The Sun is the ruler of Leo, fixed fire, and is exalted in Aries.
From it come all the positive powers of our nature, all those
that urge us outward and forward, and make for strong and vigorous
manifestation on the physical plane. A well placed Sun makes
for dignity, self-reliance, strength of character, just appreciation
of one’s value, abundant affection, and ready helpfulness,
with powers of leadership, control and command. There are virile
animal spirits, buoyancy, magnanimity, and a large and open way
of viewing and dealing with life. If the Sun is obscurely placed
these qualities are lacking.
A prominent but afflicted Sun (i.e.
strong mundanely, but weak by sign and aspect) gives a semblance
of the solar virtues, but they tend to run to excess and lack
balance and common sense to control them; the native is apt to
be ostentatious, bombastic, promising much and performing little,
trying to lead, but often being, in fact, a puppet in the hands
of favourites and sycophants. The affection may degenerate into
sensuality, maudlin sentiment, or mere verbal affection, masking
real selfishness. The self-confidence is either excessive or
else hides inner cowardice and incompetence.
We get, in fact,
many of the qualities that one associates with a bad monarch.
The action of the Sun when strong, is fortifying and vitalising
in whatever part of the map it is placed.
The Sun is at the centre
of the solar system and appears to ‘drive
One of the most important points in the chart, the Sun represents
the energy that enables everything else to exist. It is the basic
energy of Being. Just as the physical Sun shines and enables all
the other bodies to shine by reflecting its light, so the symbolic
astrological Sun is the basic energy of which all the other planetary
energies are specialised reflections.
The Sun represents light,
consciousness and day. It is the ultimate planetary symbol of
yang, yang being the active energising principle that is the source
of all motion. The Sun as yang, is the polar counterpart to the
Moon, as yin. The Sun and Moon are one of the horoscope’s
most important manifestations of this primary duality.
As yang, the Sun is the archetype of will, power, and desire,
bit not necessarily sexual desire. It has the meaning of ‘wanting
to.’ It represents the energy that exerts itself upon and
influences whatever may exist. The energy of the Sun does not
simply accept, but always seeks to change, and if possible improve.
Above all, it seeks room for greater expression of itself.
Sun is the archetype of the hero. The hero sets out into the world
and attempts to bring order out of chaos through imposing his
will. He undergoes severe trials in order to prove his strength
and worthiness, especially against the power of darkness.
Solar people work to express who they are and seek to make an
impact in terms of their own identity. Consequently they are in
the forefront of any activity where they can be recognised. They
do not work behind the scenes.
The Sun has traditionally been
said to ‘rule’ persons
in authority. Like employers, important government officials,
the government itself, and of course, kings and nobles. Of course
not all kings or presidents act in a solar manner.
continued: part 2
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