What the Sun in Pisces/the 12th House Reveals about Your Chart

What the placement of the Sun in Pisces/Sun in the 12th 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 Pisces or the Sun in the 12th House

If you were born with the Sun in Pisces/the 12th house

Life is but a dream for those born with the Sun in Pisces or the 12th house. The Sun in Pisces placement is akin to the elder years when the veil thins between reality and imagination. No matter your actual age, you know how to escape into your own self-created bubble, screening out anything unpleasant—until you want to deal, that is.

As the 12th and final sign, Pisces is said to have experienced the energy of every other sign before it. Thus, you are profoundly empathic, with compassion that flows to the most neglected members of society. Whether you’re fundraising for a women’s shelter or offering pro bono legal services to undocumented immigrants, you are compelled to be there for those in need.

Pisces is a mutable sign

As one of the zodiac’s four mutable signs along with Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius, you may be perpetually ebbing and flowing between states. The 12th house is a mutable or cadent house, just like the 4th and 8th houses and similarly, the Sun in Pisces creates a strong need for variety. A part of you is always trying to “swim away” or escape reality. The other part is so intuitive that you get swept up in everything going on. Your imagination is the perfect hideout when you want to escape.

Pisces rules the feet

Since Pisces and the 12th house rule the feet, this Sun sign can make you an amazing dancer. Certainly getting lost in a beat is an effective form of therapy!

Pisces is ruled by Neptune

Exploring life beyond the material plane can churn up equal levels of fear and fascination for those born with Sun in Pisces or the 12th house. Ruled by the hazy and elusive Neptune, you are a master of illusions, darting in and out of the shadows. Is it real…or just a mirage? Celestial sleight of hand is your forte. You may journey through realms of your own subconscious via hypnosis, meditation and medicine ceremonies. Edgier Fish may explore legalized treatments like ketamine therapy or microdosing mushrooms to heal depression. Since setting boundaries can be difficult for you, these explorations come with a huge red flag around addictive substances like prescription pills and party drugs. 

Pisces is a water sign

If you’re drowning your sorrows, best to work them out in an Epsom salt bath, ocean swim or float tank. As one of the zodiac’s three emotional water signs along with Cancer and Pisces, you are a soulful, sensitive creature who feels everything at an amplified intensity. (The 12th house is also a “water house” along with the 4th and 8th houses). Sitting with your feelings can be excruciating at times, so if you’re processing trauma or grief, swaddle yourself in support instead of trying to push through it all on your own.

People with the Sun in Pisces/the 12th house also have these traits

Pisces is symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions and those born with the Sun in Pisces (or the 12th house) can be dualistic in nature. Enchanting and enigmatic, you may be a mystery unto yourself, one moment elevating yourself to a spiritual high, then plunging into sorrow and despair. Your moods are all-encompassing and your dreams are intense. Keep a journal by your bed, since some of your best ideas will come in your sleep. Since it can be hard for you to put your thoughts into a formal structure, you often express yourself through art, music, poetry and dance. 

Like a siren, you can lure people into your depths—but what are you doing, Pisces? If you’re not prepared to deal with their baggage, you’ll paddle away and leave them to drown in the emotion ocean. If there’s one thing you can’t stand, it’s getting caught in anyone’s net. You’d rather jump ship than risk losing the freedom to come and go as you please. This may gain you a reputation as a flaky friend too, even if you’re charming and magical when you do resurface. Your ability to view life through rose-colored glasses makes it hard for people to stay mad at you for long. But just because you can get away with this, doesn’t mean you should. Strengthen your integrity and learn to keep your promises—you’ll sleep better at night!

Although you can feel helpless and overwhelmed at times, you’re much stronger than you think. The best way for Pisces to experience your personal power is to cultivate your incredible healing and artistic gifts. Because it’s easy for people to make you feel guilty, you should watch out for friends who use you, or make you doubt yourself. Surround yourself with good-hearted empaths who have their acts together. Many people born with the Sun in Pisces or the 12th house have a “tortured soul” quality. Finding a tranquil spiritual outlet, or spending time alone, can ground you in your own power. There’s nothing like the sea to bring you back to your Neptunian center.


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