The Planets in Astrology
Traditionally the planets were of more importance for the study of astrology than they were for astronomy. A watcher of the sky was first and foremost an astrologer, rather than an astronomer, though often both. Many of the great names associated with discoveries in astronomy were actually astrologers, but through the mists of time this fact has been almost obliterated by the promotion of space related studies. However, no astronomer could deny that our two most important celestial bodies, the Sun and Moon, do exert influence over the earth and us mortals.
The planets in a birthchart are like the actors in a play. The signs set the scenes where the drama is played out and the various actors play their characters. Naturally the most important planet, the starring role, is the Sun. Its co-star is the Moon. Each planet bestows its gift in a way determined by the sign in which it is posited. The planets symbolise basic human functions or life-principles.
The Sun and Moon are the luminaries, the givers of light. They are sometimes referred to as the Lights. The luminaries together with the Inner planets of Mercury, Venus and Mars are known as the Personal Planets. The Personal Planets have a more direct effect upon us.
Jupiter and Saturn come next and are known as the Impersonal Planets. Their transits through the signs take an average of 12 years for Jupiter and 28 years for Saturn. They are followed by the Outer Planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
The Outer Planets, known as the Transpersonal Planets, have a more generational effect as being that they each take several years to transit a sign many people would have those planets posited in the same sign. Uranus spends on average seven years in one sign, Neptune fourteen years and Pluto twenty-one years.
The planets are always listed in the order of speed, with the fastest moving being first and also in order of distance from the sun. The ancient astrologers only used the traditional seven planets as the Outer Planets that we know today were then undiscovered. Uranus was discovered in 1781, Neptune in 1846, and Pluto in 1930. All the traditional planets can also be seen with the naked eye.
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