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Life Ruler, as it is called, is that planet which forms the nearest and strongest aspect to the Sun at the time of birth We may say Sun or Earth, as the Earth is always in the opposite sign in which the Sun is, therefore, when an aspect is formed to one, there will be an aspect to the other of equal power.
In considering aspects, consider the conjunction first, square second, opposition third, trine or sextile fourth and semi-square or 45 degrees fifth; if neither of these aspects are formed first, choose the one which will be formed first; but never consider the Moon as a life ruler. The best indications from a life ruling planet is when Jupiter or Venus are In their own houses and sextile, trine or conjunction with the Sun. The square or opposition is not evil. but does not give the steady going, patient or far-sighted nature which the conjunction, sextile or trine aspect of either of these two planets will give. Should either of these two be the day rulers, then the indications are more favorable, and again, much better if other planets are in trine or sextile to the Sun. Uranus comes next in order for good results if well aspected, but only the trine or sextile must be considered good; the conjunction, square or opposition of Uranus and Sun makes one eccentric, headstrong and impatient or nervous, although it makes one very sensitive and generally very fond of occult subjects and well adapted to them.
Uranus in either of the three strong aspects gives a very strong will power, but a lack of continuity. The greatest trouble with Uranus people (Uranus square, opposite or conjunction with Sun), is that they will not remain firm long enough; they are sensitive and give way to kindness. The trine or sextile gives persistency which will hold out in spite of kindness. Any aspect of Uranus gives considerable magnetic force. I consider the strong aspect of Uranus to Sun or Moon the greatest unfortunate condition for marriage.
Saturn in trine or sextile aspect to Sun is fairly good, as it gives quite a contented and philosophical nature. The square, opposite or conjunction makes one restless, dissatisfied and hard to please; inclined to selfishness and often subject to chronic diseases. A strong aspect from Saturn and Sun from fixed signs is a strong testimony of consumption in a female nativity, stomach weakness, or kidney complaint, if from movable signs, and defects in eyes and hearing, if from common signs. The strong aspects of Mars give a fiery temper, ambition of short duration, a strong constitution, good vitality, but liable to accidents. Venus makes one generous to excess when in one of the strong aspects. The conjunction of Venus and Sun often causes one to be passionate to such an extent that often they outlive two or three marriage partners. The strong aspects of Neptune are not very noticeable; the trine and sextile, however, are beneficial.
Mercury is at his best when in trine or sextile aspect; when in strong aspect it causes lack of motive, changeable, etc., but as Mercury is considered neutral, consider his influence as it aspects other planets. The semi-square aspect is about half the strength of a square is not real evil, but annoys, worries, causes impatient and restless actions when not really feeling that way. Whenever a conjunction of Sun or any planet takes place in the house of the planet, although is as given, yet the native will have many of the excellent qualities indicated by the good aspects of the planet. Thus, Mars in Aries with Sun, determined, firm, ambitious, aspiring, love of justice. Saturn with Sun in Capricorn, proud, lofty, dignified, will not quarrel, is sympathetic yet cold.
The day ruling planet or significator (ruler of ascendant), shows the disposition, character, aspirations, etc., from day to day, according as the day ruler may be aspected from day to day by direction.
The life ruler shows what the tendencies of the whole life, the prominent desires, aspirations, motives etc., are.
From Guide to Astrology by Fredrick White
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