When we begin learning astrology, we of course start with our Sun sign, which gives us a great overview of who we are. But, as we all know, it goes much deeper. The next step is to determine which house the Sun is in and what aspects it makes to other planets. These will also color the Sun’s expression.
A fun exercise is to take this information and create a metaphor out of it. I’ll give you an example. My own Sun is in Leo in the 4th house, and trines Uranus. I’ll take the fact that the Sun is in the 4th house of home and family and say that my Sun is like a house. The Sun is in Leo, so it’s going to be a shiny house that stands out from the crowd. And since it is in aspect to Uranus, which lends an air of uniqueness to what it touches, I can say that my Sun is like a house that stands out for being weird. And this is very much the case! I have always been like a giant purple house in a neighborhood of beige. Because Leo is fixed, I’m not trying to get anyone else to be purple with me. I’m just stubbornly sitting there, glaringly neon, minding my own business. Pretty neat, huh?
Or take one of my best friends. Her Sun is in Taurus in the 6th house opposite Mars. She, with her earthy Taurus Sun, is like a garden. With her Sun in the 6th house of healing, that garden will be full of medicinal herbs. But with Mars, planet of violence, opposing her Sun, that garden will also include poisonous nightshades. And if you’ve ever met her, this definitely rings true. She is loving and nurturing in the extreme, but also more than willing to cut someone down if they stand in her way.
For a more complex example, let’s look at my partner. His Sun in is Aries in the 10th house. It also opposes Pluto and squares Mars. With his Sun in the public 10th house, he is like a monument. The Sun is in independent, heroic Aries and squares warlike Mars. So he is like a monument to an individual war hero. But with the Sun opposing Pluto, he is like a monument to a war hero who history has changed its mind about, so maybe now the statue stands in ruins, covered in ivy. And knowing him, he is someone who repeatedly tries to do the right thing but has darkness projected upon him from every corner.
These are just a few examples out of endless iterations, but I hope you see the point. Sometimes using metaphor like this helps us understand the building blocks of a chart a little better and can demystify the interpretations. So, using this template, tell me: who are you?
What is your Sun like? Can you connect the astrology?