Why you might not identify with your Sun sign7 May 2021
If you don’t believe in astrology, chances are it’s because you don’t identify with your Sun sign. This is the sign that is commonly known as your “star sign” and that you know from a horoscope reading. You’ve probably encountered your horoscope somewhere, read the description, and thought: “Not only does this not apply to me, I also don’t see why it would apply to 1/12th of the world population.” And even though you may feel like a total Virgo or typical Aquarius, other people with the same sign might not seem like their Sun sign at all. This is because in many cases, the sign of your Sun is not your most important placement.
In fact, in astrology, none of the zodiac signs are as important as the planets that inhabit them. The planets symbolise different parts of ourselves (e.g. Mars shows our drive, Venus represents love and values) and bring the potential and power in our birth chart. Everything else (houses, signs, aspects) is there to help understand the unique version of a planet in the chart. And though the Sun is definitely an important planet in the birth chart, especially if you were born during daytime, for most people it is not their most important and personal planet. On top of that, there could be other reasons why you don’t identify with your Sun sign.
Your Sun could be overshadowed by a stellium in another sign
Maybe I’m stating the obvious, but it should be mentioned nonetheless. If your Sun is flying solo in one part of the chart, but there’s a stellium of 3, 4, or more planets in another sign, it makes sense that that stellium will be very prominent and somewhat loud in your chart. For example, if your Sun is in Scorpio, but you have four other planets in Sagittarius, it’s very likely you feel more like a freedom loving Sag than a secretive Scorpio. Your Sun could still be important in your chart in other ways, but having such a strong focus on another sign in your chart could overshadow the connection you may feel with your Sun sign.
Your ruling planet is the planet that represents you
While many people may be born with the same Sun sign as you, more unique to you is the sign that was rising on the exact moment you were born. This sign is called the ascendant or rising sign. Your ascendant is determined by the exact time and location of your birth, and sets up the houses for the rest of your chart, making it your most personal and decisive placement. And while the sign on your ascendant tells you something about your unique path in life, it’s the ruling planet of the ascendant that is deciding how you walk that path. If your birth chart is a ship, the ascendant represents the direction you are heading and the ascendant’s ruler is your helmsman, or captain. In that way, the ascendant ruler is the planet that represents “you” in the chart. It also represents your physical body and overall health. The dignity, aspects and house placement tell you more about how your captain is doing and what resources they have to steer the ship.