The place of power
The Sun ... your horoscope's vital center
The Sun occupies a place of power in your horoscope. From its sign location and house position, The Sun radiates energy throughout the whole chart, and virtually all your other planetary components ultimately reflect back to The Sun and its purpose. Likewise, your Sun energy in your personality defines the essence of who you are as an evolving, spiritual being. (See: What Does The Sun Represent in Your Natal Chart? -- What is it ... and why is it important?)
The Sun represents your Essential Inner Self -- the most prominent member of your Inner Family ... and therefore, is a prime player in defining who you are, how you were built to operate and what you are designed to do in this life. To understand yourself in the way Astrology offers, you start with your Sun energy ... and go from there. (See: What The Sun in Your Natal Chart Reveals About You -- The center of your horoscope / the center of your personality)
All the planets have their own power
The other 9 celestial elements in your horoscope are each also important players. They all have power. They all have an agenda. Some have tremendous influence over who you ultimately become. But The Sun is the starting point. Without him, without understanding him and his needs, his motivations, his raw and unique potential ... nothing else makes sense. Again, start with The Sun ... and go from there. (See: What is a Horoscope? -- Astrology's Most Essential Tool)
Like everything else in life, there is a yin and a yang component to Sun energy ... a positive expression and a negative one. The briefest look around your circle of family, friends and acquaintances will show you fine examples of each ... often within the same person.
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The positive and negative of it
Positive Sun energy is purposeful and dignified, confident, creative and proud -- of its power, its talents and what it can do. "It," of course, is you ... and with a well-supported Sun as a cosmic gift in your horoscope, you are all these things, too.
Negative Sun energy is a different story, and as you can imagine, not a pretty one. A wounded, debilitated or afflicted Sun is haughty, vain, arrogant, narcissistic, overly demanding and willful, self-centered, judgmental and ... worst case ... sociopathic. It doesn't start out that way ... and there are reasons why it becomes that. A lot has to do with the choices you make ... and have made in your history.
The what, how and where of your character
Either way, your Sun Sign position tells a lot about your basic attitude, the manner in which you express yourself, your fundamental behavior and the words people use when they describe you. (See: The Sun Signs and Their Meaning in Astrology -- The Twelve Astrological Characters)
The Sun's house location is the broad area of life where you were meant to shine. The activities and interests of this house are where you want to be noticed, where you have natural skills and where you are designed to make your greatest contributions.
The Sun's house receives incredible focus. Its life areas show the experiences which build your self-image and shape your individual pride. These are life areas where you naturally excel ... and where you truly feel "at home" -- being who you were built to be. Sun Sign qualities show the how. Its house location shows the why and where of your existence. (See: The Houses of the Horoscope -- What life areas do your Natal Chart Houses rule?)
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