Data Fundamentals – the planets

The planets are not part of the zodiac. They are wanderers – wandering around orbiting the Sun – and because the zodiac is fixed it can be used as a reference point for siting their positions. When viewed from the Earth it provides a backdrop. The Sun, of course, is a fixed star and the Moon is a satellite of the Earth, but in astrology, to avoid their separate identification, they are referred to as planets. And each planet is placed in the chart in the precise degree and minute of the zodiac it actually occupies – between the small inner circle representing the Earth and the large outer circle representing the zodiac.

Hermetic astrology proposes that each planet – the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – is a dynamic letter in the astrology code. They each transmit an energy which has unique features and characteristics. And the effect of these specialized energies, as yet undetected by mechanical instruments, can be observed. It proposes that these energies have their mental equivalents in your unconscious soul-mind. Astrological research has determined that each planet marks for a dynamic psychological driver and that the planets in your birthchart mark for thought-cell groups or character factors in your unconscious soul-mind that are the key features of your unconscious field of mental activity. Each planet is a dynamic influence in your inner-world psychological landscape.

The Sun is the universal marker for power and significance. He transmits an astral (thought) frequency that is dignified, proud, firm, moderate, considerate and paternal. His natural intent is to exercise control – to govern, direct, manage and dominate. He has a quest for power and an authoritarian approach. And his sense of self importance perceives power and authority as the means to the end, and praise and respect his just deserts. The Sun delights in exercising power and receiving praise and attention. He’s motivated to take control and boost his self-esteem and the Sun in your birthchart is the data-point for information pertaining to your power urge and desire for significance. The power thought-cell group in your unconscious mind is a receiving set for the astral energies being radiated by the Sun in your birthchart.

The Moon is the universal marker for care-giving, parental love, dependency and domesticity. She transmits an astral (thought) frequency that is cool, yielding, changeable, negative, dreamy, inoffensive and lacking in force. Her goal is to care and provide for a home and family. She’s a home and family person. She has a caring approach, a need to be needed and delights in responding to the needs of the family and caring for those in distress. She’s motivated by her feelings and domestic needs and the Moon in your birthchart is the data-point for information pertaining to your domestic urge and desire to care. The domestic thought-cell group in your unconscious mind is a receiving set for the energies being radiated by the Moon in your birthchart.

Mercury is the universal marker for intelligence, perception and reason. He transmits an astral (thought) frequency that is sharp, clever, astute, quick, witty, volatile and changeable. His goal is intellectual. Mercury delights in learning, thinking and talking. He has a thirst for information and a quest for knowledge. And he likes to write and convert his thoughts into words and sentences. He’s motivated by his thoughts and desire for intellectual activity and Mercury in your birthchart is the data-point for information pertaining to your intellectual urge and desire to learn, think and reason. The intellectual thought-cell group in your unconscious mind is a receiving set for the astral energies being radiated by Mercury in your birthchart.

Venus is the universal maker for love, affection and companionship. She transmits an astral (thought) frequency that is magnetic, yielding, submissive, coy, moist, pliable, amiable, clinging, convivial, artistic and harmonious. Her goal is to give and receive affection. Venus delights in a busy social calendar, having social fun with friends and loved ones, and singing and dancing. She has a receptive approach, a need for companions and delights in social invitations. She’s motivated by her affections and social needs and Venus in your birthchart is the data-point for information pertaining to your social urge and desire for love and companionship. The social thought-cell group in your unconscious mind is a receiving set for the astral energies being radiated by Venus in your birthchart.

Mars is the universal marker for energy, enterprise, aggressive action and sex. He transmits an astral (thought) frequency that is aggressive, energetic, assertive, enterprising, forceful, combative, hostile, angry, impulsive, rash and penetrating. His intent is either constructive or destructive. Mars delights in combat, competition and conquest. Aggressive action is his anthem, strife is his joy, and winning is his goal. He has an adversarial approach and a might is right belief system. He’s motivated by his aggression and impulsivity and Mars in your birthchart is the data-point for information pertaining to your aggressive urge and desire for combat and aggressive action. The aggressive thought-cell group in your unconscious mind is a receiving set for the astral energies being radiated by Mars in your birthchart.

Jupiter is the universal marker for optimism, benevolence and prosperity. He transmits an astral (thought) frequency that is cheerful, generous, charitable, hopeful, just, honest, optimistic and warm. Jupiter delights in doing favors and helping. He’s very religious. His goal is to spread good cheer and charity. He overlooks minor faults and indiscretions and sees the best in people. He has a thirst for plenty. Jupiter delights in doing favors, spending big and laughing. He is motivated by his optimism and his high opinion of himself and Jupiter in your birthchart is the data-point for information pertaining to your religious urge and desire for abundance. The religious thought-cell group in your unconscious mind is a receiving set for the astral energies being radiated by Jupiter in your birthchart.

Saturn is the universal marker for security thinking, careful planning, struggle, poverty and loss. He transmits an astral (thought) frequency that is cold, reserved, melancholy, repentant, fearful, reflective, secretive, subtle and cunning. His goal is to work hard, plan ahead and avoid hardship. Saturn is selfish, fearful and insecure. He has a quest for safety and a fear of loss. Saturn delights in system, work and responsibility. He conceives that money, because it prevents hardship and poverty, is the means to feeling safe. He is motivated by his need for security and Saturn in your birthchart is the data-point for information pertaining to your security urge and desire for safety. The security thought-cell group in your unconscious soul-mind is a receiving set for the astral energies being radiated by Saturn in your birthchart.

Uranus is the universal marker for originality, difference, liberty, invention, discovery, radical thinking and sudden change. He transmits an astral (thought) frequency that is abrupt, erratic, independent, sudden, penetrative, original, unconventional, scientific and progressive. Uranus delights in being different and living differently. He’s a rebel. His goal is personal autonomy – freedom and liberty. He has a thirst for new ideas and delights in innovation. His ingenuity shatters precedent. He is motivated by his originality and sense of difference and Uranus in your birthchart is the data-point for information pertaining to your individualism and uniqueness. The individualistic thought-cell group in your unconscious mind is a receiving set for the astral energies being radiated by Uranus in your birthchart.

Neptune is the universal marker for idealism, visionary ideals, great expectations and schemes. He transmits an astral (thought) frequency that is visionary, idealistic, subtle, impressionable, psychic, emotional, romantic, pleasant, genial, mild, theoretical, dramatic and fanciful. His goal is idealistic emotional happiness. Neptune delights in daydreaming and fanciful notions – visionary images of idyllic love and easy money. He’s a daydream believer. He has an imaginative approach and an active fantasy life. Neptune is motivated by his dreams and visions and Neptune in your birthchart is the data-point for information pertaining to your desire for utopian idealism. The utopian thought-cell group in your unconscious soul-mind is a receiving set for the astral energies being radiated by Neptune in your birthchart.

Pluto is the universal marker for cooperation, teamwork, group activity and spirituality. He transmits an astral (thought) frequency that is compelling, intense, compulsive, persuasive and drastic. Forceful and intense Pluto is never milk and water. His goal is group activity and his intent is constructive and cooperative or destructive and coercive. He has a team-spirit. He delights in group activity and collaborative effort. And he has a gift for understanding the inner workings of things. He is motivated to contribute to the group’s success and Pluto in your birthchart is the data-point for information pertaining to your desire for group activity and urge to cooperate or coerce. The universal-welfare thought-cell group in your unconscious soul-mind is a receiving set for the astral energies being radiated by Pluto in your birthchart.

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