The Planets: Cast of Characters

Each planet is an intelligent force, a divine energy orchestrating the play within our sacred solar system. By understanding more about the planets, we gain greater understanding of how the qualities of these radiating energies manifest through our unique self-expression, and how the moment of our birth affects our ability to receive, integrate, and distribute the inherent planetary aspirations of each orb. We learn to live and evolve with them throughout our lives. We observe how the energies we express are either in blended harmony, in disruptive conflict, or both, and how the radiating force of this synergy blends or conflicts with the qualities emanating from other people

There are many cookie-cutter definitions for the meanings of the planets, such as “Sun in Aries means…” or ” Sun in the 1st house means…”. In this series, we take a look at each planet and consider them in a more theoretical, symbolic, and fun way through anthropomorphism. By contemplating the planets as people, imagining them to possess human characteristics with both gifts and flaws, we find deeper insight and glimpse delightful clues into each planet’s multi-dimensional qualities which make up this great celestial stage.

Perhaps the simplest way in which we can examine the characters each planet plays is to envision them as populating a stereotypical, medieval kingdom, a creative scenario which my colleague and teacher introduced me to a few years ago. The planetary cast of characters would be portrayed something like this: (Click on each character to learn more about them)

Sun- The King

Moon- The Queen

Mars- The King’s Warrior, Knight

Mercury- The Youth, Jester, Apprentice

Jupiter- The Priest, or Fanatic

Venus- The Princess, or King’s Mistress

Saturn- The Wise Old Sage, or Elder


Written by Renate Maria Bell -certified Vedic Astrologer, Jyotish Visharada, and approved teacher with the Council of Vedic Astrology. She can be reached at renatembell@aol.com 2022© Do not use, post, repost, or reprint in part or in whole without the expressed written consent of the author.