IIf you wanted to go from London to Edinburgh, you might just set out and hope you could find it - you know it’s North and if you aim that way you might eventually get there; on the other hand you could miss it completely and end up in Aberdeen. But wouldn’t it be better if you had a map, one with symbols which gave you an idea of the hazards and pitfalls that lay ahead. That’s how astrology should be used; as a Guide for assisting you through life’s journey, not only to get to where you want to go, but also to avoid or alleviate problems.
To use your sun-sign as an excuse for personal shortcomings is not only irrational, but also ultimately self-defeating. It confers no gain and merely implies that you have no control over your interaction with others or your own actions. Shakespeare wrote; ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars But in ourselves, that we are underlings. We put ourselves in the position of being less responsible for what we do (underlings to the whim of Fate or circumstances) – but, ultimately, we are masters of our own destinies. .
The sun governs the personality, whilst the rising sign is more to do with the impression you make on first acquaintance and your outward appearance. The moon's influence is fruitful and feminine. characterising changeability with an unsettling influence. The sun is the conscious side, the moon the unconscious side of the personality. The moon represents matriarchal or family influences from childhood.
Mercury governs the intellect and communication. Venus represents ease, beauty, indolence and pleasure seeking. Mars is fiery; governing energy both constructive and destructive. Jupiter noble, benevolent, fruitful is also called the 'Greater Fortune', bringing material benefits and philosophical wisdom.
Whilst the inner planets are more personal, the outer (transpersonal) planets on the other hand due in part to their slow dance around the solar system have more influence on societies and generations
Saturn's influence, tends to be slow-moving and is known as the lawgiver. Its effects are more generalised and register as gradual changes and developments in generations of people rather than individuals. Uranus, the planet of sudden and unexpected changes, rules freedom and originality. In society it rules radical ideas and people, as well as revolutionary events that upset established structures. It also governs disruption, inventions, rebellion, and freedom. Neptune governs the spirit and psyche: Ruler of mystery, illusion, subterfuge and is the link between the material and spiritual side of man. Pluto, the lord of the underworld, symbolises the forces of deep transformation in our lives. A slow-moving outer planet discovered in 1930, Pluto's influence is in general most clearly noticeable as it distinguishes one generation from the next.