I’m constantly in awe of the movements of the planets through the heavens and how I see this cosmic story playing out here on Earth; both personally and through the broader scope of cultures at large. The way I see it, the Gods are alive and well, still playing out their comic tragedies and transmitting messages to Earth and eachother, and if we wish to know how this story is currently playing out all we have to do is look to the stars and Astrology.
When people get me talking about Astrology (which, admittedly isn’t very hard to do these days) they often hear me refer to the planets as Greek or Roman Gods and excitedly explaining what they are doing. Example; when Mercury was retrograde a couple weeks ago I am pretty sure the phrase “Hermes is flying backwards in trickster mode” came out of my mouth in a variety of ways as I refererenced the planet’s transit. Some people have asked me to elaborate on this concept a bit more, so I wanted to put together a simple list of the planets and the Greek or Roman Gods/Goddesses they might be associated with through their Archetypical Roles. Most of the planets are already named after Roman Gods anyways, so forgive the obvious redundancy in this list. (Side Note, in Astrology, all the heavenly bodies within our solar system are referred to as “planets”, including the Sun and Moon. Yes, we know these aren’t Planets in the scientific sense of the definition.)
Please note– This is in no way a complete list, and I’m eager to hear if you have any personal associations that are not listed here. I’m also not an expert on Mythology and Deities so while I am sure there are many Gods from a variety of cultures that would fit these Archetypes – I have only included the Deities I am familiar with rather than guessing or making assumptions about the nature of Gods I don’t know. I hope to someday include Deities from a variety of cultures here in this list, and invite you to share in comments or email your own learned assocations.
- Apollo (Greek, Roman) – God of the Sun, creativity, music, healing, poetry, prophecy, and children. Son of Zeus & Leto.
- Helios (Greek)
- Artemis – Goddess of Hunting, Wilderness, Wild Animals, Protector of Children. Twin Sister of Apollo. Daughter of Zeus & Leto. –AND/OR….
- Hekate / Hecate – Goddess of the Moon, Magic, Witchcraft, Night, the Crossroads, Ghosts. Daughter of the Titans Perses & Asteria. –AND/OR ….
- Selene (Greek) – Titan Moon Goddess. Daughter of Titans Hyperion & Theia
- Hermes (Greek) – God of travel, trade, diplomacy, language, writing, astrology, and cunning. Son of Zeus and Maya.
- Mercury (Roman)
- Aphrodite (Greek) – Goddess of Love, Beauty, Pleasure, Procreation. Born of Sea Foam when Oranous’ castrated genitals were thrown into the sea by Kronos.
- Venus (Roman)
- Aries / Ares (Greek) – God of War, Battle, Courage, Masculinity, and Order. Son of Zeus & Hera.
- Mars (Roman)
- Zeus (Greek) – King of the Gods, God of law and order, destiny, fate, weather. Son of Kronos & Rhea. Brother of Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Hestia, Demeter.
- Jupiter (Roman)
- Cronos / Kronos (Greek) – King of the Titans, God of Time & Lessons. Titan son of Ouranos & Gaia. Father of the Olympian Gods – Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia
- Saturn (Roman)
- Poseidon (Greek) – God of the Sea, Rain (floods, droughts), Earthquakes, and Horses. Son of Kronos & Rhea. Brother of Zeus, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Demeter.
- Neptune (Roman)
- Ouranos (Greek) – Primordial God of the Sky. Father of the Titans (Including Cronos)
- Uranus / Aion (Roman)
- Hades / Aidoneus (Greek) – God of The Underworld and Death. Son of Kronos & Rhea. Brother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hestia, Demeter.
- Pluto / Dis (Roman)
- Hestia (Greek) – Goddess of the Hearth Fire & Sacred Flame. Daughter of Kronos & Rhea. Sister of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera and Demeter
- Vesta (Roman)
- Demeter (Greek) – Goddess of Agriculture, Grain, Bread, Fertility. Daughter of Kronos & Rhea. Sister of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Hestia
- Ceres (Roman)
- HERA (Greek) – Queen of The Gods, Goddess of Marriage, Women, the Stars. Daughter of Kronos & Rhea. Sister of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, and Hestia. Wife of Zeus.
- Juno (Roman)
- Athena (Greek) – Goddess of Wisdom, Defense, Justice, Protection, Good Counsel, Weaving and other crafts. Born of Zeus’ head.
- Minerva (Roman)
- Kheiron (Greek) – Half Titan, Immortal king of the Centaurs. “The Wounded Healer”, Master Healer, Warrior and Teacher. Son of Kronos and the nymph Philyra.
- Chiron (Roman)
It is also important to note that each of the Gods (Planets) rule over the Astrological Signs and Zodiac Wheel Houses. I see it as the Houses are the Kingdoms that the Gods rule over, and the Signs are the Energy/Lessons that each God/Goddess rules over or activates.
SIGN HOUSE RULED BY
Aries 1st Aries/Mars
Taurus 2nd Venus/Aphrodite, Ceres/Demeter
Gemini 3rd Mercury / Hermes
Cancer 4th Moon/Artemis/Hecate/Selene
Leo 5th Sun/Apollo/Helios
Virgo 6th Mercury/Hermes, Vesta/Hestia
Libra 7th Venus/Aphrodite, Pallas Athena/Minerva, Juno/Hera
Scorpio 8th Pluto/Hades, Hecate, Aries/Mars
Sagittarius 9th Jupiter/Zeus, Chiron
Capricorn 10th Saturn/Cronos, Pan, Pallas Athena /Minerva
Aquarius 11th Uranus/Ouranos, Saturn/Cronos
Pisces 12th Neptune/Poseidon, Jupiter/Zeus
When you look at the signs and houses as energies that the Gods are teaching us through or playing within, you get an even deeper picture of the Living Archetypes and how the Mythology stories continue. For example, let’s say that Mercury is in Aries. So Hermes (Mercury) is still operating as God of Language, Writing, Commerce and Travel – but he’s doing it through the realm and kingdom of Aries, the God of War. So how is Hermes’ behavior and teaching style altered by his surroundings? What specific lessons come along? Hermes is bound to be a bit more pushy in fiery ways as he transmits his lessons of communication through the filter of Aries’ individuality and drive. How is this different than when Hermes is in one of his own Kingdoms like Gemini or Virgo? Chiron just showed up in Aries’ realm too, what kind of pain (and medicine) does he want to teach us about here? Now add in more layers – Artemis and Hecate (the Moon) are shining through in the Sign of Virgo (Hermes and Vesta’s house). Cronos, Hades, Aries, and Vesta are having some kind of important meeting in Cronos’ Realm (Capricorn). Meanwhile, Zeus is behaving oddly and having a backwards stroll through the Underworld (Scorpio). Apollo seems comfortable and happy visiting Aphrodite’s realm (Taurus – and Aphrodite is home too, though she’s quietly slipping out the back door on her way to Gemini).
Are you still with me? Good. Because the story of the Gods is ever unfolding. I humbly wish to tell you their stories as a faithful Oracle and Astrologer. I’m still learning and growing, but I’d be honored if you follow along with me in this journey.