How Do the Stars and Planets Influence Our Lives and Personalities According to Astrology? An Astrologer Explains the Meanings and Mysteries of the Zodiac

Karen Smith
4 min readMar 8, 2024


Astrology has fascinated humanity across cultures and civilizations for millennia. At its core, this ancient art examines how the changing positions and alignments of celestial bodies like the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars correlate to events on Earth and the personalities of individuals.

As a professional astrologer with extensive knowledge of the zodiac signs’ archetypes and symbols, as well as how to interpret birth charts and horoscopes, I’m often asked: How does astrology actually work? What is the meaning behind your zodiac sign? And can the stars and planets really shape who we are and what happens in our lives?

In this blog post, I’ll explain the key aspects of astrology to shed light on how and why this esoteric practice has endured over thousands of years.

The Basics: An Overview of the Zodiac Signs and Symbols

The foundation of astrology begins with the zodiac — the belt of 12 constellations that the Sun, Moon, and planets move through from our vantage point on Earth. They include:

  • Aries ♈️ (The Ram)
  • Taurus ♉️(The Bull)
  • Gemini ♊️(The Twins)
  • Cancer ♋️ (The Crab)
  • Leo ♌️ (The Lion)
  • Virgo ♍️ (The Maiden)
  • Libra ♎️ (The Scales)
  • Scorpio ♏️ (The Scorpion)
  • Sagittarius ♐️ (The Archer)
  • Capricorn ♑️ (The Sea Goat)
  • Aquarius ♒️ (The Water Bearer)
  • Pisces ♓️ (The Fish)

Each sign has its own rich symbology, mythological backstories, and distinctive personality traits. For instance, fiery Aries embodies bravery, initiative, and determination with its ram mascot charging forward headfirst without hesitation. Careful Virgo’s maiden epitomizes analytical attention to detail and dutiful service.balancer Libra’s scales represent diplomacy, justice, partnership while

dreamy Pisces intuitive, spiritual fish gracefully swim in mystical realms beyond our reality.

I analyze how celestial movement through the zodiac corresponds to worldly happenings relative to each sign’s themes. I also form interpretive horoscopes illuminating what’s ahead for different signs in the areas of love, relationships, career, finances, health, family and more.

The Planetary Players: How They Shape Personality and Events

However, the Sun and zodiac tell only part of astrology’s story. The other pivotal component is the cosmic dance of the planets — each orb with its own astrological significations and personality.

The key planets I assess are:

  • Mars — Drive, passion, aggression, conflict
  • Venus — Love, beauty, pleasure, harmony
  • Mercury — Intellect, communication, travel
  • Jupiter — Growth, wisdom, luck, prosperity
  • Saturn — Discipline, challenges, boundaries

When planets interact via alignments like conjunctions, squares, oppositions across the zodiac’s constellations in an individual’s natal birth chart or in current cosmic events, they activate those signs’ energies and themes in specific ways.

For example, amorous Venus mingling with theatrical Leo amplifies romance and creativity. Whereas disciplinarian Saturn clashing with changeable Gemini can hinder flexibility and engagement. I synthesize these multi-layered celestial patterns to map out what they signify for a person seeking insight.

Decoding Your Destiny: Why You Were Born When You Were

So can the stars really shape who we become and what destiny has in store as astrology suggests? I believe the cosmic forces that converge at the moment you’re born do imprint you with energies, tendencies, and needs that flavor your journey through life.

  1. The zodiac sign the Sun occupies in your natal chart denotes your core personality and way of being. Mars reveals how you pursue your passions. Mercury influences how you think and communicate.

2. The Moon’s placement reflects your emotional needs and inner moods. Venus shows what attracts you socially and romantically. Jupiter guides your growth via opportunities. Saturn decrees where you’ll face trials forcing maturity.

3. Planetary alignments fused across your birth chart create your unique astrological fingerprint. Your cosmic DNA imprinted from the heavens signals what you’re equipped to achieve in this lifetime by balancing strengths and weaknesses.

As you traverse your fated path, evolving planets continue to activate parts of your natal chart, initiating new cycles awakening dormant forces inside you. I can forecast these destiny triggers when counseling clients about relationships, pivotal decisions, realizing dreams — any area relevant to what they seek to understand about their journey.

While you have freewill to self-actualize, certain personality traits and predisposed experiences related to your astrological blueprint feel more fated as they manifest around you. But interpreting what’s written in the stars provides awareness so you can nurture the positive and graceful direction your horoscope reveals is opening up as our ever-changing universe aligns to unveil your destined calling.

The celestial sphere’s endless dance certainly holds many mysteries that continue to captivate humanity’s imagination and intuition through the insights astrology offers. So keep your eyes to the stars and embrace the unique gifts imprinted upon you from the heavens!



Karen Smith

Master Cosmobiologist leveraging retrograde rhythms to rewrite limiting beliefs and upgrade your cosmic DNA 溺