What the Sun in Scorpio/the 8th House Reveals about Your Chart

All about the Sun in Scorpio/the 8th house

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 Scorpio or the Sun in the 8th house

If you were born with the Sun in Scorpio/the 8th house

Can you feel the energy? People born with the Sun in Scorpio or the 8th house have an uncanny sixth sense. You intuit hidden details and can read most people like an open book. Smoldering and sexy, your magnetism is unmatched. This transformational sign and house rule everything from sex to investments to death. Nothing light and fluffy here, folks! Fittingly, you’re not afraid to plunge into the shadows, exploring the most mysterious aspects of life and sometimes facing danger to do so.

Like a panther stalking its prey, your high-intensity style can be a tall order to handle! People may observe you from a distance before they work up the nerve to approach you. And that’s fine by you! You’re probably watching them in the exact same way. Trust is not something you hand out readily—not by a long shot. But those who pass your loyalty tests will have a fierce and devoted friend for life. Your inner circle is a magical place to be! 

Scorpio is a water sign

Loyalty aside, anyone who betrays you had better watch out! Like a Scorpion, you’ll deliver a painful sting. Revenge is a dish you serve ice cold. You take perceived slights especially hard, and it can take years for you to forgive anyone who (innocently) disappoints you. As one of the zodiac’s emotional three water signs, along with Cancer and Scorpio—or one of the three “water houses” along with the 4th and 12th, you can’t help but feel everything so deeply. 

Scorpio is ruled by Pluto

Intense Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet of power and control—and the 8th house shares this guarded energy. With your piercing gaze, people feel your presence, even before you’ve said a word! But you’re so secretive and enigmatic, they won’t figure you out quickly…if ever. In mythology Pluto was the god of the underworld. Like many Scorpios, you may be drawn to “dark” things, often wearing the color black, or a shocking tone like red or hot pink. But no matter what you’re wearing, you instinctually keep your cards close to your vest, making it difficult for others to read you. 

Overcoming this ain’t easy. Vulnerability is so not your jam. But it is so your healing salve, as uncovered by Scorpio researcher BrenĂ© Brown. Rather than holding hurt, find healthy outlets to process your feelings like therapy and private, offline support groups. Study methods like Nonviolent Communication which teach you compassionate conflict negotiation. Anything that keeps you from slipping into vengefulness! 

There are actually four incarnations of Scorpio: the first is the venomous, possessive scorpion itself; the second is the slippery, charming-yet-deadly snake; the third is the soaring eagle whose piercing gaze sharply observes the landscape (and its prey) below; and the final version is the ever-burning, all-seeing phoenix that rises up from the ashes into eternal rebirth. Under the sign of life, death and resurrection, your energy embraces these life cycles and continually transforms and reinvents itself.

Scorpio is a fixed sign

To crack the code on you, people should try working alongside you. Here is where you become reliable, predictable and a steady force. Scorpio is one of the zodiac’s four fixed signs, along with Taurus, Leo and Aquarius. The 8th house is a “fixed house” or succedent house, as well as the 2nd, 5th and 11th houses. Your role is to hold down the fort and make sure the work gets done between the planting and the harvest cycles. Many of your closest relationships emerge from time spent in the trenches, hustling toward a common goal. 

People with the Sun in Scorpio/Sun in the 8th house also have these traits

With your reserved persona, you seldom express interest in others openly—unless you feel out the situation first. Once you do, however, people will feel your scorching passion. A skilled and generous lover, you help explore their darker emotions and sexuality, guiding them through fifty-plus shades of irresistible and soul-communing experiences. Warning: You are possessive and when jealousy strikes it can lead you down a slippery slope. 

Part of the reason sex is such a charged issue for you? Scorpio and the 8th house govern the reproductive organs. While you’ve probably had some wildly experimental times, most people with this Sun sign prefer fierce devotion to a single soulmate. If merging your energies makes you both stronger, you’ve found a match. 

This locked-and-loaded bonding style applies to both romance and finance. Sharing for you doesn’t mean splitting things 50/50. You’d rather play to each person’s strengths. For example, you  attract investors who put money behind your startup—or become the backer of another person’s dream. Building wealth through real estate, stocks, crypto can bring you more success than working 9-5. 

Whatever the case, “til death do us part” are words you take seriously. Breakups are agonizing and you may dwell in the raw hurt decades after a relationship fractures. No one can stop you from obsessing, but bitterness does not become the zodiac’s sexiest sign! To move forward, find ways to heal the anger, feeling of rejection, guilt or failure. But be gentle with yourself because most people will never experience everything nearly as viscerally as you.

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