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Sun in Astrology

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Sun Overview:

In astrology, the sun represents the conscious ego, our vitality and willpower. The sun is the central and most popular aspect of personal astrology. However, while it describes a great deal about the basic personality traits of a person, the sun sign alone does not tell the whole story. The moon for example, represents the subconscious mind and the innermost thoughts and feelings that have a life of their own. Those inner desires and feelings are illuminated by our sun and given expression when our sun acknowledges them. The Sun is also used to signify men and the father while the moon is designated to represent women and the mother. Additionally, the sun rules the heart and spine and is the planetary ruler of the sign of Leo and 5th house. 

Where the sun is placed will determine where the individual’s ability to make a significant contribution in life lies. The sun sign constitutes the basic inner Force that motivates our action. It reveals what the individual unconsciously assumes to be real and of importance. Air signs such as Gemini and Aquarius for example, treat their thoughts and beliefs to be as real and valid as any material or concrete object. For the water signs, their emotions and feelings are largely what resonates most strongly with them. For the Earth signs, seeing is believing and the fire signs are all about keeping a constant flow of excitement and activity.

  • Sun Rulership: Leo
  • Sun Detriment: Aquarius
  • Sun Exaltation: Aries
  • Sun Fall: Libra

Sun Key Traits: 

  • Willpower 
  • determination 
  • dignity 
  • Vitality 
  • loyalty 
  • fortitude 
  • strength 
  • positivity 
  • leadership 
  • courage 
  • arrogance 
  • ecocentrism 
  • individualism 

The Sun Symbol:

The symbol for the sun in astrology is simply a circle with a dot in the center. The circle symbolizes the spirit or soul and the dot represents the divine spark. The sun represents the eternal self. That which has no beginning or end and is boundless and infinite. The sun represents the very core of being and is the essence of who we are that carries over into the next life. 

Sun in the Natal Chart:

The sun’s placement in your chart determines the core essence of you individuality. The characteristics of your sun sign describe the fundamentals of who you are as a person and what you need to feel fulfilled and revitalized in response to the stressors that life hurls at you. The sun in your chart is like the protagonist in a play. It is the central figure around which all other objects revolve, at least in terms of the point of perspective. It is a frame of reference from which to interpret the various nuances created by the other planetary placements and aspects in your chart. The Sun along with the first house in your chart are integral for understanding the nature of your personality in terms of the Persona you project and how others perceive you.

However, sun sign astrology is just the beginning of understanding who you are through the power of astrology. Many people may find that their sun sign horoscope does not feel specific enough or accurate enough in how it represents themselves. That is one of the flaws of sun-based astrology, because to truly understand each person astrologically it is necessary to take into account the various planetary placements and aspects that shape add define the unique nuances of the personality. Human psychology is complex and much of that complexity was eloquently articulated in the works of psychologists like Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. Concepts like the conscious ego, the id, the superego, the shadow and the unconscious are compatible with and can be accounted for with astrology

Sun as a Transit:

The Sun transits into a different sign every month, but this does not mean that your sun sign changes with it. Instead, the sun’s transit through each sign and house puts a spotlight and emphasis on different facets of your life. In the sign of Aries or the first house, the sun puts more attention on being more active and perhaps initiating a number of new enterprises. An individual will be inspired or motivated to invest a lot more time and energy in themselves and their appearance to boost their attractiveness and self esteem. In the sign of Taurus or the 2nd house, the Sun will put more focus on making smart investments and purchases. They may take an interest in decorating and personalizing their environments with various furnishments and display pieces. In Gemini or the 3rd house, the sun will be more conscious about communication and engender a willful desire to speak up more and find ways to improve communication skills.

Sun Mythology:

Throughout the ages the sun has been an object of worship in many cultures. As the single greatest source of energy and heat necessary for survival on Earth, it no wonder why civilizations have revered the Glorious light-giving orb in the sky. Many cultures have their own version of Sun Gods. The Egyptians personified the Sun as Ra. The Aztecs worshipped the sun god Tonatiuh it is theorized that the christian savior, Jesus Christ is a variation of the sun god motif.

Sun in Astronomy:

The Sun is the star at the center of our solar system. Its diameter is 109 times greater than Earth’s and its mass is 330,000 times that of Earth. It is classified as a yellow dwarf star although it’s light is closer to White then yellow. It is estimated to have been formed around 4.6 billion years ago following the gravitational collapse of matter within a large molecular cloud. The sun is a massive sphere of hot plasma that sustains itself through nuclear fusion reactions in its core.

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