The 12 Zodiac Signs with Planets and their Meanings
Our solar system is amazing, isn't it? How a celestial body, thousands of lightyears away affects us! Affects our personality. Affects our life. Affects our relationships. You have probably heard about the ruling planets of all zodiac signs. If you were wondering what the connection between you and your ruling planet is, astrology has all the answers.
Here is all you need to know about the 12 zodiac signs with their planets and their meanings!
Let’s start with the basics. What does it mean when a planet is in a sign? Or what are the ruling planets of the zodiac signs? Let's begin by establishing the influence that planets have over us.
Astrology is all about studying the stars and other celestial bodies. If the stars have an impact on who we are, why won't the planets that are much closer to us? Every planet is associated with a ruling planet that controls how that zodiac influences the people born under that sign. But that's not all.
Even if you were not born under a particular sign, you will feel the effects of its ruling planet during its season. Which is probably why you feel so feisty around mid-March and mid-April. Or so lucky when it is Sagittarius season. A lot of the characteristics we associate with people born under a zodiac sign are the characteristics of their ruling planets. Want to find out what your ruling planet says about you? Keep reading!
Mars is the ruling planet for Aries. The Aries ruling planet is also considered to be the God of War in Roman mythology. What does that mean for this zodiac sign? People born under the Aries zodiac sign are known for their quick tempers. They have a fiery personality and are quick to pick up arms when the opportunity arises. But they derive more positives than negatives from their ruling planet. These people are decisive and vocal about their opinions and emotions. Which makes it easier for those around them to know what they want. They are incredibly brave and fueled by a passion for victory. After all, you can’t fight wars if you don’t have the heart for it.
The Taurus ruling planet is Venus. Venus is also said to represent the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty. And naturally, the people born under this zodiac are known for their romantic lives. Although, you wouldn't be able to tell it at first. Because their ruling planet also dictates them to keep their passions a secret. In favour of being compassionate, genteel and overall, extremely charming. However, Taurus zodiac sign also brings with it the ability to get hurt easily. Even the slightest neglect from their lover can fuel fires.
The ruling planet of Gemini is Mercury. This planet is also known to be associated with Hermes, the Greek and Roman Messenger God. One only needs to imagine the dilemma of a messenger to understand the trait of the Gemini zodiac sign. The people of this zodiac sign are extremely flexible. They don’t let the surrounding get the best of them. Which is why you will always see them surrounded by friends. But this can also make them duplicitous. They must be on good terms with both sides. And that can make them difficult to depend on.
The ruling planet of Cancer is the Moon. Not a planet, but no other zodiac sign is influenced by their rulers the way Cancer is. Maybe it is because of the proximity between the Earth and the Moon. But the Cancer's mood changes with the phases of the Moon. Much like their celestial body, the people born under this zodiac sign are the light to many in times of darkness. It is from their ruler that the Cancer’s derive their compassion, emotion and intuition. But they also derive their mood swings from it. And as someone who walks on eggshells on no moon nights, take my word when I say those mood swings are bad.
The Leo ruling planet is not a planet, it's a star. The brightest star from the Earth, the Sun. what else did you think it could be? In Greek mythology, the Sun represents the God Apollo. The people born under the Leo zodiac sign derive their thirst of knowledge from their ruler. It also represents the center of the cosmos from the Earth's perspective. Which gives the people it influences, the desire to be at the center of things. It gives them the spirit to shine brighter than everything else. And the energy that fuels all around them. It wouldn't be a stretch to go as far as to say that it also gives some narcissism. After all, Greek mythology is filled with episodes of Apollo's narcissism.
The Virgo ruling planet is Mercury. This might make you think of all the similarities between Gemini and Virgo. And frankly, they are close to none. But the aspect of Mercury that Virgo represents is intellect. Their calm and mature calculations with the ability to perceive are derived from their ruling planet. They resonate with the morals and ideas that are popular. But also, stick by their word when it comes down to it. These qualities combined with those of their zodiac signs, make them the wise Virgins we all know and love.
Venus is the Libra ruling planet. When you think of the compassionate Libra,
this makes sense. We know the Libra zodiac sign as the symbol of justice and honesty. so, it might be hard to imagine the Goddess of Love and Beauty as their ruler. Well, it is the love and compassion contributed to the character that makes them just and honest. And if you think back to their exotic tastes and love for beauty, I think you will be able to see the influence of Venus of the people of this zodiac sign.
Scorpio is the zodiac that feels the influence of two planets, Pluto and Mars. These two planets influence in tandem, with the former being in the dominant position. Pluto is the planet of the God of the Underworld, in Roman mythology. And before you make any assumptions, that isn't bad. Because contrary to popular belief, Pluto is seen as a symbol of transformation. Which is why it is also known as the "Great Renewer". Pluto bestows the Scorpio zodiac with their success-orientation, individual strength and ability to collaborate with others. While Mars adds to the mystique, charisma and resilience.
The ruling planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter, the ruler of the Gods. Jupiter, or Zeus, as he is known in Greek Mythology is also the God of sky and thunder. One of the distinguishing roles of this God and planet is that of the protector. Both in mythology and in how Jupiter's gravitational force protects other planets from comets and asteroids. And being the King, the planet bestows plenty of growth, development, and good luck on its zodiac sign. They boast of characters like justice, humility, freedom, morality, and joviality. The desire to be free and the will of exploring are the two main gifts of Jupiter to the Sagittarius zodiac sign.
The Capricorn ruling planet is Saturn, the King of the Titans. The mythology is not very favorable of Saturn who is seen as this evil monster who had to be defeated by his son, Jupiter. However, he is regarded as the God of Agriculture and the founder of civilization, social order and conformity. The planet bestows its zodiac sign with a sense of duty, destiny, discipline, and responsibility. It gives them the strength to face hardships that enables them to achieve their goals. And maybe it is the ruthless determination reflected by their ruling planet that makes the Capricorn-born so single-minded passionate about achieving their dreams.
The ruling planet of Aquarius is Uranus, father of Saturn and the only planet that rotates on its sides. No wonder the people born under this zodiac tend to stand out from the rest. They have learnt it from their zodiac ruling planet. The planet bestows the Aquarius with a distinct personality. Which makes them genius, disruptive, unconventional, and even revolutionary. Astronomers are yet to know everything about Uranus because of the blue-green clouds that always cover its secrets. Maybe that’s why the Aquarius natives will always feel elusive to the rest of us.
The ruling planet of Pisces is Neptune, the Roman God of the Oceans and Seas. This is the one God where the Greek and Roman mythologies differ greatly. The Greek representation of Neptune, Poseidon, is considered to be one of the Great three. While the Romans saw God as an unlucky influence. These two narratives can be seen in the influence it has on the Pisces zodiac too. On the one hand, Neptune gives the Pisces zodiac the characteristics of idealism, imagination, empathy, compassion and mysticism. While on the other hand, it is associated with deception, illusion, wistfulness, and extreme sensitivity.
Astrologer for 15 years, I have been writing about Zodiac signs, their personalities, their psychology, their relationships, their passionate loves and their compatibility in love.