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Sol The Sun
We refer to the star at the center of our solar system as the Sun. Today’s astrophysicists believe that the Sun weights 2.2 octillion tons and has a diameter of 864, 392 miles. It takes 24.65 days to complete one rotation on its axis. The Sun is the source of almost all the power, light, and heat found on the Earth. Every minute the Earth’s surface receives just under two calories of heat spread out over each square mile. The halo of burning gasses surrounding the Sun, called the corona, reaches temperatures of 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit. The Sun’s core reaches temperatures that exceed 25 million degrees Fahrenheit. The Sun is referred to as a variable star because, out of all the known stars, it rotates counterclockwise. Undoubtedly, there are many more, but we have not yet discovered them. The Sun appears to be stationary due to the vastness of space. However, astrophysicists have determined that the Sun is traveling at approximately 200 miles per second along the outer rim of our galaxy the Milky Way. As the Sun moves within the Milky Way, the Milky Way itself is moving rapidly through space as the universe expands. The Earth and all the other parts of our solar system are moving right along with the Sun and the Milky Way, but we do not consciously sense this movement. At some point in prehistoric times, ancient human cultures recognized that most plant life needed the Sun’s light for growth and that animals and humans ultimately depended upon the energy stored in the plants. Humans recognized that the Sun was the source of physical light, heat, and life on Earth. The Sun and its associations on Earth were seen as the symbols of life, light, and divinity. It seems that some primitive cultures equated the Sun with God because of its role as the provider of light, heat, energy, and life. Other cultures viewed the Sun as a representative of God or as one of the most significant gods in a pantheon of gods. Some believed that God lived in the Sun itself. The ancient Egyptians referred to the Sun as Ra, Amen, Aten, and Osiris. Each of these Sun gods possessed different religious meanings. The Persians called the Sun god Mithras. The Hindus referred to the Sun god as Brahma. The Chaldeans called the Sun god Bel, and the ancient Greeks’ name for the Sun god was Apollo.
Sun Signs Holidays, or holy days, were celebrated each year when the orbits of the Sun and Earth formed certain relationships, such as the first day of spring. Gods that were associated with the Sun were worshiped on these days and are referred to as solar gods. Passover, Easter, Hanukkah, and Christmas are examples of the solar holy days in the Judeo-Christian tradition. During the height of ancient Greece, the Greek astrologer Aristarchus (310 BC – 230 BC) concluded that the Sun was at the center of the solar system. However, even before the fall of the Roman Empire, the leaders of Christianity developed the doctrine that humanity was God’s central concern and that, therefore, the Earth must be the center of the universe. Fidelity to the teachings of Aristarchus was heresy. Astrologers of the Dark Ages like Copernicus, Brahe, and Galileo, were forced to conform to church doctrine publicly and state that the Earth was the center of the universe. Otherwise, they could be punished, tortured, and/or killed. Most, like Galileo, accepted the church’s teachings in public but not in private. Philosophically, God is defined as the circle whose circumference is nowhere and whose center is everywhere. In astrology, numerology, alchemy, and magic, the perfect circle is used to represent pure spirit, the whole, or God. When a dot is placed in the center of the circle, as it is in the symbol for the Sun, the new symbol represents God-made-manifest, spirit-made-manifest, individualized spirit, individualized divinity, or individualized consciousness. In the unmanifest form God is unable to know Itself. Through physical manifestation, God becomes aware of Itself and says I Am, or I am what I am. The Sun, as the source of light, energy, and life in our physical solar system, is used to represent the spirit-made-manifest, the spark of divinity within the person, the nature of the divine essence in the individual. The Sun represents how the potential of the spirit or divine being can best be manifested in the individual. It is the God within ourselves. The Sun symbolizes the Self, especially when the Self is defined as one’s center of awareness or consciousness. As the Sun transits or moves through the signs of the zodiac each year, it highlights, one by one, each one of the twelve zodiacal archetypes that make up the universal man or woman. It focuses attention on the nature or character of a sign, providing opportunities to actualize qualities in the Self that correspond to those of that sign. Physically, the Sun is the center of our solar system. As the center, the Sun was thought to represent the centers of all things. It was associated with the heart, the center of the body’s circulatory system. Due to its color and to its importance, the Sun has been associated with gold, sunflowers, courage, strength, kings, and lions. The light of the Sun was associated with the ability to see and, by extension, with mental clarity. It is also associated with thought, mind, and spirit, with understanding, and with spiritual enlightenment.
Sun Signs Although the Sun was usually considered to be benevolent, early cultures were also aware that both too little and too much of the Sun’s light were detrimental to life; they recognized that the Sun’s effects were not always benign. Interpreting the Sun in a natal chart may seem to be abstract and vague at first glance. Our concepts of spirit, consciousness, or awareness tend to be abstract and vague at best. As the symbol of individualized consciousness or spirit, interpreting the Sun in a natal chart can be an onerous task. The Sun represents the urge to be or exist as a unique and separate individual. It symbolizes the energy, power, vitality, and will necessary to become and maintain this unique identity. In esoteric psychology, the Sun represents the primal power urge to be. The Sun functions as an individual center of awareness or consciousness, and it describes the individual’s purpose and direction in life, the mission for which the individual is called forth to accomplish.
The Sun as the Father Archetype The Sun, the first complete planetary symbol, represents the masculine principle and signifies the biological father, the relationship with the father, fathers in general, authority, authority figures, teachers, more experienced persons, and older people in general. The Sun may also be referred to as the particular paternal archetype manifesting in the individual’s life. The sign and degree of the Sun describe the qualities and characteristics of the original masculine contribution to the individual’s life. The house of the Sun describes the life area in which the father’s influence will be most strongly felt and developed. The Sun’s aspects to the planets and other astrological points describe the relationships between the new individual’s masculine or paternal urges and the urges represented by the other astrological symbols. The Sun’s directions, progressions, and transits describe the most natural course for the unfoldment of the father archetype in the individual’s life.
The Sun as the Self Archetype As the center of consciousness, the Sun also represents the ability to assimilate and integrate the urges, experiences, and psychosocial roles symbolized by the planets and other parts of the chart. In this respect, the Sun symbolizes the archetype of the Self. This Self archetype represents the Self as the expression of man’s inherent psychological predisposition to experience wholeness, centeredness, and meaning in life. This Self is the organizer of experience, the principle of self-integration, and the ability to integrate one’s behaviors, roles, and experiences into a whole and consistent Self.
Sun Signs At birth the Self archetype is very abstract because very little of it has been manifested or actualized. It is largely unconscious potential and is outside of ordinary awareness. As the individual manifests what was originally only potential, the concept of the Self becomes more concrete and defined. However, as more and more of the Self manifests, the potential of the Self also expands. Thus, the process is never completed or finished. The Self expands, incorporating more and more of the universe. For example, a child of 2-years-old may realize ―I am a boy (or girl) in this family with this mother and father, these brothers and sisters, and these grandparents.‖ The 2-year-old is unconscious of his neighborhood, his future school, teachers, and peers. They remain potential. At the age of 3, he (or she) may be aware of peers and their parents who live nearby. If he or she has older siblings, he or she may have heard of school, but the concept of school remains largely nebulous, unconscious potential. He or she may have even seen the physical building, but the experience of school remains undefined potential. An adult, or even many adolescents and children, who are facing a life-threatening or similar crisis, may develop new coping skills or experience a new sense of self. What were merely beliefs or ideas may become real-life or living experiences when they are used to help cope with the crisis. A crisis may be the trigger for transpersonal experiences, or other spiritual or non-ordinary states of consciousness. As the symbol for the Self archetype, the Sun sign describes the most natural qualities used in the process of self-integration. The house of the Sun describes the sphere of life in which this process will focus most readily. The Sun’s aspects describe the specific nature, the degree of ease or difficulty, the challenges that the Self will most likely experience as it integrates the parts into a whole Self. The Sun’s directions, progressions, and transits describe the most likely course for the realization of the Self.
As the symbol for the Self archetype, the Sun sign describes the most natural qualities used in the process of self-integration. The Sun’s aspects describe the specific nature, the degree of ease or difficulty, and the challenges that the Self will most likely experience as it integrates the parts into a whole Self. The Sun’s directions, progressions, and transits describe the most likely course for the realization of the Self.
The Sun through the Signs. Our sense of self, of who we are, is strongly modified by the astrological sign of the Sun at birth, i.e., our Sun Sign.
Aries is the sign of the Sun’s exaltation. The energies of the Sun are highly compatible with Aries. Here one’s identity is discovered through personal actions, often performed independently. His individuality is expressed through personal initiative. The Aries Sun individual can be good at beginning an activity or project but often loses interest if the activity or project is not completed in a short time. He is typically excited about life and living. He discovers who he is through the actions that he takes. An Aries Sun sign individual readily tackles problems in a quick, direct, and positive manner. He is selfreliant, prefers to act independently, and tends to express himself impulsively with little forethought. Fearless and energetic, the Aries Sun individual is usually capable of steering his life in whatever direction he chooses. The Aries Sun individual is often active, assertive, child-like, independent, innocent, naive, quick, and spontaneous. He may also be described as aggressive, autonomous, bold, courageous, daring, ego-centric, energetic, enthusiastic, excited, free-spirited, impulsive, initiating, insensitive, rash, self-centered, selfish, and short-sighted. As the cardinal fire sign, Aries is most compatible with other fire signs—Leo and Sagittarius. It is fairly compatible with the air signs—Gemini and Aquarius--and somewhat incompatible with the water signs—Scorpio and Pisces—and the earth signs— Taurus and Virgo. Aries can be especially conflictual with the cardinal signs Cancer and Capricorn. Its relationship with its opposite--the cardinal air sign Libra—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable. The exact expression of these compatibilities and incompatibilities is true when limited to Sun Signs. However, they may be modified significantly by other factors in the individual birth chart.
The Sun in Taurus symbolizes the need to concentrate (accumulate, hold on to) substance, money, possessions, land, objects, people, or energy in their search for an individual identity. Personal ownership and the fulfillment of sensuous desires figure strongly in this process. The Taurus Sun individual finds security in possession, usually the possession of money, wealth, beautiful objects, art, material possessions, land, and loved ones. He finds personal satisfaction through experiences of hard work, good food, sexual activity, and sensuality in general. His individuality manifests the values he espouses. The Taurus Sun individual is often described as acquisitive, authoritative, bossy, controlling, deliberate, determined, down-to-earth, greedy, immobile, materialistic, persistent, possessive,
Sun Signs practical, protective, rich, selfish, sensuous, stubborn, value-conscious, useful, and utilitarian. As the fixed earth sign, Taurus is most compatible with other earth signs—Virgo and Capricorn. It is fairly compatible with the water signs—Cancer and Pisces--and somewhat incompatible with the fire signs—Aries and Sagittarius—and the air signs—Gemini and Libra. Taurus can be especially conflictual with the fixed signs Aquarius and Leo. Its relationship with its opposite--the fixed water sign Libra—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable.
The Sun in Gemini symbolizes the search for identity through connections with the immediate environment. The Sun in Gemini individual finds himself through developing connections, associations, and communications with others. Siblings, neighbors, peers, and the extended family may help the person with Sun in Gemini understand his place in the world. The local environment, the neighborhood, and short trips provide the individual with information and stimulation. Understanding these connections is also an important part of identity formation. Intelligence, early education, and forming concepts and categories help in understanding his relation to others. Individuality manifests through creative self-expression. His individuality is expressed through knowledge. He individual is likely to be talented in regards to the use of words in speaking and/or writing. He is likely to be described as adaptable, changeable, chatty, communicative, curious, duplex, gossipy, imaginative, indecisive, intellectual, inventive, nervous, phony, rational, reasonable, superficial, talkative, verbal, variable, and versatile. As the mutable air sign, Gemini is most compatible with other air signs—Libra and Aquarius. It is fairly compatible with the fire signs—Leo and Aries--and somewhat incompatible with the water signs—Cancer and Scorpio—and the earth signs—Capricorn and Taurus. Gemini can be especially conflictual with the mutable signs Virgo and Pisces. Its relationship with its opposite--the mutable fire sign Sagittarius—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable.
The Sun in Cancer symbolizes the search for identity through the formation of a stable and consistent sense of self with a particular felt-sense of style. This individual tries out a number of behaviors to determine which best expresses his immediate feelings. 6
Sun Signs Individuality is expressed through nurturance. To an outside observer, he may appear to be moody or highly inconsistent because of his changing feelings and his way of expressing them. Despite what others see, the Sun in Cancer individual is seeking stability and security. This individual is experimenting, trying to find the best fit. At times, he may be quite outgoing, at other times quite introverted. The person with the Sun in Cancer is trying to integrate vicarious thoughts, feelings, roles, and experiences into one whole personality. In doing so, it is not unlikely that he may look to family and historical traditions upon which to build an enduring sense of self. The mother, maternal characteristics, an emphasis on nurturing and being nurtured, and the home life often serve as guides and role models. The individual with the Sun in Cancer is often described as domestic, emotional, intuitive, loyal, maternal, moody, needy, nurturing, protective, religious, sensitive, and sympathetic. As the cardinal water sign, Cancer is most compatible with other water signs—Scorpio and Pisces. It is fairly compatible with the earth signs—Virgo and Taurus--and somewhat incompatible with the fire signs—Leo and Sagittarius—and the air signs—Aquarius and Gemini. Cancer can be especially conflictual with the cardinal signs Libra and Aries. Its relationship with its opposite--the cardinal earth sign Capricorn—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable.
The Sun rules the sign of Leo. The person born with the Sun in Leo has a definite sense of self with particular personality traits. Each Sun in Leo individual sees himself playing a definite role with a characteristic signature. And he is strongly motivated to play this role and see it reflected in others. His identity is found by expressing his personal emotions in a creative and unique manner. His individual expresses through creative self-expression. He may do so physically through art, romance, sex, children, or sports. Other common avenues may be teaching, theater, drama, gifts, games, or gambling. Whatever form the expression takes, the Sun in Leo person feels that he is bestowing something of value to others. This individual wants acknowledgement and recognition from the individuals who are the recipients, not from the public in general. Leo Sun individuals rarely ask for what they want directly. Recognition in the form of loyalty is much appreciated by most Leo Sun individuals. They may give orders instead of requests, and they expect others to comply unquestionably. If they do not receive the admiration, loyalty, and compliance they believe they deserve, they withdraw without explanation. Sun in Leo individuals are often described as bold, bossy, caring, courageous, creative, dominant, domineering, dramatic, ego-centric, enthusiastic, extravagant, powerful, proud, regal, self-assured, self-centered, selfish, strong, and willful. As the fixed fire sign, Leo is most compatible with other fire signs—Sagittarius and Aries. It is fairly compatible with the air signs—Libra and Gemini--and somewhat incompatible 7
Sun Signs with the water signs—Cancer and Pisces—and the earth signs—Virgo and Capricorn. Leo can be especially conflictual with the fixed signs Taurus and Scorpio. Its relationship with its opposite--the fixed air sign Aquarius—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable.
The Sun in Virgo symbolizes the search for identity through the processes of analysis, discrimination, assimilation, self-analysis, self-improvement, perfectionism, and distribution. His individuality is expressed through careful analysis. The Sun in Virgo individual analyzes, judges, criticizes, improves, and perfects the actions and creations of himself as well as those of others. The objects of analysis range from the appearance of the physical body to theories of the cosmos. The intent is to achieve some arbitrary goal of perfection. Once achieved, the perfected object is assimilated, routinized, and distributed to others through teaching, writing, or verbal criticism. Individuals with the Sun in Virgo are often described as analytical, busy, careful, conscientious, critical, discriminating, helpful, industrious, judgmental, methodical, modest, nervous, picky, practical, and worrisome. As the mutable earth sign, Virgo is most compatible with other earth signs—Taurus and Capricorn. It is fairly compatible with the water signs—Cancer and Scorpio--and somewhat incompatible with the fire signs—Aries and Leo—and the air signs—Libra and Aquarius. Virgo can be especially conflictual with the mutable signs Gemini and Sagittarius. Its relationship with its opposite--the mutable water sign Pisces—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable.
The Sun in Libra symbolizes the search for identity through close, personal relationships. Libra is the fall of the Sun, i.e., the sign that is least compatible with the innate energies of the Sun. The Sun symbolizes one’s individual selfhood. Libra symbolizes a direct, acute awareness of others—the not-Self. In Libra the Sun must accept that it one of many stars and that no star is more important than any other. The Sun in Libra indicates the development of social awareness, social participation, social skills, and social functioning. His individuality expressed harmoniously through form and balance. Close, personal relationships provide the Libra Sun with most of the opportunities for learning the lessons of equality, harmony, and balance. The more intimate the better. The Libra Sun grows through relationships with close associates, marriage partners, and/or business partners. These relationships are not always harmonious. Differing interests, needs, and agendas 8
Sun Signs lead to conflicts and anger. Libra is also the sign of open enemies. Clashes with competitors also teach lessons in negotiating and learning to give in order to get. The Libra Sun often expresses the qualities of equality, harmony, balance and beauty in social etiquette and in artistic endeavors. Individuals born with the Sun in Libra are usually described as artistic, attentive, balanced, beautiful, charming, compassionate, conventional, dependent, diplomatic, dishonest, false, formal, gossipy, graceful, indecisive, lazy, lying, peaceable, refined, scheming, social, superficial, and unassertive. As the cardinal air sign, Libra is most compatible with other air signs—Gemini and Aquarius. It is fairly compatible with the fire signs—Leo and Sagittarius--and somewhat incompatible with the water signs—Pisces and Scorpio—and the earth signs—Virgo and Capricorn. Libra can be especially conflictual with the cardinal signs Cancer and Capricorn. Its relationship with its opposite--the cardinal fire sign Aries—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable.
The Sun in Scorpio symbolizes the search for identity through the sharing of possessions, money, wealth, debts, substances, knowledge, experiences, thoughts, feelings, and spirituality with partners, marriage and business, ancestors, and descendants. Scorpio represents what one shares with others what we have in common. The individual with Sun in Scorpio learns through sharing with others, back and forth, things of the material world as well as things of the Spirit. The Sun in Scorpio individual has a keen awareness of the value of others and the value of what others have to contribute. This awareness or insight extends to what others keep hidden, including their motives and psychological makeup. The Sun in Scorpio individual is often reluctant to share, a bit paranoid or suspicious, and must adjust to the limitations and rules of the other. He may find himself dealing with shared moneys, possessions, and property, joint ventures, loans, stocks and bonds, insurance, inheritances, wills, and legacies. A Sun in Scorpio individual often has intense sexual and spiritual urges. Through events which are painful to the ego, the Sun in Scorpio individual experiences self-transcendence. His individuality comes forth through experiences of loss and rebirth. Sun in Scorpio individuals are described as analytical, calculating, complex, deep, insightful, intelligent, intense, intimate, inventive, lustful, moody, passionate, penetrating, persistent, powerful, regenerating, renewing, resourceful, ruthless, sarcastic, scientific, secretive, spiritual, stubborn, vindictive, and wise. As the fixed water sign, Scorpio is most compatible with other water signs—Cancer and Pisces. It is fairly compatible with the earth signs—Virgo and Capricorn--and somewhat incompatible with the fire signs—Aries and Sagittarius—and the air signs—Gemini and Libra. Scorpio can be especially conflictual with the fixed signs Aquarius and Leo. Its relationship with its opposite--the fixed earth sign Taurus—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable. 9
The Sun in Sagittarius symbolizes the expansion of awareness or consciousness in the search for identity. Such expansion comes through interests in travel, sports, higher education, philosophy, religion, law, and foreign cultures and countries. Some Sun in Sagittarius individuals expand materially through sports, travel, exotic adventures, and lusty appetites. Others expand mentally by studying religion, philosophy, law, or anthropology. Some do both. Growth may come from contact with foreigners or even contact with nonmaterial planes and beings such as devas, angels, and the astral plane. His individuality is expressed in the wisdom he gains from his experiences. The Sun in Sagittarius individuals are described as athletic, broad-minded, care-free, energetic, enthusiastic, exploring, far-reaching, frank, freedom-loving, generous, honest, jovial, meaningful, optimistic, philosophical, profound, religious, roaming, searching, and spontaneous. As the mutable fire sign, Sagittarius is most compatible with other fire signs—Aries and Leo. It is fairly compatible with the air signs—Libra and Aquarius--and somewhat incompatible with the water signs—Cancer and Scorpio—and the earth signs—Taurus and Capricorn. Sagittarius can be especially conflictual with the mutable signs Virgo and Pisces. Its relationship with its opposite--the mutable air sign Gemini—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable.
In Capricorn the Sun reaches its peak in the houses of the natural chart in the northern hemisphere. There it represents socially-accepted forms of accomplishment, achievement, recognition, authority, and power. Titles, honors, awards, prestige, and positions of power are examples of Capricorn achievement. The Sun in Capricorn symbolizes the search for identity through a solid foundation or base for expressing socially recognized power. He seeks to cover over personal feelings of inadequacy by attaining awards, positions, etc. that are accepted by society as marks of superiority. His stage for achievement may be that of a local club, charity, work place, or college; it may be in a grander arena such as national government, politics, or industry. Sun in Capricorn individuals postpone immediate gratification on their way to attain some long-term reward. Once achieved, the Sun in Capricorn individual asserts his right to weal the power and authority that comes with the position. His individuality is expressed through the power he has earned. Later in life, most Sun in Capricorn individuals are tempted to abuse and lose the power that they have worked so hard to gain. Sun in Capricorn individuals are often described as ambitious, 10
Sun Signs arbitrary, aristocratic, authoritarian, bossy, businesslike, ceremonial, controlling, conniving, deceitful, detached, disciplined, domineering, dominating, driving, leading, manipulative, narrow minded, orderly, paternal, patient, persistent, pompous, powerful, practical, purposeful, religious, secretive, sober, steady, ruthless, unemotional, and wise. As the cardinal earth sign, Capricorn is most compatible with other earth signs—Taurus and Virgo. It is fairly compatible with the water signs—Scorpio and Pisces--and somewhat incompatible with the fire signs—Leo and Sagittarius—and the air signs—Gemini and Aquarius. Capricorn can be especially conflictual with the cardinal signs Aries and Libra. Its relationship with its opposite--the cardinal water sign Cancer—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable.
The Sun in Aquarius symbolizes the search for identity by expressing one’s sense of social consciousness, by following one’s ideals, by participating in groups and social organizations, and by transforming social institutions. The Sun in Aquarius individual analyzes and judges the old, established social institutions. He serves as a conduit for new ideas, concepts, inventions, and ideals. His individuality is expressed through his inventiveness and uniqueness. If these new forms differ extremely from those currently accepted, the supporters of the established ways may view the Sun in Aquarius individual as odd, eccentric, or crazy. Sometimes an overly frustrated Sun in Aquarius individual may become cynical and/or apathetic, and withdraw from the groups and society that he was trying to reform. Individuals with the Sun in Aquarius are often described as ahead-oftheir-time, brilliant, crazy, creative, detached, different, eccentric, freedom-loving, idealistic, intelligent, independent, inspired, inventive, odd, original, progressive, sensitive, social, and strange. As the fixed air sign, Aquarius is most compatible with other air signs—Gemini and Libra. It is fairly compatible with the fire signs—Aries and Sagittarius--and somewhat incompatible with the water signs—Cancer and Pisces—and the earth signs—Virgo and Capricorn. Aquarius can be especially conflictual with the fixed signs Taurus and Scorpio. Its relationship with its opposite--the fixed fire sign Leo—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable.
Sun Signs The Sun in Pisces symbolizes the search for identity through identification with others and with society in general. Pisces signals the return of the individual to the collective. Pisces symbolizes the reunion with the collective unconscious, the Universal Mind, or God. The individual with Sun in Pisces senses the needs of others and participates in some grander social design. Physically, he may become a care-giver. If not, he may be cared for by others. Medically, he may be the physician, the nurse, or the patient. Sexually, he may be the corner prostitute or the prostitute’s john. Militarily, he is the officer, soldier, or sailor. Emotionally, he is the actor, actress, performer, or a fan. Intellectually, he is the teacher, the philosopher, the student, or pupil. Spiritually, he is the mystic, prophet, psychic, guru, rabbi, priest, nun, chela, follower, or believer. Pisces is never the bystander. He always occupies a prominent position within the circle of giving and receiving. The Sun in Pisces alone does not determine whether the individual is the giver or top-dog, or the receiver or under-dog. The fish of Pisces swim in both directions, and the Sun in Pisces individual may play both roles during his lifetime. His individuality is best expressed by transcending both positions. The Sun in Pisces individual is often described as accepting, believing, caring, changeable, compassionate, dependent, dreamy, emotional, faithful, gullible, impressionable, intuitive, loving, mystical, psychic, religious, spiritual, trusting, understanding, and willing to sacrifice. As the mutable water sign, Pisces is most compatible with other water—Cancer and Scorpio. It is fairly compatible with the earth signs—Taurus and Capricorn--and somewhat incompatible with the fire signs—Aries and Leo—and the air signs—Libra and Aquarius. Pisces can be especially conflictual with the mutable signs Gemini and Sagittarius. Its relationship with its opposite--the mutable earth sign Virgo—is precarious and may bounce between extremely favorable to extremely unfavorable.
The Sun through the Houses Our sense of self is also modified by the Sun’s position in the sky at birth. This position is referred to as the Sun’s house and is largely determined by our time of birth. Roughly, for most people born between 4:00 am and 6:00 am (standard time), the natal Sun will be found in the 1st house. Most people born between 2:00 am and 4:00 am (standard time), will find their natal Sun in the 2nd house. Those born between midnight and 2:00 am will most likely find their natal Sun in the 3rd house. Those born between 10:00 pm and midnight will most likely find their natal Sun in the 4th house. Those born between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm will most likely find their natal Sun in the 5th house. Those born between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm will most likely find their natal Sun in the 6th house. Those born between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm will most likely find their natal Sun in the 7th house. Those born between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm will most likely find their natal Sun in the 8th house. Those born between noon and 2:00 pm will most likely find their natal Sun in the 9th house. Those born between 10:00 am and noon will most likely find their natal Sun in the 10th house. Those born between 8:00 am and 10:00 am will most likely find their natal Sun in the 11th house. And finally, those born between 6:00 am and 8:00 am will most likely find their natal Sun in the 12th house.
Sun Signs The house of the Sun describes the sphere of life in which this process will focus most readily.
THE FIRST HOUSE
The Sun in the 1st house is said to be accidently exalted. An individual born with the Sun in the 1st house usually has a powerful and positive effect on his environment. He is genuine and authentic. What you see is what you get. This Sun placement symbolizes the search for a strong, permanent sense of identity. There is an emphasis on discovering one’s uniqueness as well as on using one’s sense of personal power and one’s social persona to manage people, goals, and life in general. Physically, the individual is very much aware of his physical body and its appearance. Usually the individual’s vitality is strong and health is good. Other people are aware this individual’s strength. Socially, the individual is aware of his or her persona, or social mask, and is mostly likely able to use his persona effectively in interpersonal relationships, especially those that require power. It is likely that he will develop personal skills through hard work at an early age and will be able to use them quite effectively as an adult. On the psychological and spiritual levels, this individual will develop insights into his personality and an understanding as to his place in society as well as in the universe.
THE SECOND HOUSE
The Sun in the 2nd house symbolizes the search for one’s identity in one’s sense of selfworth, values, resources, talents, possessions, and wealth. This placement emphasizes one’s ability to earn money and accumulate material objects. There is a strong desire to fulfill material and financial needs and desires. Most likely, the activities of the Sun in the 2nd house are motivated by self-doubts, low self-esteem, insecurity, and deep-seated feelings of inferiority. In attempts to diminish these feelings, the individual seeks experiences of sensuality, sexuality, security, and possessions. The impermanence of both one’s desires and their short-lived satisfaction may lead him or her to examine his or her values, searching for a longer-lasting sense of security and peace of mind that eventually comes from pursuing spiritual goals.
THE THIRD HOUSE
The Sun in the 3rd house emphasizes the search for identity through mental pursuits, intellectual development, peer relationships, and communication. The mind and body are stimulated, the local environment is alive and fascinating, and the individual may appear to be in living in a state of perpetual motion. Communications with siblings, neighbors, and local community groups are very likely. Early education may be an issue for good or bad, depending on aspects, etc. Difficult aspects may suggest sensori-perceptual challenges and learning disabilities to be overcome.
THE FOURTH HOUSE
Sun Signs The Sun in the 4th house symbolizes a search for identity through personal feelings and sensitivities, one’s mother and home. There is a need to establish a solid foundation. There may be a strong interest in one’s background, ancestors, past, country, and traditions. There can be success in dealings with land, substances under the land such as oil, coal, or minerals, water, and the ocean. There may be an interest in soul-making and spiritual development. There is usually a very strong attachment to the mother or the home, but these attachments may be ambivalent due to issues of control. Alcohol use can be a problem. Seeking nurturance and/or providing nurturance for others may be emphasized. The individual focuses on the home, family, and mother as well as on issues of security and control. Interests may include history, the past, and nostalgia. The individual may appear to be too caught up in his or her own feelings, sympathies, and personal world.
THE FIFTH HOUSE
The Sun in the 5th house is said to be accidentally dignified. Personal creativity is strongly emphasized. The Sun in the 5th house symbolizes the search for identity in one’s own works of creative self-expression. The identity can be expressed in a number of ways, including in art, music, writing, speaking, acting, drama, theater, movies, games, gambling, romance, love affairs, children, and teaching. The individual has a strong drive to shine, be noticed, be appreciated, and, possibly, be worshiped. He may be quite creative, have a flair for the dramatic, and be out-going. Some individuals with the Sun in the 5th house may be shy with the general public. They prefer a very small, protected environment where they display these characteristics to a select few. He may be quite generous with gifts and personal time for those who show their appreciation. Anyone who challenges the individual’s self-esteem and/or self-concept, or does not show appreciation, is quickly removed from his or her presence and totally ignored. The Sun is normally strong in this house, but its strength may make the individual appear to be bossy, controlling, domineering, pride, sarcastic, selfish, and stubborn.
THE SIXTH HOUSE
The Sun in the 6th house symbolizes the search for a sense of identity through adapting to daily changes, through attempts to perfect some personal skill or ambition, and/or through a continuous striving for self-improvement. His intellect is likely to be well developed. He may do well with analytical skills, discrimination, and attention to details. He can be obsessive or obsessed. Such an individual seeks to improve himself mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Physically, the Sun in the 6th house indicates concerns with health, diet, cleanliness, and illness, sometimes to the extreme. He may be drawn to hatha yoga, aerobic exercise, or a particular sport.
THE SEVENTH HOUSE
The Sun in the 7th house symbolizes the search for identity through intimate, personal relationships. Issues of equality, balance, and fairness and concerns about companionship, marriage, and partnership are important for the individual with the Sun in the 7th house. 14
Sun Signs He may excel as a negotiator or counselor since he is capable of seeing both sides of any issue. He may be a people-person and have significant problems with co-dependency and emotional boundaries. He has a taste for the fine arts, and he may display some artistic talents of his own.
THE EIGHTH HOUSE
The Sun in the 8th house symbolizes the search for identity through what we share with intimate partners as well as what we share with humanity in general. Here the Sun signifies concerns with the possessions, resources, property, money, and finances of others. The individual may be skilled in accounting, business and financial management, and investing. There is the likelihood of receiving an inheritance and/or other forms of financial support such as grants, loans, or scholarships. The Sun in the 8th house can also symbolize a strong interest in psychology, in the deeper motives of others, sexuality, and/or research, especially scientific and medical research. On a more spiritual level, an individual may be strongly interested in psychic phenomena, life-after-death, paranormal investigation, and other mysteries of life.
THE NINTH HOUSE
The Sun in the 9th house symbolizes the search for identity through the expanding one’s awareness of the world at large. The individual with the Sun in the 7th house is very likely to pursue some form of higher education (college and post-graduate work). He is likely to seek a higher education in science, philosophy, theology, religion, law, history, geography, languages, and/or publishing. Some may choose to expand their awareness by traveling and/or living in foreign countries. Work in any of the above mentioned areas (science, philosophy, etc.) would be fulfilling. On a more physical level, sports and/or exploration may serve as a vehicle for expanded awareness. He may be interested in mystical or spiritual forms of experience.
THE TENTH HOUSE
The Sun in the 10th house symbolizes the search for identity through one’s profession, career, or public standing. The individual with the Sun in the 7th house can best fulfill himself through his vocation, social status, achievements, reputation, recognition, and public honors. Frequent dealings with people of power and authority are likely. Authority may take the forms of a parent, one’s father, an employer, a board of executives, judges, or the government. This individual may be invested with authority and power. He may experience tests involving the ethical use of power and authority. Using management and supervisory skills at work and working with the public and/or being judged in the public arena are also very likely.
THE ELEVENTH HOUSE
Sun Signs The Sun in the 11th house symbolizes the search for identity through identification with social ideals, collective goals, community involvement, and group participation. The individual with the Sun in the 7th house discovers himself through efforts to transform some aspect of the environment and through the associations and friendships one makes along the way. This individual is likely to hold ideas and beliefs about how some part of the world could work better. He is guided by his visions of the future. He may prefer to be a member of a group, an association, a gang, or some loosely held-together community of like minded people. When well aspected, he may function as the group leader. Despite the emphasis on social participation, many people with the Sun in the 11th house may go through periods of social isolation due to low self-esteem and real or imagined acts of rejection.
THE TWELFTH HOUSE
The Sun in the 12th house symbolizes the search for identity through participation in some form of universal context. The themes of service to others, alleviation of suffering, sacrifice, and suffering for others are present. The Sun in the 12th house symbolizes universalization and the identification with a large group or collective mass. It signifies hospitals, prisons, monasteries, and similar organizations and institutions involving large groups of people. Generally, one group is taking care of the needs of much larger group. For example, the medical staff of a hospital takes care of the patients. Prison employees manage the prisoners. Officers direct the soldiers. Teachers educate students. Priests and pastors minister to parishioners. Actors entertain their fans. In all of these situations there exists a hierarchy of authority. Each group dresses in a manner that immediately indicates the individual’s status and group membership. Often the individual with the Sun in the 12th house plays a significant role in one of these groups. Other common characteristics attributed to Individuals with the Sun in this house are often described as philanthropic, loving, spiritual, psychic, and mystical.
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