What the Sun in Aquarius/the 11th House Reveals about Your Chart

What the placement of the Sun in Aquarius/Sun in the 11th house reveals about your chart

What is the special light that you shine into the world? The Sun’s heat and energy radiates outward, warming all the planets. Without the Sun at the center of our solar system, there would be no life for us Earthlings. Symbolically, astrologers view the Sun quite the same way: Its position in the zodiac is central to your personality.

How you express yourself outwardly is greatly revealed through your Sun sign. El Sol can influence everything from wardrobe to social style, and even career path. As your astrological energy source, your Sun sign can reveal places to draw your strength, confidence and creative expression from. 

What kind of fuel do you burn? Where do your passions lie? This heavenly body inspires humans to produce great, historical works; to garner applause and earn our bragging rights. But the pride ego and the ego are also the Sun’s domain. When imbalanced, those beams can produce arrogance, swagger or a mask of false confidence. 

The meaning of the Sun in astrology

In astrology, the Sun is associated with the father and masculine figures. How well do you relate to your dad or the male-identified people in your life? Historically, indigenous people have prayed to “Father Sky,” pointing heavenward. Whether this resonates for you or not, the Sun reveals your leadership style and gives clues about how you deal with authority.

Whatever zodiac sign and house the Sun was orbiting through (from our vantage point here on Earth) at your time of birth determines your “natal Sun” or “Sun sign.” More specifically, this will guide you in the following ways:

  • Self-expression: How do you shine to the world? What color is your parachute?
  • Creativity: What ways do you like to be creative and playful?
  • Passion: What are you passionate about pursuing or expressing?
  • Pride: Where do you get tripped up by your ego?
  • Leadership style: What kind of a leader or boss are you?
  • Energy source: What lights you up and energizes you?
  • Authority: How do you deal with people in charge and how comfortable are you with your own authority?
  • Attention: How much attention do you like—and what lengths will you go to get it?

The moon orbits through all twelve zodiac signs in a 29.5 day lunar month, spending 2.5 days in each zodiac sign before moving on to the next. This is one of the key differentiators of people born under the same Sun sign. Since a friend whose birthday is three days before or after yours will already have a different moon sign, your emotional temperaments will differ notably.

Read more about transiting planets here.

What is your Sun sign?

Your Sun sign is considered your “main sign” and it’s the forecast you read on websites and in newspapers. 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. 

Use our cosmic calculator to discover what zodiac sign and house the Sun was in when you were born. To accurately determine the house, you will need to know your birth time. Note: The beginning and ending day of each solar cycle will vary based on your year of birth—and it changes at a different minute each year. Those born “on the cusp” will need to know their time of birth to accurately find their Sun sign.

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What if the zodiac sign and house are different?

This is common! Read both the sign and house description below. Do these interpretations feel like a paradox? That’s not uncommon. Astrology is an interpretive dance, a tool which provides a fascinating layer of self-discovery. Do some “astro mixology.” Reflect on how you can work with both energies to express your solar-powered radiance.

Special positions of the Sun in your chart

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 energy 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 

Read more about the 4 essential dignities of the planets here.

The Sun in Aquarius or the Sun in the 11th House

If you were born with the Sun in Aquarius/the 11th house

With the Sun in Aquarius or your 11th house, you’re a paradox unto yourself, pulling off the astounding feat of being a hardcore individualist and the ultimate team player. Since this Sun placement rules the future, you can be a bit of an alien—unapologetically “out there” in your approach. Not that you care about anyone’s judgments. Shaking up the status quo is what you live for!  

Aquarius is ruled by Uranus

Avant-garde Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the only planet in the solar system that spins on its side! Just like this quirky celestial body, people born with the Sun in Aquarius or the 11th house prefer to do things your own way, moving on a path different from everyone else’s. Even if you look like the fresh-faced kid next door on the outside, you march to your own beat. Some call you eccentric, others appreciate your cutting-edge originality and refreshingly authentic style. 

Aquarius is a fixed sign

While you might be a renegade, you’re hardly a slacker! Aquarius is one of the zodiac’s four fixed signs, along with Taurus, Leo and Scorpio. The 11th house is a “fixed house” or succedent house, as well as the 2nd, 5th and 8th houses. Your role is to hold down the fort and make sure the work gets done between the planting and the harvest cycles. When it’s time to roll up your sleeves, you’re as responsible and industrious as they come. With your intellectual savvy and people skills, you can become an excellent project manager, interfacing between people from different departments and teams. 

The glyph for Aquarius is two waves of energy, and people born with the Sun in this sign (or the 11th house) are naturally innovative. Technology falls under this domain, so you may work in a cutting edge industry or possibly find your fortune as an inventor or start-up genius. As a tenacious fixed sign, you can be quite hardworking when you devote yourself to a goal. A competitive (and lesser-known) Type A streak can emerge when you really want something. Nothing turns you on like progress, especially in the name of your grander ideals!

Aquarius is an air sign

Aquarius is one of the zodiac’s three intellectual air signs, along with Gemini and Libra—and the 11th house is an “air house” along with the 3rd and 7th houses. Vibrantly social, you love to be among your people, telling jokes and introducing thought-provoking conversation topics. While you’re not concerned with popularity contests, friends truly do make your world go round. Of course “friend” is a broadly defined term that applies to people you partied with on New Year’s Eve, shared a camp with at a festival or chat with every morning when you’re picking up coffee. 

Aquarius rules the calves

Blowing off steam with exercise can help you relax into the sensations in your body that you may be wiggling away from. Since your sign rules the calves, you may excel at leg sports like soccer or track and field. Plus, there’s nothing like a long run or bike ride to help you process the emotions that you inevitably cannot avoid. Meditative movement like yoga is especially powerful for getting yourself out of a “Uranian side spin” and recentering your feet on the ground. And hey, you never mind catching a runner’s high or having an out of body experience with holotropic breathwork.

People with the Sun in Aquarius/the 11th house also have these traits

People born with the Sun in Aquarius and the 11th house may prefer casual connections to intensely intimate interactions that can flood your circuits with too much passion. Because of this, you can disengage as quickly as you connect. In fact, your platonic pals may get better treatment than your romantic partners—and that avoidant attachment style may require therapy to overcome. While you can be a bit unsentimental on a one-on-one level, you can be moved to tears—and action!—by the plight of animals, the environment or other humanitarian issues. You’re also a born team player and when you’re fired up about a mission, no one is better at unifying the group than you! 

The symbol for Aquarius is the Water Bearer, which has been tied to the Greek legend of Ganymede, a good-looking young man who filled cups for the gods on Mount Olympus and was granted eternal youth. There’s a teenage quality to those born with the Sun in Aquarius and the 11th house, which can show up as rebellion or the unwavering idealism that most cynical adults abandon.

While your friends get first-class treatment, family and lovers see a different side of Aquarius: moody, brooding, anxious and neurotic. Or you may pick one (and only one) person to open up to, getting attached to the point of obsession. Learning to accept and express your emotions can help you avoid the massive freakouts and anger flashes that come from pretending everything’s cool when it isn’t. 


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