There’s a lot of talk among astrologers lately about decentering the Sun when interpreting a chart. They point out that when someone asked your sign in the ancient world, you would reply with your rising sign. They also say that the focus on the Sun leads to an oversimplification of astrology. I even had a friend of mine who is relatively new to astrology say that now that she’s familiar with planets, aspects, and houses, that the Sun just doesn’t seem that important.
I don’t entirely disagree! The Sun is definitely not all there is to the story. You have to look at the whole chart to understand a person. I’ll admit that when I look at a chart, the Sun sign often isn’t the first thing I notice. Instead, I’m usually looking for the planets or aspects that are associated with whatever problem the client is having.
And I also understand that when you look at all the planets, the Sun can seem hard to pin down. The Ascendant is your public face. The Moon is your emotional life. Mercury is your mind and communication style. Venus is your love nature and tastes. Mars is your drive. When you put all these things together, what’s left for the Sun to signify?
However, I think that it’s a grave error to discount the Sun. The Sun is the core of our being! The Sun represents the essence of our being, that numinous spark that makes us individuals. Without the Sun, there is no self-expression because there is no self to express!
The Sun is the ego in the Freudian sense, the construct that connects our inner life to the outer world. It’s our self-concept, the collection of ideas and behaviors that answers the question “Who am I?” Without the Sun, we would be nothing more than a series of processes reacting to the world. The Sun is what ties all those disparate parts together and gives them meaning. There’s a reason the other planets revolve around the Sun. The Sun is the center of gravity, the focal point which all other energies serve.
The Sun gives us our inner truth. In Greek mythology, Apollo, the Sun god was associated with oracles and intuition because he was unable to lie. Any information that came from him, assuming you listen carefully enough, was guaranteed to be true. And the same applies to each of us. The Sun gives rise to inner knowledge, to our deepest wisdom. The Sun keeps us in the light, connected with the simple yet powerful joy of living. The Sun is our light.
So while I agree that focusing ONLY on the Sun is a mistake, I would caution against swinging too far the other way. No matter what anyone says, the Sun matters. Don’t abandon the light.
What do you think of this? How does your Sun express itself?