Now we get into familiar territory, the zodiac signs. I feel like these archetypes have been beaten to death. But they are one of the staples of the astrological language. These are the lenses, the descriptors, the filters, the adjectives that describe how the planets are expressing themselves. Some planets do better expressing themselves in certain signs and not as well in others, this is the concept of essential dignities.
The stories and myths have always been with the stars. Zodiac signs are based off the star constellations, more or less, and thus astrologer’s noticed how a planet expresses itself moving through that part of the sky. Think of the planet as a performer on stage, the zodiac sign would then be the backdrop of the stage, providing an ambiance to the performance. For example, Venus is in detriment in the sign of Aries. If Venus is all about love and harmony, you may sense pastel colors, the smell of roses or baked goods when you think of her. But in a sign like Aries, Venus would have a hard time sending her message accordingly, especially if she is dress like Xena the warrior princess and the backdrop looks like the aftermath of a Spartan battle. Venus is still innately Venus, but the demeanor shifts a bit.
Syntax: The planets are always in the sign. Mercury is in Aries. Because we have the function/noun (planet) in expression (sign). For example, Mercury (intellect) in Aries (fiery and forceful). Thus an astrology article may say, “Today, your ideas (Mercury) are firing on all cylinders (Aries), go for it”.
Now that we have that out the way, let’s get into a quick cookbook-look at some general descriptors for the signs. Negative, neutral, and positive qualities will be provided. This is not an extensive list— just a word drop soup of typical keywords. This is just a jumping off point, a reference. Remember, you are not just your Sun sign, you are so much deeper!
Aries – The Ram
General Descriptors: Thrust of Life. Utilitarian. Libertarian. Honest. Direct. Vigor. Gusto. Ventures. Pioneering. Leader. Functions well in crisis. Enjoys a challenge. Impulsive. Violent. Insensitive. Selfish. Prone to rage. Impatient. Hard-headed. No lack of effort. Ambition. Pantomime. Skeptic.
Keyword: I AM
Body Part: The head
Planetary ruler: Mars
Related Tarot Cards: The Emperor, Queen of Wands, 2 of wands, 3 of wands, & 4 of wands.
Taurus – The Bull
General Descriptors: Sensuous. Patient. Steady. Charming, Earnest. Steadfast. Naturalist. Resourceful. Generous. Contemplative. Common sense. Loyalty. Practical. Preserves tradition. Materialist. “Sees red”. Tunnel vision. Rigidity. Procrastination. Dogmatic. Poetic. Feels the Music. Spectator. Fruitfulness.
Keyword: I HAVE
Body Part: Throat
Planetary ruler: Venus
Related Tarot Cards: Hierophant, King/Prince of Pentacles, 5 of pentacles,6 of pentacles, & 7 of pentacles.
Gemini – The Twins
General Descriptors: Communication. Quick. Witty. Language Lovers. Skills with words. Logical. Duality. Inquisitive. Cunning. Versatile. Intelligent. Multitask. Exchange. Alertness. Quick-sharp thinking. Disorganized. Inconsistent. Chattering. Scatter-brain. Stress. Anxiety. Nervousness. Overthinking. Restlessness. Articulate.
Keyword: I THINK
Body Part: Nervous system, hands, shoulders, lungs
Planetary ruler: Mercury
Related Tarot Cards: Lovers, Knight of Swords, 8 of swords, 9 of swords, & 10 of swords.
Cancer – The Crab
General Descriptors: Protective. Nurturing. Home-loving. Connection. Compassion. Wears heart on sleeve. Empathy. Intuitive. Graspy or Clingy. Eagerness. Suspicious. Caretakers. Apathy. Sense of invisibility. Persuasive. Stays within comfort zone. Cautious. Sympathic. Moody. Emotional.
Keyword: I FEEL
Body Part: Breasts and stomach
Planetary ruler: Moon
Related Tarot Cards: Chariot, Queen of Cups, 2 of cups, 3 of cups, & 4 of cups.
Leo – The Lion
General Descriptors: Inspiring. Dramatic. Creative. Courageous. Prideful. Cheerful. Out-going. Stage presence. Over-dramatic. Over-bearing. Can put on a show. Benevolent disposition. Warm-hearted. Enthusiastic. Faithful. Pompous. Patronizing. Interfering. Broad-minded. Dynamic.
Keyword: I WILL
Body Part: The Heart
Planetary ruler: Sun
Related Tarot Cards: Strength, King/Prince of wands, 5 of wands, 6 of wands, & 7 of wands.
Virgo – The Virgin
General Descriptors: Analytical. Discriminating. Capable. Clarity. Reason. Self-discipline. Tunnel-vision. Criticism. Fussy. Detail-oriented. Statisticians. Calculating. Purity motifs. Hygiene consciousness. Modest. Meticulous. Diligent. Over-critical. Conservative. Reliable. Carping.
Keyword: I ANALYZE
Body Part: Intestines
Planetary ruler: Mercury
Related Tarot Cards: The Hermit, Knight of pentacles, 8 of pentacles ,9 of pentacles , and 10 of pentacles.
Libra – The Scales
General Descriptors: Refined. Persuasive. Diplomatic. Romantic. Charming. Easy-going. Idealistic. Peaceable. Gullible. Flirtatious. Harmoniously. Resentful. Sympathetic. Co-dependency. Insincerity. Indecisiveness. Truce. Fairness.
Keyword: WE BALANCE
Body Part: Kidneys
Planetary ruler: Venus
Related Tarot Cards: Justice, Queen of swords, 2 of swords, 3 of swords, & 4 of swords.
Scorpio – The Scorpion
General Descriptors: Doers. Realistic. Fearless. Probing, Perceptive. Intense. Hidden Motives. Impatient. Synthesis. Magnetic. Compulsive. Secretive. Obstinate. Passionate. Jealous. Penetrating. Emotional Intelligence. Transformative.
Keyword: I CREATE
Body Part: Reproductive organs
Planetary ruler: Mars (classic), Pluto (modern)
Related Tarot Cards: Death, King/Prince of cups, 5 of cups ,6 of cups ,7 of cups.
Sagittarius – The Archer
General Descriptors: Philosophical. Adventurous. Scholarly. Social Climber. Freedom-loving. Jovial. Honest. Optimistic. Careless. Irresponsible. Tactless. Offhandedly. Exploratory. Travel. Alchemy. Ambitious. Friendly. Tempering. Precision.
Keyword: I PERCEIVE or I SEEK
Body Part: Hips and Thighs
Planetary ruler: Jupiter
Related Tarot Cards: Temperance/Art, Knight of wands, 8 of wands, 9 of wands, & 10 of wands.
Capricorn – The Goat
General Descriptors: Ambitious. Resourceful. Pragmatic. Blase’. Boldness. Compensatory. Persistent. Prudent. Disciplined. Patient. Careful. Reserved. Humorous. Pessimistic. Fatalistic. Miserly. Grudging. Over-conventional. Rigid. Aspiring. Calculating. Power.
Keyword: I USE
Body Part: Knees and bone structure of the body
Planetary ruler: Saturn
Related Tarot Cards: Devil, Queen of Pentacles, 2 of pentacles, 3 of pentacles, & 4 of pentacles.
Aquarius – Airwaves
General Descriptors: Friendly. Unconventional. Humanitarian. Honest. Loyal. Original. Inventive. Intellectual. Contrary. Perverse. Unpredictable. Detached. Independent. Hopeful. Revolutionary.
Keyword: I KNOW
Body Part: Ankles and Circulation in the body
Planetary ruler: Saturn (classic), Uranus (modern)
Related Tarot Cards: Star, King/Prince of swords, 5 of swords, 6 of swords, & 7 of swords.
Pisces – The Fishes
General Descriptors: Artistic. Intuitive. Compassionate. Idealist. Visionaries. Romantics. Dreamers. Empathetic. Sensitive. Imaginative. Kind. Selfless. Unworldly. Sympathetic. Secretive. Vague. Impressionable. Nebulously. Deceitfully. Faith. Mystical.
Keyword: I BELIEVE
Body Part: the Feet
Planetary ruler: Jupiter (classic), Neptune (modern)
Related Tarot Cards: The Moon, Knight of cups, 8 of cups, 9 of cups, & 10 of cups.