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!



Intuitive Flow with the Moon

The Moon rules Cancer. Cancer rules the 4th house (home). She’s exalted in Taurus.

The Moon is associated with:

  • Emotions
  • Intuition
  • Sensitivity
  • Instinct
  • Imagination
  • Unconscious choice
  • Everyday mood
  • The feminine side of each of us – just as we all have the X chromosome (males and females alike).

The Moon, which has come to be known as The Mother – in my home – holds as much importance for a woman as The Ascendant and The Sun do. It is our ‘inward personality’.

For a man it represents his mother, his relationships with women, and later (or sooner) his wife. Either way, if you are a man you are probably affected by the effects of the Moon on the females around you (post puberty, at least). We PMS together – directly or indirectly.

I love how altruistic we are, especially when we nurture the innate caring we all have for beings we have no understanding of. When we feel disturbed by the sight of a crying child, even when they aren’t ours! When we offer to carry a shopping bag for an elderly lady – not for show – but because that’s what makes us human. In that moment we don’t care about her swinging her stick up in the air, because we are “crowding her” or even “giving her nerves”. The only thing we care about is what’s right, and that’s landing a hand with lightness of heart! Chances are that the stick will stay on the ground (its rightful place) when one approaches with clean intentions. Elderly women are after all, as intuitive as one can get. This ” attitude” is known as Ubuntu in Southern Africa. This is the function of The Mother, The Moon. She tunes us up with our primal selves.
Here are some activities that are suited to each phase of the Moon:

The New Moon – March 27th 2017, 29 days old, 1% visible.

  • Begin new things.
  • Be spontaneous.

The Waxing Crescent Moon – March 29th 2017, 31 days old, 3% visible.

  • During
  • Implement initial plans.

The 1st Quarter Moon – was on March 4th

  • Address problems.
  • Lay foundations.

The Waxing Gibbous Moon – was on March 7th

  • Adjust.
  • Refine.

The Full Moon (today, March 13th 2017, 100% visible, 15 days old)

  • Fulfillment.
  • Unraveling.
  • Revealing.

The Waning Gibbous Moon, March 14th 2017, 16 days old, 97% visible.

  • Get social period.
  • Sharing and understanding.

The Last Quarter Moon – March 19th 2017, 21 days old, 62% visible.

  • Let go.

The Waning Crescent Moon – March 22nd 2017, 24 days old, 33% visible.

  • Rest.
  • Reflect.

On March 12th 2017, the Moon entered Virgo. In this placement, which holds for the next 2 months or so, the Moon’s introspection takes play, emphasising the qualities of:

  • The inner warrior,
  • Positive self-criticism,
  • The strength to rise up by oneself,
  • Self healing.

Of course, these qualities will manifest differently for everyone, depending on the numerous variables we call aspects. However, without being excessive, this period encourages us to reclaim our self-worth.

It is a time for self-reflection. A time to do unto others as we’d like done unto us. Because only, when we get that right can we give and expect the same from others.

The energies of understanding, criticism, deep thought, reflection and nourishment are turned inward when the Moon is in Virgo.

This is contrary to the I AM energies of Aries; his ruler, Mars; and his house, the first – which are masculine, highly charged, even aggressive. Virgo energy is sharp – she is ruled by Mercury after all – but feminine. This is the inner warrior, a hero to self. With the Moon in her company all that sharpness runs deep within.