Planetary Forces – Sun

We have reached the heart of the matter, both figuratively and literally, as we explore the fourth chakra, province of the heart and the Sun. The Tarot card of the Fourth Chakra is Key 19, The Sun.

The Sun is the center of our solar system, just as the heart chakra is the central chakra of our energy system. (For those of you who might object to the Sun being called a planet, that’s just how it is in astrology. All the planets of the solar system – including Pluto, dadgumit – as well as the Sun and the Moon are considered to be planets.)

The human heart is also aligned with the central sphere of Tiphareth on the Tree of Life. This sphere is associated with the Son on the Central Pillar so, in English at least, it is an interesting homonym.

The Sun rules Leo, the astrological sign that governs the heart and the spine (your “backbone”).

Sun, the Fourth Chakra planet
The lion is known as a courageous beast, and when we live from our heart, we find our courage. However, a Sun out of control is quite destructive (think supernova), and if we let our Sun get the better of us, egotism and arrogance result. This leaves a path of destruction in our lives, and in the lives of those around us.

The Sun’s metal is gold, and there seems to be a special affinity between that precious metal and the spirit of humans. In fact, some indigenous peoples have called gold “the blood of the Sun.” (I have posted about this in another blog here). In medieval times, alchemists tried to turn lead into gold, or so the story goes. In actuality, it was a quest for enlightenment – an attempt to transcend earthly bonds (the metal lead – remember? from Saturn?) to attain union with the Divine (by linking to Tiphareth and Christ consciousness).

Man, there are future blog topics aplenty right here in this post! I’ll get to them, I promise.

The note associated with the Sun is D natural. This comes from the assignment of notes according to color correspondences, and the Sun is paired with the color orange. (Another blog topic, for another time.) D is also the tonic for the well-known Dorian mode (here is a brief video on the Dorian mode).

Rely on your Sun for courage and identity. Let it light the way to higher consciousness for you.

Planetary Forces – Jupiter

The next chakra to consider in our journey through the energy (and solar) system is the third chakra, located at the solar plexus. Its planet is Jupiter.

This chakra is associated with Tarot trump number 10, The Wheel of Fortune.

The choice of Jupiter for this chakra is an interesting one. Traditionally, the third chakra is associated with the force of Will, and the ability to put oneself forth in the world. Jupiter is an expansive, beneficent force in astrology, so the “putting forth” part of the chakra is well represented by this planet. Jupiter is an optimistic force, and this optimism is needed if we are engage the world with any success.

Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius, an outward sign interested in exploring, higher education, and distant travel.

Jupiter, the Third Chakra planet
Jupiter is also co-ruler of Pisces, another sign of expansion, but this time on the psychic and spiritual planes.

The metal of Jupiter is tin. This metal has a prime use in coating other metals as a protectant, as it does not oxidize easily. The Jupiter force is the outer, protective force we need as we put our third chakra into contact with others. Also, tin is related to lead on the periodic table of elements. This reminds us that the expansion of Jupiter needs to be rooted in the groundedness of Saturn, so that we don’t lose sight of reality (which can be a problem for the Piscean part of our temperament).

The note of Jupiter, and the third chakra, is A#, the highest pitch of the planetary scale. Jupiter is certainly the loftiest of planetary forces from the standpoint of optimism and engagement with others. It helps us keep our chins up when the chips are down. As you may know, the word “jovial” comes from the Roman god Jove (or Jupiter), after whom this planet is named.

Keep your Jupiter force close at hand to ward off depression, and to help you meet the world with confidence.

Planetary Forces – Mars

Let’s continue on our journey through the planets associated with the chakras.

The second (or sacral) chakra is located an inch or two below the navel, and its planet is Mars.

Mars is paired with Key 16 (the Tower) of the major arcana of the Tarot.

The force that is typically attributed to Mars is evident in the card. As ruler of Aries, and co-ruler of Scorpio, Mars is seen as an initiating, driving planet, whose power also shows in the realm of sexuality and reproduction.

It is this very association with reproduction that is Mars’s greatest strength and biggest trap. Misused, Mars can be the instigator of personal destruction, and become a huge obstacle on the path toward self-realization. If properly directed, however, Mars is an indispensable ally, providing the force needed to overthrow out-worn illusions and limiting beliefs. In this way, we give birth to a new self, a more developed, spiritual self.

Mars, the Second Chakra planet

The metal of the red planet is iron, and it lends that solid, sturdy sense to our endeavors when its power is properly applied. But, we need to be regularly aware of our use of the Mars force to keep from becoming rusty, i.e., complacent in our current state. Remember, rusty gears don’t turn, and rusty tools are liable to break under stress.

The note C natural, the one that provides impetus to our musical scale, is the note of Mars. The C major scale is arguable the most basic scale, as there are no sharps or flats in it; and C, as the starting note, is known as the tonic of the scale. In this sense, Mars is like a tonic to our system, providing the energy needed for change and growth.

I encourage you to stoke up your Mars energy and direct it toward your personal growth. It is definitely the way to go.

Planetary Forces – Saturn

I thought I’d go through the planets associated with each of the chakras. This is important not only from the perspectives of personal development and astrology, but also so you don’t look like a fool at your next esoteric cocktail party when the topic comes up.

[You’re welcome]

The planet associated with the first chakra (located in the perineum) is Saturn.

This planet is paired with Key 21 (The World) of the Tarot’s major arcana. Astrologically speaking, Saturn has often gotten something of a bad rap. You know, terms like “the great malefic” have been offered to describe it. This misses the point. Admittedly, Saturn is a limiter, and tends to slow or obstruct whatever it touches in one’s chart. However, it’s also the planet that allows form to take place. Without the Saturnine influence, nothing could exist materially.

Lead is the metal that correlates with Saturn. Traditionally, nothing is more solid than that, or more grounding. Tethering us to the planet – that’s what Saturn does.

Saturn, the First Chakra planet

Interestingly, Key 21 and Saturn resonate to the note of A natural. Think it’s a coincidence that A natural is the note that orchestras tune to before they begin a concert (make their music come into existence)? Maybe, but I doubt it. These forces work at an unconscious level and we respond to their call.

Take a moment to thank your Saturn. You wouldn’t be here without it.