For those that follow the study of astrology, the idea that the energy of the planets can have a significant impact on our lives and our personalities should come as no surprise. Each planet is believed to rule over a different area of our lives, with its own strengths, weaknesses, benefits, and challenges.
By tracking where the planets are in the zodiac, we can predict how we believe this energy is going to impact our lives. However, what many people don’t realize is that there is another key way that the planets affect our lives – Each zodiac sign is ruled by a specific planet, its influence revealing some of our key personality traits. Do you know which ruling planet you were born under?
What Does Your Zodiac Sign’s Ruling Planet Reveal About You?
Determined and willing to fight for what you believe in, it should come as no shock to you that the ruling planet for Aries is Mars. Driven to succeed and refusing to back down for anyone or anything, you aren’t about to be intimidated or swayed from the path to achieving your goals and dreams. You know what you want in this life, and if anyone believes that they are going to stand in your way, they have quite the surprise coming!
While most people see you as being the stable and reliable person in your group of friends, many are unaware of your love for the luxuries of life. You aren’t afraid to roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty, working hard for everything that you desire in life without so much as a word of complaint, but when the workday comes to a close, you want to enjoy everything that you’ve earned. It’s not that you need to prove your worth or rub your financial status in anyone else’s face – you don’t’ need anyone else to see, you simply believe that you deserve to indulge a little (ok a lot).
Known for being the social butterfly, it stands to reason that your ruling planet would be the planet of communication, Mercury. You have an incredible gift for gab, able to carry on a conversation with anyone about any topic, which has allowed you to develop quite the extensive social circle. You draw your energy from social gatherings, preferring to spend your time surrounded by others rather than spending any time alone.
Cancer: The Moon
Compassionate, sensitive and caring, you make every decision in your life based on your emotions, wearing your heart on your sleeve. This incredibly real and vulnerable approach to life is influenced by your ruling planet, The Moon. You care so deeply for everyone that you meet that you will readily put the needs of others before your own, even if you have just met. You were blessed with an amazing heart, don’t allow the negativity of the world to harden it!
Leo: The Sun
Bold, proud and confident, you live for the opportunity to be the center of attention and for that reason it should come as no surprise that your ruling planet is the center of the universe – the sun. When you walk into the room, heads turn, drawn by your energy and power. While you spend much of your time focused on spreading your warmth to everyone that you meet, watch out! You possess an incredible temper if someone pushes you too far, which, like the sun, will burn anyone in your path.
You’re a detail focused perfectionist, eager to do the best in all that you do. You carefully analyze everything that you do, which is what allows you to achieve perfection in so much – and this is clearly the impact of the planet Mercury, ruling over the mind and communication. You have embraced the power of our mind, a skill which has allowed you to become so good at everything you do.
Ruled by the planet Venus, it is no wonder that those born under the sign of Libra seek love, peace, and harmony in all that they do. While others may value their alone time, you genuinely appreciate the people that you consider to be important in your life. The love that you feel in your heart drives you, spilling over into every area of your life. Genuine and well-meaning, you choose to live your life guided by your heart rather than the expectations and opinions of the world around you.
Passionate and intense, you refuse to do anything in life unless you can give 110%. You believe strongly in the importance of the truth, actively seeking it out in every area of your life. When this truth is uncovered, you allow it to guide you in a clear path of self-growth and discovery. This ability to change and transform throughout each stage of your life reflects clearly on your ruling planet, Pluto.
Some people wonder about your highly optimistic and upbeat way of life. What they don’t realize, is that it is inspired by the almost unbelievable streak of good luck that follows you everywhere that you go in life. You rarely feel the need to play it safe, willingly taking chances knowing that they will always work out in your favor in the long run so long as you allow yourself to trust in the process and believe.
Logical and serious, you choose not to allow yourself to be sidetracked by something as ‘silly’ as emotions and feelings, focusing your attention instead on the facts and details of every situation. You are highly realistic and aren’t afraid of the hard work required to reach all of your goals and dreams. This is the influence of your ruling planet coming through, providing you with an unwavering discipline and determination to succeed against all odds.
There’s one interesting fact that most people don’t realize about the planet Uranus – while every other planet in the solar system spins on a vertical access, the rotation of Uranus is based on a horizontal axis, meaning that it’s always a little ‘different.’ This uniqueness carries through clearly in your personality, a creative and eccentric individual who isn’t afraid to stand out in the crowd.
You spend most of your life with your head in the clouds, lost in the beautiful and perfect world of your daydreams. This is the influence of your ruling planet Neptune shining through, the planet of dreams and healing. You refuse to believe that this life is all that it ever will be, always holding onto the idea that there is a better world out there somewhere – even if it hasn’t come true yet in reality.
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