The planets orbit the Sun with incredible regularity. They travel through all twelve signs of the zodiac (your houses) as they complete one revolution. If you wanted to, you could predict the exact location of Saturn on February 3, 2088, or Neptune on October 29, 2567. Astronomers from ancient times figured out how long it took for planets like Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter to circle the Sun. As they gained more knowledge, they created a chart called the “Ephemeris” which shows when a particular planet will be in a specific zodiac sign…..and when it will leave.
This is how modern day astrologers create your horoscopes—by looking at the ephemeris. Truth be told, this chart is a little hairy for newbies to understand. Take a look:
Across the top, from left to right, you can see the glyphs for the Sun, Moon, nine planets and other points of interest, like Chiron, and the North and South Nodes of the Moon. On the left, every day in the month of September 2012 is listed in order from top to bottom.
I’m not going to explain how to read the chart in this blog post. (But I think I’ll do one in the future!) Instead, I’m going to take the information from the ephemeris and put it in an easier-to-digest manner.
For those of you in my free astrology mini-course, “Teach Yourself Astrology: The Year Ahead”, I’ve created a quick cheat sheet below that shows you where the planets and Sun are right now. This is the information that you’re going to put in columns 3 and 4 of the table you downloaded in Lesson #2. Every time a planet or the Sun changes signs, this page will be updated.
Celestial Orb Where It Is Now When It Leaves
The Sun Sagittarius December 21, 2020 (goes to Capricorn)
Mercury Scorpio December 1, 2020 (goes to Sagittarius)
Venus Scorpio December 15, 2020 (goes to Sagittarius)
Mars Aries January 7, 2021 (goes to Taurus)
Jupiter Capricorn December 19, 2020 (goes to Aquarius)
Saturn Capricorn December 17, 2020 (goes to Aquarius)
Uranus Taurus May 27, 2026 (goes to Gemini)
Neptune Pisces March 31, 2025 (goes to Aries)
Pluto Capricorn March 24, 2023 (goes to Aquarius)