Astrology describes the planets in terms of gender to help us understand their dynamic symbolism, but understanding the genders of the planets helps us understand gender dynamics among human beings.
There are three genders: masculine, feminine, and transgender. Three of the nine planets belong to each gender.
The most masculine planet is Mars – aggressively ambitious and conquesting. The Sun has more mature, balanced masculinity – confident, and using its strength to protect and maintain those who are weaker. Jupiter represents the enlightened male, expansive but wise, faithful and optimistic.
The most feminine planet is Venus – overflowing with beautiful love and lovable beauty. The Moon has more mature femininity – using her beauty and love to help protect and nurture others. Rahu (according to Phaladīpika) is also feminine but represents the wild female – unstable, obsessed with appearance, and unsettling.
Then there are three transgendered planets. Mercury is a male with female qualities – decisive like a man yet intelligent and verbose like a woman. Saturn represents a female with male qualities – not using her emotions to nurture, but to criticize and punish. Ketu represents an asexual celibate – without gender and withdrawn from ordinary external affairs.
– Excerpt from an early draft of
Symbolic Keys of Astrology
by Vic DiCara