Astrology and ruling planet question..?
What way are your zodiac sign and ruling planet connected?
I mean, why was each sign given a specific ruling planet? is that the planet closest to the constellation?
Anyone who has further knowledge on this subject and would like to explain a little more to me?
Answer by saintJ
your sign is based on when you were born when the sun was in sync with a constellation… maybe it has to do with how those planets collide with your constellation also…
Answer by Ryoin
The planetary rulers of the signs of the zodiac were assigned many many centuries ago, but the philosophy goes something like this. The Sun and Moon were given dominion over Leo and Cancer because the Sun and Moon are the brightest planets and those signs are the considered the most warm and giving, the Sun rules Leo as it’s a masculine sign and the Moon rules Cancer because it’s a feminine sign. After this, the other five planets fan out around the Sun and Moon with Mercury ruling Virgo and Gemini due to its proximity to the sun (which reflects an astronomical truth where Mercury is never more than 27° [or one sign] away from the sun). Venus rules Taurus and Libra (which Ptolemy called “fertile signs”) which reflects another astronomical reality with Venus never being more than 48° (or two signs) away from the sun, both signs also perform a sextile aspect to the Cancer/Leo cusp, embodying the “lesser benefic nature of Venus. Mars rules Scorpio and Aries, both of which were termed “hostile”, these signs also perform a Square to the Cancer/Leo point, embodying Mars’ “lesser malefic” and hostile nature. Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces and these signs perform a Trine to Cancer/Leo, embodying Jupiter’s greater benefic status and it’s giving nature. Saturn rules Aquarius and Capricorn, the exact opposite of the Sun and Moon as Saturn rules over the extreme cold that occurs during that time of year. The opposition aspect between Aquarius/Capricorn and Leo/Cancer further embodies Saturn as the greater malefic.
Hope that helps some. 🙂
Answer by Markab
Many years ago in an astrology book that I still have, and it is all beat up, is the phrase: “Rulerships make the horoscope hang together.” For a beginner, this statement is at best puzzling, but the longer I dabble in astrology, the more I realize the value of this statement. The problem beginners will run into is that the idea of rulership changed over the years. It used to mean “has influence over.” “Today it is more likely to mean “Is similar to.” The problem with current meaning is that it doesn’t help in interpretation.
Signs have rulers. Each sign is ruled by a planet. Using the 7 visible planets as our guide we note that each planet “rules” or has influence over two signs except the Sun and Moon. They each rule one sign. When the three outer planets were discovered they were assigned rulerships over signs, but that disrupted the beautiful symmetry of the original system.
Planets rule signs and by extension they rule the planets in those signs. Your “sign” is your Sun sign and whatever sign it is in, it is influenced by the ruling planet. Every house has a sign on its cusp (houses have cusps; signs do not despite whatever you’ve read). So the ruling planet has influence over the house it rules whether regardless of what house it occupies in the chart. Let’s look at a simple example: Jupiter in the Second house and rules the 7th house that has Sagittarius on the cusp. Jupiter is the planet of wealth. It is well placed in the house of wealth (the second). It rules the 7th so an astrologer might say it indicates the native will obtain wealth from his or her spouse, or partner which are both 7th house meanings. It Jupiter ruled the 9th, we might predict the native obtains wealth from foreign travel or dealings in foreign nations. If Jupiter ruled the 10th we might predict the native would make a great deal of money from the career or rewards from honors bestowed. This is what it means by making the horoscope hang together. Jupiter in the 2nd means wealth. The house Jupiter rules tells us where the native will likely obtain the wealth.
Now it is rarely this simple and there are all sorts of things that can affect this simplistic example. It is just given to help answer your question.
The ruler of a planet is a bit more difficult. Let’s say the Sun is in Taurus which is ruled by Venus. There is a bit of a conflict here. The Sun is the epitome of masculine power. Taurus is a feminine sign not known for action. It is not a comfortable place for the Sun and there is going to be a tug of war between the Sun’s natural tendencies and the influence of Taurus. How it will play out is determined to a certain extent by Venus. Is she strong? Then she will exert a great deal of influence on the Sun making him even more feminine or less masculine. If she is in Aries, her detriment, she will affect the Sun adversely. His natural tendency to seek a mate will be tainted with the insincerity of Venus in Aries. House position will affect the actual interpretation.
Again these are simple examples, but I hope you get the idea.
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