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“As Above, so Below” and Manifestations of Planets in Astrology

Astrology (and many other divination arts) works on a very old, very basic principle: as above, so below. This is an ancient phrase often heard in earth worshiping religions, but it brings up a question; why are things above are they so below? Aren’t “above” and “below” in different places for a reason? The answer to this is both yes and no.

“As above so below” is an image, two different planes that are parallel to each other have the same events at the same time. Things that happen up top also happen down below. Now, in astrology, this is quite literal with the motions of the planets above mirroring the events on Earth, but the applications go further. “As above, so below” could easily be “As within, so without”, changing the vertical plane of the sky and earth to a horizontal plane, the individual and their surroundings. The Universe is both complete chaos and perfect structure, but how we see it depends on how we’re trying to observe it. To people who do not believe in astrology (or tarot or palm reading or runes or any other fortune telling art) there isn’t a link between the motions of the planets and the emotions and realities we experience, but if you learn how to read the signs, anything from the leaves in a tea cup to cards on a table can reflect our futures and lives. The extent to which only depends on the reader.

In astrology in particular, I’ve noticed that as a result of this, there are almost always two manifestations of a planet: one that is internal and one that is external. For example, the Moon manifests both as what we need emotionally to feel secure (internal) AND how we perceive our mother (external). In any kind of reading, it is important to recognize both “as above, so below” as why our divination tools work, but also to read with “as within, so without” to accurately read the whole picture of why an individual is experiencing a certain situation.

Here is a quick-reference for internal vs external manifestations of planets. This is not a complete list but should offer a clearer look into how we experience them. The sign tells us HOW we experience these things and the house tells us WHERE we experience these things. *Note: aspects and Rx planetary motions also affect how we experience these planets.

The Sun External: The Father, our ideology, what we get attention for and want to show people.

The Sun Internal: What makes us feel happy to be alive, ego, importance.

The Moon External: The mother, fast reactions, being nurtured.

The Moon Internal: Feeling nurtured or not nurtured, security, emotions.

Mercury External: Information sharing, communication, siblings.

Mercury Internal: How we observe something, how we intellectually perceive something.

Mars External: Competition, conflict, rivals.

Mars Internal: Drive, excitedness, passion, anger.

Venus External: Objects, our bodies, food, money.

Venus Internal: Ownership, value as perceived by us.

Ceres External: Routines, what is real, how we receive/give physical care.

Ceres Internal: Existential security, a sense of order.

Juno External: Relationships, partners, what we do to support somebody.

Juno Internal: Sense of belonging to a partnership, dependence, caring for a partner.

Jupiter External: Travel, education, new things, morals, lucky breaks.

Jupiter Internal: The “aha” moments, things making sense, feeling lucky.

Saturn External: Restrictions, authority figures, rules, failure

Saturn Internal: Depression, worthlessness, frustration, patience, achievement.

Uranus External: Disruptions, calamities, rebellions, causes, inventions, friends, machines.

Uranus Internal: Dissociation, a desire to solve problems, a sense of wanting better and easier methods.

Neptune External: Dreams, altered states of mind, magic, the supernatural, being lost.

Neptune Internal: despair, ecstasy, feeling lost, wonder, numbness.

Pluto External: Death, major life-altering changes, endings.

Pluto Internal: Completion, loss, “the end”.

If you have any questions, please let me know so I can clarify further. Chances are, somebody else has the same question but if nobody asks nobody gets an answer. If you found this helpful or think somebody else would, republish it and be sure to subscribe for more astrology posts.

-Peter

The signs as Hunter x Hunter characters

Aries: Kurapika

Taurus: Alluka Zoldyck 

Gemini: Leorio Paradinight

Cancer: Killua Zoldyck 

Leo: Bisky

Virgo: Komugi 

Libra: Hisoka 

Scorpio: Ging Freecss

Sagittarius: Gon Freecss

Capricorn: Illumi Zoldyck 

Aquarius: Palm Siberia

Pisces: Kite