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Astrology: The Sun

Updated on August 15, 2013
Apoll mit den Stunden by Apoll mit den Stunden
Apoll mit den Stunden by Apoll mit den Stunden | Source
The Sun as captured by NASA
The Sun as captured by NASA | Source

The Sun in Astrology is represented as a Planet. Like my moon hub, “Astrology: The Moon," the sun isn’t technically a planet (by scientific standards), the sun is actually a star. Even so, astrology the sun is a “planet” and makes up the seven planets in your unique natal chart. Also in astrology the moon and the sun is in a special position. They are seen as luminaries, luminaries in astrology are celestial bodies (The Moon and The Sun) that provide light and illuminate things. This makes sense because when you think about, the moon and sun both provide light. The Sun provides light during the day and the moon takes over for the sun and provides light at night.

Not only that but the moon throughout history is important and is said to help in the development of time/calendars and for tracking cultivation and harvest season. The Sun also has a special position. The sun governs photosynthesis, provides us with vitamin d, and warms us in the winter among other things. This is what makes the moon and especially the sun important, not only in astrology but history too. So when the sun and moon appear in a natal chart it can be seen in an elevated and special position.

The Sun Glyph
The Sun Glyph | Source

The Sun rules over the Fifth House and the zodiac sign, Leo. The Fifth House represents sex, pleasure, creativity, and children. The Sun in the Fifth House represents how we express ourselves, be it through sexual expression, artistic expression, and through our children. It’s important to remember that everyone’s natal chart contains your sun sign and it is one of our personal planets. To go off topic a bit, the sun is our own sun sign, if you’re born mid-October to the second week of November (aka between October 23rd-November 22th) in the then that makes you a Scorpio and your sun was in Scorpio. The Sun, your sun sign is the day you were born, your birthday.

Steering back on topic the Fifth House is about individuality, yourself and your sense of self. The sun is the center of the solar system and so the Sun and the fifth house is your core being. In a sense, the sun as astrological planet can be seen as your inner child (must more the adult-child) and upbringing just as much as the moon is. The moon is said to represent your mother and the sun is supposed to represent your father. The moon is your fourth house of family, and the sun being your fifth house is all about personality and individualism. Children are creative, full of imagination and questions. Children naturally look up to their parents, looking up to their mother for love, comfort and support and looking up to their father for guidance, protection, and a sense of security. The Sun combines your inner child in regards to the development of your ego, but also displays what you do with this ego and creativity as you grow up. The Sun is very much about ego, your personality and its expression. The Sun’s symbol or glyph is a circle with a dot in the middle.

The Sun by Guido Bonatti
The Sun by Guido Bonatti | Source
Deckenfresko im Treppenhaus der Würzburger Residenz, nördlicher Götterhimmel by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Deckenfresko im Treppenhaus der Würzburger Residenz, nördlicher Götterhimmel by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo | Source

The sun is Ancient Roman Mythology is represented by the god, Apollo and as Sol. Sol Invictus or just Sol is meant to be the complement to the moon goddess, Luna as the Roman deity, Sol. In Greek Mythology the Sun is represented as the god, Helios and Apollo. Helios is the god that brings forth light, riding his chariot endlessly throughout the globe to bring light to the world.

Aries by Guido Bonatti
Aries by Guido Bonatti | Source

Exalted: The Sun in Aries

Exalted: The Sun is exalted in Aries. Exalted in astrology means the highest and best position a sign in a planet can be in. It is exalted in Aries because Aries captures the true and ultimate expression of the Sun’s energies. Aries is a fire sign and is ruled by Mars, making them competitive and strong. Aries is confident and proud with a mixture of vitality and passion that makes it a good fit with the sun. Aries contains a healthy ego, and a strong sense of self and individually.

You can’t push Aries around easily because Aries as the youngest sign of the zodiac, is like a child. Naturally curious and without a filter or self-imposed limits; Aries charges forth with a natural sense of self confidence and assurance. Aries can be seen as part warrior too. These Mars born people are meant to lead, not follower, ready to defend it and others against attacks. Aries is always striving to test its limits, fighting against people who seek to damage their sense of self.

Aquarius by Guido Bonatti
Aquarius by Guido Bonatti | Source

Detriment: The Sun in Aquarius

Detriment: The Sun is in detriment in Aquarius. Detriment represents a planet and zodiac signs most difficult and challenging position. Detriment doesn’t fit the ideals of a planet that it’s supposed to represent at all.

The Sun in Aquarius is in a peculiar position. Aquarius is an air sign who traditionally has two rulers, Saturn and Uranus. Even so, Aquarius energy can be seen in relation to a spectrum ranging from eccentric to conventional and traditional. This sign is Aquarius can be unique, logical, freedom-loving, or it can take after Capricorn and Saturn and be deliberate, serious and responsible. No matter what end of the spectrum an Aquarius lies in; the Aquarius will be an cool, intellectual who can best use their time fiddling with the latest of technology or reading up on abstract academia ideals and concepts.

So how does Aquarius fit with the Sun? Well it really doesn’t. Aquarius is too much into the logical, too much into the mind, to really focus on personality and self. Aquarius can have a strong sense of self, but choose to not use it and display it as readily as an Aries or Leo. To quote Sweets Brown, ain’t nobody got time for that? Aloof Aquarius is non-assertive, cerebral and too impersonal to focus so much time and energy on the ego and its expression.

They simply don’t have the time or need to dwell into the sense of self. They are the “we are the world” types, the humanitarians; the ones focus on humanity and improving the human condition types. They have a sense of self as you can see with their random rebellious tendencies but they are much more focus on developing a sense of brotherhood, a union with humans. Their sense of self can be in relation of the group, and not them self as an individual.

Helios as Personification of Midday by Anton Raphael Mengs
Helios as Personification of Midday by Anton Raphael Mengs | Source

Fall: The Sun in Libra

Fall: The Sun is in the Fall in Libra. Fall in astrology represents a sign in which its position in a planet is uncomfortable and weak. Though this position is not the worst position it’s difficult to express the nature of the planet. The Fall of a planet will always be in the sign in opposite of the exalted sign. Libra is the sign opposite to Aries. Libra is an air sign, so they are naturally logical, attracted to people and ideas and thrive in a social atmosphere.

Even so; Libras suffer from a similar problem as Aquarius. This problem being that their sense of self intertwines with the group, with others. Even so, Libra can take this to the extreme. Libra is the sign of partnership and is ruled by Venus. Venus is focused on pleasure but also is focused on entertaining others, creating an experience, along with forging relationships. So Libra is pleasure seeking and wants to be seen as beautiful and popular, creating the “I want everyone to like me syndrome.” Libra in turn as a social sign and ruled by Venus are very much focused on getting people to like them and see them in a positive, appealing light.

Libra by Guido Bonatti
Libra by Guido Bonatti | Source

Fall: The Sun in Libra (cont'd).

Aries and exaltation of the Sun is the sign of Aries really doesn’t care what people think and does what it wants, when it wants without regard over others. Sun in Aries is focused on themselves and what makes them happy. Sun in Aquarius, though in detriment also doesn’t focus too much on people. Though they’re sense of self can be intertwine with others, Aquarius can also step back and run off and do their own thing, when the group becomes too much and infringes on their independence. Aquarius also really doesn’t have the time or energy to focus on what people think when there is a world to save out there.

Libra on the other hand are the people pleasers, the entertainers of the zodiac, their being is focused on pleasurable social interactions and exchanging ideas. Sun in Libra is like a double whammy, not only are they meant to be social but they are also intellectual and cerebral. This means Libras think a lot and can be easily influence if they put too much off themselves to the group. Sun in Libra can relies on others to define their sense of self and self-worth, which doesn’t sit comfortable with the true expression of the Sun. The Sun and someone sense of self develops from within and doesn’t (shouldn’t) rely on someone else.

The Birth of the Sun and the Triumph of Bacchus by Corrado Giaquinto,1762
The Birth of the Sun and the Triumph of Bacchus by Corrado Giaquinto,1762 | Source

Overall the Sun is about the ego, individuality, creativity, and the self. The Sun like the Moon in astrology is especially important because they represent the core of your being and your upbringing and who you are now. Therefore, the Sun is uniquely, YOU!!!

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