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It's often quite confusing to people how to tie all these keywords and phrases into useful and practical terms. I like to use metaphors when explaining how astrology works - Look at the planets as the actors and / or situations within a play, the signs as the script and the houses as the stage and / or setting. If that doesn't work for you try imagining within the sentence structure of your life the planets as the verb, the signs as the adjectives and the houses as the nouns.


The following is a very basic list of keywords and concepts for the planets, signs and house within their realm of rulership. Each individual will have all the planets and all the signs intermingled and dancing through different houses of their chart, all of which depend upon the time, date and location of your birth. ** As Carl Jung put it so simply. "Whatever is born or done in a moment of time, has the qualities of this moment of time."


Fire Signs--Spiritual power, impulse (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) (Yang+)

Earth Signs--Materialism (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)(Yin-)

Air Signs--Intellectuality (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)(Yang+)

Water Signs--Spiritual and psychic qualities, emotion (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)(Yin-)

Fire and Air (Yang) signs are always found opposite of one another, as are Earth and Water (Yin).


The modalities explain the basic qualities of the signs in terms of their movement.

Cardinal Signs : Outward Movement / Enterprising & goal oriented (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)

Fixed Signs : Inward Movement / Unyielding to outside influences (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)

Mutable Signs : Spiral Movement / Adaptable & Changeable (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces)


Dynamic energy, passion, assertiveness, desires, courage, enterprise, enthusiasm, friction, destructiveness, audacity.


Self-esteem, initiating, pioneering, thrives on new experiences, courage, enterprising, temperamental

1st.--Beginnings, early environment, outer personality, physical body, self awareness


Attraction, cohesion, coalition, personal love, social instincts and activities, sense of beauty, harmony, artistic ability, grace, sensuality.


Determined, resourceful, enduring, understands the power of the voice, sensuality.

Obstinacy, argumentative.

2nd.--Finance, freedom given by money, values.


Reason, intellectuality, self-expression of all kinds; speaking, writing, gestures; knowledge through reason, eloquence, literary ability, dexterity


Talkative, literary, strong sense of duality, versatile, adaptable, flexible, superficial, quick-witted

3rd.--General Communication, short journeys, siblings, community


Personality, imagination, instinctual mind, emotions, phases, women, daily habits, nurturing


Love of home, impressionable, nurturing, sympathetic, sensitive, often lives in the past, emotional

4th.--The home, more nurturing parent, emotional foundation, midnight self


Individuality, what one really is, vitality, will, chief ambitions, men, generosity, dignity, heart center, arrogance, ostentation.


Vibrant, creative in self expression, affectionate, loyal, dignified, strong leadership qualities, cruel, overbearing, vane, ostentatious.

5th.--Pleasure, children, creative self expression, romance.


Represents "intellect" versus "communication" in Gemini


Service oriented, sharp mentality, discriminating, analytical, studious, hygienic, pure, critical, concerned with health

6th.--Service, relations with employers and employees, health and sickness.


Represents "our values" versus "my values" in Taurus.


Capacity for partnership, artistic, balanced, diplomatic, courteous, indecisive, discerning taste

7th.--Partnership, marriage, the public, open enemies.


Renewing, enlivening, breaking open, germinating, erupting, reorganizing, provoking, transition, regeneration, clairvoyance, motivation to strive for spiritual power, force, defiance, death, destruction, fanaticism, struggle, self undoing,


Sexual, healing, powerful. mysterious, regenerative, secretive, passionate, willful, vindictive, jealous, understanding of the secret forces of nature

8th.--Sexuality, cause of death, regeneration, taxes (what we owe), cycles


Expansion, vision, optimism, ideals, spiritual tendencies, benevolence, broad-mindedness, executive ability, legal ability, respect for law, charity, reverence, indulgence, popularity, success, extravagance, indolence.


Aspiring, idealistic, religious, philosophical, generous, love of out-door life and athletics, gregarious, over-confidence, dogmatic, deep connection with animals, strong sense of justice

9th.--Higher mind, education, religion, philosophy, justice, long journeys.


Contraction, persistence, caution, faithfulness, stability, order, form , deliberation, responsibility, conservatism, endurance, discipline, crystallization, obstruction, limitation, melancholy, pessimism.


Concerned with position, honorable, ambitious, organized, cautious, practices authority, rigid, prideful, unforgiving.

10th.--Profession, standing in community, the dominant parent, legacies.


The Awakener; altruism, inventiveness, originality, sudden action, unconventionality, progressive, universal love of humanity, independence, liberty, intuition, bohemian, eccentricity


Humanitarian, natural at science and technology, needs friendship, unusual, unique, practices detached love, impractical

11th.--Friends, hopes, and wishes, humanity.


Metaphysical entities, divinity, occultism, knowledge from sources above reason, spirituality, intuition, inspiration, clairvoyance, prophecy, devotion, music, delusions, chaotic mental conditions


Sensitiveness to metaphysical influences, sense of unity with all life, mystical, ripe destiny, flowing, intuitive, inspiring, compassionate, renunciation. Psychic negativeness, lack of confidence, secretiveness, procrastination, sorrow.

12th.--Karma, limitations, confinement, secrecy, mysticism

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