Sun in Astrology: Meaning, Signs and Astral Chart

Celebrated and glorified for millennia, the Sun has a distinct mythical meaning and has become the inspiration for Astrology.

In all cultures, the Sun has a symbolism that suggests life, perpetual fertility, and creation of life. Celebrated and glorified for millennia, the Sun has a distinct mythical meaning and has become the inspiration for Astrology. For science, this star is just an incandescent sphere, source and support of the system of planets that orbit around it. Life on Earth is only possible thanks to the existence of the Sun and this has dictated its fundamental importance in numerous solar cults and in the ancient mythology of many Western and non-Western cultures.

“The glyph of the Sun symbolizes the Divine, the totality of the energy existing in the Cosmos. It represents the creative energy of the soul, the vital force, the spirit, the eternal, the infinite. It is the energy that holds together the different parts of the personality”.


Astral characterization

  • Rule / Dignity - Leo
  • Day of the Week - Sunday
  • Color - Yellow
  • Detriment / Conflict - Aquarius
  • Exaltation - Aries
  • Fall - Libra
  • Virtue - Hope
  • Addiction - Indolence
  • Number - 1
  • Obstacles from Past Lives - Abuse of Authority
  • Associations - Father, Head of State, creativity, games, valuables, luxury, sumptuousness
  • Key Words - Self-expression, vital strength, joy, creativity, consciousness, power, dominance, generosity, brilliance, purity, affection, magnanimity, potential, vitality, individuality, identity, recognition.

The Sun in Mythology

In Greek myth, Helios, the Sun, descends from the Titans Hyperion and Tea. Later, Apollo assumed the attributes of Helios and became the main sun god of Olympus.

In ancient Egypt, Ra, the sun god, was the supreme creative deity, assuming different forms when he was born (Jepri, represented by a sacred scarab, rolling the ball of the sun across the horizon) and when he set ( Atum). He was also Horus, the falcon-headed god, later identified by the Greeks as Apollo.

The sun symbolizes truth and integrity: “ Know yourself ” is the motto in the sacred oracle of the god Apollo in Delphi, Greece.

Sun in Astrology - Expression of the “I”

In Astrology, the Sun, which is technically a star and not a planet, represents the life force, vitality and the need for self-expression of the “I” . It is the energy that unites the different parts of the personality. It represents the search for personal individuality, which is expressed through the sign where the Sun is placed in the birth chart .

The quality, polarity and element of the sign where the Sun is positioned are decisive for the way in which the “I” can be expressed. A) Yes:

  • Sun in negative signs - self-expression can be shy or inhibited, although this does not mean that it is blocked only that it manifests smoothly.
  • Sun in positive signs - exuberant self-expression is a natural characteristic.
  • Sun in signs of the Water element - difficulty expressing aggression and assuming leadership.
  • Sun in signs of the Fire element - Expression with a certain amount of aggressiveness and a leadership posture are innate qualities.
  • Sun in signs of the Earth element - capacity for affirmation, but without aggressiveness.
  • Sun in signs of the Air element - ability to express self-confidence, but difficulty in staying firm.
  • Sun in the Cardinal element - always the most outgoing of any group of elements.

Sun in Astrology - Creative Principle

The Sun in Astrology is the expression of the creative principle, influenced by the element of the sign in which the Sun is positioned. Thus:

  • Sun in signs of the Water element - the creative spirit expresses itself emotionally and emotionally, generating feelings.
  • Sun in signs of the Fire element - the creative principle is actively and spontaneously expressed, generating life.
  • Sun in signs of the Earth element - the creative principle is expressed in a practical and productive way, generating actions and new things.
  • Sun in signs of the Air element - the creative principle expresses itself in an intellectual and inspiring way, generating thoughts and words.

Sun in Astrology - Vitality

The position of the Sun in a birth chart indicates the degree of vitality that the personality has. In Astrology, the Sun also indicates the personality way to disappointments. A) Yes:

  • Sun in negative signs - vitality flows smoothly and steadily.
  • Sun in positive signs - vitality flows intensely and abundantly.
  • Sun in signs of the Water element - vitality consumes a lot of energy; They can be devastated by a negative situation because, as a general rule, self-confidence is not enough to easily cope with disappointments.
  • Sun in signs of the Fire element - vitality is physical; optimistic, they have a great capacity to recover from disappointment.
  • Sun in signs of the Earth element - patiently endure the arrival of better days.
  • Sun in signs of the Air element - vitality is intellectual; they may have to wait for something new to emerge to stimulate them to overcome disappointment.

Sun in Astrology - Male Principle

The Sun indicates how the active and masculine part of the personality can flow. Male energy is an integral part of the personality of man and woman. When the Sun is positioned in a positive sign, the assertiveness of the personality is strong and the masculine energy comes into confrontation with the world. In negative (or passive) signs, energy flows inward, into the personality.

Sun in Astrology - The Father

The Sun represents the father figure or authority figure . The way a man exercises his role as a father is described by his sun sign, in nuances that characterize the way he relates to his children and how he deals with his parental role. The element of the sign is the determining factor. A) Yes:

  • Sun in signs of the Water element - sensitive, protective.
  • Sun in signs of the Fire element - affectionate, spontaneous.
  • Sun in signs of the Earth element - disciplined, responsible.
  • Sun in Air element signs - communicative, flexible.

However, the personality of each person is a mixture of different planetary energies that appear in their birth chart. Therefore, the presence of these other planetary energies can accentuate or diminish certain traits traditionally associated with the sun sign. For example, the influence of Saturn on the personality indicates a cold and severe father, while the passage of Pluto suggests a dominant father.

Sun in Astrology - Arrangement in the Astral Chart

In the birth chart , when the sun is well positioned, the disposition is noble, benevolent, dignified and humane. He is a faithful friend and a generous enemy. When the sun is badly positioned, the disposition is frivolous, vain, arrogant, pretentious and given to bad character.

How is the Sun expressed through the Signs?

The challenge associated with the Sun is discovering how we can express our potential to the fullest . It also allows us to know how to restore our personal balance after a difficulty. At best, the Sun manifests itself brilliantly in our personality, at worst it can turn it into arrogance or vanity.

Sun in Aries

Spontaneous self-expression. Egocentric, selfish, dynamic, daring and outgoing. Sun in Aries indicates a personality that recovers quickly from disappointments, but abandons tasks in the middle.

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Sun in Taurus

Practical self-expression. Pragmatic, conservative, trustworthy, persevering, and stoic. The sun in Taurus is not shaken by setbacks and never gives up.

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Sun in Gemini

Communicative self-expression. Restless, sociable, intellectual, versatile, tense. The Sun in Gemini is not defeated by difficulties and has the gift of doing several things at the same time.

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Sun in Cancer

Reluctant self-expression. Very emotional, protective, possessive, introverted. The Sun in Cancer may give up after a setback, but it generally persists.

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Sun in Leo

Exuberant self-expression. Outgoing, enthusiastic, benevolent, jovial, proud and authoritarian. The Sun in Leo quickly overcomes difficulties and is a committed teacher.

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Sun in Virgo

Competent self-expression. Practical, perfectionist, analytical, productive, functional and organized. The Sun in Virgo is committed and is not affected by setbacks.

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Sun in Libra

Affectionate self-expression. Sociable, dependent, artistic, kind and fair. Sun in Libra avoids problems, does not like to be criticized and ends what he begins.

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Sun in Scorpio

Stealthy self-expression. Intense, insightful, mysterious, passionate and strong. The Sun in Scorpio does not allow itself to be destroyed by setbacks and focuses on what it does.

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Sun in Sagittarius

Adventurous self-expression. Spontaneous, curious, inquisitive, philosophical and dynamic. The Sun in Sagittarius recovers from adversity, but can suffer.

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Sun in Capricorn

Controlled self-expression. Practical, authoritarian, conservative, dogmatic, trustworthy and obedient. The sun in Capricorn does not give up on a problem and is responsible.

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Sun in Aquarius

Unconventional self-expression. Innovative, progressive, inquisitive, radical, unpredictable, and humanitarian. The Sun in Aquarius detests setbacks and is committed to what it does.

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Sun in Pisces

Vague self-expression. Impressive, sensitive, hesitant, lazy, and falsely passive. The Sun in Pisces gives up after a setback and is indecisive.

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Planets in Astrology

  • The Sun - Identity, Individuality, the Father
  • The Moon - Instincts, subconscious, mother
  • Mercury - Mindset, Communication
  • Venus - Love, Values, Women
  • Mars - Action, Man, Wish
  • Jupiter - Wisdom, Expansion
  • Saturn - Challenge, Moderation
  • Uranus - Originality, Revolution
  • Neptune - Spirituality, Illusion
  • Pluto - Transformation, Underworld
  • Chiron - Integration, Healing
  • North Node - Destination, Future Potential
  • South Node - Deep Experience, Lessons Learned

Each of the planets dominates a specific aspect of our life. Your Sun sign, that is, the Zodiac sign where the Sun was at the time you were born, governs the most intimate area of ​​your Being. However, the remaining planets also help characterize your astrological personality. For example, if Mercury, the planet that governs communication, was in Leo when you were born, your communication style is likely to be passionate and enthusiastic, characteristics traditionally attributed to this sign.