Planets are the "what" of astrology. As you've read, they represent the various energies of a person, including things like mental and emotional nature, desires, vitality, soul, will, consciousness, and subconscious, as well as the people in a person's life.
Every planet, in other words, tells a story. And many of these stories you already know. Remember Icarus, the silly boy who flew so close to the Sun that his wax wings melted? Remember the Roman gods: Mercury, god of communication and transportation; Venus, goddess of love and beauty; Jupiter, god of the heavens, lightening, and thunder; wrathful Neptune, god of the sea; and Pluto, god of the underworld; to name a few?
Some of the Roman gods who inspired the names of the planets.
We think that each planet's stories are connected to the way that planet seems to behave, and so, in turn, they are stories about you. These stories are based on a number of things, such as what sign a planet is in and where it is in your chart, as well as which planets it associates with—and how well they get along with each other.
Astrology is complex, just like the planets, and so we'll be telling you some of these stories when we tell you more about each planet. Humans, after all, are storytellers, and for good reason—stories help us understand who we are, why we're here, and what we're here for. And because astrology has a similar purpose, it's natural the two should hook up in this book.
In Part 3, "Good Heavens: Heavenly Bodies, Houses, and Your Astrological Chart," we'll explore the planets in more depth. We'll also show you how each planet's energy change from sign to sign—and what this reveals about you.
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