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In modern Western astrology the planets represent basic drives or impulses in the human psyche. These planets differ from the definition of a planet in astronomy in that the sun, moon, and recently, Pluto and Ceres (considered as dwarf planets in astronomy), are all considered to be planets for the purposes of astrology. Each planet is also said to be the ruler of one or two zodiac signs, on the basis of a similarity or sympathy between planet and sign. The three modern planets have each been assigned rulership of a zodiac sign by astrologers and Ceres has been suggested as the ruler of Taurus or Virgo. The eleven planets used in astrology are as follows:
These are the seven heavenly bodies known to the ancients and are believed to represent the seven basic drives in every individual (the sun and moon, also known as 'the lights', are included in this assessment alongside the planets). Astrologers call Mercury, Venus and Mars the 'personal planets', as they represent the most immediate drives. The 'lights' symbolise respectively the existential and sensitive fundamentals of the individuality.
Sun - Sun: Ruler of the zodiac sign Leo.
Moon - Moon: Ruler of the zodiac sign Cancer.
Mercury - Mercury: Ruler of the zodiac sign Gemini and Virgo.
Venus - Venus: Ruler of the zodiac signs Libra and Taurus.
Mars - Mars: Ancient ruler of the zodiac signs Aries and Scorpio.
Jupiter - Jupiter: Ancient ruler of the zodiac sign Sagittarius and Pisces.
Saturn - Saturn: Ancient ruler of the zodiac sign Capricorn and Aquarius.
The moon's nodes
Also important in astrology are the moon's nodes. The nodes are where the moon's path crosses the ecliptic. The North, or Ascending Node marks the place where the moon crosses from South to North (or ascends), while the South, or Descending Node marks where the moon crosses from North to South (or descends). While Lunar nodes are not considered by Western astrologers to be as important a factor as each of the planets, they are thought to mark sensitive areas that are worth taking into account.
Northnode -- North or ascending. Also the ruler of Pathways and Choices.Node.
Southnode -- South or descending. Also the ruler of Karma and the Past.Node.
In astrology, a birth chart
is a chart or diagram representing the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, the astrological aspects, and sensitive angles at the time of an event, such as the moment of a person's birth.