THE PLANETS

Mercury

yearly orbit 88 days

is the planet that reveals the nature of our thinking.  Mercury moves fast just like thoughts (messages in the brain can move at speeds up to 268 miles per hour).  Mercury is Hermes in Greek myth, the messenger of the gods, and he freely moves between the two worlds of the mortal and the divine.  This is synonymous to our thought's abilities to move between the world of the conscious and the world of the subconscious.  Mercury/Hermes is a trickster god because the world of thought is full of illusions.  We must do our best to decipher what we perceive as true, real, important, pertinent, and what is illusory, destructive, and wasteful.  Mercury is clever, like a fox and has an affinity for children.  The curious child in us is reawakened when we get in touch with our mercurial sides.  Understanding your Mercury's sign, house and aspects that it makes to other planets is a good way to jumpstart your natural curiosity, and make best use out of your style of thinking. 

Venus

yearly orbit 225 days

is the planet that looks like a pearl in the sky.  Her soft gleaming beauty is the promise of equilibrium through balance.  She is the part of us that seeks peace and grace, whether in social situations, artistic expression or beholding the beauty that finds us in life.  Venus is "il dolce far niente", an Italian phrase that means "the sweetness of doing nothing".  She revels in leisure and the restoration that it brings.  She knows that life about much more than always "doing" and always "striving".  Peace is found in nature, and nature understands the interdependence of all living things. Venus embraces interdependence and loves to relate as much as possible. In Greek myth she is Aphrodite, who possess much power in a simple smile. The smile invites others to come forth, to relate.  But she must be careful for romantic yearnings can become unhinged and out of control.  Many of Aphrodite's stories center on painful situations in love where feelings lost track of real-world consequences.  Examining your natal placement of Venus can give you a hint on your romantic nature, your creative side, and your innate preferences for attaining true balance.  

Mars

yearly orbit 687 days

is your red planet of motivation.  Mars needs direction for it's restless energy.  Without direction it can turn in on itself and manifest as anger, depression and even a total lack of energy.  Mars is a magnetic force that needs a pole to attach to.  Without this pole (or goal) it feels confused and lethargic.  It's often Venus that can coax Mars into action as she reminds him of what he wants.  Desire is key for a healthy Mars.  Desires can be known or unknown to you, but the Mars energy functions to attain them nonetheless.  This energy is mostly felt in the solar plexus, and is associated with the inner warrior.   In Greek myth Mars is Ares, the god of war.  He is often laughed at by the other gods as his hot-headed impulsive nature often gets him into sticky situations in which a healthy and practical foresight would have been of great use.  The Greeks didn't put a high value on the god of war, as war was not a civilized way of handling conflict.  Examining your natal Mars can help clarify issues of assertiveness and sense of direction. 

Jupiter

yearly orbit 12 years

is the planet of enthusiasm which is basically a superpower that knows no end.  Jupiter was Zeus in Greek myth, the god of gods and men.  He wielded a bolt of lighting and possessed almighty power. You too can wield lighting by getting in touch with your enthusiasm and your true zest.  Laughter is a Jupiterian phenomenon, a quaking of enthusiasm that erupts in sound.  Jupiter is associated with religion, an organized way of seeking higher truths. Jupiter is the part in you that wants to seek and discover.  When you are in touch with Jupiter you are seeking to expand your boundaries.  You crave a bigger perspective.  True learning is effortless because it speaks to your enthusiasm, and your thirst for knowledge.  Examining the placement of your natal Jupiter can bring you in sync with your natural enthusiasm, your superpower to be shared with the greater world.  Often it can direct you into a kind of social role, where you can enlighten others with your natural gifts. 

Saturn

yearly orbit 29 years

is the planet of natural law.  Time, physics, cause and effect, these are all example of natural law.  To live in the world is to live in accordance with these laws.  Laws are limits, and they represent boundaries.  To work with Saturn is to attempt to understand the natural laws at work in your life, and do your best to abide by them.  By understanding the law, you can use it to your advantage,  For example, by understanding that you function best with at least 8 hours of sleep, you can do your best to accommodate this rule into your lifestyle.  In Greek myth Saturn is Cronus, god of time.  He ruled during the Golden age but became paranoid that his children would overthrow him so he ate them all as babies.  He ended up being castrated by his child Zeus, and condemned to spend time in a dark and gloomy place called Tartarus.  This points at our tendency as humans to imprison ourselves by trying to attain what we once had (a Golden age) instead of taking the responsibility to change and shift with the natural tides of life.  Examining our placement of Saturn can help point towards finding our right relationship with responsibility, so we can climb out of our self-imposed prisons and reach our mountaintops.