Look up into the night. What do you see?
For thousands of years, people all over the world have been enchanted by the great theater that is our sky. We watch in awe of the majesty of the stars.
To me, knowing that this sky is the same one you peer up into wherever you stand on Earth is humbling. But then also realizing that it’s the same sky that billions of people have also watched throughout time — now that is something truly beautiful to comprehend.
Since ancient times, mankind followed the movement of our two luminaries — the Sun and the Moon — as well as planets in our solar system that can be observed by the naked eye. These were Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. In the modern era, we’ve found that we also have other outer planets, too — Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. (Yes, Pluto is still a planet in astrology. Don’t be a hater.) Some astrologers even include the asteroids and fixed stars as factors in creating a personality map and horoscope, too! However, for ease and clarity, let’s focus on the basic building blocks first.
The planets tie to aspects of our personalities and lives
In ancient times, humanity looked up to the stars and noticed that there were patterns that repeated themselves. They studied them and realized that certain movements of the planets created effects on Earth. Yet they also realized that these different planets and luminaries also were connected to aspects of one’s personality.
The best part about turning astrology into the art form that it is now is that we recognize that the planets are certainly predictive — explaining who someone is and people’s astrological compatibility — but also are a guide to how life will proceed at any given time.
In a sense, the planets and luminaries are characters in the theater of our lives, and the zodiac signs they dance within are like costumes and props. The houses they reside in are like the acts, scenes and stage upon which they can be seen. Ultimately, we reference the planets as symbols to better understand our lives.
What do each of the planets rule?
Here’s your ultimate, easy guide to reference forevermore. You’re welcome.
The Sun: the luminary of life and self
Keywords: Consciousness, individuality, self-expression, leadership, confidence, creativity, masculinity
Time to transit between zodiac signs: 1 month
What it represents within you: Ego, basic personality and vitality
What it represents in life: Global energy levels and collective focus
The Moon: the luminary of emotions
Keywords: Habits, instincts, behaviors, the unconscious, memories, femininity, domesticity, intuition
Time to transit between zodiac signs: Every 2 to 3 days
What it represents within you: Your inner world and soul
What it represents in life: The human collective’s general mood
Mercury: the planet of the mind
Keywords: Communication, intelligence, technology, information, ideas, business, education, legalities
Time to transit between zodiac signs: 3 to 4 weeks
What it represents within you: Your mind and style of communication
What it represents in life: The collective’s mental patterns, the economy and the media
Venus: the planet of beauty
Keywords: Love, attraction, profit, harmony, relationships, art, pleasure
Time to transit between zodiac signs: About 4 to 5 weeks
What it represents within you: Your aesthetics and love language
What it represents in life: The collective’s romantic energy and sense of connection
Mars: the planet of action
Keywords: Passion, courage, sex, desire, aggression, drive, competition, conflict
Time to transit between zodiac signs: About 6 to 7 weeks
What it represents within you: Your determination and sex drive
What it represents in life: The collective’s focus and level of aggression
Jupiter: the planet of expansion
Keywords: Luck, optimism, hope, vision, growth, wisdom, influence, prosperity
Time to transit between zodiac signs: About 12 to 13 months
What it represents within you: Where you find your luck
What it represents in life: The collective’s sense of hope and growth
Saturn: the planet of structure
Keywords: Karma, strength, perseverance, discipline, restriction, law, authority, life lessons, obstacles, tradition
Time to transit between zodiac signs: About 2 to 3 years
What it represents within you: Where you must take responsibility and learn life lessons
What it represents in life: Global structures, governments and collective karma
Uranus: the planet of revolution
Keywords: Change, freedom, rebellion, individuality, chaos, progressive ideas, humanitarianism, invention, astrology
Time to transit between zodiac signs: About 7 years
What it represents within you: How you express eccentricity
What it represents in life: Progressive and future-oriented growth, the Internet, technology, science
Neptune: the planet of magic
Keywords: Spirituality, fantasy, dreams, art, mysticism, illusion, deception, escapism
Time to transit between zodiac signs: About 10 to 12 years
What it represents within you: Your imagination and mystical side
What it represents in life: Global artistic interests, illusions, scandals, religion, and spirituality
Pluto: the planet of rebirth
Keywords: Transformation, destruction, death, evolution, domination, power, regeneration, the subconscious
Time to transit between zodiac signs: About 12 to 15 years
What it represents within you: How you transform and are reborn
What it represents in life: Global powers, institutions, banks
Kyle Thomas is a globally recognized pop culture astrologer who has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, ABC Television, Hulu, Bustle, Elite Daily, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, YahooNews, MSN and more. He is known for his cosmic guidance for celebrities, business executives and prominent influencers. His work harnesses the power of the stars in regards to entertainment lifestyle and trends affecting people worldwide. For more information, visit KyleThomasAstrology.com.