People have been watching the planets in the sky for thousands of years. As the planets move amongst the relatively fixed background of the stars and constellations, their movements have captured the human imagination. While no one knows how astrology works, a tradition has evolved that associates the celestial bodies with particular energies or parts of our life or parts of our psychology.
The planets are the actors in the astrology chart. As the planets move through the signs and houses, they are influenced by many factors. The energy of the sign interacts with the energy of the planet which may influence its expression. The house focuses the energy of the planet into a particular area of life.
The relationships the planets have with each other, called aspects, also have an influence on the planet’s behavior or motivations (how it will express itself). These relationships can be between planets within the same chart or the aspects can be used to relate one chart to another.
The chart that represents the position of the planets at the time you are born is called the natal chart. The planets in your natal chart can have aspects with the planets in the chart of the sky at a particular time (transits), the planets in the charts of other people or countries or businesses or events and the planets in predictive charts created according to many techniques that have developed through time. These relationships allow astrologers to make connections and sometimes even predictions.
There are many traditions of astrology and many types of astrology charts and many interpretations of the planets. The planets are seen as broader archetypes that can express in multiple ways, but here are some ideas on them.