Understanding your planets

My Apex, Mercury – oh poor Mercury! He says “write child!”,

But Mars and Neptune are constantly tugging in undesirable directions. I believe that they do this dance for a good reason. I’m still establishing that reason day by day (my planets are in house 1-6), and enjoying the ride – although it does get me seriously dumbfounded at times!

This is the life of a cardinal T-square. Thankfully, this opposing, dreamy energy from Neptune gets forced by brave Mars to allow me to get a breath of air above the ocean’s surface – in case Neptune forgets that I have lungs…not gills. 

He’s however, the one who enriches my 10th house (the bigger picture). Chances are that I’m reading 10 subjects a day and diving into deep oceans with Neptune’s guidance during those moments of varied subjects.

So, before the dive returns, here’s a guide to understanding your natal chart a little more. I felt like going back to basics today!
PLANETS AND ZODIAC SIGNS: their rulerships and characteristics.


1) Sun – Basic personality. One’s spirit. Ego. Image of self. 

The Sun rules Leo.

Leo rules the 5th house Creation. Procreation. Recreation.

5th house affairs:

  • Love affairs,
  • Your children,
  • Creative expression,
  • Luck,
  • Speculation.


2) Moon Moods. Emotional nature. Feelings. Caring tendencies.

The Moon rules Cancer.

Cancer rules the 4th house Roots. Ancestry.

4th house affairs:

  • The home,
  • Family life,
  • The nurturing parent,
  • Domestic affairs.

3) Mercury Thoughts. Intellect. Communication.

Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo.

Gemini rules the 3rd house Exchange. Perception.

3rd house affairs:

  • Early childhood,
  • Early education,
  • Everyday communication,
  • Siblings,
  • Mental aptitudes.

Virgo rules the 6th house Discernment. Work. Health.

6th house affairs:

  • Work environment,
  • Employer,
  • Employee,
  • Routine,
  • Health issues.


4) Venus Love. Beauty. Affection. Creativity. Calm.

Venus rules Taurus and Libra.

Taurus rules the 2nd house Attachment. Values.

2nd house affairs:

  • Security,
  • Material gains and losses,
  • Own money.

Libra rules the 7th house Companionship. Cooperation.

7th house affairs:

  • The marriage partner(s),
  • Business partners,
  • Contracts,
  • Joint ventures.


5) Mars Will. Energy. Activity. Aggression. Assertion.

Mars rules Aries.

Aries rules the 1st house Actualisation. Appearance. 

1st house affairs:

  • Temperament,
  • Projected behaviour,
  • Reaction to those around.


6) Jupiter  Enthusiasm. Wisdom. Expansion.

Jupiter rules Sagittarius.

Sagittarius rules the 9th house Meaning. Culture.

9th house affairs:

  • Religion,
  • Philosophy,
  • Publishing,
  • Higher learning,
  • Distant travel,
  • Foreign lands.


7) Saturn Discipline. Respect. Solitude. Restraint. Fears. Challenges.

Saturn rules Capricorn.

Capricorn rules the 10th house Destiny. Advancement.

10th house affairs:

  • The other parent,
  • Social standing,
  • Reputation,
  • Fame.


8) Uranus Change. Originality. Individuality. Going against social norms.

Uranus rules Aquarius.

Aquarius rules the 11th house Goals. Fellowship.

11th house affairs:

  • Friends,
  • Clubs,
  • Organisation,
  • Associations,
  • Hope and wishes,
  • The collective.

9) Neptune Intuition. Spirituality. Compassion. Psychic ability. 

Neptune rules Pisces.

Pisces rules the 12th house Dreams. Integration. The unknown.

12th house affairs:

  • Hidden problems,
  • Hidden resources,
  • Unknown places, people…just the unknown,
  • Social responsibility.

10) Pluto Transformation. Power.

Pluto rules Scorpio.

Scorpio rules the 8th house Detachment. Empowerment.

8th house affairs:

  • Possessions of others,
  • Other people’s money,
  • Wills,
  • Legacies,
  • Regeneration.

Chiron Healing. Helping. Teaching.

Chiron is a planet to me, always! He holds the key, even if he doesn’t have a house we can visualise.



  • Planets activate our houses. 
  • Houses with planets show areas of life where we are actively involved – where our energies are mostly directed.
  • Empty houses indicate areas where we may not be fulfilled.
  • Always remember that life is about free-will. The moment you took your 1st breath you were exposed to a variety of choices. Choices that widen with time, bringing confusion one moment and serenity the next. Time allows us to discern what is “right” for us – the infit. We are all capable of balancing the voices within us – our planets – not through suppression, but through thorough understanding of how they support our journeys.

Happy weekend lovelies!