The Sun is the only element in the conventional horoscope that creates its own light. Everything else in the horoscope that "shines" enough for you to see it in the sky does so with reflected light from The Sun. Following the metaphor, The Sun in your horoscope shows how you were meant to "shine" in life ... and the kind of light you were designed to give the world.
The Sun reveals your creative abilities ... and the character qualities you use to handle daily life. Through the power of your Sun energy, you carve out and maintain your place in the world, call attention to yourself and show your fellow travelers who you really are. Every Zodiac sign has its natural "take" on how to do this. The twelve Sun Sign meanings tell an astrologer -- anyone who knows enough about astrology to decipher the code -- how it's done.
What it means
Your Sun Sign meaning tells how your Sun energy behaves ... the cluster of character traits and attitudes, the interests and perspectives, common to all the citizens of your Sun Sign. Each Sun Sign meaning is distinct and different from the others. They follow the order of the Zodiac around the circle, starting with Aries and ending with Pisces, and when complete, they define the steps in the creative process of everything from inception to completion.
Everything ... even life itself ... starts with an inspiration and an urge to action ... and ends with a time of reflection, acceptance and the discovery of meaning. Action is Aries territory; reflection belongs to Pisces. Each step along the way is important to the creation of the finished product. The Zodiac Sun Signs describe the journey of humanity ... and the finished product is the wisdom and experience of humankind.
It's just the beginning
The Sun Sign is just the barest beginning into the mysteries and wisdom of Astrology -- and what it reveals about human beings, the nature of life and the secrets of the universe. But the Sun Sign does provide a starting point on the journey -- and for some of us, it is the hook that gets us started on a lifelong study that ranges from casual to obsessive. Education, like life, has a rhythm ... and ebbs and flows with time and circumstance.
Sun Signs and their meanings were developed through centuries of observation and remain one of the most valuable pieces of wisdom we have -- even though most of us barely use it, if at all. Others have pursued enough to glimpse what it has to offer ... and little by little, a piece at a time, we reflect our knowledge out to others. Astrology itself tells us ... this is how it's done.
When someone asks, "What's your sign?", he's asking where the Sun was in the Zodiac when you were born. As I said, it's where the journey begins.
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The Sun in Astrology
* The Sun -- Ruler of Leo -- Symbol of Your Essential Self ---> The Sun, without which life on Earth could not exist as we know it, is the astrological metaphor which symbolizes an individual's basic personality, the underlying canvas upon which all the other colors and elements of his character are co-mingled and combined. The Sun and its meaning are the centerpiece in the structure of Astrology.
* Where Is the Sunshine In YOUR Life? ---> When someone asks ... "What's your sign?" ... he or she is really asking "What sign of the Zodiac was the Sun traveling through when you were born?" The Sun's placement is an important describing factor in a person's character. It tells a lot about his essential personality. Best of all, it's usually easy to determine a person's Sun sign. All you have to know is his birthday.
More on the Sun
* Understanding Transiting Sun Energy -- Things to know about the transiting Sun's -- behavior, position and influence ---> The Sun represents your ego, your basic sense of who you are. In Astrology, the Sun symbolizes your self-image and your self-identity. Your Sun Sign, obviously, tells what sign the Sun was traveling through on the day you were born. The Sun in the sky, however, travels through all twelve signs of the Zodiac in the course of a year.
Things to Know About The Sun in Astrology -- Reflections on The Sun -- in no particular order ---> The Sun itself is the central feature and the only star in our solar system. In Astrology, The Sun, along with The Moon, is considered one of the "luminaries" -- a word that means "light source." The Sun, however, is the only one that generates its own light.
* The Transiting Sun in Signs -- As The Sun moves through the Circle of Life ---> When The Sun is in Aries, you'll have the energy and ambition you need to launch new projects, make necessary changes and get stuff done. When The Sun moves into Taurus, you're more interested in slowing down, sitting back, taking it easy, stabilizing what you've started and enjoying life at a more measured pace.
The Sun, the Moon & more
* Sun Sign / Moon Sign -- Sun Energy / Moon Energy in Your Horoscope -- What's the difference? ---> You have a Sun Sign -- Your Sun sign is the Zodiac sign the Sun was traveling through at the time you were born. There are twelve signs in the Zodiac, starting with Aries and ending with Pisces. When you arrived in the world The Sun was in one of them.
* The Sun and Moon in Your Natal Chart -- Two powerful descriptions of you ---> Even in the more subtle, introverted signs, like Scorpio, Virgo and Pisces, The Sun's energy in your horoscope is considered powerful, masculine and demonstrative. Its expression can be overwhelmed and disguised by other factors or afflictions in the horoscope, but not easily.
* The Luminaries in Astrology -- The Sun and The Moon -- What are they ... and what's the difference? ---> The Light-givers -- The Luminaries -- This term refers to The Sun and The Moon in a horoscope -- distinguishing them from the other common elements ... the eight known planets, excluding the Earth. The term luminary suggests The Sun and The Moon are both sources of light, and it's true they are both the brightest objects in the sky and two of the most commanding points of information in a horoscope.
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Your Sun Sign, Moon Sign and Ascendant Sign -- Just What's Going On Here? ---> Three ways of defining you ... -- The short answer to this question is: Your Sun sign tells about your basic ego, your Moon sign tells about you emotional inner self, and your Ascendant tells about your outer presentation to the rest of the world.
Your Sun Sign and House Location -- The How, Where and Why of Your Existence ---> 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.
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