The Sun in astrology is one of the building blocks of your personality and life. It's the position most people are familiar with (or their Sun sign, anyway). The Sun is deeply personal, and it's where who we are begins to form.
Sun Astrology & Your Natal Chart
There are ten planets in a standard astrology chart (I personally also add Ceres, and there are others, but we start with the ten). Each planet links to a different part of your personality and life. Your natal chart is a snapshot of the locations of the planets, other bodies, and houses in the Zodiac at the moment you're born and from the location you're born at.
The Sun is the natural ruling planet for the sign of Leo, which is an enthusiastic fire sign, getting that energy from the Sun, and naturally connects with the fifth house, the house of love.
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The Sun in Astrology: The True Self
In your natal chart, your natal Sun is your true self. This is the you that comes out when you're comfortable, in comfortable settings, and with people you know well. This is the you that you hide when around strangers or in unfamiliar places.
This is why the Sun is one of the building blocks for who you are as a person in astrology (along with the Moon and Rising). This is why it's such an important part of your chart. It's who you really are, underneath it all, mask removed, facade gone.
The Sun in Astrology: Personal
The Sun is a deeply personal position in astrology, and this is true in both your natal chart and in transits. Whatever touches your natal Sun, you feel in a deeply personal way, and has a direct impact on who you are and your personality.
Conjunctions (alignments by other planets to your Sun) tend to be strongest, and can be just as important as the sign your Sun is in, if not more so depending on the planet. But, you also feel the other major aspects the planets make to your natal Sun, and they can determine the relationship you have with whatever those planets rule.
When it comes to transits, the transit (moving) planets aspecting your natal Sun can be felt in deeply personal ways. This is similar to the aspects by the natal planets, but those are forever while transits are temporary.
The Sun in Astrology: Creative
The Sun in astrology is surprisingly creative, likely due to its gigantic waves of energy, but also because what we create tends to be personal and tied to who we are. What we create can mean things like artistic ventures and hobbies, or even things like people (our children).
The Sun bursts with energy, and this naturally leads to creative energy. Having a strong Sun in your natal chart often denotes you have great creative energy.
The Sun in Astrology: Fame
The Sun in astrology connects to attention. It shines so bright, it's hard to miss, and remember it's also really personal and creative. So naturally, the Sun can connect with fame, though this doesn't have to mean celebrity (though it does rule celebrity). Any attention is covered here.
The Sun wants attention, needs attention, craves attention, is desperate for attention. Without it, it burns itself out. You may find you need attention wherever your Sun is located in your natal chart, and may temporarily need attention wherever the transit Sun is touring.
The Sun in Astrology: Shines a Light
The transit (moving) Sun has a base energy of shining a light. This can be on the Zodiac sign it's in, which impacts everyone; or it can be on the house in your natal chart it's touring or the aspects it's making, for you personally.
The Sun puts a spotlight wherever it is. It wants to direct our attention there. Ignore it, and it might burn under the magnifying glass!
The Sun in Astrology: Ease
The Sun doesn't like it when things are too challenging, and prefers some degree of ease. Under sextiles and trines (beneficial aspects), this can show ease and comfort and familiarity. In the natal chart, this is throughout our lives, while with transits, this is in the moment.
Under squares and oppositions (challenging aspect), this can show difficulty achieving ease, and feeling uncomfortable. In the natal chart, this can stay with us until we work on the block, while with transits, this can be temporary but may be shining a light on an issue to work on.
The Sun in Astrology: The Body
The Sun is also the ruler of the body as a whole. Each planet rules a different specific part of the body, but the Sun rules the body in totality. This means we often look to the Sun for health matters of any kind (in addition to whatever rules it specifically).
Where Your Sun Energy is Found
For everyone, look to the Zodiac sign and natal house your Sun falls in. The energy of the Sun sign is a part of your personality, while the areas of life ruled by the house your Sun falls in are where you feel most like yourself. Also look to the natural planetary ruler of your Sun sign (the natural planetary ruler of the Zodiac sign your Sun falls in) as this can also connect to the Sun energy.
Planets that are conjunct (aligned with) your natal Sun can be major parts of who you are, and super important to you. Whatever that planet rules and however it expresses itself can be dominant in your personality and life.
Transit (moving) planets aspecting your natal Sun can bring some temporary energy for the Sun matters. This can impact you personally with the Sun, but can also impact the areas of life ruled by the house your Sun falls in, as well as the areas of life ruled by the house your Sun rules (so the house that falls in Leo). These aspects can be really important when they're happening.
One of the most challenging transit aspects in astrology is hard transit Pluto to your natal Sun since Pluto likes to destroy and the Sun is so personal. You always want to plan ahead for that! Hard transit Saturn can also be extra restrictive to the natal Sun, and hard transit Uranus can be extra unpredictable.
Make sure to sign up for the free monthly worksheet to keep track of the transit planets impacting your natal Sun and aspects by the transit Sun every month!
A Strong Natal Sun in Astrology
Some may have a more important natal Sun. This can be the case for you if you have:
- a stellium (3+ planets) including your natal Sun
- your natal Sun conjunct an angle
- your North or South Node in your Sun sign
- your 1st house ruler conjunct the natal Sun
- your natal Sun anaretic (at 29 degrees)
- retrograde Mercury, Venus, or Mars conjunct your natal Sun
One thing about the natal Sun, is it can easily be overtaken by other planets and likes to be neutral. If your natal Sun is in a stellium or conjunct a retrograde Mercury, Venus, or Mars, it's elevated for you, and you feel these deeply personally, and have to learn to work with them, otherwise they can control you and make things difficult for you.
An anaretic natal Sun can show you have a personality that is amplified times 11, or that you hide your true self so much that you're not even sure who you really are. It goes either way. Balance becomes important, knowing who you are and having confidence in that, but not going so far as to become arrogant and cocky.
The Sun conjunct an angle greatly amplifies that angle in your life; conjunct your North Node, it's easier for you to grow into your potential; conjunct the South Node, it's easier for you to fall back on crutches and need to get out of your own way; and conjunct the 1st house ruler, you can actually fuse your inner and outer self to be more cohesive, and you may be more comfortable showing who you really are.
Suggested Reading: The Natal Sun and The Transit Sun pages for general interpretations