The 10 Luminary and Planetary Archetypes play a key role in all of our lives. In each of our natal charts, the captured image of the moment of our birth, these archetypes interact with one another bringing energy into our lives. The Archetypes continue to influence us as the move through the sky and interact with us through transits. Each of these Archetypes are multivalent in nature, meaning they possess both light and shadow. There is no good and evil, each of them capture a full spectrum of their experience. It was explained to me once as being like a prism, as the light refracts through it there are infinite reds, yellows, etc. The same is true for the Archetypes, there are infinite ways in which the Sun or Venus show up in our lives and in the world.
Here is a brief introduction to the Luminary and Planetary Archetypes!
The Sun is the self, the ego, and what our name refers to. It is the self that goes into the world and shines. It is our conscious self that wills things into being. The solar self is what is recognized as our individual self. It is all that we create and manifest as ourselves. It is the vital energy of the self, just as the sun is the vital energy of the solar system.
The moon encompasses our emotional self. It is linked to our early childhood and represents our mother. The Moon is the part of our rest that is receptive and at times reactive. This is a deep part of our psyche that is at once our unconscious and imaginal self and our connection to the collective unconscious matrix of our ancestors.
Mercury rules the mind. It is logos in the greatest sense. Mercury is how we think and how we communicate with others through writing and talking. It has to do with our own ideas and how these ideas and ways of seeing the world allow up to interact with others. It also has to do with how we intellectualize and perceive information, and how we in turn communicate ideas to the world. Mercury is god Hermes, the messenger of the Gods.
Venus is relational and value driven. Venus rules our personal relationships and their importance in our lives. Venus is love and romance. It is also our aesthetic tastes and ideas of how things should look. Venus rules our creativity and love for art. Venus rules how we value things and is therefore also linked with money and what we spend it on and how we view it. Venus is the god of love.
Mars is the archetype of action and the will. It is what impels us forward with force and is what gives us courage and physical energy. Mars is the quintessential warrior and under its domain is also aggression, fighting, and conflict. Mars is assertive and forceful and rules the physical body. Mars is what it is to be in action. Mars is the personified in the god of war.
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and is what expands all things. Jupiter is what not only blesses and endorses all things but also the power that is overly grandiose and can blow things out of proportion. Jupiter makes things larger, bigger, and grander.
Saturn is the last planet that can be seen with the human eye and therefore is the limit of human doing. It can be seen as death, time, tradition, and the tendency to restrict. Saturn is the limit of all things, and is also the structure of all things. Saturn is this moment and this reality. Saturn gives all things foundation and longevity.
Uranus rules all that is revolutionary, rebellious, and having to do with change. Uranus has to do with technology and the drive forward into a new way of being and living. It is the quintessential lightbulb of creativity. Uranus is spontaneous and always looking to tear down the old, shake up the new, and fly into the future.
Neptune embodies all that is spiritual, divine, and transcendent. It is the ideal reality and rules the imagination and our dreams. It can also be the illusions we use to escape and the pollyanna nightmare that comes about with seeing the world with rose colored glasses on. It is the imaginative and symbolic dimension of life. When we dream, use our imagination or experience illusion it is the work of Neptune at play.
Pluto is sex, death, and rebirth. It rules the ultimate transformation. Pluto is the underbelly of all that oppressed and repressed in the world. Pluto rules the scatological nature of things and does not shine away from the brutal or ugly aspects of life. In this way Pluto represents the truest form of life, for it is not willing to beat around the bush at any of the truths in the universe, instead it goes right toward them. Pluto is evolution at its finest and worst. It envelops the deepest energy and power in the universe.
Sign up to take the Archetypal Astrology workshop hosted at Jupiter Moon in Sebastopol this August! Blake will be taking four weeks to go over each of these Archetypes with great rigor and imagination!