|Photo by Patricia Herlevi, Seattle, 2009|
Not many people jump up and down with joy when they find out that transiting Mars and transiting Uranus are conjunct and squaring one's natal Saturn or natal Pluto. Yikes! Yikes! Yikes! You'll also hear a lot of "Oh, my gawd!" However, if your soul's purpose is to evolve past a reactive state to proactive wisdom and grace, then you'll need to master those energies. But of course, we never start with Pluto, Neptune or Uranus, we start with the natal Sun.
|Photo by Patricia Herlevi, Mount Vernon, WA, 2010|
So we start with the natal Sun as it appears in your chart, aspected by other planets and in a specific house and sign. You ask yourself, what does the sun mean to me? What does my sun sign mean to me? And what about this house where it resides? What type of energy does my natal sun bring to my life and what are the lessons it teaches me?
Let me give you an example. The Sun represents our personal identity and along with the Rising Sign shows how we present ourselves to the world through our strengths or weaknesses. The Sun is consciousness and is how we choose to shine our light upon the world and the sign the Sun is in, represents what style we shine this light. So let's look at an Aquarius Sun (excluding any aspects to other planets which either enhance or dilute the Sun's effect in our charts).
It's not enough to know the role of the sun in a chart, we need to live out the energies of the particular sun, flavored by its aspects to other planets. An unaspected Sun proves a challenge to the person trying to understand the natal sun energies and how do you master something you don't understand? Reminds me of when I took high school algebra. How do you master something that eludes you, which an unaspected planet does?
You can learn the basics from an astrology written "cookbook style," which usually has phrases, "if you have an Aquarius Sun, you are..." Or you can delve deeply into the actual sun's roles. What does the Sun do? It gives us unconditional love and compassion in the form of warmth and light. The Sun does not judge us and deny us light if we are "bad". The sun brings growth to the planet, but can also scorch us and leave us dying of thirst or hunger. On a good day, the sun nourishes us with vitamins from its light and in the form of actual plant foods. The sun prevents us from freezing to death or does the opposite and bakes us.
Briefly I will list qualities and energies of the remaining orbs and planets:
- The Moon represents emotions, intuition, unconscious mind and urges, mothering, nurturing and how we deal with our shadows and projection
- Mercury represents our communication style, how our minds work, logic, thinking, planning, learning, grasping concepts, and how we broadcast ourselves to the world
- Venus represents our feminine side (so does the moon), sex appeal, how we attract to ourselves, and manifestation, the earth, ecology, womanhood, or for men, the type of women he attracts
- Mars represents assertiveness or aggression, war, ambition, childhood, ego, creativity, leadership, and gives us the energy to wake up every morning and face the day. For women, Mars represents the type of man she attracts
- Jupiter represents enthusiasm, generosity, idealism, religion, foreign travel, culture (so does Venus), exuberance, fortune, expansiveness, and higher education
- Saturn represents structure, discipline, authority, leadership, teachers, life lessons, karma, ambition, career, father figures, bosses, life lessons that bring us grace and wisdom, aging, and sages, past lives
- Uranus represents rebellion, humanity, humanitarian, socialism, activism, breaking old structure, creating something original, inventions, computer technology...
- Neptune represents spirituality, transcendence, escapism, addiction, cinema, music, monks, nuns, meditation, yoga, dreams,
- Pluto represents the Dark Night of the Soul, underworld or Hades, descent so we can ascend, shadows, psychology, sex, death, rebirth, transformation...