The sun

The symbol of the Sun is a circle with a dot in the middle. The circle represents eternity and the point the place of humanity in relation to the All, as the center of the solar system, benefiting from the solar influence.

Dignities and weaknesses

Address: Leo
Exaltation: Aries
Exile: Aquarius
Autumn: Libra


The Sun is the center of our solar system, and all the planets move in elliptical orbits around this star which seems to pass in front of the Earth from East to West every day. At a distance of about 150 million kilometers, the Sun appears to our eyes as a small bright disk in the sky, but it is actually huge, as it has a diameter of 1.39 million kilometers and is nearly 700 times larger than all the planets combined. Also, as part of the 360 ​​degrees of the zodiac, it has a diameter of about 32 degrees of arc, or half a degree. Its diurnal motion is 59º, 1′ of arc.

The Sun is the source of light, heat and life itself; Without the Sun we could not live, so much so that the Earth and the other planets remain in their orbits thanks to the gravitational attraction it provides.

From the astrological point of view (when studying an astrological chart), neither the Sun nor the Moon can be retrograde from the point of view of the earth. Although neither is a planet in the astronomical sense (one is classified as a star and the other as a satellite), both are classified as planets in astrology. Usually the Sun and the Moon are also called luminaries.


The Sun is considered the supreme God in many ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Babylon or Persia. The Romans and Greeks, for their part, paid this honor to Jupiter.

Although in Greek mythology we also have other gods who represent the figure of the Sun, in particular two: Helios and Apollo. The clearest to see is Helios; mythology tells us that every day he left his palace in the east and drove a chariot drawn by four fiery steeds to another palace in the west. His journey is announced by Eos, the dawn.

On the other hand we have Apollo, classical Greek literature does not usually associate this god with the Sun since Apollo is usually associated with prophecies, creative arts (especially music), archery and arts of healing.

Apollo was the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and the titan Leto. He was fed nectar and ambrosia in his childhood, the food of the gods according to the Greeks and which granted him eternal youth and beauty.

His most important place of worship was at Delphi, the place where he had killed the serpent Python. He also played the lute and lyre, which he received from his half-brother Hermès (Mercure).

Apollo’s later association with the Sun is likely due to the similarity in functions and partner nature to the Egyptian sun god Horus. The ancient Egyptians called the Sun the Eye of Horus.

Despite Apollo’s beauty and artistry, the young men and women he coveted tried to stop him, just as the Sun emits a light that blinds us if we look too long, Apollo was too beautiful for mortals see it. his dazzling appearance.

The famous phrase “know thyself” comes precisely from the Oracle of Delphi who, as we explain here, worshiped this God. This is a maxim appropriate to the symbolism of the Sun in the natal chart since, as we will see further on, in the natal chart, the Sun represents the center of our existence, and the earthly house where it acts will therefore be the “centre”. of life “. where the most important acts and events of our lives will take place.

According to Amalia Ramírez, the Sun “corresponds to the distant by definition, and for this very reason it represents the ideal or the goal; it is the stimulus for the individual to try to stand out, as such, above the masses. The Sun is therefore the manifestation of our individual qualities which must be recognized and valued by others because the image we exhibit to the outside world largely depends on it.[1]

The Sun in the birth chart

The astrological trait most known to people in general is the sun sign, i.e. the position of the Sun on the natal chart. When someone asks us “Which zodiac sign are you?” the answer we always give is our sun sign. When we say “I am” Libra, for example, we mean that at birth the Sun was in that sign.

From an interpretive point of view, the Sun is of vital importance, but it is not as overly decisive as the horoscopes of magazines and newspapers would have us believe, because there are other factors that come into play. combine during the interpretation (the planets, from Mercury to Pluto, and also the Ascendant, the houses, the aspects).

For this reason, if we ignore all the factors of the horoscope to focus only on the Sun, we will only perceive certain fragments of our personality, and may even be far from reality. If we want a correct interpretation, we must see the whole and not focus exclusively on the Sun, although it is a key element of the interpretation.

However, it can be said that in the chart, the Moon and the Ascendant are just as important as the Sun, although they have different qualities.

The Sun represents our inner, mature and conscious Self, our “Soul”, as opposed to the Moon which represents our more immature, variable, capricious and childish Self. The Ascendant represents our outer Self, the opinion we offer to others.

The Sun in the birth chart represents our will, the ego, the center of the conscious mind. Through the position of the Sun in the Chart, we can see our capacity for organization and direction, our prospects for advancement in life, our tendency to acquire, as well as our prestige and dignity.

Psychologically, it is our inner personality (how we are “inside”, ingrained tastes, illusions and ideals, which we seldom manifest to others), when this planet is badly aspected in the Chart, the typical flaws pride, vanity and selfishness are shown.

Sun transits only last for a day or two and signify a process of greater self-awareness. Prolonged transits from other planets to the natal Sun can lead to moments of increased self-confidence (trines, sextiles) or identity crises (square, opposition).

The Sun represents a male principle, a figure of authority understood in the classical sense. In the male horoscope, the Sun and Mars are part of his male identity.

In the feminine chart, the Sun represents the masculine ideal to which she aspires and the perceptions that women have of men. The planetary aspects that the Sun receives will indicate something that the woman will have to experience or learn with her husband (sometimes also with her father, since the Sun is also associated with the archetype of the father).

In the map of a country, the Sun represents the king, the chief, the aristocracy and, in general, all those who have authority. It can also represent those who are considered national heroes.

Characteristics of the Sun

Click on the image to enlarge it and read it better

The Sun entry appears first in professional astrology with Astroworld.

Original Spanish content

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *