Mercury governs the mind and quickens or intensifies the action of other planets which it forms any aspect with in the horoscope. It furnishes, to a great extent, the vital force necessary for business life; when favorably aspected to Venus and Mars it gives talent for music, art or literary work. One must have Mercury well placed to be a popular and successful orator.
Mercury rules the hands, arms, brain and nervous system, the mouth, tongue, and eyes. Mercury is neutral or sexless, but may be called convertible. If in aspect to Venus or Moon, is feminine; in aspect to Mars or Jupiter would be masculine. Mercury rules in one’s life from the age of four to fourteen years.
Venus governs the affections, and inclines one to art, music and the beautiful in nature. The influence of Venus is said to be good by all authors on astrology; yet this cannot be absolutely true from its general understanding, as often she gives a very trusting and sympathetic nature, so easily imposed upon that often her subject gives away what he or she really need themselves, or if placed in a watery sign and afflicted by an evil planet, the native is neglectful or given to drink. Venus governs marriage, children and the mother, and if in a fruitful sign indicates the birth of several children; if in aspect to Mars, she causes an early marriage; afflicted by an evil aspect of Mars, Saturn or Uranus causes much discord in married life. In strong aspect to Jupiter, causes excessive generosity, free and careless with money, yet fortunate in getting it, Venus rules the blood, throat and sexual organs. By nature is feminine. Venus rules one’s life from fourteen to twenty years.
Mars governs the defensive, destructive and constructive faculties. Much depends on how placed and aspected. When well aspected, or even strongly aspected, to Venus and Mercury, the native often has excellent musical or artistic talent; in good aspect to Jupiter, causes pride and dignity; if in evil aspect, will cause conceit; in evil aspect to Saturn or Uranus, the native meets with several accidents or a violent death. Mars and Mercury strongly aspected, cause one to be a notorious liar unless other testimonies offset. Saturn evilly aspected with Mars, causes one to be hard-hearted, non-sympathetic, etc.
Mars rules occupations or professions as metal workers, engineers, watchmakers, surgeons, dentists, butchers, etc. Mars rules the external sexual organs, gall, kidneys, muscles. By nature is masculine.
Jupiter predisposes to the higher walks of life, governing the business faculties when well placed and aspected, gives very good reasoning faculties and a broad mind. Jupiter people are natural leaders among their associates, being confident, determined, logical and self-possessed; they are generally quite fortunate, and unless Jupiter be debilitated, they have a comparatively easy life. Jupiter people are found among bankers, lawyers, doctors, and theologians, or among government officials. But if Jupiter be weak by affliction, detriment, etc., his subject will be a clerk, cashier, assistant or porter.
Jupiter rules the thighs and the arterial system.
Saturn governs the religious and moral faculties, and rules to a great extent all laborious and uncongenial works or professions. When well placed by sign and aspect, the native will be an excellent reasoner, and often a philosopher; but if debilitated by sign or aspect, the native will be secretive, bigoted, miserly and stubborn, generally disliked and always in trouble; often standing in his own light and never contented.
He rules professions, such as chemists, druggists, country preachers, undertakers, sewer builders, etc. Saturn rules the bones, liver, joints, spleen, often the ears and eyes.
Uranus rules that which is out of the ordinary; he predisposes one to the occult, the antiquated, old and curious. The native enjoys employment out of the ordinary; forms his opinions regardless of what others may think; is often very defient, independent, not well understood, original and eccentric, often taking the opposite side of the argument simply for amusement. The native of Uranus often has genius, but is generally about a hundred years ahead of his time; is never heard of until long after he is dead.
Uranus governs such employments or professions as clairvoyants, astrologers, explorers, travellers, students of natural laws, etc.
Uranus rules the nervous system, animal or personal magnetism; is masculine by nature.
Neptune governs the psychic faculties, the organs of calculation, etc., and if well placed, the native will be very intuitional, far seeing, able to estimate very quickly and accurately, prophesying on conditions for many years in advance with the greatest accuracy; if Mercury be well aspected, the native may be an inspirational speaker, or if aspected to Venus, will love all things of an artistic nature.
From Guide to Astrology by Fredrick White
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