Astrology Class 1 – Module 2

Aug 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Astrology Class Basic, Astrology Courses and Classes
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[private]Module 2 – The Planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury)

We will look at each planet and discuss it’s properties, as well as it’s numerological number which will appear after the planet name itself, in parentheses.

The Sun (1)

Ruler of: Leo

Qualities: warmth, self-esteem, honor, pleasure, willpower, vitality, originality, independence, leadership, pride.

The Sun is the center of our Solar system. Every other planet revolves around the sun. Since the Sun generates light and heat, it is responsible for all life on the planet, nothing could exist without it’s light. Likewise in a astrology reading the Sun represents the heart of the person, or the essential self. It also represents the physical heart as it is the core action that drives us and keeps us alive. Because of it’s brightness, we are told to never stare at the Sun (or look at it directly) and similarly trying to look at and understand (or see) a person by making note of the Sun sign alone is not possible. We must look at all of the other planetary data and find the most important data before we can fully understand anyone.

The Sun represents the principle of personality. Its qualities and traits include

the masculine principle (in contrast to the moon’s feminine), mind, spirit, the will to live, determination, willpower, health and the heart, authority, father, man, creativity and confidence. In a woman the Sun may represent the men and their personality and attitudes in the woman’s life.

The Sun is tied to the astrological sign Leo, and numerologically speaking, primarily represents the number 1 with some of the energy of the number 9 as well, though in general you should think of the Sun as representing the 1 numerologically. Since the heat and light the sun generates is seen as the life giver, in astrological birth charts, the sun represents the essential self, the heart and center of the human body, just as it is the heart and center of the solar system.

The Sun sign’s position at birth is of critical importance in astrological charts, but as with all things astrological, depends heavily on the influence of all factors involved. The sun’s positive tendencies include responsibility, perseverance, authority, discipline, and wisdom, while its negative influences include inhibition, delay, isolation, and aloofness and control issues.

We need to keep in mind that the Sun/Moon positions and where these two planets are together will greatly influence a chart. The interrelationship between these two planets is of upmost important, the Sun representing the Male to the Moon’s female. The active and essential physical/personality of the person compared to the emotional, intuitive/instinctive aspects. The Ascendant position itself is also of high importance in relation to the Sun. As the Sun represents the personality, it is the Ascendant which will indicate how the personality interacts with others and shows its face to the world.

The Moon (2)

Ruler of: Cancer

Qualities: home, familiarity, nurturing, receptivity, instinct, security, changeability, conception, motion, sensitivity, feelings.

The Moon is not really a planet, but because it is so close to Earth and because it goes through monthly phases it was easy for ancient astrologers to symbolize it as an astrological influence. We consider it a planet because it holds great influence on our own planet, and therefore it also has a great impact on us, as beings. It’s widely known that the phases of the Moon influence everything from the tides to the biological rhythms of plant and animal life as well as the menstrual cycles of women and childbirth times. Let’s look at the symbolism and qualities associated with the Moon.

The Moon is without water and without light for half of its orbit. It is quite barren and even though it appears to give off light, it is only reflecting the light from the Sun. It’s easy to see that the symbolisms of this planet are very different than that of the Moon. The light that it reflects seems to give it shapes, when what we are really seeing is the different shadow positions of our Earth as it blocks the light of the Sun that reaches the Moon. These shapes give the Moon it’s phases which repeat about every 28 days, and take a cycle time of 13 to complete in one year, rather than the standard 12 months.

The changing phases of the Moon are thought to be the driving force that gives us our own changing emotions and moods. Because it is always near us, or orbiting around us, the Moon is thought to reveal our own environment and personal habits. The angle between the Moon and the Sun will tell you a lot about your own personality and character as they represent the Jungian balance between the feminine (Moon) and the Masculine (Sun).

The Moon represents the principle of instincts and is symbolically represented by a crescent Moon shape. The Moon’s qualities and traits include the feminine principle (in contrast to the sun’s masculine), the soul, fecundity, mother, wife,

adaptation, the family, nation, moods, emotions, feelings, fluctuations fertility, and receptivity. It is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer and in numerology with the number 2 and to some extent, the number 0.

Because of its constant proximity to us, the moon represents our “shadow self”, and our ever changing feelings and moods. The moon’s relationship to the sun is very important, especially in natal charts, as the two bodies represent the two sides of the same Jungian coin: the Sun as the anima, or conscious self, and the Moon as the animus, or subconscious self. The Moon’s positive tendencies include nurturing, receptivity, instinct, domestic, and sensitivity, while its negative tendencies include changeability, insecurity, moodiness and sensitivity.

Mercury (3)

Ruler of: Gemini

Qualities: communication, intellect, writing, speech, reason, self-awareness, information, expression, dexterity, short journeys.

Mercury is one of the closest planets to the Sun and one the most rapid moving orbiting planets. It represents our awareness and ability to communicate and it facilitates our comprehension and thinking abilities. It’s easy to see how the mind and knowledge, skills and communication are all part of the symbolic nature of Mercury.

Mercury, the first and smallest planet in orbit around the sun, represents the mind and the intellect in a astrology reading. It is astrologically associated with the sign of Gemini, and its traits include Intellect, mediation, judgment, analysis, critical ability, reason, logic, perception, and the messenger. It is numerologically tied to the number 3, and some of its qualities have influence on the number 12.

Because of Mercury’s close proximity to the sun, its properties are closely linked to those of the sun (well being, health, and life force) and the two bodies can never be greater than 28 degrees apart in angular separation (aspects). Due to Mercury’s odd orbit, it has come to represent trickery, speed, and mental ability. It is the 1/2 octave expression of Venus (6 divided by 2 equals 3), but it is more relevant to the emotional and affectionate side of love than the romantic.

Psychologically Mercury represents our desire to understand and to communicate with others. Because of it’s quick movement in the Solar system it is also associated with agility and dexterity and has the strongest influence on us when we are children learning how to crawl, talk and walk. It is also thought to represent our childlike sense of curiosity. Tied to the trickster it has also come to mean a superfiecial and deceitful nature. Self-awareness and our ability to transform and make change are related to Mercury and it’s characteristics and it is associated with the nervous system in the body. The way that we seek out and internalize knowledge is another quality associated with the planet of the mind, thought and communication: Mercury.

Mercury’s positive tendencies include the intellect, versatility, wit, adaptability, expression, healing, and agility, and its negative tendencies include sarcasm, duality, trickery, and flippancy.

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