Planets & Astrology: The Sun


Great ball of fire! The bold, bright Sun is at the center of our solar system and depicts the forecast for your horoscope. According to astrology, the Sun is the essence of your personality.

Astrologers believe that Sol (the name of the corresponding Roman sun god) is what makes us tick. The Sun’s heat and energy radiates outward, warming all the planets. Without the Sun as a planetary ruler, there would be no life for us Earthlings. Symbolically, astrologers view the Sun quite the same way: It’s position is central to your personality.

The Sun changes zodiac signs approximately every thirty days, so people born in these clusters will share a Sun sign and many basic personality traits. For example, those born between November 21 and December 21 will have a Sagittarius Sun. (Note: The beginning and ending day of each solar cycle will vary based on your year of birth.) Those born “on the cusp” should run a birth chart to find their actual Sun sign, which changes at a precise minute each year. Do your chart for free here.

What is the special light that you shine into the world? How can you be most radiant?

Each celestial body is said to “rule” a particular sign. The Sun is the ruling planet of proud, theatrical Leo. Therefore, if you have a Leo Sun sign, you can count the great ball of fire as your planetary beacon of light. But no matter what your Sun sign is, its position in your natal chart can definitely make for one dramatic flair! The Sun’s surface—called the photosphere—puts on quite the show with its dark sunspots (Scorpio, is that you?), solar flares (oh hi, Gemini) and coronal mass injections (whoa, Aries, whoa).

Solar energy radiates outward: think of sunbeams flooding the daytime sky. How you express yourself outwardly is greatly revealed through your Sun sign. What is the special light that you shine into the world? How can you be most radiant? A Libra Sun may be most luminous when creating beauty while a Capricorn Sun may build structures that provide order for the world. Understanding your Sun sign reveals so much. And while all the planets shape our character, the Sun can be thought of as the Self; the “me” that you show to the world. El Sol can influence everything from wardrobe to social style, and even career path.

The ego is also the Sun’s domain. When imbalanced, those beams can produce arrogance, swagger or a mask of false confidence.

Since the Sun is our energy source, your Sun sign can reveal places to draw your strength, confidence and creative expression from. What kind of fuel do you burn? With a future-forward Aquarius Sun you get revitalized by new and unconventional ideas; a sentimental Cancer Sun may recharge by spending time with inner circle friends or alone at home.

The Sun also governs our pride. This heavenly body inspires humans to produce great, historical works; to garner applause and earn our bragging rights. But the ego is also the Sun’s domain. When imbalanced, those beams can produce arrogance, swagger or a mask of false confidence. That’s why it’s so helpful to learn about the other planets in your chart. The Sun reveals our core instincts, but doesn’t say much about our hidden desires or soul urges. (Look to the moon, Neptune and Pluto for more on those).

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In astrology, the Sun is associated with the father and masculine figures. How well do you relate to your dad or the men in your life?

Historically, Native Americans have prayed to “Father Sky,” pointing heavenward. In astrology, the Sun is associated with the father and masculine figures. How well do you relate to your dad or the men in your life? Your Sun sign is quite telling in this regard, too. For example: An independent Sagittarius Sun could have a fiery relationship to their dad, but also one based around sharing wisdom and higher truths. Or, a Pisces Sun can become overly dependent (even codependent) to dad—or, conversely, feel like a victim of a father’s distance, addictions or struggles. It’s interesting to note that the receptive, intuitive moon is the counterpart to the Sun and governs the relationship to the mother and female figures.

Understanding your Sun sign is key to navigating your self-expression. While you can’t change the sign you were born under, you can adjust the dials to help strengthen the positive traits. Every Sun sign has challenging aspects: these can be turned into strengths by gaining awareness of them—not trying to make them go away. For example, a Scorpio Sun may be afflicted with jealousy, but can also use that twinge of envy as a compass to desire instead of a tool for destructive competition. It’s all in the way you use it. Here is a helpful guide:

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Planetary Stats: The Sun

  • Changes Zodiac Signs: Monthly
  • Zodiac Sign It Rules: Leo
  • Day of the Week: Sunday

The Sun governs:

  • Personality, essence, self
  • Ego/pride
  • Self-expression
  • Courage
  • The father
  • Sources of energy and strength

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Special positions of the Sun: 

Domicile: Leo
The planet’s home base, an easy flow if placed here in the chart.

Detriment: Aquarius
Opposite sign of home base, may need to work harder to integrate the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart.

Exalted: Aries
The planet’s most powerful position, indicates ease and added fortune with using the planet’s if placed here in the chart.

Fall: Libra
Opposite sign to the exalted position, can indicate struggles with utilizing the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart.

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To learn more about the 12 Sun signs, view the horoscopes for each:

Sun in Aries
Sun in Taurus
Sun in Gemini
Sun in Cancer
Sun in Leo
Sun in Virgo
Sun in Libra
Sun in Scorpio
Sun in Sagittarius
Sun in Capricorn
Sun in Aquarius
Sun in Pisces

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