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Mercury's glyph is a cross surmounted by a circle capped by a semicircle, uniting mind, spirit, and matter, but giving primacy to intellect. The Sun's closest neighbor, little Mercury is all but obscured by its huge protector's brilliance. The love child of Zeus and the nymph Maia, a daughter of the Titan Atlas, Hermes grew into a small boy only minutes after his mother laid her newborn down to sleep.

As he grew, Hermes learned to put his quick wit to good use. He once rescued Zeus's lover, lo, from a hundred-eyed monster named Argus by playing his pipes so tediously that he finally put the beast to sleep. The Greeks considered Hermes the cleverest of all the gods. The Romans welcomed Hermes into their pantheon as Mercury, who, along with his other duties, governed trade. The god's skills as an alchemist were extended by the Romans to the mastery of Caduceus in hand, Mercury seems poised for flight in this sixteenth-century bronze. Jupiter is said to inspire us to reach beyond our immediate circumstances, spiritually and materially.

The planet is therefore associated with religion and philosophy, benevolence, compassion, justice, law, and honesty, as well as wealth and social status. They are said to operate on so grand a scale that they may run to extravagance if unchecked. This can make them blindly-and dangerously-optimistic. Pastors, philosophers, scientists, doctors, philanthropists, judges, lawyers, teachers, and chief executives are believed to be influenced by Jupiter.

The planet supposedly conveys an aristocratic demeanor and facility with languages, traits appropriate to superb diplomats. Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces and oversees the circulation of the blood. The glyph that represents him, a half circle rising over a cross, is symbolic of the mind's triumph over matter. Over times more massive than Earth, Jupiter proceeds at a stately pace around the Sun, circling it once every twelve years. Mammoth though it is, the planet is little more than a hot-air balloon.

Rather, it is made up of layers of dense gas that give way toward the planet's core to liquid metals that finally condense into a tiny center of rock and ice. The horizontal bands of light and dark that stripe Jupiter are clouds in its atmosphere. In one place the bands are disrupted by a startling feature called the Great Red Spot, thought to be a massive storm that has lasted for hundreds of years.

Lordly Jupiter was named after the Roman king of the gods, known as Zeus in the Greek pantheon. Zeus was ruler of Mount Olympus, the home of the gods. Greek images show Zeus as a bearded man in a sky blue cloak, sometimes astride an eagle. Although he existed on the most lofty spiritual plane, Zeus also had his carnal side. He was married to his sister Hera, the Romans' Juno; but he was a philanderer of Olympian appetite and stamina, cavorting with numerous divinities and mortals of both sexes.

Even so, the Greeks regarded him as guardian of the social order, particularly the supremacy of men over women. The Roman Jupiter was, if anything, more revered than his Greek predecessor. He was the lord of day and-like Thunderbolts and eagles symbolize power in this third-century rendering of mighty Jupiter. It is also the sixth planet from the Sun, and astronomers once believed it was the Solar System's outermost planet, a cold, solitary pariah in deep space-alone, but an awesome presence nonetheless.

Saturn is the second-largest planet, after Jupiter. The Greeks identified Saturn with Cronus, chief of the race of giant gods called Titans who ruled before the Olympians. Fearful of a prophecy that one of his children would dethrone him, the grisly Cronus ate each child right after it was born. But his wife Rhea saved the infant Zeus by offering Cronus a stone in the baby's stead, and Zeus grew up to fulfill the augury.

Cronus ended up as a bitter outcast, whom the Greeks portrayed as a stooped Father Time. The Romans grafted Cronus onto an agriculture god they inherited from the Etruscans. The result was Saturn, a god of time and farming. His festival, the Saturnalia, was held every December to celebrate the winter solstice. In the long run, Saturn never entirely shed its ancient negative associations. The word saturnine means gloomy and taciturn.

Still, astrology finds the planet a complex and vital constricting force that stabilizes Jupiter's expansive optimism. Saturn is considered to be an intermediary between the inner, personal planets and the cuter, ''transpersonal'' planets, those that govern the wider environment beyond the self and an individual's interaction with it. As regulator, Saturn represents authority. Its position at birth is said to determine the relationship between child and father. It also represents internal authority, or conscience and self-control. Failure to heed the limitations they impose is said to mean possible conflict with established social order.

Saturn's influence can inspire or devastate. Saturn's orbit of the Sun takes twenty-nine and a half years. Saturn rules Aquarius and Capricorn. But in Saturn's case the cross is paramount, making matter ascendant over mind and bringing intangibles down to earth. Armed with a sickle, Saturn glares at an infant in this Renaissance bas-relief.

Uranus is more than fourteen times as massive as Earth. It is thought to be composed of minerals and gases, possibly deriving its greenish hue from methane gas in its atmosphere. Uranus reels drunkenly around the Sun once every eighty-four years, heeling so far on its orbital plane that it virtually rolls along on its equator.

It rotates in the opposite direction of every other planet with the exception of Venus. Uranus was named after the Greek god Ouranos, a tyrant whose son Saturn castrated him and then cast him out of the heavens. But astrologers observing the new planet saw little despotism in it. Obviously, its very discovery' upset the eons-old notion of a seven-planet system. Moreover, the discovery roughly coincided with the French and American revolutions. In Promethean terms, Uranus signifies creative energy and the breaking of old models of belief and action.

Heralding disruptive transformations, the planet is, astrologers say, an icon for the final third of the twentieth century. A major Uranian presence at birth supposedly denotes an individual determined to change society rather than conform to it. He or she is apt to be inventive, rebellious, unorthodox, freedom-loving, progressive, original, and resourceful. Workaday incarnations of the Uranian-Promethean spirit include electricians, inventors, and technicians. But Uranus is not without its negative side. People influenced by the planet may be so bent on disruption and reform that they can be antisocial, even in a good cause.

Their need to be different from others sometimes makes them rebels for rebellion's sake, and their restless energy can find outlet as sarcasm, brash impulsiveness, and moodiness. Uranus rules Aquarius and the brain, especially the pituitary gland. The planet's glyph is a cross atop a circle, flanked on each side by a half circle. Still, Neptune's mythical ocean is said to convey enormous empathy and a capacity to understand the depths of human personality.

People with strong Neptune influences are thought to be blessed with the potential to rise above their own concerns in order to serve family or society. They are also apt to be dreamers, a trait that adds to their possible success as spiritual and artistic leaders, actors, filmmakers, and poets. And given their mythical connections, they may be seafarers, deep-sea divers, or explorers for offshore oil. For all its virtues, Neptune has its dark side; its power is believed to exaggerate evil as well as good.

Violent as an earthquake, its influence erupts to cause people to do things they are unprepared to control and might later regret. Neptune's trident, astrologers say, bears the tines of obsession. The planet is said to lead those who are misguided or ill-prepared for deeper knowledge to use drugs and alcohol in the errant hope of satisfying their spiritual yearnings. It is associated with hospitals and other institutions, and its influence is said to figure in the careers of chemists and anesthesiologists-both, in their way, givers of dreams.

People who exhibit Neptune's negative aspects may fall prey to delusions and fanaticism. Neptune's existence was forecast before it was observed. Three years later a German astronomer, Johann Gottfried Galle, made the first telescopic sighting of Neptune, spotting it remarkably close to its predicted position. Cold and sluggish Neptune takes years to orbit the Sun. It has two moons.

The larger one, named for Neptune's son Triton, orbits backward. The prototype of Neptune was worshiped by the Greeks as Poseidon, god of the sea and all waters. Poseidon shared cosmic dominion with his brothers Zeus, who ruled the heavens, and Hades, who reigned in the underworld. Although he lived on the ocean floor in a golden palace, Poseidon was primitive and unruly and would rise up in the form of earthquakes and tidal waves.

But the god of the sea could be nurturing as well as destructive. Poseidon was a god of male fertility, his waters the father of crops. The Greeks also venerated him as a tamer of horses. As the Romans' Neptune he was worshiped primarily as the lord of irrigation. Modern astrology associates Neptune's ocean kingdom with the forces of the unconscious mind and his horses with the power of raw instinct.

Mystics believe the collective unconscious is a source of human creativity and renewal. But storming its bastions can be risky, they say, since Fierce Neptune straddles his son Triton in this marble by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. From this distant outpost, the Sun appears not as a fiery and life-giving god, but merely as one of uncountable bright stars, cold and far away.

Pluto is the Roman version of the Greek god Hades, whose name means the "unseen one. Its gates were guarded by the three-headed dog Cerberus, who ate mortals and ghosts who tried to escape.

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On a rare foray outside his dark realm, Hades fell in love with the daughter of the earth goddess Demeter, Persephone, and carried her off to be his wife. In her grief Demeter let the Earth lie fallow, thus creating the seasons of late fall and winter. Since it is the outermost transpersonal planet, it is believed to have broad and deep influence, heralding drastic changes that affect entire popula tions. Pluto has aspects that seem especially meaningful to the twentieth century, the era of nuclear threat-and of the plutonium that echoes the planet's name.

Befitting its Satanic aspects, Pluto was discovered in an era of economic upheaval and world war.