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In Students Corner you will find some basic astrology principals to help get you started.  This section will grow as we continue to add useful information.  If you would like to contribute please contact us  
Penny Foster FAA (WA) Division Inc. Astrology Library


Please note - our library is packed and on the move at the moment. The venue is undecided for now so please watch this space for updates.

Penny Foster is a senior member of the FAAWA and has studied astrology widely. She has kindly donated her vast collection of astrology books to the FAAWA. At present there are 306 volumes in the library.

The Planets

This short reference for the energy of the planets and Chiron was provided by a  generous FAAWA member:

The Sun rules the sign of Leo.
Sun key words: Identity, conscious self-expression, goals, power
Just as the Sun is the heart and centre of our solar system, in astrology the Sun symbolises the heart and centre of the birth chart.  It is the main expression of the individual, where we want to shine.  The Sun represents the masculine principle, the father, husband and men in general, our ego, our will and our conscious nature.  The Sun rules our health, vitality and sense of identity.  It describes our goals and journey in this life.
The Moon rules the sign of Cancer.
Moon key words: response, receptivity, instinct, emotions, and moods.
The Moon represents our emotions, feelings and instincts, our inner world.  It is passive and receptive.  The Moon is the ultimate symbol of the feminine principle and is about moods, memories, the past, and our emotional needs – how you were nurtured, how you want to be nurtured, and how you nurture others.  Its action fluctuates and changes.  The Moon is where we look for support and comfort and our deep connection to family roots.
Mercury rules the signs of Gemini and Virgo.
Mercury key words: communication – the written and spoken word, the mind, intellect, logic.
Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun.  In the chart it can be no more than 28 degrees either side of the Sun.  Mercury was the Messenger of the Gods and was known for his speed and dexterity.  Mercury is the only androgynous planet (neither masculine nor feminine).  Mercury represents our intellectual and communicative processes.  It is about how we gather information, how we think, speak, write and learn, and how we pass it on to others.  Mercury rules the rational mind; its quality is logic only (no emotion/feeling).  It also rules teaching, schools, children, language, humour, opinions, manual skills, travel, siblings and our immediate environment and neighbours.  Where Mercury is placed in the chart shows where and how you communicate.
Venus rules the signs of Taurus and Libra.
Venus key words: love, attraction, beauty, harmony, money, quality.
Venus is the Goddess of Love and Beauty.  She is a very powerful planet that represents Love and Money and is never located more that 46 degrees distant from the Sun.  In ancient times Venus was known as the lesser benefic.  What brings benefit and how can we be benefited?
Venus is about how we relate to others, how we attract others.  Venus wants to form relationships of love, beauty, harmony, balance and value.  Where Venus is placed in the chart is can show how we do this and what we want from relationships.  It also represents our ability to love and be loved, how we love and value ourselves.  Venus is the pleasure principle and enjoys beauty and comfort.  Her action is gentle and harmonious.  Venus rules relationships, possessions, art, culture, charm, jewellery, singing and music and governs marriage and unions of all kinds, sociability, luxuries, pleasure and appreciation.
Mars rules the sign of Aries and Scorpio.
Mars key words: energy, drive, confrontation, assertiveness, anger.
Mars was the Roman God of War and as such is the warrior in our charts.  Mars is our will to survive, a symbol of energy, drive, assertiveness and aggression.  Mars deals with our animal nature, our desire and sexual energies, and our desire to procreate to build his strength and power.  He is in charge of how we assert ourselves and how we express anger. Mars can be used destructively and angrily as in combat or with bravery, courage and strength. In ancient times he was known as the lesser malefic.
Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces.
Jupiter key words: expansion, opportunity, justice, preservation, religion, other cultures, travel.
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and takes about a year to travel through one of the signs.  Jupiter represents our need and desire to grow and expand, to feed a part of something larger than ourselves, our inner faith.  Jupiter rules religion, spirituality, higher education, culture and other cultures, long distance travel, morality, law and wisdom.  Jupiter is optimistic, positive, enthusiastic and generous.  In ancient times Jupiter was known as the greater benefic.  In the negative Jupiter can be excessive, indulgent, fanatical and extravagant.  Jupiter’s action is orderly and promotes health and growth.
Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius.
Saturn key words: fear, responsibility, duty, restriction, limitation, standing the community.
Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system and represents the limit of the solar system that can be seen with the naked eye.  With his cold rings seeming to limit his boundaries and ability to expand.  Limitation is one of the principles of Saturn along with discipline, responsibility and restriction.  Saturn is the Lord of Karma, the Father of Time and relates to the principle of contraction as well as structure, social order, and figures of authority.  Saturn’s action is slow and lasting and its qualities are cold and dry. 
There is no accepted sign ruled by Chiron. Some feel he is aligned with Virgo and Sagittarius.
Chiron key words:  undeserved/inherited wounding, healing, spiritual healing, isolation.
Chiron was discovered on 1/11/77 and represents the wounded healer.  It is the bridge between the inner and outer planets - Saturn and Uranus - and is the key to our healing.  We all have psychic wounds.  There is some debate as to whether Chiron is an asteroid, planetoid, minor planet or a comet.  The word chiro means hands as in chiropractor, healing with the hands.  Chiropractic was discovered on 1/11/77 by a man called Daniel Palmer, The idea being that if you align the body and spine the body will heal itself.  Since 1977 the world has become more conscious of holistic healing and started to realize that we are responsible for our health and what we put into our bodies.  Symbolically re healing the planet and ourselves.  Before we can heal others, we need to heal ourself. Chiron is connected with health.  Chiron has no rulership but is linked to Virgo through practical healing and Sagittarius being the centaur and teaching.  Chiron has an erratic, elliptical cycle of 49-51 years around the Sun, and is represented in the body by the right side of the leg - thigh down to the foot.  The Chiron dilemma is about, rejection and abandonment, sexual issues and deceit, betrayal, accepting something that is undeserved, unfair or misjudged, finding our own way out of the dilemma - no one can do it for us, sacrifice - giving up something and death.
The modern rulership of Uranus is Aquarius.
Uranus key words: sudden or unexpected change, inventiveness, originality, revolution.
Uranus is the first of the Transpersonal or Outer Planets.  Uranus was discovered in 1781.  The cycle of Uranus around the sun is 84 years and it passes through each sign of the zodiac every 7 years.  Its axis is horizontal and spins on its side.  The colour of Uranus is shimmering pale green/blue.  Uranus is considered the upper octave of Mercury.  Uranus is very harsh, very judgemental and with detached emotions.  Uranus represents things that are different.  It is the planet of shock, rebellion, disruption, revolutions and uprisings.  It will always be what you don't expect, sudden and/or instant change, turning things upside down, detachment and disconnectedness.  Also Uranus is about things that are glitzy, sparkling or exciting.  All that glitters is not gold.  Uranus also represents the individuation process, sudden vision, endings and new beginnings.  Where you come alive through a new vision.  "The Awakener".  Uranus is about breaking down structures and boundaries, trying to break away from the established order.  Freedom from the known.  Where we won't be forced into a mould.  Being radical and being different.  Standing out from the crowd and not conforming to the crowd.  Will power.  Where you are brave or courageous enough to be your true self.  Uranus rules electricity, earthquakes and technology, but not computers.  In mythology it is the essential force of creation, the divine rebel.
The modern rulership of Neptune is Pisces.
Neptune key words: refinement, inspiration, mysticism, deception, confusion, mystery.
Neptune is the second of the Transpersonal or Outer planets.  It was discovered in 1846, and is the higher octave of Venus.  It has a regular cycle around the Sun of 165 years, and takes 13.75 years through each sign.  The colour of Neptune is all shades of blue and the blue/green of the ocean.  Neptune rules fog, dreams, psychics, spiritual mediums, mysticism, religion, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, (any form of drugs that brings an altered state of consciousness or chemicals in the body). silver, music, musicians.  Neptune is about lack of discrimination, can't identify what is real or unreal, illusion, delusion, images, compassion, lack of boundaries, infection, suffering. Neptune is a process, it is about absorption and dissolving eg. erosion, confusion and deceit. It is like being woken up out of the dream world, disorientation, unclear. Like being between two worlds.  On another level it is about fashion, film and movie world. Music to set the mood, moodiness, dance, fairytale magic.  Where Neptune is in the chart is about lack of personal definition, avoiding the truth. It is where you make a sacrifice, where we become a victim, where we are deluded, where we are co-dependant, where we are idealistic, addicted and deceived or where we deceive, and where we experience chaos.  In Mythology Neptune is represented by Poseidon, ruler of the oceans that represents the collective unconscious. Neptune/Poseidon rules hurricanes, tidal waves and floods, also earthquakes and horses.
The modern rulership of Pluto is Scorpio.
Pluto key words: transformation, regeneration, death and rebirth, elimination, the Phoenix.
Pluto is the last of the known Transpersonal or Outer planets.  It was discovered In 1930. Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio. The colour of Pluto is deep blood red. (garnets and rubies) and it has an erratic cycle around the Sun of 249-251 years.  Pluto was in Scorpio for 11 years and Taurus for 33 years, hence the erratic cycle.  Pluto is also known as the higher octave of Mars.  Pluto is about birth death and rebirth, power, manipulation, transformation.  Pluto rules the underworld, mining, (underground ie. gold oil - resources have power in the world).  It also rules sex (the control mechanism), drains, plumbing, sewers, decay, garbage and compost. All in life that we don't want to face or know about. Also recycling of our waste.  Anything nuclear or atomic, explosion, destruction. Suppression and repression. Pluto is about dealing with our own stuff - cleaning out.  Pluto helps us to grow.  Pluto is where we encounter power issues, empowerment/disempowerment. Where we give our power away. Where out own power is tested.  Where we manipulate or become manipulated.  Where we must transform our lives and where we encounter death.  If Pluto is in the 1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th house it will be strong.  Jealous, possessiveness, control, psychic feeling of what's going on.  A Pluto power struggle is fighting to the death.

Planetary Cycles and length of transit through the Signs:
Planet  Full Orbit  Thru Sign  Per Degree
Mercury  88 days 7½ yrs  
Venus  225days  19 days  
Mars  2 yrs 2 mths   
Jupiter  12 yrs 1 yr   
Saturn  28-30yrs  2½ yrs  1 mth
Uranus  84 yrs  7 yrs 6 mths
Neptune  165 yrs 14½yrs 3 mths
Pluto  248 yrs  20 yrs 18 mths
Chiron  50 yrs    


Healing Associations of Planets 




Vitamins and  Minerals


Herbs Colours Gems and Crystals





D,  gold


Hawthorn, Lily of the Valley, Lavender




Citrine quartz, Amber, Topaz, Jasper


Benzoin, Orange, Patchouli





Mugwort, hops




Moonstone, Opal, Pearl


Cypress, Juniper



B Complex


Nervine herbs, catnip, scullcap


Blue, Yellow


Agate, Cat’s eye, Tiger’s eye


Cardamom, Hyssop, Fennel, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Peppermint



Iodine, Copper


Dandeloin leaf, Alfalfa, Licorice, Anise


Green, Pink


Malachite, Emerald, Chrysolite, Tourmaline, Rose Quartz


Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Geranium, Ylang – Ylang





Nettles, Yellow Dock Root, Cayenne




Bloodstone, Ruby, Carnelian, Garnet


Basil, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger





Dandelion Root, Chicory


Blue-Green Yellow


Turquoise, Chrysocolla


Cederwood, Melissa, Sandalwood





Comfory, Wintergreen


Orange, Black


Diamond, Onyx


Camphor, Eucalyptus, Pine



Magnesium, Manganese


Borage, Raspberry, Vervain, Valerian




Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Aquamarine


Chamomile, Marjoram



Potassium, Zinc






Amethyst, Jade, Fluorite, Coral


Clary sage, Myrrh, Frankincense



E, Selenium


Ginseng, Damiana, Squawvine




Violet, Black


Smoky Quartz, Black Obsidian, Jet


Pennyroyal, Sage



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