Planets in astrology help shape and guide us. The energy of these planets is different, with some bringing more positive effects than others.
Those planets that bring joyful times are called beneficial planets while those that often force us to acquire a sense of structure and order are evil planets.
We all have beneficial and evil planets in our birth chart.
During a beneficial transit, we tend to focus and prioritize ourselves and even give ourselves too much. Practicing balance is important to get the best out of these planets.
On the other side of the coin, malefic planets can make us feel stressed, exhausted and conflicted. Evil transits are necessary to get us out of our comfort zone. They allow us to evolve, to become more patient, insightful and detail-oriented.
While they may have a bad reputation, spells aren’t as horrible if we focus on becoming more aware and self-improvement. These planets teach us how practicing patience takes us one step further.
The benefits can bring us periods of calm and relaxation when they transit. They can help us be more aligned and open to love and caring for ourselves. These are times when we treat ourselves, especially after mentally strenuous transits.
Venus, the planet of love, wants us to feel a little more excitement in our lives. Transits of Venus can bring romance, passion, and a desire for comfort. This transit can make us feel much more relaxed in the area of our map where it transits.
Our natal Venus shows us which house makes us express love best. She also teaches us our relationship dynamics, especially if Venus is in the 7th and 1st house. Taurus and Libra Sun, Moon and Nascente feel that the power of Venus transits more as this is their ruler.
Jupiter in the birth chart shows us which house we wish to expand our philosophies and ideologies. It is also where we are spiritually connected. This planet rules the signs of Sagittarius and Pisces, both of which are focused on spiritual growth.
Natal Jupiter can give the native optimism by assuming he is not in aspect with an evil planet. Depending on the area it is in on a chart, optimistic energy is activated during the returns of Jupiter. When Jupiter transits into a house, the area she is moving into will make us review or learn something new about ourselves, our ambitions and our future.
Additional beneficial planets
The Sun and the Moon are wild cards, but they can have good beneficial qualities if they have positive aspects (conjunction, trine or sextile) with Venus or Jupiter. Mercury can also behave both ways when in contact with a beneficial or a malefic.
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The evil planets are the ones that strike heavily. Saturn is about growth and restructuring. Mars teaches us where to be more fearless and to take control. Both planets contribute to our transformation and evolution.
The outer planets, Pluto, Neptune and Uranus are also in neutral territory, causing chaos only when they come into contact with Saturn or Mars. When they have strong aspects of Saturn and Mars, they can behave as Evil.
Mars is rather the powerful malefic. The planet of war teaches us to be more like fighters and to seek victories.
In the natal chart, Mars does not want us to be pleased, but to fight for what we want. Whichever house this planet passes through will show us the area of our life where we need to activate this energy. This planet rules Aries and Scorpio, which can make it easier for these signs to manage this energy than Libra and Taurus.
Mars wants us to be more assertive in the house it rules or transits. The tools are provided to the native during a transit to Mars in a corner house. We learn how to channel our passions and guide to build our dreams through hard work and focus.
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When Saturn is in the birth chart, it can blur how we see ourselves and what we value. This planet rules Aquarius and Capricorn, so natives with these Sun, Moon or Augment signs may be able to navigate Saturn’s transits much better than the rest of the signs.
Saturn wants us to take shape and let go of the fear and anxiety we might feel in the area of our governing birth chart. The lessons here need to be consistent, come up with a plan, and stick to it. Being disciplined brings more manageable energy. Jumping recklessly before thinking can only widen the issues of housing.
Overall, Saturn will mature us and teach us the value of hard work. After a Saturn transit, we can be more open to rediscovering ourselves and igniting new passions for our future visions.
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AT Nunez is an Afro-Latin astrologer and philosopher living in New York. She is passionate about astrology and aims to continue writing more about stargazing in the future.