Astrology More Than a Sun Sign

If you’re already familiar with the basic signs of the zodiac and want to delve further into astrology, you’ve come to the right place. Here we will explore the different aspects and traits of the planets and houses that make up an astrological chart.

Astrology: More Than a Sun Sign

Most people are familiar with astrology and horoscopes, but what many people are not aware of is that there is so much more to astrology than just a sun sign. In Western astrology, a horoscope is based off of a full circular chart, much like a clock, containing several major elements:

• Planets
• Zodiac Signs
• Degrees
• Houses.

A sun sign is fine and dandy if you’re looking for a basic reading, but if you’d like a more introspective, in-depth analysis, then it is worth considering a more thorough astrological reading.

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According to astrology, planets are located on an astrological chart in terms of which houses they are residing in, which zodiac they occupy, and which degree they are found at. With a few calculations you can find your ascending sign, the zodiac that is rising in the east at your time of birth, and chart that based on degrees and zodiac. From there you are able to determine which houses go where, and then you can chart the rest of the planetary bodies. When you consider this three-fold relationship, it’s no wonder that many of us turn to accredited astrologers to help us decipher what it all means.

As most people are already well-versed in the basic zodiac, here is a breakdown of what the planets and houses represent. There are many places online that will calculate a free natal chart for you as long as you know the time of your birth and where you were born. With this basic information you will be able to scratch the surface of your chart on your own.


Sun: The personality traits represented by the Sun describe the basic identity of a person. When describing yourself, you are often describing what a person would read from the position and location of the Sun in your natal chart. The Sun is the grown-up aspect of ourselves and shows us who we are to become.

Moon: Our unconscious is governed by the Moon. The Moon is who we are at our most primal level, and shows us our instincts and natural reactions.

Mercury: Mercury explores a person’s intellect. More specifically it examines their command of language and how they are perceived when communicating. Mercury shows us how we analyse, categorize, and prioritize information. This is effectively the connection between our thoughts and our expressions.

Venus: Venus is the planet that governs what pleases us aesthetically, what we value, and what we treasure. Venus reviews how we react toward wealth, both material and emotional, and helps us understand what is most important to us.

Mars: Mars is the ruler of our desires, our instincts, and our gut reactions. It is the primitive planet, and therefore influences our primitive needs: aggression, survival, and sex.

Jupiter: Jupiter relates to our growth, optimism, good luck, and tolerance. It can show us if we have a good sense of humor and it can also talk about being overly optimistic or excessive. Jupiter helps us understand whether or not we instinctively tend to trust people and what influences our ability to trust.

Saturn: Saturn is the counterpart to Jupiter. While Jupiter is about optimism and growing, Saturn focuses on limitation, constriction, and being in control. Jupiter can cause us to lose track of time, but Saturn will pull us back on schedule and make us focus on our commitments.

Uranus: Uranus marches to the beat of it’s own drum. It thrives on carving out it’s own path, and focuses on innovation, originality, and curiosity. That being said, depending on where it is housed, Uranus can also indicate irresponsibility and a penchant for rebelling.

Neptune: Neptune focuses on our intuitive and spiritual aspects. It can represent caring and compassion, but on the flip side can also signify addiction and guilty associations.

Pluto: Pluto signifies the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. It talks about how we deal with change, reinventing ourselves, and the need to feel as if we have power over a situation or are in control.


First: The first house is all about self-image, including first impressions, our physical appearance, and how we project ourselves to other people.

Second: The second house focuses on finances and material gain. It is connected to our possessions, what we value, and how we see our self-worth.

Third: The third house represents communication, including how we write, how we speak, and how coherent and focused out thoughts are.

Fourth: The fourth house focuses on security and home-life. Any maternal or paternal instincts are part of this house.

Fifth: The fifth house is all about having fun. This house includes everything from pastimes to hobbies, and playfulness to flirtatiousness.

Sixth: The sixth house focuses on our health and how we take care of ourselves. This can encompass everything from diet to how much we push ourselves at work to our general stress level.

Seventh: While the fifth house was about having casual fun, the seventh house represents one-on-one connections, whether it is a lifelong spouse or a business deal.

Eighth: This house has several focuses, including transformation, sexuality, addictions, and crisis. This house is filled with topics that generate strong emotions that can be consuming.

Ninth: The ninth house is connected to our spirituality and our thirst for knowledge. General knowledge, spiritual beliefs, and philosophy all have a place in this house.

Tenth: The tenth house is one of responsibility and professionalism. It examines our career, authority, and our overall identity.

Eleventh: The eleventh house focuses on our hopes and dreams. All of the things we yearn for deep down are part of this house, such as finding our purpose in life, making our mark in the world, and being remembered when we are gone.

Twelfth: The twelfth house examines those aspects of ourselves that even we do not always know we possess. These bits and pieces include any hidden strengths or weaknesses we might be hiding.

While all of this information can easily be considered overwhelming, it is important to remember that astrology should be above all else fun. If the task seems too daunting, and you genuinely would like a reading of your natal chart, consider contracting a professional astrologer. On the other hand, if you’d just like to dabble in reading your own fortune, give it a try. The many components of astrology will be sure to keep you entertained and occupied for as long as you can sit still!

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