by Stefan Stenudd
The Sun in the Complete Horoscope
The Description of Your Natural State in Classical Astrology
The fundamental force of life and spirit,
behaving according to its position,
dominating in each moment of stillness.
From our geocentric perspective, the sun moves around the whole Zodiac in a year, spending one month in each sign. The dates for each sign differ slightly from year to year, depending on our system of leap years. Below are the normal dates for the sun in each sign, but each change from one sign to the next can differ a day. In rare cases, depending on your exact time of birth, it can differ two days. So, if you are born around the date of change from one sign to another, make sure to check your exact horoscope. See the instructions here: Your Own Horoscope
Aries March 21 — April 19
Taurus April 20 — May 20
Gemini May 21 — June 20
Cancer June 21 — July 22
Leo July 23 — August 22
Virgo August 23 — September 22
Libra September 23 — October 22
Scorpio October 23 — November 21
Sagittarius November 22 — December 21
Capricorn December 22 — January 19
Aquarius January 20 — February 19
Pisces February 20 — March 20
The Sun in the ZodiacHere are short descriptions of how each Zodiac sign influences the sun, your natural state, when that's where it is in your natal chart. For more elaborate descriptions of your sun sign traits, check the links at the bottom of the page.
Taurus brings patience and calm.
Gemini brings joy and a light-hearted manner.
Cancer brings caring and commitment.
Leo brings pride and integrity.
Virgo brings diligence and scrutiny.
Libra brings a logical mind sticking to principles.
Scorpio brings secrecy and inner passion.
Sagittarius brings integrity and independence.
Capricorn brings an ambition to accomplish great things.
Aquarius brings thoughtfulness and sincerity in all.
Pisces brings a compassionate nature and unrest.
RulerThe sun rules over Leo, which means that it tends to be the most obvious and enforced in that sign. It exalts in Aries, another sign of the element fire. There is no sign where the sun is particularly weakened or alienated.
Your basic state of mindThe sun rules over your basic personality, the way you are before you engage in something that awakes another planetary force. The horoscope is a dynamic thing. The planets are forces, energies, with their particular traits and modes of expression. But the sun is neutral in itself, so it becomes its position in each horoscope — for example the Zodiac sign it's in, but it is also influenced by any aspects to other planets.
Normally, it is when we relax and involve in nothing particular that we express our sun position the most.
Zodiac Sign Traits of Your FatherThe sun in the horoscope also shows a lot about your relation to your father, or the father figure in your family. The moon shows your relation to your mother, and any aspects between the two in your horoscope shows their relation to one another, at least as it comes across to you.
Men tend to identify with their father, at least as adults. Women often do the same with their mothers. It is also quite common that men find wives that are somewhat similar to their mothers, as shown by the moon in their horoscopes. Again, women tend to do the same with their husbands: they are attracted to men with some links to the sun of their horoscope.
It's not certain, though, and it depends quite a lot on the horoscope as a whole. Other factors can alter it.
Helios, the Greek sun god. Athenian red-figure krater, 5th century BC.
Planet ageEach of the heavenly bodies represents a period in your life of about seven years. In the case of the moon it is early adulthood, from about 21 to 28 years of age.
The position of the sun in your horoscope reveals what that period of your life is like, generally speaking. The twenties is the period in life where we start to bloom as adult individuals, showing who we really are. That's to a large extent the character that the sun in our horoscope shows.
Zodiac sign symbols (glyphs). From left to right: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
Your Zodiac Star SignThe Zodiac sign of the sun at your birth is called your star sign or sun sign. To learn more about what that means, please visit the webpage dedicated to your Zodiac sign:
The PlanetsHere are the planets and other celestial points used in astrology, with links to the webpage of each:
ZODIAC SIGNSThe twelve Zodiac signs and what they mean in astrology.
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About meI'm a Swedish astrologer, author and historian of ideas, researching ancient thought and mythology. My personal website: stenudd.com