Understanding Astrology: Planets II

by Ezequiel Gonzalez

Mars:

Physical Data:

Equatorial diameter: 6,794 km
Density: 3.94 grams per square cm
Surface temperature: -23 degrees Celsius
Surface gravity: 0.38
Escape Velocity: 5.02 km per second
Mean Heliocentric distance: 1.52 A.U.
Orbital Period: 686.98 days
Period of Rotation: 24.62 hours
Inclination of its orbit to the ecliptic: 1 degree 50 min.
Inclination of axis of rotation: 25 degrees 12 minutes
Orbital eccentricity: 0.093
Known satellites: 2, Demos and Fobos

Astrological Significance:

Mars is farther away from the Sun than us. He takes about 687 days to make its circuit around the Sun: Almost two of our years. Mars symbolism differs from the symbolism of the planets previously mentioned. The Moon is Earth's own satellite; Venus and Mercury should be perceive as modifiers of the Sun; Mars, however being farther from the Sun than us cannot be seen as an extension of the Earth, (like the Moon) or an extension of the Sun (like Venus and Mercury). Thus Mars somehow represent an independent identity; or rather, the very first attempt to establish that identity. Its cycle of just two years gives this effort a relatively short life. As such Mars represents or rules the youthful drives toward independence and self-afirmation. Self-afirmation among nations have cause many wars and conflicts. Thus, these are also perceive as belonging under Mars rulership.

Keywords:

Dynamic energy, physical action, hyperactive force, self affirmation, initiative, courage, fight, accidents, fire, ire and destruction.

Jupiter

Physical data:

Equatorial diameter: 142,800 km
Density: 1.32 grams per square cm
Surface temperature: -150 degrees Celsius (clouds)
1,700 degrees Celsius at 1000 km from visible surface.
Surface gravity: 2.69
Escape velocity: 59.5 km per second
Mean Heliocentric distance: 5.20 A.U.
Orbital Period: 11.86 years
Period of rotation: 9.8 hours
Inclination of its orbit to the ecliptic: 1 degree 18 minutes
Inclination of its axis or rotation: 3 degrees 5 minutes
Orbital eccentricity: 0.048
Known satellites: 16

Astrological Significance:

Jupiter is the second largest body in our Cosmic System. He takes almost twelve years to go around the Sun. This cycle "coincides" with a basic cycle of human development. Thus, Jupiter is seen as ruling the cycle of human expansion that bring forth adolescence.

Latter on, as Jupiter returns for a second time to its natal position, the individual will find himself starting a new phase in his life; that of adulthood, must likely married and with children.

Traditionally Jupiter have been seen as the "Great Benefic" among the planets. However he is neither "good" nor "evil". Jupiter simply represents a cosmic cycle that has come to represent or rule a given set of emotional drives within the human psyche. These drives toward expansion and growth will be good or bad, depending on how we use and regulate them. If we used them with evil intentions or if we regulate them not, then we may end up hurting others and certainly ourselves.

Keywords:

Abundance, excesses, wisdom; theology, science, long journeys, philosophy, optimism, faith.

Saturn:

Physical Data:

Equatorial diameter: 120,000 km
Density: 0.69 grams per square cm
Surface temperature: -150 degrees Celsius (clouds)
Surface gravity: 1.19
Escape velocity: 35.6 km per second
Mean Heliocentric distance: 9.539 A.U.
Orbital period: 29.46 years
Period of rotation: 10.2 hours
Inclination of its orbit to the ecliptic: 2 degrees 29 min.
Inclination of its axis of rotation: 26 degrees 44 min.
Orbital eccentricity: 0.056
Known satellites: 23

Astrological Significance:

Saturn is the farthest planet seen with the naked eye. He takes 29 years to go around the Sun. This cycle is the longest cycle that we will experiment more than once in our lives. As such Saturn has come to represent both the physical limits and the karmic process where our lives is divided in cycles of learning. With each Saturn's return we come to rememorate (consciously or unconsciously) our previous experiences. Hopefully we'll learn from successes and failures. This would also be a time to reap what we have sow.

Keywords:

Time, limits, fear, order, form, self-discipline, restraint, responsibility, "fear of the Lord", seriousness, and Old Age.

Uranus:

Physical Data:

Equatorial diameter: 51,800 km
Density 1.25 grams per square cm
Surface Temperature: -190 degrees Celsius
-210 degrees Celsius (clouds)
Surface gravity: 0.93
Escape velocity: 21.22 km per second
Mean Heliocentric distance: 19.18 A.U.
Orbital period: 84.01 years
Period of rotation: -15.5 hours (retrograde motion)
Inclination of its orbit to the ecliptic 0 degrees 46 min.
Inclination of its axis of rotation: 97 degrees 55 min.
Orbital eccentricity: 0.047
Known satellites: 15

Astrological Significance:

Uranus was officially discovered in 1871. It is almost impossible to see Uranus with the naked eye; thus it remained a veiled planet till the discovery of the telescope. This planet goes around the Sun in 84 years approximately. Its period of rotation is just 15.5 hours. Thus individual human beings would experience no more that one return of Uranus to his natal position in their lifetimes. Collective Entities who may never die may experience an undetermined number of Uranus returns.

Presently it is somewhat difficult to explain the astrological characteristics of Uranus in terms of his known astronomical variables. Astrologically speaking, nevertheless, Uranus profile have been clearly defined. Uranus stands for sudden change, inspired insight, divine judgment.

Uranus also represent individuality, but this time within a much more transcendental context. The Godhead as the ultimate transcendental reality finds its ultimate Identity in the Heavenly Father, ruler of it all. He has the authority not only to create but to destroy as well. As the ultimate reality he is, by definition, an unreachable entity as John once said: "No man has seen God [the Father] at any time: the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." John 1:18.

Keywords:

Sudden change, inspired insight, divine judgment.

Neptune:

Physical Data:

Equatorial diameter: 49,500 km
Density: 1.77 grams per square cm
Surface temperature: -220 degrees Celsius (clouds)
Surface gravity: 1.22
Escape velocity: 23.6 km per second
Mean Heliocentric distance: 30.06 A.U.
Orbital Period: 164.79 years
Period of rotation: 16 hours
Inclination of its orbit to the ecliptic: 1 degree 46 min.
Inclination of its axis of rotation: 28 degrees 48 min.
Orbital eccentricity: 0.009
Known satellites: 6

Astrological Significance:

Neptune is the second farthest planet. Its cycle around the Sun takes about 164.79 years, and its period of rotation 16 hours. Thus while its long term movement is slow, its daily movement is quite fast. Solid long term goals, variable daily objectives.

Theologically speaking Neptune represents the Holly Spirit whose main goal is not to attract attention to himself but to direct it toward Jesus [Pluto] the gate toward eternity.

Keywords:

When true spirituality is found Neptune could de describe with the following keywords: spiritual, Vicarious, Mystic, visions, spiritual gifts, occult.

But when true spirituality is not reach, then the human mind will seek material replacements. Under these conditions Neptune may come to represent: drugs, alcohol, confusion, wishful thinking, escapism, and self-delusion among many similar things.

Pluto:

Physical Data:

Equatorial diameter: 2,285 km
Density: 1 gram per square cm
Surface temperature: -238 degrees Celsius
Surface gravity: 0.20
Escape velocity: 7.7 km per second
Mean Heliocentric distance: 39.44 A.U.
Orbital Period: 248.43 years
Period of Rotation: 6.3 days
Inclination of its orbit to the ecliptic: 17 degrees 12 minutes.
Inclination of its axis of rotation: 60 degrees.
Orbital eccentricity: 0.25
Known satellites: 1, Caronte

Astrological Significance:

Pluto is the farthest planet from the Sun. He takes 248.43 years to go around the Sun. Its period of rotation is 6.3 days. Thus both in his yearly and daily cycles Pluto represent stability and power.

Theologically, Pluto represents Jesus, the Verb and Lamb of God. As such Pluto deals with matters of life and death. With Pluto we come to face our eternal destiny and our most transcendental decision: Heaven or Hell; regeneration or degeneration; new birth or eternal death.

Keywords:

Transformation, degeneration, extremes, horrible, transmutation, refining, atomic energy, annihilation, regeneration, subversion, coercion, hidden forces, spiritual power, new birth, heaven and hell.