There are four main categories in which we can divide the planets and the other objects in the heaven, as they are understood by astrology: luminaries, personal planets, social planets and transpersonal planets.

Luminaries: Luminaries are the Sun and the Moon. Luminary means source of light, but this name is not correct, because the Moon has not its own light.

  • The Sun represents the conscience, personal power, vitality and life force and is associated with paternity.
  • The Moon represents emotions, the unconscious mind and is associated with maternity.

luminaries, personal, social and transpersonal planetsPersonal planets: The personal planets include Mercury, Venus and Mars. They are fast moving and their effects are very different from person to person.

  • Mercury represents communications, intellect, education, adaptability.
  • Venus represents harmony, beauty, art and pleasure, romantic relations and marriage.
  • Mars represents energy, strength, competition and physical activities.

Social planets
: Jupiter and Saturn stand between what is personal and what is trans-personal.

  • Jupiter represents growth, expansion and good fortune, long distance and foreign travel, higher education and religion.
  • Saturn represents stability, discipline, responsibility, time and career and great achievements.

Trans-personal planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are slower moving and represent generational trends.

  • Uranus represents freedom, originality, unconventional and progressive ideas, but also friendship.
  • Neptune represents idealism, compassion, spirituality, but also illusion and confusion.
  • Pluto represents transformation, especially self-transformation, power and personal mastery.