Lights, Personal Planets & The Lords of Karma

The Zodiac 1925 by Ernest Procter 1886-1935
The Personal Planets show our inclinations and personal capacities
. How we express our ego, instinct, mental type, romantic nature and drives & ambition. The way we express these powers is determined by the sign and house of the planet and aspects formed between planets. Love affairs, marriages, friendships, work relationships, parent/child interactions and family dynamics are better understood by a focus on the personal planets and how they interact. While the outer planets indicate deeper karmic themes we share with a beloved, the personal planets show how we live our best day to day life with them. In an individual sense, as the personal planets move through the signs they affect our love lives, sexual drive, ambition, emotional sensitivity and thinking. (If you haven’t already, read the personal planet posts by searching the categories on the blog to see what I mean!)

The Personal Planets are:
The Lights – Sun and Moon
The Planets: Mercury, Venus & Mars

Active self
Centre of Self

Instinctive Self
Emotional Nature
Need for Security

Communication Style

Love nature
Artistic Sense


The Social Planets are Jupiter & Saturn
Jupiter: Areas of growth, expansion, what you believe in
Saturn: Marks the point between the personal and the impersonal
– He represents time, limitations, structure and resources.

Jupiter and Saturn mediate the personal, day-to-day and that which is universal & karmic. The social planets join us to our peers (Jupiter changing signs approximately every 12 months, and Saturn approximately every 2.5 – 3 years). First our schoolmates and then the majority of our friends will share the same Jupiter and Saturn signs. The social planets also indicate how we share warmth and openness to others and express our ideals (Jupiter); where we see limits, necessary structures & our common values (Saturn).

The Impersonal/Karmic Planets are:
Uranus: Spontaneity, Innovation & The Unexpected
Neptune: Vision & Spirituality, Dreams and The Collective Unconscious
Pluto: Transformation & Revolution, Destruction & Rebirth

Despite the karmic & unconscious nature of the outer planets they are important to making sense of our development as individuals and a society; especially when they make contacts with the personal planets. Often the influence of the Impersonal Planets is hard to consciously discern. But whenever the Impersonal Planets meet with any of the Personal Planets, they impact our conscious awareness. Their action is profoundly transformative and things are never quite the same; we have been changed on the deepest level.

By understanding the different domains the groups of planets operate in; personal, social and impersonal, we can analyse planetary influences and indications within the natal chart to make better use of the astrological stuff we were given to work with at our birth. Some people have charts dominant in personal planet interactions whereas others are strongly influenced by the signs and planets of the Impersonal domain (I have strong Pluto, Neptune and Uranus elements). This has a profound effect on how you express yourself and your path in life. Neither is superior, nor more ‘spiritual’ and as always, it’s what you do with your incarnated astrological tendencies that counts.

Understanding and reflecting upon our powers and capacities equips us to live in our power instead of reacting to forces at play that we don’t understand (or would rather not think about).

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~ Love Asha Maria

*Note the Sun and Moon never go retrograde for obvious astronomical reasons. The retrograde motion is apparent, not actual.

4 thoughts on “Lights, Personal Planets & The Lords of Karma

  1. Reblogged this on the existential astrologer : asha maria and commented:

    A quick intro into what the planets in your Astro chart represent. Not everyone knows that astrology is more than your Star Sign. By understanding what the other planets symbolise we can become more effective communicators (Mercury), understand how we express ambition and energy (Mars), what brings us the most luck (Jupiter) or even deeply spiritual questions (Neptune, Uranus and Pluto). ♡ Asha Maria


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