Why you might not identify with your Sun sign

7 May 2021
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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.⁣⁣

Sect determines whether you are a solar or lunar person

The concept of sect is a Hellenistic technique that divides the seven traditional planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn) into a “Day Team” and a “Night Team”. The Sun is the leader of the Day Team, which also includes the planets Jupiter and Saturn. The Moon is the leader of the Night Team, which also includes Venus and Mars. Mercury is neutral and can play for both teams depending on its position in relation to the Sun. An easy way to determine whether you have a day or night chart is by looking at where the Sun is in relation to the ascendant-descendant axis. If the Sun is above the horizon (meaning in the 12th, 11th, 10th, 9th, 8th or, depending on the ascendant degree, 7th or 1st houses), you were born during the daytime and have a day chart. This makes the Sun your sect light, or guiding luminary. Depending on other factors in your chart, you might identify more with solar qualities such as a focus on logic, goals and concrete results. If the Sun is below the horizon (meaning in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or, depending on the ascendant degree, 7th or 1st houses), you were born during the nighttime and have a night chart. In this case the Moon is your sect light and guiding luminary. This means that you might feel more in touch with your Moon placement. You might also identify more with lunar qualities such as a focus on feeling and intuition,process and exploring the range of experiences in life.

The invisibility of the “dark houses”

Another reason you don’t connect with your Sun sign could be that it is placed in one of the “dark” houses (2nd, 6th, 8th and 12th). The concept of “dark” houses comes from the idea that light enters your birth chart (and therefore life) via the ascendant, and is then guided towards particular places in the chart: the astrological houses. The houses represent divisions in the sky and are connected to topics we deal with in everyday life. In addition to knowing the topics each house represents, we can also assess the potency of each of the astrological houses by determening its position relative to the ascendant. What matters here is whether the house forms a sign-based, ptolemaic aspect (conjunction, sextile, square, trine or opposition) to the ascendant. This usually indicates that there is a level of support from and to the ascendant, and therefore the lifeforce of the chart. The most active and potent houses in the birth chart are the 1st, 10th, 7th, 4th, 11th and 5th houses (in that order). The 3rd and 9th house are considered to be semi active given that they are cadent (“falling away” from the angular houses), but still form a helpful aspect to the ascendant. If there is no ptolemaic aspect with the ascendant, this house is considered to be weaker: less supportive and more invisible. This is the case for the 2nd, 6th, 8th and 12th house. This doesn’t mean that having planets in any of these houses is bad or terrifying! It only means that planets here might be a bit less visible and take longer to manifest in your life. If you have your Sun or your ruling planet in one of these houses, you might struggle to identify with these planets and find that getting to know yourself is a lifelong journey, not an instant given.

Aspects between the ruling planet and your Sun

Lastly, if you want to get more technical, look to the aspects between the ascendant ruling planet (typically describing “you”) and your Sun. Hard aspects can create tensions, which sometimes manifest as delays, blockages or frustrations. This can mean that you struggle relating to your Sun sign, because it represents a part of you that is difficult or annoying to you. If there is no major aspect between your ascendant ruling planet and your Sun, they are in “aversion” to each other. This means the planet that signifies “you” literally can’t see your Sun, which results in the Sun being a blind spot. ⁣If this is the case, you might not relate to your Sun sign altogether. Keep in mind that here, you’re also looking at sign-based aspects and not just a degree-based one. For example, your ruling planet is in Gemini, and your Sun sign is in Scorpio, then there is no sign-based aspect between them and they are in aversion to each other. If your ruling planet is at 26 degrees Capricorn and your Sun sign at 4 degrees Virgo, there may not be a degree-based aspect (unless you use a very wide orb), but both signs do have a natural affinity with each other (being earth signs) and therefore they are able to see each other even if they don’t form an exact trine. Of course, every astrologer may have different rules about this, but these are some of the things I would look at in a chart.
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