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* Introducing the Sun
What it means in plain English

by Rebecca Brents



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Unless you've lived under a rock all your life, there's a good chance you've at least met some very basic ideas from Astrology, one of which is apt to be your Sun Sign. This is the Zodiac sign you name when someone asks, "What's your sign?" and you answer, "I'm a Cancer." or "I'm a Virgo." or "I'm a Sagittarius."

You may well know some of the characteristics associated with your Sun Sign. If so, that's terrific, we'll get into that later. (Much later probably.) In this essay, I'm writing about the Sun -- as it relates to the concepts in Astrology ... because it's important and because it determines what you Sun Sign is in the first place.

There are 12 signs in the Zodiac. These are depicted in a circular map of the sky Astrologers call a horoscope, or a birth chart, or a Natal Chart. These are all terms for the same thing. This is what one looks like -- a map of the sky at the time I was writing this essay. (July 11, 2019, 3:45 PM, Sandia Park, NM, MDT ---> 35°N; 106°W)


Astrology chart

A map of the sky

The Sun travels through all 12 Zodiac signs in the course of a year. It spends about a month in each sign. The sign it was traveling through when you were born is what determines your Sun Sign. In the chart above, the Sun was passing through Cancer at 19° 18' of the sign.

YOUR horoscope is a map of the sky taken at the instant you were born in the place you were born. Here's what mine looks like. If you look carefully, you'll notice the two charts are different. The wheel is different. The planet placements are different. The Sun is at 2° 48' of Aries. Pretty much everything about them is different except (smile -- private joke) ... Uranus in 6th House. (But that's not important.)


Astrology chart

So much packed into one symbol

This is one of several reasons why Sun Sign Astrology is so popular. It fits inside the yearly calendar -- and there's a predictability to it that makes several things easy. We'll also talk more about those. But here we need to learn some particular things about the Sun in Astrology -- what it means, why it's important and how it defines you -- or the person, object or event you're examining.

The Sun's placement in a Zodiac sign reveals something important about your character, your personality, your way of working with life, and your way of experiencing the world. It also gives essential information about the contribution you were born to make, the kind of people you attract, and the destiny you are working to fulfill. It describes the kinds of people you get along with -- and why, and the kinds of people you have problems with ... and why.

Other components in your Natal Chart fill in their own important details, but the Sun Sign determined by your birthday sets an important theme in describing the spiritual treasures you have ... and the remarkably unique person you are.

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