So You’ve Found Your Ruling Planet… Now What?

If you’re fairly new to astrology or are still learning (aren’t we all??) you’ve probably heard of Mercury retrograde or things like Venus squaring Pluto, etc. etc. These are called transits and aspects, and they are the part of astrology that really helps us fine-tune the details of how your birth chart works and how you are (or aren’t!) affected by them.

What Does This Have To Do With Your Ruling Planet?

Well, it’s simple—you tend to be impacted more strongly by transits and aspects that are made to your ruling planet. So Aries rising folks, it’s important to watch the movements of Mars. Taurus Ascendants, keep an eye on Venus. And so on.

Need a refresher? Here’s a list of the ruling planets, based on your Ascendant/rising sign.

Ruling Planets of the Signs

Aries – Mars

Taurus – Venus

Gemini – Mercury

Cancer – the Moon

Leo – the Sun

Virgo – Mercury

Libra – Venus

Scorpio – Mars

Sagittarius – Jupiter

Capricorn – Saturn

Aquarius – Saturn

Pisces – Jupiter

Ok so we’ve got our ruling planets set in our minds. Right?

Mine’s Jupiter as I have Sag (Sagittarius) rising. So for me and other Sag (and Pisces) Ascendant people, it’s particularly important to keep track of where Jupiter is in the sky, any time it goes retrograde, and any strong aspects made to it.

“And just how do we do that?” you may ask. Luckily, you have a few different options…

How To Track Your Ruling Planet

Stay tuned for part two!

Further Resources

Hand, Robert. Planets in Transits: Life Cycles for Living.

Kent, April Elliott. Astrological Transits.

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