Meaning Behind each Planet
The meaning of each planet is given by cultural mythology and astronomical biology. The impact of each planet is determined by each individual birth chart as a planet’s behavior can be changed by its relationship with other planets, placement in houses, and the sign the planet is in. Here are some general themes of the planets in our life.
The Personal Planets
The personal planets are the planets most often considered when it comes to, as the name suggests, our personal lives. These planets will have the most noticeable effect on life as these planets are visible to the naked eye in the night sky.
The Sun makes us feel alive. This is the hottest entity in our solar system thus rules heat. When we are in contact with heat, we are given energy. With energy, we are given life. The Sun represents our ego and soul and both keep us spiritually alive.
The Moon gives sentimental value to the life Sun has provided. It takes the energy of the Sun in the form of emotions, or energy in motion. This is best displayed by the Moon changing signs every two days. The Moon is the mind.
Mercury takes life and its sentimental value and makes sense of it. It is our mental activity within the mind (Moon): it is our memory and perception. Mercury is how we express ourselves through communication via speaking or writing.
Venus beautifies life. It materializes our reasons for living whether material or spiritual. Venus rules over women and the wife specifically for a man’s chart. This is the brightest planet in the night sky and thus represents what we give light/attention.
Mars is energy expressed through actions. Life (Sun) and its sentimental value (Moon), the role it plays on our mental (Mercury) and our ability to create more life (Venus) is motivational(Mars). Mars gives us passion for life
Jupiter takes the intellect of Mercury and turns it into wisdom. It is the biggest planet in our solar system representing abundance. In a woman’s chart, Jupiter is the husband.
Saturn is the father of time, the most valuable thing in our life. Time restricts us and causes delays but with time, discipline is formed. Only Saturn teaches us this.
The Outer Planets
The outer planets are the furthest away and are not noticeable to the naked eye. Because of this, some astrologers do not consider these planets when reading the horoscope. Since these planets are not visible, their impact will also not be immediately noticed. It is a subtle force within our life.
Uranus urges us to become an individual, being who we really are is the Uranus’ agenda. Each individual is unique in their own way and when individuals come together as a collective, liberation is found. Uranus represents us when we are our most free self.
Neptune makes us curious about life in general. Our “what if” questions are answered by this planet. This is idealized creativity. Visions become reality.
Pluto loves to transform us by peeling life's rose-colored lens and taking us back to reality. Pluto does this for our own good. This is the smallest planet in our solar system and represents the small cracks in our perception until truth is revealed.
Understanding the Planets of Astrology
Although the above is very broad terminology, it covers the absolute basics of the planets. It gets the brain churning to find out what it all really means beyond those characteristics and in the natal chart, and that's all it takes to become a lover of astrology!
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7. Citric Acid
Citric acid may sound like something to enhance the flavor of food, but it has some great properties that are beneficial in skin care. It belongs to a class of acids called AHAs or alpha-hydroxy acids. Utilizing citric acid in skin care has several benefits, mainly because it is an excellent antioxidant and exfoliant. Its antioxidant properties help fight against external aggressors in the skin’s hydrating matrix, therefore, fading fine lines and wrinkles. The exfoliating properties of citric acid in skin care remove the dead skin cells, and this leaves your skin smoother, softer, and more radiant than ever before. It can also be used as a pH adjuster, to ensure that the skin care product is mild and non-irritating for sensitive skin.
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