Lessons of Saturn
Saturn, is the ruler of Capricorn. In astrology, Saturn is associated with restriction and limitation. Where Jupiter expands, Saturn constricts. Although the themes of Saturn seem depressing, Saturn brings structure and meaning to our world. Saturn knows the limits of time and matter. Saturn reminds us of our boundaries, our responsibilities, and our commitments. It brings definition to our lives. Saturn makes us aware of the need for self-control, handling responsibilities, facing issues in the face and of boundaries and our limits.
Saturn is often associated with our fathers or father/authority figures. In childhood, the discipline, rules, and regulations imposed on us by our authority figures--from parents, teachers, and the like were not always pleasant, but they actually helped us to understand the world around us. Similarly, Saturn's lessons actually help us to grow.
Lessons of Jupiter
Jupiter, the King of the Gods, is the ruler of Sagittarius and called Guru the Teacher. In Astrology, Jupiter is a planet of learning. Jupiter seeks insight through knowledge. Some of this planet's keywords include morality, self-confidence, hope, honor, and the law. Jupiter is a planet of broader purpose, reach, and possibility.Jupiter has generally been associated with optimism and growth (including mental and spiritual growth). It teaches that we can grow in life only by tapping and developing our own uniqueness, wisdom and understanding and realising our self worth. It creates lessons of competition and loss of self worth in order to instill that unless we realise and cultivate wisdom and unique qualities within us we cannot grow.
Lessons of Sun
The Sun, the giver of life, represents our conscious mind in Astrology. It represents our will to live and our creative life. The Sun is our basic identity, and represents self-realization. The Sun also represents our overall vitality. The Sun directs us, and can be considered “the boss” of our chart. The Sun reflects the present or the “here and now”.It teaches that you have maximum potential only in the now.. Past is gone and future has yet to come. So release the past by act of forgiveness and let go. The sun teaches us lessons of evoking our self power not giving power to others.
Grant Lewi referred to the Sun as indicative of “the psychological bias which will dominate your actions”. He went on to say, “You may think, dream, imagine, hope to be a thousand things, according to your Moon and your other planets: but the Sun is what you are, and to be your best self in terms of your Sun is to cause your energies to work along the path in which they will have maximum help from planetary vibrations”.
When we are “acting out” our Sun, we are purposeful, directed, proud, and creative. On the negative side, we can be haughty, overly willful, self-centered, and judgmental.
In the chart, the position of the Sun by zodiac sign represents the native's life purpose and the style in which they leave their mark in the world. By house, the Sun's position shows where our personalities shine. The areas of life associated with that house reveal the types of experiences which contribute to our sense of individuality and which shape our sense of pride. These areas of life are ones in which we seek to express and focus our Sun sign qualities.
Lessons of Mercury
Mercury, the messenger of the gods, is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo. Mercury is the messenger in Astrology as it is in Mythology. It is the planet of day-to-day expression and communication. In modern times, we tend to “meet” people's Mercury first. Mercury rules whether we are flowery in our speech and/or written words, concise in our choice of words or business-like even in our personal communications.
Mercury not only rules communication, it also rules our heart chakra. Those with malefic mercury go through intense ups and downs in relationships till they learn lessons of right communication, thoughts and actions. When we are “acting out” our Mercury, we are inquisitive, curious, communicative, and versatile. On the negative side, we can be high-strung or nervous, nit-picky, indecisive, and overly technical.
Mercury by sign shows an individual's style of communication. By house, Mercury reveals where natives seek to have a voice as well as which areas of life they tend to intellectualize and give a lot of thought to. Mercury colors the planets it aspects with a desire for communication and exchange of information. Similarly, the planets Mercury aspects affect the way an individual communicates. Mercury prominent in a chart points to wit, liveliness, and curiosity.
Lessons of Moon
The Moon, in Astrology, is the ruler of Cancer. The Moon represents our deepest personal needs, our basic habits and reactions, and our unconscious. Where the Sun acts, the Moon reacts. How do we instinctively react or respond to problems? What do we feel we need for a sense of security? Look to the Moon in your natal chart for answers.
The Moon is associated with the mother and with feminine energy in general. The Moon is both our inner child and our inner mother. It is responsive, receptive, and reflective. The Moon is our spontaneous and instinctual reactions. We can also think of the Moon as that which gives us animation. It rules rhythmic ebb and flow of activity and energy. The Moon is a mediator between the inner world and the outer world. While the Sun is rational, the Moon is irrational. Habitual behaviors and prejudices are ruled by the Moon. Prejudices may not be acted out, as our Sun may censor them, but the Moon rules our spontaneous reactions and feelings.
When we have a strong moon in the chart we are imaginative, creative, fearless, emotionally balanced, adaptable, introspective, and protective. Those with malefic moon are prone to emotional instability, fears, and insecurities and are moody, restless, and irrational.
Lessons of Venus
Venus is the Goddess of Love. In Astrology, Venus has dual rulership over Libra and Taurus. As a result, Venus represents two main areas of our life: love and money. “Love and money” is actually a simplistic interpretation of Venus. Venus rules our sentiments, what we value, and the pleasure we take in life. Grace, charm, and beauty are all ruled by Venus. Through Venus, we learn about our tastes, pleasures, artistic inclinations, and what makes us happy.
We turn to Venus to show how we spend our money, the types of gifts we buy, and how much we spend on leisure activities (not to mention the kinds of leisure activities we seek out). Those with malefic Venus learn lessons of money with respect to earning money, saving money, enjoying money, attraction of money and safeguarding of money. For this Venus creates situations for them where they lose money if not careful or end up in debts or face discontentment or shortfall of money occassionally. Once lessons are learned they are blessed with abundance.
Venus rules attachments to others. It rules attractiveness both the ability to attract and attraction to others (and things). Venus energy is harmonious, and this is why people with Venus prominent in their charts are often peace-makers. In Venus, we find a need to be appreciated and to appreciate. Venus rules, amongst other things, the arts, love and romance, beauty and the beautifying process, money, entertainment, leisure, sensuality, and comfort. When we are “acting out” our Venus, we compromise, make peace, are loving, and act with taste. On the negative side, we can be self-indulgent, self-centered, vain, and superficial.
Lessons of Mars
Mars, the God of War, is the ruler of Aries. In astrology, Mars is the planet of energy, action, and desire. It is the survival instinct, and can be thought of as the "leftover" animal nature of man.
Mars rules our animal instincts for aggression, anger, and survival. This is the planet of action rather than reaction. With Mars, there is no contemplation before action. The drive associated with Mars differs from that of the Sun in that it is self-assertion rather than assertion of the will; it is raw energy rather than creative energy.Mars rules our survival for stability in life. Those with malefic mars face lessons of unstability in personal/Career/mind, till they learn how to cope up, face the circumstances in the face, release fears and understand how to stay stable.
Mars is the push that gets us out of bed in the morning, our drive and desire nature, and our active energy. When we are “acting out” our Mars, we are assertive, directed, forthright, and adventurous. On the negative side, we can be impulsive, rash, impatient, aggressive, and forceful.
Lessons of Rahu
Rahu is the head part of the celestial snake. Rahu takes people off their Dharmic past path to tempt them on the road of self destruction. But Rahu has a very definite purpose in doing so. It wants you to learn, taste and feel everything so that from the full satiation of your senses you turn a new leaf on the path of self realisation and find their true enlightenment. Rahu on a physical plane gives you insatiable desire to achieve, to conquer. Once you have reached the pinnacle of achievement, you realise this success you have achieved has not brought with it happiness because you were in fact chasing an illusion. There are many cults in India which preach satiation of all your mundane and carnal desires so that we can learn the important lesson of fulfilment of all your desires do not give you the true happiness.
Lessons of Ketu
Ketu is the lower part of the celestial snake. Ketu causes great impediments in your paths. It sets up roadblocks, traffic jams, boulders in your journey of life. It causes pain. It wants to change your psyche. You learn to leave your excess baggage of past Karma behind. Travel lightly into your this existence so that you can understand there are areas of your life which need to address and some left behind. Those unable to harness the power of Ketu or understand its karmic path can be lead to a sorrowful existence. Sometimes it is difficult for any one do stand in the way of Ketu power. We need to accept and understand the divine plan which is part of our destiny and Ketu is doing its work to produce in you the enlightenment which would lead to true enlightenment and honour. The effect of the Ketu problems are like the going through the ritual of fire from which one comes out stronger more powerful to be able to take on the problems thrown at us.
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Article Written by Neeta Singhal
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