The Ruling Planets
Step (1), select the house related to your inquiry. Step (2), interpret the sign on the house cusp. Step (3), interpret the ruling planet. Step (4), interpret the sign in which the ruling planet falls. Step (5), interpret the house in which the ruling planet falls. Keep all five steps in mind and connect the different areas.
The energy of the ruling planet by sign and house connects with the energy of the house it rules.
MARS RULES THE SIGN ARIES
Mars is the planet of action. It represents energy, and the drive to be the best that you can be. It tends to take things personally and compete with others in order to be first. It energises the house it rules through assertion, action and independence, or aggression, anger and resentment.
Wherever Aries falls in the natal chart is where you need to develop self-confidence, take action and lead (not follow). You should establish your individuality, become independent and take the initiative in the affairs of the house.
The keyword for Aries is “I am”.
MARS IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE FIRST HOUSE.
The first house shows your personal view on life and your attitude to others, especially close friends and partnership relationships. It is your personal energy and it represents self-awareness, self-development and self-improvement and it shows where you need to take the initiative and lead.
VENUS RULES THE SIGN TAURUS
Venus is the planet of attraction and love. It draws people to you and it brings people together. Its energy is one of love. It energises the house it rules through the ability to give without expecting anything in return. You can express your love and affection on a personal or social level through the affairs of the house of Taurus.
Wherever Taurus falls in the natal chart shows where you must find your own sense of security through taking a rational, logical and practical approach to the affairs of the house. You need to develop your own sense of self-worth, values, skills and resources in order to become self-reliant and self-sufficient.
The keyword for Taurus is “I have”.
VENUS IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE SECOND HOUSE.
The second house represents your values and it shows where you are developing a sense of self-worth, self-esteem and self-reliance. It shows where your skills and talents lie, and how you earn and spend your money. You will develop and grow through the affairs of the second house, whether spiritually, mentally, physically or materially.
MERCURY RULES THE SIGN GEMINI
Mercury is the planet of day to day thoughts, communications and short distant journeys. It represents the rhythm of your thoughts (fast, slow, clever, or vague etc.). It portrays how your words can affect people; you can control through verbal statements or responses which can have a strong effect on others. Mercury energises the house it rules through reasoning ability, analysis, information and direct communications. It represents buying, selling, daily news, emails, texts or any other form of verbal or written communication.
Wherever Gemini falls in the natal chart is where you need to develop your communication skills and share your views and opinions with others to obtain a variety of different viewpoints and opinions from which you can gain experience, learn and grow.
The keyword for Gemini is “I think”.
MERCURY IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE THIRD HOUSE.
The third house represents general day to day communications. It has influence over movement and transport, the daily news and information. It represents the neighbourhood, buying, selling, short journeys and visits. It shows how you communicate with others on a day to day basis and it describes your relationship with your relatives and siblings. Through personal involvement and constant changes, you will keep in touch with all that is going on around you to obtain updated news on a variety of different interests.
THE MOON RULES THE SIGN CANCER
The Moon rules family ties. It also rules your sense of belonging or un-belonging and your emotions. The Moon energises the house it rules with a natural instinct to belong, and to feel bonded, secure, nurtured and loved. It highlights your early childhood environment and it shows where you are strongly connected to the memories of the past for good or ill. This can be an area of high emotional content.
Wherever Cancer falls in the natal chart is where you must go within and look at your feelings and emotions connected to the nurturing of your childhood. This may be positive or negative depending on your experience. To gain a sense of security and belonging you should replace any negative emotions with positive emotions.
The keyword for Cancer is “I feel”.
THE MOON IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE FOURTH HOUSE.
The fourth house represents your roots, your inherited traits, your sense of belonging and home and family issues. Your childhood programming will shape and mould your psychological habit patterns and inner belief about "self" through the basic foundation of your family entrainment; in other words, your sense of belonging and how you fitted in. The fourth house also rules your later years in life.
THE SUN RULES THE SIGN LEO
The Sun is the essence of life and it represents your development and growth on your path through life. It shows your basic drive, vitality, will and determination, and it energises the house it rules with the will to become. The Sun brings out the creative expression of love and happiness in the affairs of the house it rules.
Wherever Leo falls in the chart is where you radiate love. You will give encouragement, enjoyment and happiness to others, and in turn you will flow in your own creation. Leo rules children in general. It also rules creativity, art, entertainment, amusement, pleasure, games of chance, speculation and brokers. When the Sun falls in Leo it gives a sunny disposition which lifts the spirit in the enjoyment of life.
The keyword for Leo is “I will”.
THE SUN IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE FIFTH HOUSE.
The fifth house represents your creative self-expression in the enjoyment of life, and it shows the interests you create for enjoyment. It represents entertainment, parties, social gatherings, art and drama, sports, the honeymoon stage of love affairs, romance, children, speculation, gambling and games of chance. It focuses on the development of pastimes and hobbies for enjoyment.
MERCURY RULES THE SIGN VIRGO
Mercury is the planet of the mind. It represents work, health, analysis and the daily routine. It shows the way you think and work on a day to day basis. It portrays your standard of work in your desire for perfection. You can control through high standards and your words of criticism can hurt. Mercury energises the house it rules through matters of health, standards of work and correct procedure. It represents reading, writing, analytical ability, literary gifts, emails, texts, written correspondence, documents and associated work/business negotiations.
Wherever Virgo falls in the chart is where you consider it your duty to serve. You must analyse your ideas and attitudes to work in order to improve your service. Health related work/stress issues need to be addressed.
The keyword for Virgo is “I analyse”.
MERCURY IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE SIXTH HOUSE.
The sixth house represents health, work, service and duty. It shows how you relate to co-workers and your attitude to service and duty. It also describes your working environment and health issues.
VENUS RULES THE SIGN LIBRA
Venus is the planet of attraction, friendship and love. It draws people to you and it brings people together. It is harmoniously balanced and it energises the house it rules through bringing peace, harmony and balance out of discord in close relationships and friendships, whether on a personal or social level.
Wherever Libra falls in the chart is where you will balance the scales through justice and fair-play. You will be called upon to share in support of others in order to bring about peace of mind, for without balance you cannot have peace of mind.
The keyword for Libra is “I balance”.
VENUS IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE SEVENTH HOUSE.
The seventh house is the house of attraction and it shows how other people relate to you. It is the house of close relationships, partnerships, marriage and also open enemies. It describes the character of the people you draw towards you and their expectations of you. It also describes how you try to maintain peace, harmony and balance in marriage and other close partnership relationships.
PLUTO RULES THE SIGN SCORPIO
Pluto is the planet of intensity and power where power-games can be played. It brings to the surface inner forces that are deeply embedded in the psyche. Pluto transforms your way of dealing with internal and external forces that deeply affect you. Certain aspects of life will be challenged through the forces that repeatedly confront you. Pluto energises the house it rules with forced change and transformation.
Wherever Scorpio falls in the chart is where you will deeply analyse the affairs of the house. You will be called upon to support the ideas, values and resources of others without losing your own ideas, values and resources; this can result in jealousy and resentment and lock you into power-struggles. You will experience the conflicting forces of other people’s values in order to change old resistant value structures that need to be transformed.
The keyword for Scorpio is “I desire”.
PLUTO IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE EIGHTH HOUSE.
The eighth house represents other people’s values. All jointly shared possessions, ventures or interests such as wills, mortgages, rents, house renovations, taxation, insurance, business ventures, contracts and the occult are eighth house affairs. The eighth house shows your partner’s values and attitude to joint sharing. You can become involved in other people’s financial entanglements or extenuating circumstances that have a direct impact on your interests and resources for good or ill.
JUPITER RULES THE SIGN SAGITTARIUS
Jupiter is traditionally known as “the great benefic”. It is the planet of knowledge, wisdom, expansion and growth and it rises above limitation through higher education, teaching and training. It gathers wisdom through a wide range of experience, but it can take on too much and expand too fast. Jupiter energises the house it rules through reaching beyond limitation in its quest for expansion and growth.
Wherever Sagittarius falls in the chart is where the perspective of life will be expanded through reviewing the affairs of the house. In your search for freedom, you will replace old belief systems with new belief systems. Sagittarius replaces limitation with the freedom to expand and explore, and it is associated with knowledge, understanding, nature, travel and distant places.
The keyword for Sagittarius is “I see”.
JUPITER IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE NINTH HOUSE.
The ninth house looks at future long-range goals. It represents education, teaching, lecturing, informed advice, law, in-laws, long distant travel, distant places and cultural, religious or philosophical beliefs. Life is your teacher and it teaches through experience. You will formulate your own philosophy based on experience, knowledge and understanding
SATURN RULES THE SIGN CAPRICORN
Saturn is the planet of limitation and challenge and it represents the test. You must live within the structure of Saturn and accept the lesson. The test of fear is deeply programmed into your life through Saturn, and the world responds to your fear which is buried in the limitation of Saturn. Saturn energises the house it rules through hardship and limitation in order to teach you to take control. Ultimately, if you take the challenge, Saturn can take you to the top.
Wherever Capricorn falls in the chart is where you must develop a mature approach and take responsibility. You need to overcome inhibition, become organised and self-disciplined, and achieve respect by taking responsibility.
The keyword for Capricorn is “I use”.
SATURN IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE TENTH HOUSE.
The tenth house represents your attitude to public rules, regulations, authority and control. In particular, the tenth house regulates through a system of management and control which determines your status, position and ability to gain recognition within the system.
URANUS RULES THE SIGN AQUARIUS
Uranus is the planet of unexpected change and it challenges reliable structures. You must expect the unexpected as you progress through life. Changes and new conditions must be accepted in the realisation of greater freedom and independence. Uranus will teach you to become more independent through change.
Wherever Aquarius falls in the natal chart is where you need to adapt for the greater good of society. Associated people, or parties of interest connected to goals and objectives can have a ripple-down effect on the outcome of your goals and objectives for good or ill. You must adapt to the diverse and unpredictable energy that surrounds the “wheels within wheels” in society.
The keyword for Aquarius is “I know”.
URANUS IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE ELEVENTH HOUSE.
The eleventh house represents the general public, community interests and public interests. It connects people with people who can contribute for the common good of all concerned. The eleventh house rules your social interests, ideals and goals. Your interests and social involvements will determine whether you will succeed or fail in your objectives.
NEPTUNE RULES THE SIGN PISCES
Neptune is the planet of illusion and inspired ideas/creativity. You must surrender to a higher force for there is no other force to match the illusionary force of Neptune. In your search for the ideal you may reach beyond matter into the spirituality of life, or become the victim of impractical ideals and schemes which can lead to deception, confusion and delusion.
Wherever Pisces falls in the chart is where you need to show empathy and compassion to those in need, but you can be too idealistic and with misplaced faith you can deceive yourself, or others can deceive you. Here you are treading a spiritual path and you will be called upon to make sacrifices.
The keyword for Pisces is “I believe”.
NEPTUNE IS THE NATURAL RULER OF THE TWELFTH HOUSE.
The twelfth house rules victimisation, self-undoing, the hauntings of the mind, hidden secrets, inner pain, past wrongdoings and the pulling down effect of fear. It also rules hospitals, welfare workers and charitable institutions. It represents the area of sacrifice you may perform in order to understand the true meaning of life and learn the wisdom of understanding. Understanding brings inner peace which transcends the material world into the oneness of being.