Your chart ruler is perhaps the most important planet in your birth chart. While your natal planets indicate the dynamics of your identity and how you interact with the world around you, your ruling planet carries a more powerful significance — determining the overall energy of your life path, and the themes you’ll face along your journey. Here’s everything you need to know about your astrological chart ruler.
To figure out your ruling planet, you must know what your ascendant is. Your ascendant is the first angle in your birth chart, determined by the zodiac sign that rose over the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. This angle, which you might know as your rising sign, is your guiding compass through life and determines your overall approach to challenges and obstacles. The classical planet that is the natural ruler of your ascendant is your chart ruler, and the planet in your birth chart influences your life experiences and outlook the most.
Solarians: Leo Risings
If you’re a Solarian, your mission is to live an enjoyable life, but your challenge will be to maintain your positive and playful spirit when life gets hard. As a Solarian, you are ambitious and expressive. You have a natural ability to succeed in life and attract interest and attention, so you should never hold back from dreaming big. You’re also more likely to win accolades during your life, though this will come with karmic challenges to avoid letting your achievements dictate your self-worth and identity.
The Sun is the planet of aspiration, egoic consciousness and desire for power. Your destiny is to embrace your individuality and magnetism, and take to the spotlight without eclipsing others. Work on your confidence, step up as a leader and use your platform to uplift people. Learn how to show off your courage, pride, and charisma without becoming arrogant or entitled. Your life experiences will relate to the way you respond to the attention you receive (or lack of) and your ability to find moments of joy amidst the chaos instead of putting your happiness on the back burner until life gets easier.
Lunarians: Cancer Risings
If you’re an intuitive Lunarian, you’re ruled by the Moon, giving you a gentle nature and passive approach to life. Your life will be centered around taking care of yourself and nurturing others due to your past life experiences where you did not, or could not, express your innermost feelings and were not given a safe environment to exist in (whether physically or emotionally). Permit yourself to be soft in this lifetime and to feel the depths of your emotions without judgment or shame. Trusting your inner-voice and following your intuition will help you to reach the heights of your destiny.
You are a natural protector and guardian of others, but you must learn to care for people for their sake and not yours. If you’re seeking to fulfill your own needs by counseling or mothering your loved ones, you will latch on too hard for too long, causing emotional harm to yourself and others. Similarly, you must set strong boundaries to avoid taking on other people’s feelings and experiences as your own. Your fluctuating emotional world in general will play a big role in your life experiences. Find the right balance between allowing your memories of the past — even the wounds you’ve harbored from past lives — to inform your future decisions without letting them cause you to become distrustful and withdrawn.
Mercurials: Gemini & Virgo Risings
As an intellectual Mercurial, you are ruled by Mercury — the planet of perspective and communication — giving you a life path focused on accumulating ideas and information. It may be easier for you to understand the lesson behind your life experiences, but you must take care not to intellectualize your feelings too often. Whether you’re a take-it-easy-Gemini, or an analytical and focused Virgo, you’ll feel like your best self when your mind is active and open. Reading, writing, and socializing will allow you to channel this energy, but pay attention to when you fall into patterns of over-thinking, speaking over others, and being critical or judgmental.
Approaching life with a logical mind could cause you to oversimplify your experiences and be more realistic than you are positive. You might pay too much attention to finite details (Virgo) or struggle with maintaining your focus (Gemini), which could contribute to your restless inner world. People admire your confidence to ask questions and will often rely on you so they don’t have to speak up. You have a tremendous ability to influence people’s mindsets and opinions which is a gift you should use responsibly — to inspire and inform others — rather than to manipulate or persuade.
Venusians: Taurus & Libra Risings
Being ruled by Venus — the planet of unity and affection — gives you attractive energy and aura. Similar to Solarians, you have an effortless ability to draw attention. However, this typically manifests in you having numerous love interests or admirers during your life. The life path of a Venusian is all about seeking pleasure, attracting what you want, and indulging in the things you enjoy. As a Venusian, making life as beautiful and comfortable as possible is a priority. What others consider to be a needless luxury may be a necessity for you, your self-care, and overall happiness.
Your partnerships (platonic and romantic) will play a key role in your evolution. You will face many challenges to love without forming unhealthy attachments to people and objects, and merge with someone else without forgetting who you are as an individual. Getting what you want isn’t too hard when you’re a Venusian. Your trustworthy nature (Taurus) and your ability to use your charm to persuade others (Libra) make it difficult for people to say no to you. However, you mustn’t let possessiveness or people-pleasing interfere with your ability to form grounded connections.
Martians: Aries & Scorpio Risings
As a Martian, you are full of ambition and energy. This is either expressed outwardly, giving you an active and adventurous spirit (Aries), or internally, giving you a deep and instinctual emotional world (Scorpio). Mars is the planet of initiation and motivation, closely associated with separation, force, and drive. Throughout life, you will learn to assert yourself without aggression and follow other people’s lead without feeling compelled to take over. Learning to pace your energy and sharpen your defenses around dangerous situations will help you grow mentally and physically.
Competition will be a central theme in your lifetime, whether you engage in them willingly or not. You may find that other people try to keep up with you or one-up your achievements or even your pitfalls to prove that they have suffered and endured more than you have. Being a cheerleader for the people you care about is one of your best qualities; people treasure your fiercely loyal nature and ability to push through obstacles all on your own. However, you must avoid believing that you have to go at things alone and remember to lean on your support system. Your soul chose to enter the world as a Martian to help you take an active and assertive approach to life. Trust your instincts, step up as a leader, and stay focused on your goals.
Jupiterians: Sagittarius & Pisces Risings
As a Jupiterian, you are one the most positive people to be around. Ruled by the planet of abundance and expansion, it’s easier for you to keep your sights set on the bigger picture and to remain positive and compassionate during difficult times. Jupiter governs philosophy, education, and foreign travel, making you a lover of learning and sharing your insights with others. Your life lessons will be centered on acquiring knowledge, developing wisdom, and expanding your spiritual awareness. Traveling, moving to a foreign city, or making friends all over the world will expand your horizons.
You likely have a strong sense of right and wrong; however, your empathetic nature, intuitiveness, and wisdom enable you to consider alternative perspectives even if you don’t particularly agree with them. People envy your ability to attract favorable opportunities. While your positive mindset plays a large part in it, it does help to be ruled by the planet of luck! You will likely take on a teacher, guide, or healer role at some point in your life, as you have an effortless ability to inspire and motivate people by simply being yourself. However, you mustn’t seek to put yourself or your insights on a pedestal and lose your humility. You will face challenges to stay grounded into reality instead of relying on your ideals, fantasies, or exaggerations.
Saturnians: Capricorn & Aquarius Risings
If you’re a stoic Saturnian, you are ruled by Saturn, the planet of Karma. Your life experiences will test your resilience and ability to build solid and reliable foundations, which you can fall back on when things don’t go to plan. No one is more willing to do the hard work and capable of producing results than you are. Saturn is the planet of authority, giving you strong leadership potential. People trust your judgment and want to work alongside you (or for you) because they admire your visionary ideas (Aquarius) and strong work ethic (Capricorn). However, when you take up positions of authority, you must avoid becoming too demanding or unrealistic with your expectations. Try to work well with others, even if you think you can do a better job alone.
You’re someone that people can trust to be your true and authentic self and to bail them out of trouble when they need help. However, your practical and realistic approach to life may be seen as blunt, cold, or cynical. Your life experiences will be centered around responsibility, turning your pain into power, and building a legacy.