Birth charts, synastry readings, composite charts, and forecasts typically utilize the same three categories – planets, houses, and asteroids. These categories each hold individualized, specific information. Although each aspect in each category should be thoroughly researched for the most accurate reading possible, it’s also great to have a few keywords to quickly make sense of a clunky prediction or a placement. Not to mention that reading a long post about one planet or house can be extremely overwhelming for newbies. In this post, each category and it’s significance will be concisely broken down into a couple of keywords.
Before jumping the gun on this post, I suggest calculating your chart first! This can help with beginning to understand and read your own chart as you navigate the rest of this post. Ready? Let’s get started!
“P” stands for planets and personality! Our planets designate areas of our personality. Our personal planets (a.k.a. “core” planets) are the core aspects of our personality. These planets include Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars. Our outer planets are the planets that link us to our generation. Outer planets can combine forces and give each generation the overall traits/vibes/energies/characteristics. The outer planets include Uranus, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto.
Some buzzwords to keep in mind for each planet is as follows:
~ Sun: core ego/identity, spirit, vitality, how we connect to others, the Masculine
~ Moon: emotional self, hidden ego/identity, intuition, the Feminine
~ Mercury: thinking, communication, intellect, processing/receiving information
~ Venus: partnerships/relationships, love, attraction (inward/outward), significant relations
~ Mars: sex/sexuality, aggression, assertion, illogical war, competition, drive
~ Jupiter: luck, expansion, freedom, travel, tests, philosophy, reaching dreams/goals
~ Saturn: time, accountability, responsibility, ethics, morality, rules, limits, restrictions, boundaries
~ Uranus: rebellion, individualization, self-expression, creativity, chaos
~ Neptune: dreams, psychic abilities, occult, fantasy, avoidance, addiction, reality
~ Pluto: death/rebirth, control, power, transcendence, change
The Twelve Houses
If a house is a home, then consider each individual house to be home to an area of life. Each house has a specific area (and associated sign) designated. Here’s some keywords:
~ Ascendant/Rising/1st: first impressions, how the world receives us (vice versa), new beginnings, gut feelings
~ 2nd House: income, money, materials, possessions, five senses
~ 3rd House: communication (talking/thinking/tech), siblings, teachers, education, local community
~ 4th House: foundation, home, privacy, parents (especially mother/mother figures), children, and your own nurturing/mothering abilities
~ 5th House: fun, pleasure, drama, creativity, romance, drama
~ 6th House: health, schedules, work environment, services
~ 7th House: partnerships, relationships, contracts, marriages, deals, divorces
~ 8th House: taboo, occult, sex, death, transformation, other’s money/property, inheritances, investments
~ 9th House: higher mind, long-distance travel, optimism, higher education, luck, adventure, philosophy, ethics
~ MC/Midheaven/10th House: tradition, fathers/fatherhood, fame, honor, ambition, drive, career/career path
~ 11th House: friendships, community, society, tech, rebellion, future, originality
~ 12th House: shadow dancing, surrender, loose ends, subconscious mind, hidden agendas, delusion/confusion, completions, afterlife
The Major Asteroids
Some astrologers neglect the asteroids, as the asteroid are so little and can have little power in the chart. However, asteroids can account for the fine details in which ties our charts (or aspects) together. There are TONS of asteroids that can be used in astrology. But the major (or commonly known) asteroids include Chiron, Juno, Pallas, Lilith, Vesta, and Ceres. Here’s a quick cheatsheet on our major asteroids:
~ Lilith: Black Moon goddess, sexual rebel/awakening/power, repression, anger
~ Chiron: Wounded Healer, trauma, generational wounds, healing
~ Juno: marriage/partnerships, boundaries, jealousy, problems with control/intimacy/possessiveness
~ Pallas: wisdom, independence, power, creative intelligence
~ Vesta: hearth and home, spark of life, feminine power
~ Ceres: motherhood, nurturing, fertility
Over the following weeks, there should be several more in-depth updates about each celestial body, the traits of the sign the body is in, and how it can affect the Houses as well. For now, this cheat sheet can definitely do the trick in a pinch!
~ As Above, so Below.