This is the sixth post in Tabby’s Astro DIY column on Little Red Tarot. It’s all about getting started with astrology, beginning with the basics.
In part 5 we looked at the influence the personal planets have on our lives.
This week we’re going to be learning how the slower moving planets affect us.
Lots of you shared your discoveries in the comments last week and it was really great to hear everyone’s interpretations and learn about your astrological revelations, so please keep sharing what you find!
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A guide to understanding the planets in astrology – part two:
The social planets bridge the gap between the personal and the outer planets.
They are the furthest away planets that the naked eye can see from Earth. They represent themes that each of us encounter in life, but ones that go above and beyond us as individuals. They show how we relate to society, how it encourages us and how it restricts us.
Jupiter is the biggest planet and fittingly it relates to the idea of growth and expansion, whether materially or through trying to become a better, more knowledgeable person. Its energy is optimistic, excited, generous and often associated with luck and wealth. Negatively expressed it can represent overindulgence and blinded optimism.
Jupiter shows what we believe in – religion, spirituality, philosophy – and where we hope to find knowledge, grow and bring meaning to our lives. It shows our tolerance and generosity and how we relate to society.
Jupiter’s message for humanity is to have faith – but the lesson Jupiter must learn is to ground that faith in reality.
Sign equivalent: Sagittarius
Stays in each sign for about a year, taking it 12 years to get through the zodiac
Keywords: optimism, expansion, beliefs, faith.
Saturn has the worst reputation of all the planets – it is the opposite of fun, expansive Jupiter.
Saturn is the teacher of the planets (the one nobody likes) and it’s all about structure and limitations. It shows how we respond to authority, rules and structure and how we learn our own boundaries, limitations and learn to take responsibility.
It is often associated with fathers and authority figures and can show where we feel restrictions or a lack of confidence. Saturn can be a hard-going teacher, but the lessons it teaches us are important. Jupiter is all about growth, but perhaps it is really Saturn that helps us grow the most!
Sign equivalent: Capricorn
Stays in a sign for about 2 and a half years, taking it approx. 29 and a half years to get through the zodiac
Keywords: restriction, responsibility, structure, authority
The outer planets are slower moving and stay in the same sign for years at a time, so the influences their energies create affect us on a more generational level.
Their influence is less important than the personal planets – though this isn’t always the case, depending on other factors in the chart such as aspects between them and the personal planets.
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Uranus exists to shake things up, to break through the structures that Saturn sets for us. It’s unexpected, instant and usually disruptive energy– whether it’s responsible for a disaster or a revolution. Uranus shows us where we need to learn to let go and be more flexible and teaches us to be aware of what we are attached to, as it might just take it away. In our birth chart, Uranus can show where we go against the grain or behave unpredictably. Uranus is linked to rebellion, freedom, technology, innovation and a new way of thinking and living.
Sign equivalent: Aquarius
Stays in a sign approx 7 years, 84 years to get through all 12 signs
Keywords: unexpected, revolution, originality, freedom
Neptune rules all that is other worldly – spirituality, dreams, psychic abilities, mysticism, fantasies and illusions. It is at one with the universe – highly compassionate and idealistic. Neptune represents our urge to flee from reality. It tries to take away our pain through escape – to higher realms, through religion, through film or music or art of any kind and through alcohol and drugs. In our chart Neptune can show where we will give ourselves freely to become part of something greater, and where we forget to place boundaries and have unrealistic or unfocused energies.
Sign equivalent: Pisces
Stays in a sign approx. 14 years, taking about 165 years to get through the zodiac
Keywords: mysticism, illusion, spirituality, escapism
Pluto represents death and rebirth, endings and beginnings. It brings all that is considered taboo in society – such as sex and death – out into the open.
Pluto expressed well can show our ability to transform, but negatively it can be destructive, controlling, obsessive and power hungry. Pluto asks us to surrender to it – it tells us that the areas of life we insist on controlling are where we most need to let go and be transformed.
Sign equivalent: Scorpio
Stays in a sign between 14-30 years, taking approx. 248 years to orbit the Sun
Keywords: death, rebirth, taboo, power
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From here we can take another look at our charts and see which signs are in which of the social and outer planets and pair those two together to gain more understanding about ourselves.
What does it mean to have the energy of dreamy, mutable Pisces in restrictive, structured Saturn?
You tell me, in the comments!
And next time we’re going to learn the symbols for the signs and planets, which will make reading a chart a whole lot easier!
Same as last time – using this post and guide to the 12 signs, see if you can interpret the social and outer planets and the signs together. Write out your findings and share them in the comments. These ones can be a bit trickier to interpret, especially the outer planets which have more of a generational effect. Which of these five planets do you feel has the most influence in your life?