I can’t count the number of times I have heard people read their two-sentence horoscope in the newspaper and immediately scoff and toss it aside. And they aren’t wrong. The horoscopes in the daily paper are generic blurbs that could vaguely be applied to anyone who is a Pisces, or a Libra, or a Sagittarius. But those horoscopes are limited and impersonal, because they only take the Sun sign into consideration. In reality, every single person has a different sign for each planet, based on where that planet was in the solar system when they were born. Each planet represents a different part of their personality, which is shaped by the sign it is ruled by.
Astrology doesn’t try to predict your future, which is where a lot of people tend to discredit it. It just tells you which ways your tendencies lean, and tries to suggest certain paths based on your strengths and weaknesses. Of course, everyone has the ability to override their natural dispositions if they really want to. Astrology just aims to inform you what the path of least resistance might be.
If you want to learn more about astrology and how the planets affect you, read on for the top 5 planets and what they represent (plus we use our lady crush, J-Law, as an example).
The sun sign is the most influential of the bunch. It is your answer when someone asks, “what’s your sign?” Most people don’t know much past this sign, and while if you are going to focus on one, this is the one to go with, the affect of your Sun sign can be seriously altered based on the rest of your planets. Generally speaking, your Sun sign determines your basic approach to life, and your natural disposition.
For example: Jennifer Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) has a Leo Sun, which makes her outgoing, and comfortable with the spotlight
Your moon sign has control over your inner self. It determines how you handle your emotions, and affects the way you love and feel. The moon also has a strong influence over your moods. Your moon sign is your subconscious, the part of you that you have little control over, it just is what it is. If you have ever met someone that has the same Sun sign as you, but is completely different, it is probably because you have different Moon signs.
For example: Jennifer Lawrence’s Moon is in Gemini, which makes her charming, witty, and easy to talk to.
Your Mercury signs affects your communication style. It will inform the way you process, absorb, and exchange information, as well as how you make decisions. If you have a dominant Sun Sign, such as Aries, a more laid back Mercury, such as Pisces, could dilute your communication style to something a little more manageable.
For example: Jennifer Lawrence’s Virgo Mercury keeps her organized, and in control. She is less flashy in her communication style, and more matter-of-fact.
Simply put, your Venus sign represents love and money. It rules your sentiments, what you value, and the pleasure you take in life. Your Venus also influences your artistic inclinations, and your innate tastes. On the money side, your Venus determines how you spend, save, how important money is to you, in general. You Venus will also determine how you view and develop relationships. Do you need security in a love relationship? Then you are probably a Cancer. Is the thrill of the chase what really gets you invested in a relationship? Then you might be an Aries.
For example: Jennifer Lawrence has Venus in Leo, which makes her proud and loyal in her relationships. She could be a bit of a demanding partner, and she likes to be the one in the spotlight.
Your Mars sign is what makes you tick. What makes you angry, and how you express that anger is determined by your Mars sign. Also, what you really desire, and how you go about getting it is all about Mars. The sign also reveals your basic animal nature, which include your aggressive instincts, your sexuality and your drive. A Virgo Mars is always busy working towards goals in the most productive way possible. Know someone who is most likely to disappear if you have a fight? Sagittarius Mars, for sure.
For example: Jennifer Lawrence has a Taurus Mars, which makes her patient, and goal-oriented. She is willing to work hard for what she wants, no matter how long it takes.
If you are interested in learning about your own astrological chart, Cafe Astrology is a great place to start!