Planets are like actors in the chart. Each planet represents a certain energy, or part of the psyche.
Signs in the chart are the roles the actors play. The Zodiac signs may be likened to panes in a stained glass cathedral window. A planet’s energy, or its “light” will come across differently depending on the sign it’s in, or the color “glass” through which you view it.
Elements and Modes
In order to make sense of the signs, it is essential to learn them by their elements and modes.
The element and mode associated with each sign are extremely important and useful distinctions. Memorize the mode and element for each sign! This will make it easier to find the aspects.