Each zodiac sign is said to have a “ruling planet” that governs it and imbues it with certain personality traits.
The ruling planets in astrology govern each of the 12 zodiac signs. These ruling planets have unique “energy.” So what exactly does it mean for each zodiac sign to have a ruling planet? And what is yours?
The planet and the zodiac sign have traits in common, so they are linked based on this association. Each planet is named after a mythological god. For deeper understanding, you can read the legends of these deities throughout history—Egyptian, Sumerian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Aztec, et al.—since our ancestors always found “god” in the sky. The IAU (International Astronomical Union) is the official, modern naming body for astronomical objects.
Zodiac signs and the energy of their ruling planets
Below, you can find your zodiac sign’s ruling planet and the key energies it provides. You can read more about what each planet means in-depth by following the links in each sign.
Each planet is associated with a zodiac sign, and that sign will exhibit traits of its ruling planet.
Minor ruling and shared ruling planets
But wait, there’s more. There are minor ruling planets and shared ruling planets for some zodiac signs. These are explained below.
Minor ruling planets: Scorpio, Aquarius, Pisces
Since Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were all just discovered much later (Uranus in 1781, Neptune in 1846 and Pluto in 1930), Scorpio, Aquarius and Pisces used to have different rulers, which some astrologers still reference. These “minor” or secondary rulers are:
Scorpio: Mars (for the sign’s trademark intensity and drive)
Aquarius: Saturn (this sign is always building toward the future)
Pisces: Jupiter (for the visionary and prophetic powers of Pisces)
Shared ruling planets: Taurus-Libra and Gemini-Virgo
Two pairs of signs still share a common planetary ruler. Why? Well, mainly because there are 10 heavenly bodies and 12 zodiac signs, so it’s a “supply and demand” issue! But the temperaments of these signs can also be similar:
Taurus & Libra: Venus (both love material and sensual pleasures)
Gemini & Virgo: Mercury (both can be heady, intellectual and information-loving)