What Planets Rule Each Zodiac Sign?

Feb 6 2022 - 6:44pm

If you've been online for any amount of time in the past two or so years, you have likely come across a horoscope TikTok account or a zodiac-themed listicle. Although the study of astrology is not new, many have turned to the stars to help them cope with stress and uncertainty and to help them understand everything from their sleep habits [1] to their general purpose in life.

Our charts are made up of planets, signs, houses, and aspects. You probably know your sun sign (the sign of your birthday), but did you know you also have a moon sign, an ascendant sign, and planets that rule [2] over each sign?

The energy of your sun sign's ruling planet is its primary influence. If our sun is how we shine, the planet that rules it impacts our ability to shine. Understanding your sun's planet ruler can be a key factor in how we understand our role in the world and what we are truly capable of.

Ahead, find out which planets rule each zodiac sign.

What Planet Rules Aries?: Mars

Aries is known as the warrior of the signs. Aries are determined [3], intense, and impulsive. Mars rules Aries, making them unstoppable in their pursuit of creating the life they envision with a fiery passion.

What Planet Rules Taurus?: Venus

Taureans are affectionate and energized by being generous, harmonious, and resourceful, which is reflective of what Venus offers its sun signs. Venus lends Taurus her charm, likability, and erotic and creative energy.

What Planet Rules Gemini?: Mercury

Mercury is a common ruling planet as it is the planet closest to the sun. It is the planet of communication that Geminis use as a channel to connect with people and experiences. Geminis are constantly seeking answers both outwardly and inwardly.

What Planet Rules Cancer?: The Moon

The moon rules emotions, which is what gives Cancers its empathetic nature. Introspective Cancers [5] are natural caregivers who love to connect, however, much like the moon, their moods come and go in stages.

What Planet Rules Leo?: The Sun

The male counterpart of the moon, the sun rules Leo. Leos radiate confidence and charisma and are natural leaders. Having your sun in Leo means you are truly meant to shine.

What Planet Rules Virgo?: Mercury

The "won't settle for contentment" Virgo is ruled by Mercury, which is responsible for Virgos' need to connect and their need to analyze and rationalize all pieces of information they are given. This planet helps Virgos see intricate details and realize their overall vision and understanding of logic.

What Planet Rules Libra?: Venus

Just as Venus looks over Taurus, she is also responsible for the harmonious peace that Libras constantly seek to share with the world. Venus controls Libras' sociability and their impeccable sense of style.

What Planet Rules Scorpio?: Pluto and Mars

Scorpio is one of the only signs ruled by two planets. Scorpios crave self-growth, and both planets urge them to learn more. Pluto is responsible for Scorpios' need for transformation, while Mars gives Scorpios their irresistibility and fiery aggression.

What Planet Rules Sagittarius?: Jupiter

Sagittarians are carefree explorers [6] who seek experiences both in the world and in themselves. Jupiter is naturally optimistic and has no limitations, which helps Sagittarians absorb everything they need to know about the world.

What Planet Rules Capricorn?: Saturn

Saturn, a planet of discipline and responsibility, rules Capricorn. Capricorns are ambitious, leading with their long-term vision. Saturn offers them their sense of commitment to working hard to get where they need to be.

What Planet Rules Aquarius?: Saturn and Uranus

Saturn also rules Aquarius, which gives Aquarians their strength and discipline. Saturn's balanced out by Uranus, the planet of liberation and freedom. A sun sign in Saturn helps you demonstrate your authority and boundaries and gives Aquarians their "boss" energy.

What Planet Rules Pisces?: Neptune and Jupiter

Neptune lends its imaginative, creative personality to Pisces [7]. A natural empath, Neptune allows Pisces to connect to others through compassionate understanding. Jupiter provides Pisces with their optimism and faith in the future.

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