The ascendant is the sign that was rising over the horizon at the time of birth. More than any other chart factor, the sign of the ascendant to be accurate is dependant on both time (it changes by 15 degrees every hour) and place of birth (someone born at the same time on the opposite side of the world will have the opposite sign on the ascendant or 'rising'). As such, it is the sign that brings us into physical incarnation, and the planet that rules that sign is said to be the ruler of the chart, or our planetary ruler for this lifetime. Hence the sign and house position of the ascendant's ruler are of particular importance. The ascending sign shows the way in which we approach life and the world in general. It can be related to what some psychologists call the persona, the mask we place between our inner selves and the world. As such it shows the way in which we are perceived by others, at least their first impressions of us. The ascendant represents the manner in which we must express ourselves in order to feel secure, and also the filter through which we perceive life and its challenges. It is the cusp of the first house, the house associated with our personal identity and self expression and represents the kind of energy and types of activities that we need to enliven us physically.
With the Mutable Fire sign of Sagittarius rising at the time of your birth, your immediate impression on others is of a friendly and expansive person, with a great deal of energy and faith in life's many possibilities. You will approach life with an openness to new experience and will always have an eye on what lies just over the horizon. Pursuing your goals will often be more rewarding than actually achieving them, for you it is the journey that is important, and when you have reached your destination or achieved your goal you will be looking around for another. The house position of Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius indicates the area where you feel that you can find fulfilment whether or not this is achieved in practice. You may have a tendency to live beyond your means or impulsively promise what you cannot deliver.
The ruler of Sagittarius is Jupiter, as the ruler of your ascendant this planet will be of particular importance in your chart.
* Ascendant Sextile Moon
The Ascendant sextile the Moon indicates that you are sensitive to what others say to you or about you. This was particularly true when you were younger, but as you grow older this sensitivity will turn into a deeper understanding of yourself and others, although at times you will still have difficulty in separating fact from fiction, or tend to believe only what makes you feel comfortable with yourself. You pick up easily on the moods and emotional states of others, and may find it difficult to disguise your own moods.
* Ascendant Sextile Saturn
The conservative planet Saturn in a sextile aspect to your ascendant indicates that you are practical and conserved in your general approach to others, and to life itself. You are able to restrain your impulses, and to think before you act. You realise that you are responsible for your own actions, and are capable of self discipline, if you think the results will be worth the effort. You give the appearance of being a shrewd and pragmatic person, able to take responsibility and plan methodically before you do anything. Once you have formed an opinion, or decided on a particular course of action, you are not easily dissuaded.
In the solar system the Sun is the centre around which all the other planets revolve, bound by its gravitational force. Similarly, in the birth chart the Sun represents the "centre" of our personality, or the core of our being, around which all the other psychological drives and needs, symbolised by the planets, revolve.
Just as, in the solar system, the Sun is the source of light and life generating energy, so the Sun represents the source of consciousness and life within us all. It is our will to be and our sense of individuality. The birth chart, however, represents the solar system as seen from the earth, not the Sun. Most of us are not centred in our Sun, but in our earthbound, or sense-bound ego. For most of us then, the Sun represents our "Higher Self" or Spirit. It is the immortal spark of the universal spirit which is uniquely ourselves, as opposed to our transient and mortal ego centred personality. The Sun is therefore what we are striving to become.
The sign position of and aspects to the Sun, as seen from the earth, show how this radiant inner self works through the medium of our ego centred personality. It is the fundamental tone of our being, and as such is the most important placement in the chart.
* Sun In Capricorn
With the Sun in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn you are basically a down to earth and practical person. You possess a great deal of patience and quiet ambition. You are not pushy but once you have decided on a course of action you can work hard for many years, enduring many set-backs, to achieve what you have set out to do. This will often be an achievement that meets with conventional standards of approval, but even if your life-style and goals are not so conventional you will need to see some sort of material or tangible result from your efforts, wealth or a position of authority. You have a tendency to take life too seriously, there is always work to be done and duties to perform and you may have little patience with those who take a more laid back approach to life and love. You may need to loosen up a bit and enjoy life here and now.
* Sun In 1st House
With the Sun in the 1st house of your chart, you have a need to be noticed. Your sense of self-worth and individuality is tied up with the impact you have on others, you don't like to go unnoticed, but need to be in the forefront of things where you'll be recognised as someone whose ideas and opinions are worth considering.
However, this need to push yourself forward can be overdone, making you appear to be pushy or arrogant. In reality you're actually extremely sensitive to other people's views of you, so you may tend to over-compensate by expressing yourself too strongly.
* Sun Conjunct Mercury
With the Sun and Mercury in conjunction you may occasionally lack objectivity in your thinking, identifying too much with your opinions. Although you like to express your thoughts, your words may not always be backed by the facts, but more of an expression of how you would like things to be. Nevertheless, with more objectivity and tolerance of others' opinions, you would have a tremendous skill in communicating ideas and concepts to others in a clear and understandable way.
* Sun Square Jupiter
The square between the Sun and Jupiter will tend to over-optimism and unreasonable expectations. You can also be overly dramatic. You're generous to a fault, but you may also occasionally expect too much in return, leading to either conflict or disappointment when others don't live up to your high expectations.
You enjoy challenges that increase your knowledge, but there's a danger of over extending yourself and feeling a sense of failure when you don't achieve the usually unreasonable goals you've set yourself. However, if you limit your goals to what is possible and realistic then there's no reason why you shouldn't succeed.
* Sun Trine Uranus
The trine between the Sun and Uranus in your chart shows that you're independent and unconventional. If you can harness your undoubted creative and innovative energies toward productive and positive ends there's not much you could not achieve.
This aspect indicates some degree of leadership potential, so you're generally able to speak with conviction and understanding on a whole range of issues, and when you get going your enthusiasm and energy can inspire others. Also, whilst you're capable of achieving a great deal, you'll not generally exaggerate your achievements either to yourself or others. No one could accuse you of being an egotist.
* Sun Sextile Neptune
The Sun in a sextile aspect to Neptune stimulates the imaginative and idealistic side of your personality. It's easy for you to wander off into other worlds, but you're not just an impractical dreamer as you have definite and realistic ideas as to what you want from life, and what life should be.
You work best if you can set yourself some far off goal, a vision of what you want to achieve, which then draws you on through the necessary steps to the attainment of your goal. You'll never be satisfied with what you have achieved, always haunted by the feeling that there is more that you can do, another vision to be actualised.
In your dealings with others, you know intuitively what is expected of you, and how to react, in any social or professional situation. You can adapt and fit in to almost any situation.
* Sun Trine Pluto
With a trine between the Sun and Pluto in your chart you'll have a strong desire to make something of yourself, and the determination to succeed in whatever task you set yourself. You would like to bring order out of chaos, and to encourage and teach others to achieve their full potential. You'll be admired by others for your courage and determination in fighting for what you believe to be right. They'll recognise that your arguments are based on a deep insight and a genuine desire to put things right.
You'll also be aware that people's lives are, at times, guided by some higher purpose or power and that even difficult or painful experiences often lead to greater opportunities and personal fulfilment. As a result, you're generally able to weather your own personal crises with the knowledge that it will lead to greater self understanding, and bigger and better success.
In the birth chart, the Moon is second in importance only to the Sun. Unlike the other planets the Moon orbits the earth, and seen from the earth is the same size as the Sun (hence the possibility of total eclipses). The Moon gives off no light of its own, however, but reflects and polarises the light of the Sun.
The Moon represents memories, feelings and instinctive responses that lie just below the level of consciousness. As the Moon orbits the earth, it generates the movements of the tides and governs other natural cycles, such as the menstrual cycle in women. The Moon therefore symbolises the ebb and flow of feeling and emotion (symbolised by water in Astrology), and the feminine principle in nature and in the individual.
The sign position of and aspects to the Moon show how we react instinctively, and what we need to feel comfortable and secure. As children the Moon is the Mother, or at least how we experienced our mother. As we grow older this extends to our relationships with women in general (particularly for men), and our instinctive or conditioned responses to the world in general; based on the often unconscious memories of this early nurturing experience (or lack of it).
* Moon in Libra
With the Moon in the cardinal air sign of Libra, you have an instinctive need for harmony and honesty in your emotional life. With the Moon in an air sign, you will need intellectual and social exchange in order to feel happy and secure. You are naturally diplomatic and fair in your dealings with others, with an easygoing nature and an innate ability to see the many sides to any issue. On the negative side, however, this same fairness and balance of viewpoint can become indecisiveness and a tendency to avoid direct action when it is necessary. You would probably do well to work in a partnership where decision making can be shared, as decisiveness may not be your strong point.
* Moon in 10th House
With the Moon in the 10th House, you have a need for some kind of tangible or recognisable personal achievement. You may even be prepared to sacrifice your emotional life to the pursuit of your personal and professional ambitions.
Your early upbringing may have given you a deep sense of the need for a career or public position, perhaps your mother was a career woman, or saw you as the one to live out her own unrealised ambitions. You'll do particularly well in any profession that allows you to express your caring and protective qualities.
*Moon Square Mars
With the aggressive planet Mars in a stressful aspect to your Moon, your emotional life will occasionally be a source of conflict. At times you can be overly sensitive, especially with those close to you, and you may over-react or respond to any threat or attack on your emotional security, sometimes with inappropriate aggressiveness.
Occasionally, you may need to examine your past to try and pin-point and understand where this anger is coming from so that you can make positive use of this planetary aspect affecting your birth chart.
*Moon Trine Saturn
The Moon in a positive trine aspect to Saturn will provide a stabilising influence to other more stressful aspects of your personality. Your early home life and conditioning will probably have given you a deep sense of responsibility and the need for self-discipline which will always be there. Even if you rebel against it at times, you still take your responsibilities seriously.
Emotionally you may be rather reserved, perhaps even inhibited in some ways, and you will need to feel completely secure before you reveal your deepest feelings to anyone. Nevertheless, you always have a ready shoulder for others to cry on.
You have excellent organisational abilities and can put a lot of creative effort into your home and professional life. You don't ask for more than you give out, and feel that you have to earn whatever you get, an end to which you can work with discipline and patience.
Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun. Along with Venus it is one of the inferior planets, that is, its orbit lies within the earth's orbit.
In mythology, Mercury is the messenger of the gods. In the birth chart, Mercury represents the urge to communicate with and exchange information with others. In the mind, it represents our rational thought processes, or the ability to analyse and reach logical conclusions. In the body, it is the nervous system, which co-ordinates and unifies all the different bodily functions into an organised whole. Mercury can be said to represent electricity in the form of information. Mercury therefore rules all forms of communication and exchange of information, and the ability to organise facts into a consistent view of the world.
The sign position of and aspects to Mercury in the chart show how one thinks and communicates, that is, the way in which our thoughts are expressed, and the way in which we receive such information from the world around us.
* Mercury in Capricorn
Mercury in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn indicates that you have a serious and practical mind. Your thinking is grounded in the here and now, and concerned generally with the need to cope with the demands of the material plane. You are capable of concentrated and methodical thinking, especially if it is directed toward some ambition or goal, to which you can apply your mind with a great deal of perseverance and discipline. Your communications with others will be tempered by practical considerations, or with a view to attaining some goal or ambition. There can be a tendency toward pessimism and negative thinking at times if things do not work out as you thought they would, but your persistence will usually pull you out of it.
* Mercury in 1st House
With Mercury in the * st House, you'll enjoy expressing yourself, often communicating through body language as well as words. Others may see you as something of a live wire, always on the go and endlessly curious about the world around you.
* Mercury Square Jupiter
With Mercury and Jupiter in a square aspect your mind is always on the go , and eager to learn as much as you can. You'll probably achieve this through study and training. However, at times, extreme optimism may prevent you from recognising or accepting obstacles to your plans. At these times therefore, you'll need to be completely honest with yourself as to what is and isn't possible.
This aspect can also denote a conflict between your intellectual and religious beliefs. Because of this, you'll probably end up searching for a philosophical outlook that is both intellectually and religiously satisfying, but the influence of past conditioning may cause much conflict before you finally resolve the issue.
* Mercury Trine Uranus
The effect of the planet Uranus is often likened to electrical energy with the trine aspect to Mercury your nervous system and intellect is stimulated and electrified, but in a way that is creative rather than difficult. Your mind works so fast that you may consider other peoples thinking slow by comparison, you can analyse a problem and see instantly connections and possibilities, and make logical leaps, hat others may labour over for a long time. When you reach a conclusion it seems as if the answer just came intuitively, when in fact it was the result of extremely fast analysis.
You have an original and inventive mind open to new ideas and new ways of thinking, you seek knowledge avidly for the freedom and understanding you gain from it, rather than for any qualifications you may gain. Forward looking and revolutionary you have creative solutions to many of the world's problems, and have little patience for traditional and conventional solutions or ways of thinking, you would certainly not regard 'Victorian values' as a solution to present day problems.
* Mercury Sextile Neptune
The sextile between Mercury and Neptune indicates that you have a sensitive and intuitive mind, often sensing and seeing things that others may miss. You have a strong imagination, with thoughts that can be inspired, but you don't generally waste time in daydreaming, as the ideas that come to you have to stand the test of reason. You're idealistic, but not unrealistic.
You need to plan some kind of goal to follow, and possibly get into higher education, in order to make the most of your imagination and understanding, for whilst aspects between Mercury and Neptune opens the mind to limitless possibilities, some formal training or discipline is needed to make the most of their beneficial influence.
* Mercury Trine Pluto
With the positive trine aspect between Mercury and Pluto you have an analytical mind that is able to penetrate beyond surface appearances. You're therefore suited to any form of research or investigation since you're always wanting to get to the truth of any matter.
You need to find some kind of meaning to life and your experiences and then to communicate the understanding and knowledge gained from your experiences to others. But do beware being too opinionated as at times you'll identify too strongly with what you believe in, and will defend your viewpoint without compromise.
Venus, like Mercury, lies within the orbit of the earth. If Mercury can be likened to electricity in the form of information, then Venus can be likened to the magnetic field generated by the electric current. One of the meanings of Venus is therefore "personal magnetism".
In mythology Venus is the goddess of love. In the birth chart, Venus represents the social and love urge, and the need for harmony and exchange of feelings and affection with others. Venus is our need to form relationships and our power to attract such relationships. It is also our sense of values, based on what attracts or repels us.
The sign position of any aspect to Venus shows how we express these needs to others and the kind of response we need in order to feel in harmony. If Venus is adversely aspected theses responses may not always be what we consciously desire but are often necessary in order to force us to recognise some unexpressed part of ourselves.
* Venus in Aquarius
Venus in the fixed air sign of Aquarius indicates that your approach to relationships in general is somewhat freedom loving and unconventional. You will not like jealousy or possessiveness either in others or in yourself (at least that is what you will like to believe) and will probably insist on a great deal of personal freedom in any relationship. Since Aquarius is a fixed sign, you will strongly resist any attempt to curtail your freedom. This can cause problems if you have a partner who needs more of a one to one relationship. As a result of this, others may find your approach to love and affection to be rather cool calm and collected.
* Venus in 2nd House
With Venus in the 2nd House of your chart, you love the good things in life, and have the ability to attract the things you want. You may occasionally, however, place too much value on material possessions and creature comforts. When in love, you have a need to form stable and lasting relationships, but may become too possessive.
* Venus Sextile Jupiter
Venus in sextile to Jupiter gives you an easy-going charm that others feel at ease with. You're always willing to give praise where praise is due. You're an outgoing person who loves life and enjoys being with friends, but you're by no means superficial or vain. Possessing sympathy and understanding, friends often turn to you when they're feeling down, or are in need of a sympathetic ear from someone who can listen without judging.
* Venus Conjunct Saturn
With the conjunction between Venus and Saturn you relate to others in a serious and responsible way. At times you may find yourself sacrificing your own needs and happiness for others. You may also find that you're usually the one who has to make adjustments to the other person's needs in any relationship, whilst suppressing your own.
You may do this in order to feel loved and needed, a feeling that stems from your childhood experiences. One or both of your parents, but most likely your father, was probably a harsh disciplinarian, expecting obedience and unquestioning loyalty, possibly forcing you to assume responsibilities too soon. On the other hand, he may have been indifferent, or not around at all, leaving you with a deep-seated feeling that maybe it was your fault. As a consequence, you may now still live with the fear of being rejected or deserted if you don't live up to another's demands, or you may avoid close relationships altogether.
With Saturn, age and experience usually bring the solutions to its more difficult aspects. You'll gradually come to learn that the only person you have a real duty to is yourself, and Saturn will provide you with the self-respect and inner stability to pursue your own path despite the opposition of others. Then you'll attract people who will respect and accept you for what you are, not what they want you to be.
* Venus Square Neptune
The square aspect between Venus and Neptune can make you overly idealistic in your approach to relationships. There may also be times when you'll expect your partner to accept you with all your faults, without a word of complaint on their part or any effort to change on yours.
Very few people, except perhaps a saint, can measure up to the high expectations you set for a relationship. When things start to fall apart, you'll probably not even notice that anything's wrong until the whole thing dissolves away before your eyes.
There may also be times when you may find yourself led into actions that you later regret. This is particularly true in financial matters, so you must make sure that all your dealings are open and above board. Although some people seem to be able to get away with murder, anything shady or underhand will almost inevitably work out badly for you.
Mars is the first planet in the series out from the Sun that is outside the orbit of the earth. As the first superior planet, Mars represents energy directed outward from the self into the world. It is the energy to initiate action and the ability to meet challenges and overcome obstacles. In mythology, Mars is the god of war. In the birth chart, Mars is the self assertive and aggressive urge, the sex drive and the need to achieve our desires. Positively, Mars is expressed as courage, initiative, and the will-power to pursue our goals. Negatively expressed, Mars is impatience, violence and the use of force or threats.
The sign position of and aspects to Mars in the chart show how we assert ourselves and express our desires. Mars is traditionally a masculine planet, and therefore represents the expression of the male ego. In a women's chart, the energy of Mars is often repressed by social and family conditioning, and indicates how she will experience the male ego through the men around her, whether positively or negatively expressed. It is, however, becoming increasingly possible for women to break away from traditional passive roles, and express their own Martian drives, but this is often not completely successful until after the age of about 30.
* Mars in Capricorn
With the fiery planet Mars in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn, your aggressive and self assertive drives will tend to be well controlled. This does not mean that you will not loose your temper or do anything on impulse, but you have the capacity to channel your ego drives into working for long term goals and ambitions, even if it means a certain amount of self-denial to achieve them. This element of control may also be evident in your sex life, where you may give the appearance of coolness and reserve, however, this coolness and reserve can easily be dropped when you feel that it is no longer necessary.
* Mars in 1st House
With Mars in the 1st House of your chart you'll have plenty of energy, and will be able to assert yourself directly and if necessary, rather forcefully. Restrictions on your personal freedom will rarely be tolerated. You're certainly not the type to sit quietly in a corner, you need to let everybody know that you're around!
The planets up to and including Mars have been concerned with the establishment of ourselves as individuals, and with the satisfaction of our own needs and desires. The planets beyond Mars connect us with a larger order.
As the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter represents expansion and growth. It is the urge to grow beyond our individual limitations and the need to feel part of a larger order, whether this be a particular religion, philosophy or social system. Jupiter, the king of the gods, is traditionally the bestower of faith, optimism and the ability to expand and prosper. It is the planet that promotes personal growth, gives us confidence in ourselves and trust in a higher power or greater plan. Negatively, Jupiter can manifest as overconfidence, irresponsibility and the tendency to over-extend ourselves or promise too much.
The sign position of and aspects to Jupiter in the chart show what kinds of experiences and types of activity create an inner faith and optimism, and the sense of being connected to the larger scheme of things.
* Jupiter in Aries
The planet Jupiter represents the principle of expansion and growth, it is the optimistic urge to broaden our horizons both mentally and materially. In the cardinal fire sign of Aries you will need to maintain a high level of enterprise, coupled with a sense of self esteem, in order to make the most of opportunities that may come your way. This will be easy enough when things are going well, at such times you will feel confident and determined, even over confident and over zealous, but when things go wrong your confidence may crash and your determination collapse, or you will react with anger. You need to feel that you play a part in the greater scheme of things to maintain your self confidence and sense of identity.
You are independent and you need the freedom to pursue your own goals. You feel that you are establishing your own identity when you are chasing distant horizons, and you do not like to be obstructed on the journey.
* Jupiter in 3rd House
With Jupiter in the 3rd House you'll have the need to expand your horizons through intellectual study and discussion. You seek an understanding of life that will enable you to fit apparently disconnected pieces together and see it as a whole.
You will enjoy talking and discussing the broader meaning of life with others, but you may occasionally have to control a tendency to waffle on endlessly.
Short journeys for the purpose of expanding your mind will be beneficial. On the other hand, these journeys can take place solely within your mind.
You will never be satisfied with what you have learned, recognising that no matter how far you have gone, there is so much more to learn and understand. This can lead you to become a perpetual student, which is fine as long as you realise that at some point you have got to start applying what you have learned.
Saturn is the last planet in the solar system that can be seen with the naked eye from the earth. As such, together with the fact that it is bounded by a series of rings, Saturn represents the boundaries of the individual.
After the limitless expansion of Jupiter, Saturn in the birth chart represents boundaries and limitations. It is the principle of structure and form. In the body, it is the skeleton, which gives the body its structure, and the skin, which is the boundary to the outside world. In the mind, it is the structure of our ego and our sense of self which we seek to preserve from the impact of changes from within and from the outside world. Saturn gives us the ability to endure setbacks and work with discipline and patience toward well defined aims. It is the need for social approval through some kind of tangible achievement. Whereas Jupiter brings rewards and opportunities through what we might call good luck, Saturn brings rewards and opportunities through hard work, limitation and self discipline.
The sign position of and aspects to Saturn show how we seek to establish ourselves as individuals and find our place in the social system of which we are a part. Any form or structure, however, when placed in the light of the Sun tends to cast a shadow. The position of Saturn in the chart therefore, shows where we find our "shadow". It is here that we meet with our greatest sense of inadequacy, lack of faith and inhibitions. Saturn shows where we are most fearful, and hence most rigid; but if these fears can be met and overcome it is the source of our greatest strength and a solid foundation from which to meet the world.
* Saturn in Aquarius
With Saturn in the fixed air sign of Aquarius, it is important that you have objectives in life, and once determined they are likely to be adhered to. Saturn in an air sign indicates the ability to give structure and form to your thoughts, to bring the ideals that you hold from the realm of the mind to practical reality. On the other hand, you may feel uncertain and insecure about your intellectual capacity. There is an innate need to belong to some kind of group that gives structure and security to your life. You may avoid this need, however, out of fear of belonging, or self consciousness in group situations. It is both your deepest need and your deepest fear. Even if you overcome this fear, you may still be something of an outsider, unsure of your acceptance by the rest of the group. You have, however, the ability to give practical application to group objectives.
* Saturn in 2nd House
With Saturn in the 2nd House of your chart, you have a powerful need and ability to earn your keep through your own efforts. Even if you come into money through luck or inheritance, you'll still feel a greater sense of satisfaction from what you make through hard work. On the other hand, financial security may at times be hard to come by and only gained through considerable effort.
* Saturn Square Neptune
Saturn, the hard-headed planet of realism, is in a negative aspect to Neptune, the planet of dreams. The effect of this aspect won't be immediately noticeable, but it will act as a vague background influence. Therefore at times you may feel unable to achieve a sense of real security, feeling that the results of all your efforts can at any moment be washed away by some unforeseen tide of events. At times there's also a conflict between your sense of reality and your dreams, and you may therefore swing between being a hard-headed pragmatist and a hopeless dreamer.
The Outer Planets
The planets beyond Saturn:- Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, move through the signs so slowly that the sign positions of these planets refer more to the generation of which we are a part, rather than individual characteristics. It is the House position that shows where we will meet with the principles expressed by these planets in our lives. The aspects of these planets to the personal planets indicate our degree of attunement to the principles they represent.
The trans-Saturnian planets cannot be seen without the aid of a telescope. Therefore they represent powerful forces that are beyond conscious control. These planets connect us with forces and levels of reality beyond our experience as individual human beings. They do this by breaking down the boundaries of the ego (symbolised by Saturn), to allow the inflow of higher ideals and goals into our ego-centred minds. This can often mean the total disruption or destruction of our existing lives, goals, or outer and inner structures in order to make this possible.
Uranus is the first of the trans-Saturnian planets. It cannot be seen with the naked eye and was discovered in 1781 during the period of the American and French revolutions. It's discovery was made possible by the invention of the telescope, a development that has led to radical changes in our knowledge of the universe and our place in it.
In the birth chart then, Uranus represents the force for revolutionary change, the breaking from tradition, and inventiveness and experimentation. As one of the three planets that cannot be seen with the unaided eye, Uranus represents a force over which we have little or no conscious control. On an individual level, Uranus indicates our degree of independence and demand for personal freedom. If well aspected it gives us originality and an attunement to truth that goes beyond the logic of Mercury. If we refuse to express the energy of Uranus within us, preferring to cling to the traditions and limitations of Saturn, then Uranus may manifest as disruptions and sudden changes in our immediate environment, sometimes disrupting our lives completely and forcing us to make needed changes. If the energy of Uranus is expressed negatively, it can lead to wilfulness, impatience and needless rebellion, the rebel without a cause.
The position of Uranus in the chart shows where we most feel the need for freedom and independence and the need to experiment with new ideas and ways of living. Conversely, it is the area where we can cause the most disruption and needless change.
* Uranus in 9th House
The planet Uranus stimulates the search for truth, and in the 9th House this search will be in the realm of philosophical and abstract thought. You will need to seek independently for a philosophical or religious belief system by which to order your life. You will not be content to accept the beliefs of the past, which you will regard as limiting and inappropriate to today's world. Always looking for something new and exciting, you will periodically reject what you have previously held to be true to investigate a new set of concepts. Your view of God may be rather complex and difficult to express in concrete terms, you may be attracted to strange cults or groups who express a philosophy that differs radically from that held by the rest of society.
You are able to bring new concepts and ideas into whatever field you are working or studying in, although your eager search for knowledge may cause you to suddenly change this field before completing what you are doing. Travel in foreign lands, and meeting people of other cultures will deepen your level of understanding. Such experiences could bring about inspirations and sudden flashes of insight that will reveal possibilities and concepts that you had been unaware of before.
* Uranus Sextile Neptune
The sextile between Uranus and Neptune will be found in the charts of most people around your age, since these two planets move so slowly. It indicates that you're part of a generation that will try to combine scientific and mystical thought. Environmental issues will also be important to you.
* Uranus Conjunct Pluto
The conjunction between Uranus and Pluto occurs in the charts of everyone around your age, it refers to a generation that's not fooled by empty promises. Freedom for the individual and environmental issues will be of importance to you.
After Uranus comes Neptune, the god of the sea. Whereas Uranus is the urge for individual freedom and independence, Neptune is the urge to escape from our normal sense-bound state of consciousness, and experience our unity with a different level of reality.
In the birth chart, Neptune represents our higher ideals and our attunement to realities that lie beyond that perceived by the senses. It is the realm of dreams and imagination and our sense of being part of a whole which is greater than ourselves, the awareness of a spiritual dimension to existence. Neptune represents the urge to transcend our normal state of consciousness through meditation and mystical experience, music, dreams and flights of the imagination, or through drugs (including alcohol) which afford us a temporary escape from the mundane grind of living. Neptune can be expressed as high ideals, altruism and spiritual values, or as self destructive escapism and evasion of responsibilities. For most of us it is a mixture of both.
The position of Neptune in the chart shows where and how we seek to express these needs, and in what areas of our lives we tend to seek an often impossible ideal.
* Neptune in 11th House
Neptune in the 11th House of your chart indicates a need to give yourself in service to humanity, by joining some form of society or group. You may seek your own salvation through such a group, expecting others to give form to your own unclear sense of direction. At its best, this placing makes you truly altruistic, feeling, and needing to express, your love for the whole human race; at its worst, you are unable to take responsibility for your own actions, attributing responsibility and blame to the group.
There may be some confusion and uncertainty around what you are seeking from your friends. You can attract, and be attracted by, friends who seek a deeper meaning in life and an awareness of deeper levels of reality, or a spiritual dimension to existence. On the other hand, you may be attracted to friends who seek to escape from dealing with reality through drink and drugs. Most likely they will be a mixture of both.
* Neptune Sextile Pluto
This aspect between the two outermost planets first occurred in 1942 and will remain in effect for the next hundred years, although the sign positions of the planets will change, so everyone born during this time will have it in their charts. This contact will therefore affect everyone for the next hundred years and represents changes taking place in the world's collective psyche. The keynote of this entire period will be the complete transformation of our existing scientific, religious and political belief systems.
Pluto is the outermost planet in the solar system and therefore the slowest moving. At certain times however, due to the high eccentricity of its orbit, it comes closer to the earth than Neptune. This is the case at the present time and will be so until the end of the century. At the same time it is passing through Scorpio, the sign that it rules. This is a very critical period in world history, since Pluto represents powerful forces of death and destruction or change and transformation, which are now at their strongest. This can lead to destruction through nuclear war or our pollution and exploitation of our planet. On the other hand it can lead to the death of the present political and economical systems and the birth of new political and economic systems and a transformation in international relations and our relationship to our planet. By the time Pluto leaves Scorpio in 1999 the issue will probably be decided one way or the other.
In the individual birth chart, Pluto represents the urge for power and control either over ourselves or others. It is the need to penetrate beneath the surface of experience, to reveal hidden motivations and repressed desires. The position of Pluto in the chart indicates our capacity for self-regeneration or rebirth and our attitude towards beginnings and endings and birth and death, either actual or symbolic. Pluto can be expressed as the acceptance of our need for complete transformation in some area of our life, and the courage to face our deepest compulsions and hang-ups. Or, it can be expressed as the wilful manipulation of others, ruthlessness and an infatuation with power.
* Pluto in 9th House
The 9th House of the birth chart is concerned with our search for meaning in life, either through a religion, philosophy or through travel as a means of expanding the mind. Pluto in this House indicates that these matters will arouse powerful and compulsive feelings. If you believe in God, it is probably not as a loving and forgiving father figure, but as a powerful and often ruthless force that is capable of destroying those who transgress it's laws. Your belief system may at times undergo radical changes, where all that you previously held to be true is destroyed, to be reborn on a different level. On the other hand you may react by denying any meaning or purpose to life altogether, taking the view that there is no point to anything since it all ends in death anyway. There is a strong urge to examine these issues, together with a fear of what may be encountered, or that what you find or discover may force you to go through radical and painful inner changes. You can be transformed and regenerated through travel and learning from different cultures and traditions.
You have a natural ability to promote powerful causes, to take philosophical, social and religious beliefs and place them in the public arena through publishing, broadcasting or political protest. There is a danger of getting involved in power plays which could end up in the law courts in you are not careful.