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A Brief Description of the Planets, Sun & Moon

Learn Astrology with Esoteric ThinkingIt is important to realize that Astrology is a symbolic language. The language of astrology interprets and describes the overall cosmic pattern, a rhythm of wholeness and intelligence, which is operating both in the universe at a grand level and operating within each of us at a smaller level.

These two levels, the universal and the personal, are typically referred to as the macrocosm and microcosm. The connection between  the two is a fundamental principle of esoteric astrology.


Sun

The centralizing and harmonizing source of light, and life’s sustaining and vitalizing Solar energies. The original LOGOS and integrating factor that gives purpose to individual and holistic existence.

Moon

A reflection of the Solar principle which provides form, organic activity, and bio-psychic structures. It structures through the ego, instincts, and all that nourishes. It functions as one’s ability to adapt to their changing environment. It also functions as a common planetary pair with SATURN, NEPTUNE, and the SUN.

Mercury

The first differentiation of Solar energy, which allows for the principle of separating into differences, giving rise to duality and the mind. It functions as the lower-mind with the ability to classify, organize, abstract, and communicate within the phenomenal world. It represent intelligence within the world, as the ability to create relationships between that which can identified as have different characteristics.

Advanced Understandings

Each of the planets has a transcendent aspect, illustrated here in relationship to Mercury.

Mercury has the ability to function in a higher capacity within the higher-self or higher-mind of individuals who are able to pierce through Saturn’s initial boundary to more transcendent understandings. A typical way in which this initial boundary operates is the division between the physical world and the metaphysical world. For those who experience the universe as only that which can be seen, calculated, classified, observed, and proven by a modern science methodology, Mercury does not  function as a conscious planetary pair with Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

Mercury functions as a common planetary pair with both JUPITER and SATURN.
Mercury functions as an uncommon (and in most persons, unconscious) planetary pair with URANUS, NEPTUNE and PLUTO.

MERCURY / JUPITER: Expanding the intuitive function of the mind.
MERCURY / SATURN: To architect new systems of complexity reflecting a new structural need within Humankind.
MERCURY / URANUS: Bringing planetary revelations to the conscious mind.
MERCURY / NEPTUNE: New symbols become new ideals for Humanity-as-a-whole.
MERCURY / PLUTO: Radically transforms the higher mind with a new level of identification built on new ideals and planetary revelations.

Venus

The function of centripetal (inner) awareness, giving access to one’s inner realms. The extraction of value and meaning from one’s experiences which give rise to what is needed for harmonization with the inner Self and others. Functions as a planetary pair with Mars.

Mars

The function of a centrifugal (outer) release of energy. That which moves away from one’s center in order to experience that which is greater, and to initiate a creative expression of one’s inner or “centripetal” awareness, associated with Venus.

Jupiter

The harmonizing management of that which is structured or contained. This planet symbolizes the function of the principle of expansion and all that is needed in any comprehensive order of activities. It assimilates, organizes and expands all that operates within the framework of the structure that Saturn provides.

Saturn

The great container. The “active container” or skeleton, boundary, limitation, threshold, of all that is organic and structurally contained within the phenomenal world. It represents the structure of the ego, as well as the structure of tradition, culture and society. Functions as a planetary pair with Jupiter.

Trans-personal Planets or Planets of the Awakened Mind

Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto function to bring Galactic ideas, information, and rhythms of wholeness to the solar system. These planets operate in an unconscious manner for those persons who have not yet begun to awaken to these rhythms from beyond our solar system.

Uranus

The glimpse of a richer, fuller, and expanded level of participation. Its frequency and function is to shatter that which has crystallized into obsolete forms. It represents the vision from higher realms, descending to the physical, and new revelations from the expanded realm of consciousness operating at a planetary level.

Neptune

The function of dissolving all that is obsolete. It dissolves all that isn’t in harmony with Wholeness and operating as a universal principle. What dissolves becomes new substance for new universal order and spiritual ideals.

Pluto

The new order and transformational rhythm of the galaxy. Working with the original Solar purpose and LOGOS in conscious participation with the Wholeness of “planetary-mind.” No less than a complete and radical transformation of the identification and experience of Wholeness.

Short definitions for unfamiliar esoteric terms used above

Esoteric
Wholeness
Planetary Mind
Logos
Awakened Mind

 

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Steven ShroyerSteven Shroyer is the author of the Lunar Esoteric Journal and is based out of Seattle, USA. He's committed to helping individuals discover their life's work through purposeful action. He uses astrology, a gift of past live vision, and a compassionate esoteric outlook to help others expand their own intuition.View all posts by Steven Shroyer →

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