Traditional Rulerships in Astrology
today i wanted to talk about modern vs traditional rulerships of the signs. the outer planets aka neptune, uranus, and pluto move very slowly and thus aren’t given as much weight in a natal chart. these planets are now said to rule pisces, aquarius, and scorpio respectively but i think this has created some strange stereotypes like “uwu pisces is too soft to function” “aquariuses are so WeIrD™️” or “scorpios are obsessed with sex and death” so let’s take this apart a little
venus: taurus, libra
mercury: virgo, gemini
saturn: capricorn, aquarius
jupiter: pisces, sagittarius
mars: scorpio, pluto
if you take a look at the energy of saturn and how that might play into an aquarian’s personality i think it makes a bit more sense than uranus making them random and unique. whatever saturn touches is restricted and put under pressure. when you think about that in the sense of capricorn’s it makes sense! saturn pressures capricorns into striving for material perfection, status, and success. capricorn being an earth sign means that this manifests in their material world. aquarius is restricted by saturn and forced to develop its intellect! the challenges presented are ideological rather than material. that is also why aquarius can feel rather stifled sometimes, like stagnant air trapped in a bottle. the sun is said to be in detriment in aquarius because the “self” is weak here. it is concerned more with the other, and aquarius being leo’s opposing sign reinforces this idea. despite that aquariuses still have an innate need to make a name for themself and be successful even if they act like they’re above those things, and that’s saturn babe!
now let’s move on to scorpio. i think it’s true that scorpios do have a connection with death, but when you look at it from the perspective of mars it changes a bit. scorpios are always transforming because they’re constantly “at war” fighting with their own emotion and ideas. mars continually breaks them down to build them back up in a stronger form. as a water sign it’s no wonder they’re so private with their emotions because they don’t know who their potential enemies are. who needs more loyalty than soldiers fighting together?
lastly we have pisces and sagittarius and i think is the most interesting one to think about! when piscean imagination and ideals are attributed to neptune i think that explanation falls a bit short. jupiter expands what it touches. so for pisces this means that their emotions, higher self, and mind are being expanded by jupiter and tbh i think they have a lot of that jupiter luck that sagittarius has in spades! jupiter, like neptune, is also connected to faith and organized religion. that’s why having a pisces moon is connected with having a mother who pushed dogmatic religion on you or a pisces sun having a priest instead of a parent.
in conclusion, there are multiple schools of thought on this and neither one is right nor wrong. the outer planets have only been known to us for about 200 years so astrology was built on ideas that didn’t include them. that isn’t to say they’re not important, but even in a natal chart they really only have weight when aspecting a faster moving planet. use the planets as tools to better understand the signs no matter what system you choose to use :-)