How many times have you met someone and asked them what their zodiac sign is or they asked you?
Some of you may have even took it a step further and asked them the date of their birthday and what time they were born so you could calculate and read their birth chart (I’m guilty of this).
Using the zodiac is not only a great conversation starter, but an excellent way to learn more about yourself and others, especially within a natal chart (which will be discussed in future posts. I gave a brief summary of what it was in my post “AS ABOVE, SO BELOW”).
This posts will specifically focus on Sun sign astrology which is what most people are familiar with. When you look at a newspaper or magazine horoscope, you’ll find that the majority of them base it off the zodiac sign that the sun was in at the time of your birth.
Before we get into that however, let’s find out what the zodiac actually is.
CIRCLE OF ANIMALS
The term zodiac is a Greek term and means “circle of animals.” The zodiac is an imaginary belt that circles around the sun and are a pattern of stars.
If you notice, most of the symbols for the 12 zodiac signs are animals with few exceptions:
- Aries – The Ram
- Taurus – The Bull
- Gemini – The Twins
- Cancer – The Crab
- Leo – The Lion
- Virgo – The Virgin
- Libra – The Scales
- Scorpio – The Scorpion
- Sagittarius – The Archer
- Capricorn – The Goat
- Aquarius – The Water Bearer
- Pisces – The Fish
They appear to run along what is known as the Ecliptic, aka a great circle on the celestial sphere that represents the sun’s supposed path during the year according to dictionary.com.
Each zodiac sign is ruled by a planet in our solar system and has particular characteristics and personality traits associated with.
When you were born, the sun was in a particular zodiac sign unique to that date. Because of this, you and others born during that time may have similar traits and experiences.
THE SUN(☉)IN ASTROLOGY
On Earth the Sun is our most powerful planet (in astrology the sun is considered a planet, though it’s actually a luminary). It’s responsible for giving us food, energy, warmth, and so much more. Without the Sun we wouldn’t be able to survive.
In astrology, many astrologist deem the Sun as the most dominant influence in the birth chart. The sign and position the Sun was in at the time of your birth shows how you present yourself to the world, your individuality, your main purpose, and your vitality.
It’s your life force and shows where your energy source is activated.
This planet also represents the father and male authority figures in your life.
The symbol of the Sun is a circle with a dot in the center of it. In the book The Zodiac Oracle written by Alice Ekrek, she states “the circle signifies the spirit, or unity, and the dot in the center suggests the consciousness of the human being at our center, or the seed of potential that lies at our core.”
The Sun rules the day Sunday, which is a perfect day to exercise and get out and about outside. I talked about this in my post THE PLANETS INFLUENCE on the DAYS of the WEEK.
Each zodiac sign expresses the Sun’s energy in different ways. It’s important to remember that the Sun is only one aspect of the birth chart so we may not always easily identify with it due to other strong planets and aspects.
In this post we’ll focus on the sign that the Sun is in at the the time of your birth. In future posts you’ll learn how the Sun affects you depending on what house it’s in in your birth chart.
March 21 – April 19
Symbol = The Ram
Element = Fire
Planetary Ruler = Mars
Part of the body ruled = The head
Keyword = I AM
If you were born under the sign of Aries, you’re a headstrong individual and have a passion and zest for life.
Mars is your ruling planet and there is a burst of energy within you always waiting to be used.
Being the first sign of the zodiac you like to be number one in everything you do. This is the sign that symbolizes new beginnings and you’re always up for change. Your life is definitely an adventure.
You’re an exciting and daring person. You enjoy taking risks and others see you as vibrant, enthusiastic, and a go-getter.
Enjoying being at the heart of action, you like to take charge and aren’t one to sit in the background. You’re usually the boss or figuring out a way to become one.
Because you like to be in control of your own work, projects, and plans, you may find yourself in conflict with those who have a higher position or authority over you.
Not always the best at controlling your mouth or temper, you can be a hot head which gets you in trouble. You may need to work on not saying everything that pops into your mind.
There are times when you can be selfish, only trying to gain for yourself. However, sometimes you need to be selfish to accomplish your goals and others can learn from you.
Overall, you are assertive and have an unwavering confidence in yourself. Personal honor is important to you and your personality draws others in because they know you’ll bring the excitement that they crave.
April 20 – May 20
Symbol = The Bull
Element = Earth
Planetary Ruler = Venus
Part of the body ruled = The neck and throat
Keyword = I HAVE
With your sign in Taurus, you tend to be a practical and reliable person that others can depend on.
You enjoy the good things in life thanks to your ruling planet Venus and have a love of beauty and pleasure. You want the best of the best and will spend money on quality materials and experiences. It helps that you are good with keeping your finances in check and aren’t one to spend on frivolous things.
You are not one to rush into anything and like to take your time, whether that’s getting into a relationship or accepting a job offer. Some people may consider you slow and picky, but you know what you want and are patient enough to wait just for that.
As a sensual and sentimental individual, you love being in a monogamous relationship and have a close knit of people that you trust. You are a bit shy and it’s not easy for you to venture out and meet new people.
At times you can be stubborn and won’t budge until you get your way. Others may get irritated when you become too opinionated or stingy.
Because you’re secretive, even those close to you may not always know and understand what’s going on in your life and may feel as if you’re hiding something from them.
Luckily, at your best you are the one that others can count on to come through when you say you’ll do so. You’re loyal and one to be trusted.
May 21 – June 20
Symbol = The Twins
Element = Air
Planetary Ruler = Mercury
Part of the body ruled = Hands, lungs, shoulders, arms.
Keyword = I THINK
Say hello to the communicators of the zodiac!
When your Sun is in the sign of Gemini, you love to talk and are curious about others and the world around you.
Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communications and messages, reading, writing, studying, and learning are only a few hobbies of yours. It’s hard for you to just do one thing and being known as a trader of jacks and master of none may fit you.
For you, life is about exploring and getting to know as much as you can. People love to talk to you because you’re full of information. Because of this, you are prone to gossiping.
You’re quick-witted and have the gift of persuasion. It’s easy for you to get others to do what you want. You can talk anyone into anything and have excellent skills dealing with the public.
Traveling is important to you because it gives you a chance to learn about other cultures and people.
Because you like to do so much, it’s hard for you to maintain focus on one thing for too long and you may leave projects and plans unfinished.
You don’t enjoy routine and monotony, preferring freedom over everything. You may get tired of people and places frequently and you’re known for moving from place to place or jumping in and out of relationships.
Thankfully, due to your optimistic and upbeat personality, you easily make friends who find you interesting and fun and you have the ability to create a life that gives you the excitement and variety you crave.
June 21 – July 22
Symbol = The Crab
Element = Water
Planetary Ruler = The Moon
Part of the body ruled = Breasts and stomach
Keyword = I FEEL
Having your Sun in the sign of Cancer makes you a loving, loyal, and sentimental person.
Family is important to you and you keep a close knit of friends. You don’t trust easily so most of the people you surround yourself with are ones known since childhood or you’ve built a special bond with.
As a Cancer, you’re very intuitive and empathetic. It’s easy for you to read others moods and feelings and you have to learn not to take on those feelings as your own.
You are very nurturing and others like coming to you for advice because you know just the right things to say.
Your friends and family know that they can count on you to make them feel loved and comforted. You enjoy cooking for them and home is your favorite place to be.
At times you can be a bit sensitive and take things more personally than what was intended. You may then brood and sulk in private, and ignore even those whom you are close with.
You also have a tendency to be moody. One minute you’re happy and ready to help and the next moment you don’t want to be bothered. You must learn how to control your emotions, as they change just as much as your ruling planet, the Moon changes its phases.
Emotional security is important to you and you hold on tenaciously to the ones you love. Thankfully, they appreciate you and your warm and loving nature. They are aware that your loyalty is unmatched.
July 23 – August 22
Symbol = The Lion
Element = Fire
Planetary Ruler = The Sun
Part of the body ruled = Back, spine, and heart
Keyword = I WILL
Just like their ruling planet the Sun, Leos demand to be front and center.
Being a native of this sign, you love to be the center of attention and have the spotlight on you. It’s no surprise you are into the arts and being a professional actor/actress or singer is on your to-do-list.
You have lots of vitality and others love to be around you for your liveliness and larger-than-life personality. Whenever you attend a party there’s no doubt that sooner than later you’ll be the one who catches everyones attention.
As a Leo, you believe that you deserve the best and consider yourself royalty. Nothing is too good or too much for you, since appearance and status is so important to you. It’s not uncommon for you to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on luxury items, and you’ll do best to marry someone who can help you keep your high-end lifestyle.
There are times you come off arrogant and selfish. You have to learn to share the spotlight with others and realize you aren’t good at everything (even if you think you are).
It’ll also do you well to learn patience. Not everything has to be done on your time. Listening to others viewpoints and opinions will help you be more of a team player and keep you out of unnecessary arguments.
On your best days, you are a charismatic and exciting individual. People know that with you around they’ll be entertained and no matter your shortcomings, you’re a generous and cheerful person.
August 23 – September 22
Symbol = The Virgin
Element = Earth
Planetary Ruler = Mercury
Part of the body ruled = Nervous system and intestines
Keyword = I ANALYZE
Having your Sun in the zodiac sign Virgo makes you practical, reliable, and analytical, the other side of its ruling planet Mercury.
You are hardworking and meticulous in what you do. You prefer to work alone than with others because you know exactly what you want and don’t trust others to do what you can do yourself.
You’re a perfectionist. There’s no stopping you until you get whatever it is you’re trying to do just right. Paying close attention to detail is a natural skill for you. Pointing out small errors and fixing them is easy to to you.
As a Virgo you make a great friend, lover, parent, and worker, but you have to make sure you’re of good use to society. Volunteering your time and using your gifts to help others is essential to you.
You can come off shy and reserved when meeting new people and prefer one-on-one encounters. Once you trust someone it’s easier for you to open up and be yourself.
It would be good for you to loosen up at times. You can come across as a tight-wad and too reserved for your own good. You also need to get out of your head sometimes and live in the present. It’s OK to leave your duties for another day when it benefits your mental health.
You’re at your best when in a loving and committed relationship. Because you are responsible and dedicated to whatever you do, your partner never has to worry about anything (mainly because you do).
All-in-all you are intelligent, conscientious, and a focused individual who can easily turn any dream into a reality with dedication.
September 23 – October 22
The Symbol = The Scales
Element = Air
Planetary Ruler = Venus
Part of the body ruled = Kidneys, lower back and ass
Keyword = I BALANCE
A natural born charmer, you can effortlessly get others to do what want. As a Libra, you possess the gift of making anyone feel at ease and special.
If you’re born under this zodiac sign, you have elegant taste, a zest for the good life, and are an easygoing person.
Ruled by Venus just as Taurus, you love beauty and are prone to spending large sums of money on luxury items and decorating your home to make it beautiful. Others can’t get enough of your high-fashioned taste and trips to expensive restaurants (that you pay for of course!).
You are the diplomat of the zodiac sign, and just like your symbol The Scales, you expect balance in all parts of your life. Anytime there is conflict, people can count on you to bring about the peace.
Because you value harmony so much, you must do well to remember that you shouldn’t take away your own feelings and voice in order to keep the peace. There are times when you may come off indecisive because you won’t choose a stand. Always speak up when you feel the need to do so.
On the contrary, sometimes you start arguments just for the sake of having another opinion from someone else. You may also come off as vain and lazy, believing everything will work out just fine and not really considering the matter at hand.
On the bright side, because of your easygoing nature and pleasant and sociable personality, you usually come off on the good end of the stick and others see you as friendly and a pleasure to be around.
October 23 – November 21
Symbol = The Scorpion
Element = Water
Planetary Ruler = Pluto
Part of the body ruled = The genitals
Keyword = I DESIRE
As a Scorpio, you are the most misunderstood sign in the zodiac.
You seem to live a life of contradictions. You can be the sweetest person ever but if someone pisses you off, you’ll cause hell. Being independent and on your own is what you want, however, you’re clingy with the ones you love.
Being a Scorpio Sun makes you a magnetic and irresistible individual. People are drawn to you. Sometimes they don’t even know why. You just have something in you that makes people want to get to know you.
On the other hand, because you’re an intense individual, some people avoid you as you may come off too strong for them. You don’t really care though because you have an undying faith that the right people will find you.
This all makes sense when your ruling planet is Pluto, which is associated with the underworld and the unknown, especially because many find you mysterious and secretive.
You have a natural sixth sense and are very intuitive. It’s easy to tell when someone is lying to you and you don’t take deceit so lightly. You are prone to getting revenge on those who’ve wronged you and must learn how to let some things go and keeping your emotions in check.
Even with your darker attributes you are a loving and loyal person. When you love someone, they never have to worry about you turning against them or not having their back. You’ll always be there for them.
You are also kind and whenever in a crisis, you know how to stay cool, calm and collected more than anyone else. Diving deep into the human psyche is your specialty and you are great with finding out the true nature of others.
November 22 – December 21
Symbol = The Archer
Element = Fire
Planetary Ruler = Jupiter
Keyword = I SEE
When your sun is in the fiery sign of Sagittarius, freedom is your name and traveling is your game.
Sitting still is not an option for you. Daily life and the mundane world will only get you so far before you’re planning your escape.
Ruled by the planet of good fortune Jupiter, you are optimistic, jovial, and luck is somehow always on your side. Even when things don’t seem to be working in your favor, they tend to turn around for the best and you’re better off from it.
Because of your cheery disposition, others enjoy being around you.
An addition of having Jupiter as your ruling planet is your thirst for knowledge. Learning about the world around you is important and you are always seeking to know more about life. Philosophy intrigues you and you have an inquisitive mind.
You are an honest and frank person that others may come to when they want the truth. Sometimes though you lack tact and your opinion is unwarranted.
Though you value freedom, you may alienate those close to you when you go long periods of time not communicating with them. Learning how to balance time for yourself and others is key.
Thanks to your positive outlook and love of life, you attract wonderful people and opportunities to you and always seem to be in the right place at the right time.
December 22 – January 19
Symbol = The Goat
Element = Earth
Planetary Ruler = Saturn
Part of the body ruled = Bones, joints, and knees
Keyword = I USE
Being the most ambitious sign in the zodiac, you’ll do whatever it takes to reach your goals. Having patience and taking your time is not a problem for you. You have a knack for leadership and it’s no surprise when you become the CEO or promoted to manger in your career.
As a Capricorn you’re reserved and disciplined. Saturn is your ruler which makes you responsible and determined. Before you can relax you have to make sure business is taken care of.
You may come off as cold and non-emotional to others, especially those who aren’t as familiar with you. Deep down, however, you have a well of emotions and want others love and approval. Don’t be afraid to show your emotions. It’s not as scary as you think and others will appreciate it.
Though you are an excellent worker and your career is important to you, make sure you don’t work too hard. Too often you overwork yourself and not only do you leave your friends and family hanging, but it takes a toll on your body and mental health. Learn to loosen up and let your hair down.
A secret that most people don’t know about you is that you’re funny. You may not even intentionally try to be but your witty and dry humor can cause a number of laughs.
People love that you are dependable. You’re the first person in the zodiac sign to reach the highest rank in business thanks to your practicality and commitment to be the best.
January 20 – February 18
Symbol = The Water Bearer
Element = Air
Planetary Ruler = Uranus
Part of the body ruled = Ankles and circulatory system
Keyword = I KNOW
Known as the innovators of the zodiac, you have a futuristic mindset and come up with some of the most original and creative inventions. Technology and even artistic endeavors are pursuits that you find fascinating.
More reserved and practical people might see you as wacky and unorthodox. It’s because they can’t see the visions that are brimming in your mind. You are different and aren’t afraid to go against the crowd. You believe in yourself and your ideas.
Uranus is your ruling planet and is associated with progress, rebelliousness, and the future of the human race. It’s no surprise that Aquarius is the humanitarian zodiac sign and it’s likely that you are involved in causes that help the human race prosper. Whether it’s volunteering, protesting, or helping out others in need, you’re sure to be one of the first ones to do so.
You’re open-minded and not one to judge others because you know how it feels when others think you’re crazy or weird because of your ideas and beliefs. You easily make friends from all walks of life. Contradicting yourself however, at times you can be intolerant in listening to others opinions believing only you have the “right” idea.
You’re a smart person, often gifted in academics and enjoy having intellectual conversation with others.
Freedom is important to you. At times you can be aloof and not want to be bothered, but not for too long because you enjoy being around those you care about the most.
As an Aquarius, you are friendly and a cutting-edge. You’re most likely already creating the next technological advance or plans for a dope ass future.
February 19 – March 20
Symbol = The Fish
Element = Water
Planetary Ruler = Neptune
Part of the body ruled = Feet
Keyword = I BELIEVE
As a Pisces, you’re an old soul. It’s believed that you have the most experiences with past lives since your zodiac sign is associated with rebirth and reincarnation.
Like the other water signs, (Cancer and Scorpio) you are naturally intuitive. You can easily read others and can even have the gift of prophecy and seeing spirits.
Being a Pisces makes you a natural dreamer and you have a vivid imagination. You have a talent for music and the arts. Not only do you find them as a creative outlet, but they can be healing for you as well as others who come across your work.
You’re a compassionate person who does what you can to help others in need, whether it’s family, friends, an animal, or a person you just met. You need to work on saying no at times because some may take advantage of your kindness. You’re sort of a bleeding heart and manipulative people will target you.
Dealing with your problems and not running away from them is a skill you need to acquire. Your ruling planet Neptune is a planet that can create illusions. Even if you think you’re getting away from your issues, they’ll keep coming back until you face to them so it’s best to do it sooner than later.
Working on your self-esteem is important also. At times you get in moods where you feel as if the world is against you and you dwell in self-pity. Learn how to feel your sadness and then bounce back and keep it moving. Drowning in your sorrows is counter-productive and keeps you down.
You’re at your best when you believe in yourself and your abilities and are using your loving and empathetic nature to be of service to others. There’s an enormous amount of generosity and originality in you that the world is waiting for you to share.
As I stated earlier, your Sun sign is just one small part of your birth chart so if you don’t feel that it resonates with you, it’s understandable. The birth chart is like a map that tells you the basis of your personality and potential experiences you’ll have in life. Seen as a whole you’ll understand yourself a lot better.
I hope you enjoyed this article and I’d love to know if you feel like your Sun sign described you perfectly or do you believe that you need to read your complete chart cuz this wasn’t it.
Let me know in the comments!