Yes, there are only 8 “planets” (I still keep Pluto on the list even though it was reclassified as a “dwarf” in 2006), but the 2 luminaries – Sun and Moon – are always included when discussing Astrology.
Planets are the spark plugs in an Astrology chart. They each have a job to do as they energize the many facets of an individual’s personality and life. In addition, a planet is said to have “rulership” of a particular sign (it will be at its happiest and most potent energy when transiting there – fully expressed).
The Planets are listed below along with their Zodiac sign rulerships and duties:
Sun * Leo: Life force, self expression
Moon * Cancer: Emotions, sub conscious, nurturing
Mercury * Gemini and Virgo: Communication (when Mercury goes retrograde, we need to watch what we say and write), transportation, education
Venus * Taurus and Libra: Love, beauty and how we view/value ourselves and money
Mars * Aries: Action, conflict, sexuality
Jupiter * Sagittarius: Expansion, recreation, philosophy
Saturn * Capricorn: Discipline, boundaries, authority
Uranus * Aquarius: Change, the unconventional, extremes
Neptune * Pisces: Spirituality, dreams, illusion
Pluto * Scorpio: Unconscious, breaking down and rebuilding, secrets
The location of a planet in a birth chart – its House placement, its Astrology Sign – can influence how we act/respond in particular areas of our lives as they currently transit and move around our chart today.