I have always thought that the best way to learn and study astrology is by using your own chart as a guide to all the principles and rules one would be learning. One of the first principles one learns in interpreting the chart, is that the first house always indicates what the individual looks like, and is like. The ascendant sign gives us a clue to the personality and any planets in the house would give a more detail account of the person. This I found to be very true in my own chart, with the ascendant at Virgo and with its ruler Mercury in Gemini in the ninth, and the planet Neptune in the first house. Neptune in the first house is a bridge from the mysterious, the illusions, the imaginations, the mysticism and the spirituality to the physical world of reality. The planet also brings with it confusion, deception, creativity, sensitivity, fantasy and a developed intuition.
Dealing with Neptune in my early years, I never could make a simple decision due to the fact I could lay out a multitude of correct answers for any given problem, and I could imagine situations that could never possibly show up. The problem wasn’t making a decision, but it was which outcome would I really want, was the question. Neptune made every answer beautiful and the right one. I could be very tired and not be able to finish a project at hand when a whole new story line would pop in my head, from out of the blue. This always drove me wild and made people think I was flighty. As I grew older, I am not sure if it toned down, or did I learn to work with it better. As my astrological knowledge increased I began to see something I found very amazing, as it was very true in my own chart, and I saw it happening in others.
That interesting tidbit was that any planet in the first house will influence and color the other planets in the natal chart, and possibly in other types of charts like the solar and lunar returns. Neptune made all my other planets act as if they were under his magical influence, giving a Neptune type of effect to the different planets. The following are my thoughts of how Neptune colored each of my planets.
Sun Spiritual high, flighty and not grounded or practical
Moon Emotionally highly activated, melancholic heaven
Venus Fantasy and love unrealistic and futuristic
Mercury Constantly thinking out of the box
Mars Unconventional outburst of energy
Saturn Structure and path, always needing to be different
Uranus Never the normal always the paranormal
Pluto Rebirth and change, always a volcano of imagination
The colorings on some of the planets were quite drastic at times, and other colorings, were not noticeable, unless one really looked for it. Depending on the circumstances and what was happening with the aspects, the colorings were like rainbows with a pot of gold at the end. Discovering this I realized how much more diverse and interesting it made me as a person and as the aspects from the transits hit, it confirms how much influence the planets in the first house really had. Next time you want to see a kaleidoscope of your personality, try seeing if you have any planets in the first house and how it affects the other planets. And if there aren’t any planets, see how the ruler of the ascendant colors the other planets. Enjoy the adventure, and learn more about yourself at the same time.