Haumea Rulership, Make-Make Rulership, All Rulerships!

As an astrologer I always had a hard time with the idea that Cancer was ruled by the Moon and Leo by the Sun since neither of those 2 celestial bodies seem intuitively right to me, besides the fact that neither are planets.With the discovery of Haumea and Make-Make I found my answer (for now).

I believe Haumea is the true ruler of Cancer. She is a Great Goddess figure who gave birth to all other Gods and Goddesses and provided endless nutrients for her children. Cancer is not only the sign that rules motherhood, but also the breast and stomach, both connected with food and physical nurturing. There is also another name for her that connects her to the sea which again makes sense as their appears to be a connection between the sign of Cancer and emotion (especially unconscious emotion) which is symbolized by the sea or the ocean.  Here’s a very simplified version of her story: http://storiesforchildren.tripod.com/id297.html

Very little is known about Make-Make, but His name alone says a lot. Leo rules the 5th house of creativity and fertility (children), love affairs and gambling. Well, Make-Make is a fertility God and one can not be more literal when speaking about the nature of creativity, it is to Make things of course.

I wanted to put these two rulerships out there for consideration and research by astrologers. It’s always been my intuition that every sign has a planet as its ruler, one in the sky, in our solar system. I’m sure as we move forward in our study of the heavens we will find other cosmic influences which will provide deeper understanding.

All planets seem to have at least one Moon and most many more than just one. And the Sun is so different in all respects that it doesn’t make sense that it would rule over one particular sign. In fact I feel that the Sun has no natal rulership, meaning it is not stronger in any particular sign, it is just colored through a different lens and nothing more.

If one were to see Leo (the traditional sign associated with the Sun) as sign the Sun rules over than one would have to put its opposite (Sun in Aquarius) in its fall, meaning that the Sun would be weak at that point. In a sense this is true, the Sun is in Aquarius in the dead of winter if one lives in the Northern Hemisphere but of course the opposite is true if one lives in the Southern Hemisphere, and the Sun actually falls in the middle of summer there when it travels through Aquarius. I find this problematic and always have – it implies one set of rules for the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth and another for the Southern which doesn’t seem true.

I can see how the idea evolved – we didn’t know the difference between a planet and a star when astrology came into being, and the system was invented in the Northern Hemisphere where the Sun was far off and cold during late January and into mid-February.  If the ancients had lived in Australia they would have reversed this. It’s also interesting to note that the Chinese system seems to (in a weird sort of way) mirror our Western system. I’ll give some examples to explain myself here.

The Chinese system breaks down astrology into 12 signs which correlate to the 12 Western sidereal signs and months, let me explain. I’ll start with where the contemporary Chinese lunar calendar usually starts now (due to trying to correlate it to our western solar calendar) in late January or early February with what works out to be the start of the Tiger month, and sidereal sign of Aquarius the Water-bearer. Now during this period the Earth is in the sign of Leo and during the summer when our western sidereal sign would be Leo the Chinese call that the month of the Monkey – this is the only sign in the Chinese system that comes close to what we in the west call, a human sign. And of all the western human signs (Gemini, Sagittarius – half-human, Libra – a scale) Aquarius is the most human, ruling over humanity itself and the milk of human kindness, ingenuity, science and technology.

Ironically, this switcheroo happens often, it’s as if the Chinese is incorporating an earth-centric astrology. Let me explain quickly that when the Sun is in a sign, the earth is in its opposite sign. So when the Sun is in Aquarius, the earth itself is traveling through the sign of Leo which is why it is said that the shadow side of someone’s Sun side is in its opposite sign, making people of opposing Sun signs both attracted to one another and able to drive each other nuts like nobodies business.

I’ll go through the list of Chinese and Western astrology to illustrate my point better. After Aquarius-Tiger comes Pisces-Rabbit month and opposite of Pisces Rabbit is Virgo-Rooster. Aries-Dragon has its opposite in Libra-Pig. Taurus-Snake has its opposite in Scorpio-Dog – to me this one was another obvious switch as it is said in western astrology there are 3 levels of Scorpio, the scorpion, the snake and the eagle – meaning depending on how evolved the Scorpio is, he/she can either be Charlie Manson or ascend to the heights of Gandhi, most however are probably snakes neither transcendent nor poisonous. Then we have Gemini-Horse opposite Sagittarius-Rat (again Sag is half horse) and finally Cancer-Sheep opposite Capricorn-Ox.

If one reads the descriptions the Chinese have given to each of the signs it becomes obvious that they have found a way to merge elements of the sun and earth in their interpretation of their signs unlike our culture which is entirely heliocentric. Their understanding of the signs is more yin-yang balanced taking into consideration the influence of both the Sun’s energy traveling through the zodiac and the Earth’s direct influence traveling through the opposite sign.

Just some astrological thoughts to share.

Best wishes,


Haumea Rulership, Make-Make Rulership, All Rulerships!

Back Again to Basic Astrology

Over the next few posts I’m going to deconstruct some charts and give some tips for those who are interested in learning the art of astrology better. I will do this hopefully, as clearly as possible and also talk about transits and how they effect us and our charts. The subjects will be anonymous for their privacy. I’ll start with this chart:

Picture 18Let’s start with the basics. On the far left, the symbol that looks like a Roman number II but joined together is the symbol of Gemini. The house it rules is the first house, meaning at the time this person was born Gemini was the constellation rising in the east. The glyph that is a circle with a dot inside is the sun and this person’s sun is in Libra in the 5th house.

The house systems can be difficult to understand so I’ll break it down into very practical easy to understand mechanics. Each house represents a different time of day, always.

At the top of the chart, the culmination point or 10th house, represents, the mid-point of the day. Here’s where charts seem counter-intuitive; the sun actually rises from the east or 1st house and then goes into the 12th house, the 11th house, 10th, 9th and so on. Why the western chart was set up like this, I have no idea.

So the 12th house actually represents the period of time just after dawn for about 2 hours, the 11th house the morning and the 10th from approximately 10AM to 12 PM, the 9th house is usually from about 12-2 PM, the 8th 2-4 PM, the 7th 4-6PM, 6th 6-8 PM, 5th 8-10 PM, 4th 10PM – Midnight, 3rd Midnight – 2:00 AM, 2nd house 2-4 AM, the first house 4-6 AM. These times are approximate depending on the time of year and the exact time the sun rises that day. So if it rises at 6:11 AM then the 12th house is from about 6:11 AM – abouy 8:11 AM and the rest of the chart of course adjusts accordingly.

So an astrologer, based on the time of year, place and date of your birth should have a pretty good idea of what house your sun will fall in and a narrowed down idea of what your rising is. For example if  a client was born at 11:00 AM on February 3rd you would know immediately their sun was in the 10th house because the houses in the chart revolve around the placement of the sun. Meaning, depending on where the sun was in the sky, it will fall into a particular house, like this fake client who has sun in the 10th near the culmination point of the day. The signs or constellations in general move through a house in approximately 2 hours, hence the breakdown of the houses. The closer a person is born to the equator the more equal the houses will be, meaning each sign will move at about the same speed through the sky therefore making the houses fairly equal in size (by degree). However the closer a person is born to the north or south pole the more unequal the signs move, and they actually sort of pile up on each other causing what is known as an interception. An interception is when more than one sign occupies the same house or place in time/space at once. This creates uneven houses where some houses are very large and others small in a person’s chart. For example someone with Virgo at 0 degrees intercepted in their 2nd house will have an opposite interception on the other side at 0 degrees of the 8th house as these two houses are mirror opposites of one another in the sky or to put it simply; the 2nd house is 2-4 AM and the 8th house represents 2-4 PM. The second house occupies a parallel place below the horizon of the rising as the 8th house above the horizon of the rising.

So to get back to the fake client born 2/3 at 11:00 AM we know they have a 10th house sun and if they were born in Central America they you count backwards 2 signs and they would have an Aries rising. If however they were born far North or South it becomes a bit trickier to tell right off the bat. However if someone was born on the equator in winter, or summer or anytime of year it would always be the 2 hour interval. This is what makes astrology complex mathematically. All I can say is I’m happy to use a computer to do the calculations, it’s a million times faster. I used to do them many years ago and it was fatiguing. But it did help me understand the basic dynamics of how the stars, constellations and planets fall in a chart and see the patterns in it rather than it being a crazy bunch of glyphs that had no relation to one another. So enough super technical stuff, let’s dissect the chart a bit and I’d love it if other people would use their intuition and knowledge of astrology to point out things and explain them in the comments section. 

Even though there is no birthdate or time on the chart I posted we know immediately this is a young person because he/she has the outer planets in a configuration only seen during the 1980s. The outer planets are Neptune, Uranus and Pluto. They are generational planets. Some astrologers have argued because they move slowly and effect such large groups of people they are not relevant to individuals. I however completely disagree with this notion. People are products of the time they grow up in and are just as influenced by their peer group as they are by their families. We are complex beings. Especially when a person has an outer planet making either intense aspects or rules the sun, moon or rising, this intensifies the individuals connection to their peer group. 

Some basic explanations here readership’s are the planet that rules the constellation. So:

Mars rules Aries and the 1st house

Venus rules both Libra and Taurus and the 2nd and 7th houses

Mercury rules Gemini, Virgo and the 3rd and 6th house

Moon rules Cancer and the 4th house

Sun rules Leo and the 5th house

Pluto rules Scorpio and the 8th house

Jupiter rules Sagittarius and the 9th house

Saturn rules Capricorn and the 10th house

Uranus rules Aquarius and the 11th house

Neptune rules Pisces and the 12th house

This means that the 12th house has Piscean qualities and so does Neptune, same with all the other associations given above.

So back to the chart above we see a strong grouping of planets in this persons 5th and 6th house. This means these areas of his/her life will be more emphasized in this person’s chart then in most. This person needs a creative outlet as the 5th house rules Leo things like children, hobbies, creativity, the arts, drama, acting, theater, performing and gambling. The 6th house is more practical and has Virgo elements in common such as: service, a person’s job, health, health care, nutrition. With Mercury and Venus in the 6th house (Mercury is the natural ruler of this house although in this person’s chart Pluto rules it as Scorpio is on the cusp) making a trine or positive aspect (approximately 120 degrees apart makes a trine) this person has good communication with their mother who is likely to be from a foreign land (not born in the same country as the child) and with Venus conjunct Mercury in Scorpio also included in this trine to the Moon Jupiter conjunction, this person is likely to be very intuitive, perhaps psychic especially in relationships with women and their mother. This person is likely to be highly sensitive to his/he environment and this sensitivity because it is in the 6th house can lead to health problems. Ok, I’m going to go more into this tomorrow, it’s getting really late and this is going to take awhile to explain…

Best wishes and many blessings to all you kind souls,


Back Again to Basic Astrology