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SUN
 

The Sun is the most influential "planet" in Astrology. The father of the solar system, it is a masculine planet. It represents the ego, self, will power, your uniqueness and individuality. It is your identity. When afflicted you can become over ambitious, haughty and domineering. Sun takes a year to travel through the zodiac, spending about a month in each of the signs. It rules over Leo, and the house and day of the week ascribed to it are the fifth house and Sunday respectively. The friendly planets of Sun are Moon, Mars and Jupiter. While Saturn and Venus are its enemies, Mercury is neutral.

MOON
 

The Moon signifies " Mother ", the feminine energy in your life. She rules over your soul, your good qualities as well as the negative side of your personality. On one hand the Moon controls your emotions, affection towards your family, intution and asthetic sense, while it is also responsible for moodiness, restlessness and an unstable mind. The Moon spends about two and a half days in each sign and takes 28 days to complete it's journey through the zodiac. She governs Cancer, her house the fourth and day Monday. The Moon shares a friendly relationship with Sun and Mercury while the other planets are neutral towards her.


MERCURY
 

Mercury, the smallest of the planets represents childhood and youth. A dual planet, it has no gender of its own, assuming that of the sign it is in. It signifies agility, intelligence, wit and communication. As a Mercurian you would possess a sharp, shrewd and igenious mind. However a negative influence could make you a cunning, mischievous, deceptive and cold person. Mercury takes about 88 days to complete its orbit around the Sun. Due to its retrograde motion (appearance of traveling backward) the cycle is complete in about one year. Mercury is never more than 28 degrees away from the Sun. It is rules over both Gemini and Virgo and the 3rd and 6th Houses. Wednesday is the day of Mercury. In Sun and Venus it finds a friend, whereas in Mars, Saturn and Jupiter it has sworn enemies. Moon is neutral towards it.


VENUS
 


Venus the most brilliant planet is said to be feminine in nature. It represents love, romance, beauty, culture, creativity, social appeal and fortune. When afflicted, Venus would be responsible for your leading an immoral life, cause you to take rash and violent actions and lead to the fickleness of your mind. Venus takes about 225 days to complete its orbit through the zodiac. It is rules over Taurus and Libra and the 2nd and 7th houses. Its day is Friday. Among the planets it has Mercury and Saturn for friends, Sun, and Moon as enemies and is neutral towards Mars and Jupiter.

MARS
 


Mars traditionally said to be a malefic planet, it represents action, passion, drive, determination, your sexuality, courage, power, and competitive nature. With the affliction of Mars you can become rash, violent, and prone to loss of temper. Mars takes about 2 years to complete its orbit through the zodiac. It is a masculine planet and is the lord of Aries and Scorpio as well as the 1st and 8th Houses and its day is Tuesday. It is friendly with Jupiter, Moon and Sun, neutral towards Mercury and has Saturn and Venus for foes.

JUPITER
 

Jupiter, by far the largest planet, is astrologically the most beneficial planet. It represents fortune, generosity, philosophy, religion, law, ethical and moral values. Jupiter would also mean long journeys and settlement in a foreign land. On its being afflicted you could display lavish behaviour, vanity, carelesness and over optimism. Jupiter takes about 12 years to complete its orbit through the zodiac and averages about one sign per year. It is a masculine sign and governs both Sagittarius and Pisces as well as the 9th and 12th houses, and its day is Thursday. Sun, Moon and Mars share a friendly relationship with Jupiter, while Mercury and Venus are is its enemies. It is neutral towards Saturn.


SATURN
 

Saturn, a mighty planet has the ability to act as either a powerful malefic or a benefic. This planet signifies longevity, discipline, responsibility, authority, wisdom and endurance. As a malefic Saturn would make you melancholic, pessimistic, indifferent, deceitful, incompetent and associate with the wicked. Saturn takes 28 - 30 years to complete its orbit through the zodiac. It is a masculine sign and rules both Capricorn and Aquarius as well as the 10th and 11th Houses, and Saturday is the day of the week associated with it. Saturn is a friend of Venus and Mercury, an enemy of Sun, Moon and Mars, while neutral towards Jupiter.


RAHU
 

Rahu an imaginary planet known in western astrology as the Dragon's head is said to be a cold, deceptive feminine "planet". It signifies reputation, esteem, evil thoughts and strongly represents the destructive aspect of the two shadowy planets (Rahu and Ketu). Rahu belived to rule over Scorpio, and owns Aquarius, has friends in Mercury, Venus and Saturn, and enemies in Sun, Moon and Jupiter. Mars is neutral towards it.


KETU
 

Ketu, the other of the shadowy or imaginary "planet" is known as the Dragon's tail in Western astrology. It is said to be a neutral "planet" like Saturn and hot like Mars. It is a great malefic and denotes fanaticism greed, back biting and disputes. It also represents pilgrimage and great knowledge. Ketu is said to own Scorpio and is friendly with the same planets, and shares the same enemies as Rahu.