury is the part of you reaching out when you're eager to call a friend and share the latest gossip, or the driving need you feel when you're so curious about something you just have to know more. The astrological sign influencing Mercury shows the kinds of things that hold your interest and the intrinsic way you learn and communicate. In the world around you, Mercury represents youth and your own connection to young people, and it also symbolizes transportation and technology.

venus
Venus


When you sigh deeply, thinking about the one you love, you're in touch with Venus. You feel Venus in your heart of hearts. The energy of Venus encompasses everything beautiful and valuable to you, and through Venus you express your own beauty and artistry. Oh, you may not think you're at artist, but since your life is a work of creative expression, when you get right down to it, you are! When you're tuned in to what you like, that's Venus whispering, 'This is wonderful!' How you love and the way you express your love and appreciation fall under the cloak of Venus. But more importantly, the way you feel about yourself is the deepest essence of Venus. When you're filled with love for yourself, your sense of personal worth grows, you attract more of what you want, and your life seems more worthwhile. The astrological sign influencing Venus shows the kinds of things you most enjoy, the way you're most comfortable expressing affection, and what is truly valuable in your life. Women are usually more at ease when it comes to open expressions of Venusian energy - the power of beauty and attraction - and society allows women greater latitude to let Venus shine forth. However, beauty and artistry are definitely beyond the limitations of gender!

Mars
Mars


Bombastic Mars is the punch of energy you feel when it's time to assert yourself. Your courage, strength, passion and ability to take action are expressions of Mars. However, Mars is also at work when you're feeling angry, destructive or hostile. Without Mars, not much would happen, since you use Mars to get things going. Mars helps you meet challenges and take the initiative. Mars can be sharp as a razor and blistering hot, and you need Mars' drive and push when you're facing the challenges of life. It's all about how you direct Mars. Mars is pure physical energy, and it's the fuel that keeps your engine running. Men are usually more comfortable expressing Martian energy, since it does add an 'edge' too the personality and can embody some of the things you think of as brutal or crass. After all, even in today's world, people make way for a guy asserting his power, but may be disarmed by a woman stepping into the lead with conviction. The astrological sign influencing Mars in your chart shows how you express your strength and the manner in which you assert yourself. It also tells you the kinds of challenges that get your engine revved to the max.


Jupiter
Jupiter


Jupiter, the big guy in our Solar System, symbolizes the energy you feel when you're inspired and optimistic. When you feel a conviction to do the right thing, you're tuned into Jupiter. Jupiter does not like limits, and drives you to move beyond your own backyard and find out about the rest of the world. Jupiter is working when you're thinking about the future and feeling enthusiastic about the possibilities of tomorrow. Jupiter adds a hunger to learn, but more than that, its drives your need to understand the endless questions that fall under the category of 'why.' This is the energy behind philosophy, morals, ethics and social consciousness. But Jupiter is not all Mr. Niceguy, since Jupiter also drives the restless impulse to push past limits, or to wander aimlessly, searching for the unknown and leave others wondering where you've gone. You get into trouble exercising Jupiter when you say 'yes' to everything or when you overindulge and overspend. Fortunately, this energy's positive drive to attain wisdom and understanding usually wins out.

Saturn
Saturn


Saturn, the planet encircled by icy rings, represents the energy of focus and limitation. A strong image for Saturn is the old school marm dressed in black, ready with the dunce cap when you misbehave, or the traffic cop who always seems to be around the corner the one and only time you decide to see just how fast your car can actually go. Saturn has gotten a bad rap since represents restraint, testing, discipline and limitation. When you hear about Saturn, you're likely to think that the bad news had to be in the planetary scheme somewhere! In all honesty, though, Saturn is more 'good cop' than 'bad cop!' Saturn's at work when you're focused and clear, when you know where you're going and when you take responsibility for yourself. Without Saturn, life would miss its framework and foundations. Saturn can be the voice of authority and the solid support of your most cherished mentor. But Saturn is also time and the process of aging. Since Saturn is the Cosmic Testing Authority and Ultimate Auditor, there's a strange mix of awe and fear when this energy is operating. At its worst, Saturn manifests as excessive control, fear, anxiety, shame and inhibition. At its best, Saturn instills a feeling of self-respect and integrity.

Uranus
Uranus


In the drama of life, Uranus is the revolutionary - upsetting the status quo, setting outrageous trends, opening the way for innovation and change. Your Uranus is in full swing when you feel rebellious and tired of the rules. You're also expressing Uranus' energy when you allow your originality and ingenuity to shine and when you stop trying to be like everyone else. Through Uranus, you break the mold and open the way for your talents and special abilities to take the lead. Uranus is the intuitive flash of insight that illuminates fresh possibilities. These impulses are also related to humanitarian idealism - the spirit of brotherhood and friendship that allows you to accept and appreciate diversity. When Uranus' energy is contained too long, it can explode as anarchy, disruption and polarization - leading to instability and frenetic impulsiveness. Reformers, inventors, altruists, rebels, humanitarians and wizards reflect pure symbols of this energy. Because Uranus takes more time to complete its orbit around the Sun, it remains in a sign for about seven years. It's one of the planets influencing what drives a generation, and a definite marker for what we call a generation gap!


Neptune
Neptune


Neptune's realm is in full operation when you're engrossed in imagination, or when you've escaped ordinary reality you're drifting in a feeling of perfect peace. When you dream, you're in Neptune Land. You're experiencing Neptune when your compassion drives you to reach out and lend a helping hand. When it's time to forgive, you bring Neptune's energy into play, letting go and rising above so that you can move on. Through Neptune, you merge with your inner self, blending with your spiritual urges, reaching toward ideals. Yet Neptune's also operating when you're confused, in a fog, giving-in to your addictions, steeped in denial, or falling victim to deception. Neptune can be the rose-colored glasses through which you see only what you want to see, but on the other side of it, Neptune allows you to see what can be. In the world around you, Neptune is working everyday in the movies, music, television, and through all the advertising permeating the collective consciousness. Neptune people are the musicians, actors and movie stars, mystics, prophets and devoted spiritual seekers. Neptune is also a slow-moving planet, and shows the ideals which tend to characterize a generation. For example, the 'flower children' have Neptune in Libra, the sign associated most with beauty, artistry and relationship.

Pluto
Pluto


Pluto is way out there -furthest from the Sun - but this energy in astrological terms is the power that resides in the deepest spaces of your psyche. Either way, it's not an easy place to reach! You feel the power of Pluto when you experience or witness birth, since the emergence of new life marks a huge change for everyone involved. All the major transitions of life - birth, healing and death - fall within Pluto's realm. Pluto's energy transforms and regenerates - on every level. When it's time to get to the core of something, you're employing Pluto. You use Plutonian force when you refinish vintage furniture, renovate your home, or drill for oil. In your personality, Pluto shows itself as your charisma and also indicates those qualities that you think of as enigmatic. Psychotherapy is Plutonian. There is a dark side to Pluto, too, since it's also felt and expressed as compulsion, coercion, abuse, repression, guilt and destruction. On a broader level, the sign of Pluto represents the kinds of breakthroughs a generation will seek to create as a marker of its time.



All Material Copyright 2004-2009 by Gloria Star

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