“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” Einstein In astrology, the planets reveal the “whats” and describe the energy at work. What do you want? What do you learn? What do you take? What do you give? What do you write? What do you prefer? What do you teach? In the horoscope map, we have all of the twelve signs and houses, but it is not until the planets are added that the chart really comes into being. Thus, the planetary forces show where our powers are directed. Just think about when a planet enters a sign or house it is going to reflect a particular vitality or lack of, it will describe whether there is an intensity of power or more of a carefree attitude. This whole planetarium will dictate whether we feel free in one domain or have the feeling that we are locked up psychically in another. The planets show how fluid, energetic, intense, active, alert, intuitive we are in certain zones of the astrological chart. Some houses and signs will be empty, and so, in essence, this just shows the focus will be on other areas more important for an individual’s development. Some people are powerhouses of energy reserves – storms, relentless in chasing whatever they want while others drift with the tides or blow with the breeze in a more genteel fashion. This is what makes people so fascinating. The planets are the deciding factor of whether we have a boatload of planets landing in dynamic and fiery Aries or free floating and watery Pisces, whether energy is more distributed around the chart, or if it will be focused intensely on a particular zone. For example, where Jupiter and Uranus are in the map, they will generally show a greater freedom of expression, of course, not always positive and sometimes to an individual’s detriment. Wherever Saturn and Pluto are positioned in the horoscope, they will show areas of blockages, the heavier stuff happening within the psyche; these planets feel like they drag us down, hold us back, depress us, suppress us or restrict life. The planets are thought to be the most important features of the birth chart, adding the different hues, shades of meaning, and purpose. Our Mercury position, for instance, will reveal where we are intensely curious, what interests us, the things we like to write about, think and discuss. So, is our mind submerged in a water sign, hence, more introverted, reflective and psychic? Or is the mind planted in an earth sign and, therefore, thinks about the practical, grounded, and solid things in life that have physical structure. We also have Venus and Mars expressing our tastes and values, wants and desires, sexual expressions revealing what fuels the passions, what turns us on, where do we find pleasure. If we can direct all of the planets more consciously we can achieve a lot more in life, for we must use all of these energies to develop the self. The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are the fuel and without them, the horoscope is sitting like an empty car without gas. The planets ask: What are you going to do with this energy? The planets do have a life of their own, and express their energies, regardless, through us. We can allow the energy of the universe to lead us in the right direction. The planets individually represent a purpose to be fulfilled, they give us the capacity to do something, they are not just there to look cosmically beautiful. The astrological chart is our personal calling, unique fingerprint and since it is so uniquely individual it’s important not to waste what we came here to express. To sum up, are we pouring out anger or dynamic active drive through Mars? Are we feeling depressed or anxious or working hard at fulfilling the ambitions of Saturn? What painful memories, regrets and hurts are stealing our energy? In the area of astrology, we always have to think about our expression in every aspect of life. There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the other….