The Definitive Guide
This page is about The Sun.
Many people will know about the sun signs, normally used in horoscope compatibility for love horoscopes and the daily newspapers.
The Sun represents our highest positive traits.
It is our soul, ego and basic needs and what makes us “shine”.
Let’s take a look at The Sun and Sun Signs.
In Western Astrology, The Sun and Sun Signs represents our Ego.
It is who we are, and it is the core ingredient that goes into making up our personality and influences the flavour of all of the other planets in our charts. It is the essential foundations of a person. It is the self.
The Sun represents your “awake” side, your consciousness and outer-directed individuality, unlike the moon and moon sign which is inner-directed individuality.
Thus, the Sun is the most important single indicator, fueling the entire personality. The Sun is the real colours that you show the world on a daily basis.
It provides their real core, the inner self, of that which is of central concern. The nature of The Sun gives us insight into the general vitality and the ability to assert oneself.
Sun Planet Summary
- Planet: Sun (it’s a star)
- House Ruler: 5th House
- Ruler of: Leo
- Detriment: Aquarius
- Exalted: Aries
- Fall: Libra
- Modality: Cardinal
- Polarity: Masculine / Yang
- Light Traits: Rulership
- Shadow Traits: Dictatorship
- Keyword: I AM
The Sun at the time of birth determines and provides a better understanding of our ego. It is also our “adult”– the part of us that censors our “inner child”, that reason things out and makes final decisions. The Sun is our basic identity and represents self-realisation. The Sun also represents our overall vitality. The Sun directs us and is seen as the “the boss” of our chart. When people talk about your star sign, they are referring to your Sun.
The Sun is so important in the chart that the happiest people on this earth are those who identify (without over-identifying) with the Sun’s expression. Though one might think that the traits of their Sun would come easy to them, the truth is, the Sun shows what we are learning to be. It is essential to remember that the Sun represents reason as opposed to instinct.
Planet Symbol / Glyph: The Sun
The glyph of the sun is represented by a circle with a dot in the middle. This can be referred to as the ego and our body, our body and our soul, or maybe its just our centred selves and everything revolves around it.
It shows the circle of Spirit, indicating potentiality, brought to focus in the central point or dot.
Sun Sign Calculator
If you do not know what your sun sign is in your Natal Chart, you can use our Sun Sign Calculator which will tell you what your Sun Sign is.
It will also calculate all of the other planets in your birth chart and more.
The Sun through The Signs – An Overview
So now that we have discussed The Sun, let’s take a little look at how The Sun manifests itself through the signs of the zodiac in a bit more detail. Every astrological sign has a specific set of qualities – positive and negative.
Below are some of the key traits of each sign of each zodiac sign.
Aries Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Aries (energetic and urgent)
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and the first fire sign. Ruled by the planet Mars, It’s the sign of action, initiative and new beginnings.
It likes to plunge right into things without planning.
Aries are high energy; the House with Aries on the cusp is where you’ll tend to be active, energetic, and take the initiative.
Aries is the archetype of the warrior. Any planets in Aries will be highly charged, expressing themselves actively in life.
The body comes first with Aries. Sun in Aries people is natural athletes.
Like a ram, what is happening right at the moment is most important to Aries over anything else.
Impatience is a particular vice of theirs, yet innovation is a tremendous strength.
Aries love to start anything new, and they have trouble sitting still.
Sun in Aries loves nothing more nothing more than a fresh slate, the promise of a new day and a brand new start from scratch.
Also, Sun is Aries enjoy a challenge, and Aries Suns are happiest when their lives are active and moving forward.
There is often a childlike quality to all Aries Sun people, and it’s usually quite charming.
Taurus Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate, to make important) in Taurus (Enduring and Possessive).
Taurus sun sign natives are durable, quiet, deliberate, practical, exacting, determined, persistent, persevering, compassionate and loyal.
They like getting their hands on their work, building things, and seeing the tangible, practical results of their effort.
Routine work does not bother them as long as the results are useful and serve some actual purpose.
Taurus people work at a slower pace than most, but they always finish whatever projects they start.
Because of this, they are reliable, trustworthy, careful and steadfast.
Possessions and material things are usually of great significance to Taurus natives.
This intense need to possess and enjoy with the senses can drive Taurus natives to be extremely productive or extremely acquisitive. But, they do have a decided fear of loss.
The feelings that usually accompany this fear of loss are possessiveness, jealousy, laziness, stubbornness and extravagance. If there is no desire to possess anything or anyone, then there is no fear of loss.
They need to learn detachment.
They must be willing to let go of people and things.
Gemini Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Gemini (versatile and variable)
Gemini sun sign natives are friendly, intelligent, talkative, versatile, curious, perceptive, intuitive, and logical.
At times they can also be quite contradictory, restless, two-faced, critical, and impatient.
Gemini people enjoy and need work that includes a great deal of variety. They love to do several things all at the same time, sometimes making them late for appointments. They abhor boredom.
One of the air signs, Gemini natives tend to flit from one experience to another, gathering in all types of information along the way, but seldom getting to the depth of any subject.
Even if they do not possess all the facts, since they are never at a loss for words, they will continue with their story as if they did have all the facts.
Since Gemini natives can see both sides of any issue, they may fluctuate back and forth between opposing viewpoints.
They will usually tend to side with the opinion of whomever they happen to be with at the moment.
Then they change as the circumstances change. Indecisiveness is a problem for Gemini natives.
Some of the negative traits that Mercury-ruled Gemini natives possess are lack of concentration and focus, undependability, fickleness, indecisiveness, superficiality, wishful thinking, and dreaminess.
They can also be pretty good at nagging.
Cancer Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective)
Cancer Sun Sign natives have a strange way of moving through life in a sideways manner, never approaching life head-on, but always from the side.
They generally do not tackle anything straight away, but always from the flank.
Emotionally, they are up one minute and down the next.
These mood swings are sometimes difficult for others to understand and deal with.
Cancer natives are tenacious, sympathetic, industrious, friendly, thrifty, and protective.
They can also be contentious, sensitive, emotional, martyr-like, intuitive, psychic, and patriotic.
Cancer natives respond to life through their emotions rather than through their minds.
They tend to absorb the emotional vibrations of wherever they’re at, so it is essential to always be in favourable environments.
Because they live in their feelings, they unconsciously seek sympathy and attention and affection from others.
They have a strong need to feel secure. Home and family bring the highest sense of security.
Because of all this, they want to be first with those they love, or they are miserable.
Cancer natives must learn to release their loved ones to live their own lives.
Leo Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Leo (impressive and creative)
Leo sun natives are dignified, courageous, affectionate, powerful, generous, playful, optimistic, ambitious, loyal, and cheerful. On the negative side, though, they can be quite demanding, intolerant, domineering, lazy, closed-minded, and self-centred.
They choose to do things that give them full scope for creativity, organising, and leadership.
Although appearing strong on the outside, most Leos are inwardly sensitive, and their feelings are easily hurt.
When this occurs, they can turn on the object of their affection, when their pride is hurt.
Leo natives have a decided flair for the dramatic, and they enjoy telling stories, being the centre of attention, having a good time, and running the show.
Mean and cruel acts are generally beneath them, but they do not hesitate to use force when needed.
No matter what their actions, they always have the belief that whatever they do is for the other person’s benefit.
If a Leo is angered, he immediately goes into his kingly role, “mounting his throne” and quickly putting the opposition or challenger in their proper place.
Leos literally roar at people when they are angry.
But once their tirade is over, they forgive and forget and never hold a grudge.
Virgo Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Virgo (Analytical and Critical)
Virgo sign people desire purity and perfection in all they are and all they do.
Virgo natives are happy when they can work with a lot of details, usually of a technical or analytical nature, in and for the service of others.
Virgo natives have curious and inquiring minds, with keen analysis and excellent memories.
They enjoy analysing people, situations, and problems.
It is sometimes hard for a Virgo to relax because boredom is something they cannot stand.
A Virgo can be depended upon to fulfil a promise.
They have a flair for organisation and enjoy setting up schedules. There is an inherent love of order and harmony.
Because they push themselves so hard to be perfect, they have a tendency to look for perfection in others and can become pretty critical and faultfinding.
Virgos have a tendency to worry.
Virgos need to develop a positive outlook on life, as this has a direct effect on their health.
They are healthy and looking to take care of themselves, usually through better diet or through natural means of healing.
Libra Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Libra (Diplomatic and Harmonious)
Libra Sun natives like to weigh the pros and cons of a situation before they come to any conclusion.
If carried too far, they get to the point where they can’t come up with any conclusion; thus they can be very indecisive.
They tip the scales one way, then the other, hoping to find the proper balance.
Libra natives have an innate sense of fairness, though, and can be diplomatic, cooperative, helpful, idealistic, friendly, dependent, insincere, lazy and self-indulgent.
Libra natives are happiest when in partnership(s) or in situations where they can adjust or work with human relationships. Pleasant surroundings are vital to them.
Libra natives find it virtually impossible to remain emotionally stable if there is discord around them.
This leads to their wanting peace at any price, which allows others to take advantage of them.
They want to be liked by everyone, sometimes to their detriment.
As mentioned, indecisiveness can be one of the hardest problems for Libras to overcome.
If they wait too long to make a decision, they may miss many excellent opportunities.
Since they can see both sides of an argument, they generally do not like to choose either one.
Since they are able to see the entire issue, if they are asked for help, they can give sound, practical advice.
But their attempt to be all things to all people can lead them into hot water.
Scorpio Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Scorpio (Intense and Secretive)
Scorpio Sun natives, in general, are ambitious, efficient, courageous, resourceful and intuitive. But, they can also be jealous, sarcastic, resentful, stubborn, possessive and vindictive.
Scorpio people enjoy impossible tasks.
They like work that demands continued, determined effort and intense concentration.
They are born detectives. Scorpio gives a strong will and determination to accomplish anything undertaken.
Scorpio natives possess an analytical mind, keen intuition, reasoning powers, perception, long-range planning ability, magnetism and energy. Scorpio natives have very definite opinions.
These views can be so rigid that no amount of persuasion will make them change their minds. The scorpion sign is not to be messed with.
Scorpio natives make friends with little effort and give unwaveringly to them.
They are capable of extreme self-sacrifice for those they love. If anyone threatens their loved ones in any way, they feel that they, too, are being threatened.
This threat causes them to strike out, either verbally or physically instinctively.
Because a Scorpio’s unconscious mind is more in control than their conscious mind, they lose all sense of judgment under criticism.
Under attack, they make efficient use of both silence and sarcasm.
Unfortunately, their sarcasm can become vindictive.
They can, and will, wait a long time to get even. Scorpios need to learn forgiveness.
Sagittarius Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Sagittarius (Free and Tolerant)
Known as the archer, Sagittarius natives are incredibly independent and restless, with a real need for personal freedom.
They can experience claustrophobia, either physical or emotional.
This claustrophobia is why they are reluctant to get into total commitment situations and often shy away from marriage. Sagittarius Sun natives are usually outspoken, sometimes to the point of bluntness.
Just blurting out their ideas and opinions is due to their never-ending search for truth and wisdom.
Others think Sagittarius natives are pretty insensitive and the statement that “truth hurts” fits their way of thinking.
Some have reckless gambling tendencies and will bet it all on the drop of a hat.
Travel and even long walks appeal to them because they make the Sagittarian feel free – and he needs to feel free.
Sagittarius natives are philosophical, and they want to understand the broader issues and abstractions of life.
They have a particular faith in higher things that generally always keep them of an optimistic bent, no matter what difficulties are currently besetting them.
They want to understand the meaning of life.
This desire for expansion can cause them to overextend themselves with too many activities and to use up their energy too rapidly.
Sagittarius natives need to learn how to concentrate on their current projects and stick with them to the end.
Always full of enthusiasm at the start of new endeavours, then it tends to lessen as the project goes along.
Capricorn Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)
Capricorn Sun natives have the desire to climb whatever mountains are necessary and to stand on their own two feet to work out their ambitions and their salvation.
They are conservative, organised, methodical, traditional, responsible, honest, efficient, patient, practical, authoritative, disciplined, serious and goal-oriented.
On the negative side, they can be worried, pessimistic, retaliatory, suspicious, stubborn and intolerant.
They are happiest in careers calling for organising ability, integrity and perseverance. They have a fear of failure.
Their quiet exterior makes Saturn-ruled Capricorn natives appear to be loners.
They build a wall of reserve around them to protect themselves from the ill winds of the world around them.
Nothing gets in the way of their plans and ambitions.
They strive for security by holding fast to duty and responsibility. Work is essential to them, and they do not take it lightly.
Many Capricorn natives have an inferiority complex, and this sometimes is what drives them so hard to succeed.
They want to look good in front of the world.
Aquarius Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Aquarius (Indifferent and Unconventional)
People with their Sun in Aquarius like any work which asks for inventiveness and the detached application of special rules.
They seek to share knowledge with others to bring about a better life for all.
Group activity is their standard mode of operation.
They are friendly, yet detached, they have warmth, yet they seem distant.
Although appearing cold or aloof, they’re not indifferent to others.
It’s just that they are much more concerned with humanity as a whole rather than any one particular individual.
Since Aquarius natives do not have massive, pompous or stuffy egos, they rarely bother to exert themselves to win approval or compliments.
Referred as the water bearer, Aquarius natives have the determination and persistence to get ahead, but sometimes their energy level is relatively small, which causes them to drop projects before they are completed.
Their minds are analytical and scientific, and they can think things through to an accurate conclusion.
They usually get along well with others.
They do not like arguments unless they feel there is a need to defend a person, an idea or a principle.
Since Aquarius natives are so willing to listen to the new and different, they have little patience with those who refuse to hear new concepts.
Pisces Sun Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Pisces (Impressionable and Inspirational)
Pisces Sun natives are sympathetic, compassionate, unassuming, idealistic, intuitive, friendly, adaptable, psychic, emotional, creative, secretive, versatile, imaginative and generous.
They can also be impressionable, indecisive, self-pitying, hypersensitive and changeable.
They need to serve others. Pisces natives are sentimental and romantic in love.
At times they expect too much from others and then feel hurt if the other person doesn’t come through for them.
They have a strong tendency to place their loved one on a pedestal.
The symbol for Neptune-ruled Pisces is two fish going in opposite directions connected by a cord.
One fish represents the personality, and the other represents the spirit.
These two opposing forces operate within a Piscean, causing insecurity and indecisiveness.
Positively handling these forces is tough for them. Some will seek to escape these pressures through eating, alcohol, drugs or other excesses.
That is what one of the fish represents.
The other fish represents the Piscean rising to great heights through self-denial, sacrifice and the ultimate attainment.
Pisces natives learn through suffering, and they need to learn perseverance.