What Does Each Planet Mean in Astrology?

When I was 14 years old my best friends mother introduced and taught me astrology. From that moment on I never stopped learning everything I could about it. Little did I know it would become a huge part of my future being who I am today.

Astrology has been used by humans long before religion was ever created as a means to predict life on earth. Everyone is interested but they don’t understand it.

I will teach you what each planet means so you can start to understand the energies they have when they are in your astrological chart or affecting your daily life because of where they are positioned in the sky. Whether you believe it or not, they have a HUGE impact on behaviors.

Take for instance the moon. Noone can deny that when the bitch is full, people go fucking crazy. Just ask a bartender or emergency room staff. We joke about full moons and how people behave but, most people do not comprehend the planets also have a massive affect on the human race.

The inner planets — Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Venus — move quickly through the zodiac, which means they affect us on a more personal, intimate level. The outer planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto — take seven years or more to move through the zodiac, which explains why each generation can be identified by a specific movement or feeling (the Roaring ’20s which we are now experiencing again, Age of Aquarius, and so on).

The SUN

Periode Earth – Sun: 365.25 Days
Sign: Leo

The astrological sign of the sun is this symbol.


The Sun is focused on the future, and what is coming and how it will unfold. It is the masculine energy or the male.


It represents our ego and sense of self. The sun is the source of our ego; it’s where the truth of our nature resides, where our identities are forged. When someone says “what’s your sign?” they’re actually asking “what’s your sun sign?” You are who you are because of your sun sign, and truly understanding and accepting this integral part of yourself helps you lead a positive, well-rounded life. The Sun tells us of the actual core of a person, the inner self, of that which is of central concern. It also shows us the general vitality and the ability to assert oneself, it describes a general tone of being which colors everything else.

The MOON

Period: 27.32 Days
Sign: Cancer

The symbol of the moon

The Moon is concerned with the past and everything that has preceded the present. It is the feminine energy and the female.

It is emotion and feeling. If your sun sign represents your outward personality, your moon sign focuses inward, revealing your emotional core. It determines how you process your feelings and moods, and understanding. The Moon represents our feelings and emotions, the receptivity, imagination and basic feeling tone of a person. It also has an effect on the sense of rhythm, time and timing, it influences our adaptability to change, our mobility and versatility.

NEW MOONS ARE BRINGING IN TIMES when energy increases and the sun (the now) and the moon (emotions and the past) sit together always: New moons are new beginnings and the beginning of a new cycle of things.

FULL MOONS ARE ENDING TIMES when what has been manifested comes to an end, like relationships, ways of making money, it is the end of the cycle. Harvest of what you have been focused on.

Full moons to the next new moon, energy tries to decrease and release: During a full moon the moon and the sun are in opposite signs and we have to balance more to find a mid point.

MERCURY

Named after Hermes. Hermes was the fast messenger god and Mercury is the fastest moving planet. Mercury is communication and transmitting information.

Sign: Virgo, Gemini
Period: 88 Days

The symbol of Mercury

Your intelligence resides within your Mercury sign, and it governs our ability to communicate, explain, and understand. Your Mercury sign informs how you listen, read, write, and talk, so understanding how your Mercury sign works can help you understand how best you’re able to learn and teach.

This also explains why Mercury in its three week retrograde means miscommunications ( It is a good time to NOT start something new, electronics go crazy, phones, laptops, cars, and missed flights!) Mercury represents reason, reasonableness (common sense), that which is rational. It stands for the spoken and written word, putting in order, weighing and evaluating, the process of learning and skills. (I will explain retrograde at the end of this)

VENUS

Named after Aphrodite. Aphrodite was a beautiful goddess and Venus is the brightest planet in the sky. Venus is love and beauty.

Sign: Libra, Taurus
Period: 225 Days

The symbol of Venus

Venus determines how we give and receive love, and it’s where we find comfort and support within ourselves and others. Venus rules all the delightful, swoon-worthy, aesthetically pleasing things in life. In understanding your Venus sign, you open yourself up to truly fulfilling relationships because you’re able to articulate what you need and can also give what your loved ones need. Venus gives us a sense of beauty, the enjoyment of pleasure, aesthetic awareness, love of harmony, sociability, taking pleasure in relationships and eroticism.

MARS

Mars is named after Ares. Ares was a hot-tempered god and Mars is a fiery, red planet, The god of War. It is our will and courage.

Sign: Aries
Period: 1.9 Years

The symbol of Mars

Mars is fiery and passionate. It represents how we assert ourselves — our “fight” in the “fight or flight” battle (Mars is the god of war, after all). It’s here that we can fall into aggression and volatility, but if harnessed correctly, our Mars sign can be our greatest source of bravery and self-empowerment. You can find incredible freedom and independence within your Mars sign as well, so if you’re feeling stuck or passive, turn here first. Mars represents the energy and drive of a person, their courage, determination, the freedom of spontaneous impulse. It also describes the readiness for action, the way one goes about doing things as well as simple aggression.

JUPITER

Jupiter is named after Zeus. Zeus was the most powerful god and Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. This giant planet fuels all sorts of positive optimism in our lives, and is considered to be the planet of miracles, hope, and opportunity.

Sign: Sagittarius
Period: 11.9 Years

The symbol of Jupiter

Jupiter is abundance and generosity. This planet just wants you to grow as a person by experiencing new things, and if you take care to listen to your Jupiter sign, you’ll surely reap the benefits. The search for individual meaning and purpose, optimism, hope and a sense of justice are represented by Jupiter. So also faith, a basic philosophy of life, the striving for spiritual growth and expansion. Saturn shows how we experience “reality”, where we meet with resistance and discover our limitations. It represents the conscience and moral conviction, the laws and rules which we choose to obey. It also tells us about our powers of endurance and the ability to concentrate, it lends qualities like earnestness, caution and reserve.

SATURN

Named after Cronus. Cronus was Zeus’ father, always in a power struggle with Zeus. Saturn is the second largest planet. Saturn is the solar system’s task master, known for sending major challenges your way — but for your own good, of course.

Sign: Capricorn
Period: 29.5 Years

The symbol of Saturn

Saturn is discipline and commitment. Your Saturn Return is to blame for your quarter-life crisis, and whenever you’re feeling particularly put out by a hard situation, it’s usually Saturn’s doing, forcing you to work through the tough stuff to become a better person. Saturn shows how we experience “reality”, where we meet with resistance and discover our limitations. It represents the conscience and moral conviction, the laws and rules which we choose to obey. It also tells us about our powers of endurance and the ability to concentrate, it lends qualities like earnestness, caution and reserve.

URANUS

This planet’s name did not change. Uranus was Cronus’s father. Uranus is the god of the sky and the heavens. Uranus represents all unusual aspects in life. It symbolizes inventive power, riots, change, tension and revolution.

Sign: Aquarius
Period: 84 Years

The symbol of Uranus

Uranus is individuality and change. Uranus is an outer planet and takes seven years to orbit the sun, which, as we mentioned earlier, means that there are large groups of people who share a Uranus sign. Ever heard of the Age of Aquarius — the peaceful protesters who spent their time enacting positive change in the ’60s? These folks all had Uranus in Aquarius, and radical change, questioning authority, and championing individuality are all astrological hallmarks of Uranus. It is the planet that rules our higher minds.

NEPTUNE

Named after Poseidon. Neptune is bright blue and resembles the ocean waves where Poseidon ruled. It’s all about uncovering your soul and developing your spiritual awareness.

Sign: Pisces
Period: 165 Years

The symbol of Uranus

Neptune I call it the planet of fantasizing and dreaming. It is here to help you step away from your ego and away from awareness, and exist in the in-between. Sounds trippy, doesn’t it? Neptune is known for being a little out there (and we don’t just mean its distance from the sun). This planet gives us the supersensory, opens doors to mystical experience and the transcendental. On this level it is hard to discern where perception moves into deception, illusion and false appearances, and so Neptune is associated with all of these, with drugs and all kinds of pseudo-realities. It stands for intuition, it transmits sudden inspiration and lightning insights. An openness for all that is new, unknown and unusual. A sort of wrong-headed contrariness is also associated with this planet.

PLUTO

Named after Hades. It may no longer be a planet, but Pluto is the farthest object in the solar system just as Hades, the god of the Underworld, was far removed from everyone else. Pluto reigns over our destinies, giving life to our biggest desires while simultaneously reminding us of how short life is, so we better do something memorable while we’re here.

Sign: Scorpio
Period: 248 Years

The symbol of Pluto

Pluto is transformation and power. Even if Pluto’s planetary distinction is up for debate, its incredible astrological influence is not. Pluto describes how we deal with power, personal and non-personal, be it through suffering the power of others or exercising it ourselves. It describes how we meet the demonic and magical, our regenerative powers and our capacity for radical change and rebirth: the cycles of dying and becoming.

Retrograde Motion

If we look at our solar system “from above”, all of the planets revolve around the sun in the same direction (anti-clockwise). However, since astrology views the planets as they are seen from the earth, some of the planets seem to be moving backwards at times. This would seem to be the case, when an outer, slow-moving planet such as Saturn is overtaken by the earth. When the planets are in retrograde motion, in other words, apparently moving backwards, the astrological position is marked with an R.

Because Mercury completes its orbit around the Sun in only 88 days, the Swift Planet becomes retrograde three or four times in a calendar year, for about three weeks at a time. Outer planets have less frequent, but longer-lasting, periods of retrograde motion.

I hope this helps you to understand how astrology works a bit better. Thank you for reading. Much love and light to you.

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