What is a Sun Sign?

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In simple terms, a Sun sign is where in the zodiac the Sun was located at the time of your birth.

Routinely a Sun sign is also called a star sign because the Sun is a star. Several classify the Sun as a planet because it rotates just like the other celestial bodies in the universe. But many forget that just like the earth, all of the planets, comets, asteroids, etc. are constantly moving—even we are in orbit at this very moment. The Sun’s potent presence is powerful, and it has the ability to infuse energy simultaneously in all directions. When the Sun is in a particular zodiac, certain aspects of our lives are enhanced so that we can function with purpose on our earth journey.

Sun Sign and Zodiac Sign Are Different

Both the Sun sign and zodiac sign are mutually important, but it is beneficial to know that they are very much different. Many people confuse a Sun sign as being the same as a zodiac sign because the zodiac is a general place to where the Sun was when you were born.

It takes the Sun about 25 plus days to rotate completely. The time frame of when the equator and when the north and south poles rotate are different by just a few days. There are many who are born on the same or just about the same date and time, but in a different region and/or year.

This is precisely what causes one to have a different Sun sign and zodiac sign.

To get an accurate assessment of your Sun sign, you must know the exact time and location of your birth. This is what’s key to the accuracy of your personal astrological predictions. I am sure you can look online and enter this information to find what exactly your personal Sun sign is. If you decide not to and just want a general outlook, then you can always use your zodiac sign since it can also give you accurate insight about your life.

If for some reason you are unable to find your personal Sun sign, don’t worry. Take a different approach and consider building a relationship with the Sun. The Sun within itself has many beneficial qualities that is said to include curing depression, fortifying your immune system, cleansing the blood and blood vessels, and much more. You have the ability to connect to this star. Set your intention and let it guide you.

Common traits for each Sun sign

Sun sign in Aries

For those who have the Sun in Aries, both the Sun and fire element energy intertwine to enhance these innate pioneers. The Sun heightens their passionate nature, which in turn creates a beautiful soul. Many gravitate toward a career that feels rewarding and gives them the opportunity to remain active physically, mentally, or emotionally. Male Sun sign Aries is quite the charmer and prefers stable surroundings. Female Sun sign Aries tends to emotionally gravitate toward things that give her purpose. In general, both face adversity with a courageous heart. Deep down they care deeply but have trouble showing their vulnerable nature for fear of getting hurt or appearing weak.

Sun sign in Taurus

If your Sun sign is in Taurus, then you are a strong-willed individual, a natural bearer of force. Many can experience confusion, but this is only because they tend not to connect with Mother Earth. They excel in careers having to do with customer service, caregiver, graphic design, justice, and anything to do with transportation. Male Sun sign Taurus reflects stability and control and with communication can settle any situation. Female Sun sign Taurus enjoys caring for her home and loved ones. In general, both can have a jealous streak, but if they learn to tame it will bring great rewards. They deeply love everyone in their circle and will always fight for what they believe is right.

Sun sign in Gemini

Those who have a Sun sign in Gemini are intellectually at an advantage. Maturity will always be important for these bright yet curious beings. Their goal is to reflect the beauty that life has to offer. They seek justice in all things and are determined to make the world a better place. Mental and physical stimulation is needed for them to feel balanced. Any career having to do with creating things manually, designing, cooking, accounting, and law are beneficial. Male Sun sign Gemini seeks truth in all things and is great at keeping family together. Female Sun sign Gemini expresses love in different ways and knows when to back off. Both love pleasure and are socially annoying but very much liked.

Sun sign in Cancer

If your Sun sign is Cancer then you are a lovable, adorable, profound being. You crave understanding and this many times can make your emotions roller coaster for no reason. The Sun helps with transmitting energy to you and this benefits all areas of your life. You excel in anything having to do with hospitality, spirituality, computers and communication. Male Sun sign Cancers loves to create harmony. Female Sun sign Cancers find peace in knowing that they are part of a higher purpose. Both males and females alike are childlike which is not to be confused with immaturity. They love fun and laughter. They can be cynical at times but overall have an innocently shy personality and end up being true friends.

Sun sign in Leo

Those with a Sun sign in Leo have a double dosage of Sun energy. This gives them the encouragement they need to live life to the fullest. They love people to acknowledge them. This at times can cause woes, but overall deep down they really do need that extra boost for their confidence. Male Sun sign Leos are protective and like hosting others. Female Sun sign Leos are trendy and display integrity when needed. Both push lower vibrational energies aside and move forward without looking back. Others underestimate their potential at times. Having a big family that loves them is very important for their growth.

Sun sign in Virgo

If your Sun sign is in Virgo, your mysterious side always has others intrigued. Many will know you but few will actually appreciate your inner essence. Laughter, music, and dance is a must in your atmosphere. Others are socially drawn to your presence, and you are usually good at giving advice to others. Male Sun sign Virgos tend not to take things personally. Female Sun sign Virgos are committed when they make a decision. Both show affection through action rather than through words. Their emotions run high when they are miSunderstood, and that is why they must always connect with the Sun’s energy. They benefit in careers having to do with the medical field, foster care, driving, acting, or herbs/gardening.

Sun sign in Libra

Those who have a Sun sign in Libra create long-lasting friendships. They take their time when making decisions and often go within for long periods. Many cannot tolerate having others think they are weak and will always try to hide failures internally. They are caring individuals and can sense when others are in need. Male Sun sign Libras are great communicators because they soothe with understanding. Female Sun sign Libras are organized and always willing to give others they love a hand. Both are joyous, especially when the Sun beams upon them. Many of them like gardening, building things, sewing, cooking, and counseling. They can appear serious at times but pretty much are childlike jokesters.

Sun sign in Scorpio

For those who have a Sun sign in Scorpio gladly the Sun emits healing for them. They are delicate souls who mystically run their lives with ease. Most are sensitive and for that reason many times feel lost in life. The Sun helps with that by constantly reminding Scorpios just how important they are to humanity. Many decide to venture into self-employment, real estate, acrobatics, and music. Male Sun sign Scorpios are compassionate and care very much about animals. Female Scorpios help others balance their past with their present. Both are attractive and allure others with their charisma. They secretly dream constantly about romance and only desire to have a deep emotional understanding.

Sun sign in Sagittarius

Those who have a Sun sign in Sagittarius gallop through life with elegance. What makes them prosper is their ability to help others in need without expecting anything in return. Most are purely at service and will never betray the trust given them. They can excel in careers that have to do with investigating, local or international trade, personal trainer, or sales. Male Sun sign Sagittarius’s hold on to what is truly important to them. Female Sun sign Sagittarius’s express freely and like when others appreciate them. Both tend to have old souls and are able to help others deal with life; this often leads them to leadership roles that‒with integrity‒they must maintain.

Sun sign in Capricorn

If you have your Sun sign in Capricorn, then you are a great humanitarian. You feel deeply what others are going through, which is why you must always wear your armor of protection when helping those in need. The Sun helps Capricorns be socially active and is always looking for ways to motivate you so that you can counselor others on their journeys. Male Sun sign Capricorns can intimidate, but inside they are caring individuals. Female Sun sign Capricorns are responsible and will always try their best to keep the family together. Both are influenced by the Sun in positive ways that only they themselves can understand. Many lean toward the support of their loved ones and find family within close friends.

Sun sign in Aquarius

The ones who have a Sun sign in Aquarius have a spontaneous approach to life. They easily adopt new styles and set trends for others. Many turn out to be great philanthropists, and their innovative ideas grab the attention of all. They often shine in careers that stimulate their minds such as business entrepreneurship, real estate, photography, spirituality, public speaking, and writing. Male Sun sign Aquarius’s can have trouble with expression but can overcome this with education. Female Sun sign Aquarius’s are energetic and promote earthly love. Both have a vitality that transmits vibrational energies to others, furthering the need to experience inner and outer connections.

Sun sign in Pisces

If your Sun sign is in Pisces then your traits expand far and wide. You are loyal, active, and only wish to have others accept you for who you are. You greatly need to express your feelings, and for that reason many are drawn to your energy. Your soul craves worldly peace, and it would soothe your heart to know that you had a part in making this happen. Many in this sign are drawn to careers in animal care, caregiving, farming, technical, spirituality, politics, or education. Male Sun sign Pisces are sensitive and know when to show others their vulnerable side. Female Sun sign Pisces comfort others with their understanding and patience. Both are fluent in the language of love and love to romance and be romanced.

12 Astrological Signs

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Each of the 12 signs expresses one of four familiar temperaments and three modalities. Learn to identify the 12 basic astrological rchetypes and enrich your life with Astrology.

Astrology is for everyone. Although the layers, complexities and nuances of this ancient art can take a lifetime to master, there are easy to learn basic building blocks. If you hang around astrologers or devotees you’ll hear the following terms being thrown around – planets, signs, houses and aspects. These are the four essential components. Master these and the treasures of this 5,000 year old system open before you like a magic carpet.

The best secret is not really a secret at all. Planets, signs, houses and aspects are all related to each other. No one needs to learn a multitude of ideas or memorize a bunch of definitions. All you need to do is grasp 12 central ideas or archetypes associated with the 12 astrological signs.

Each sign is a unique combination or energy pattern associated with one element and one modality. There are no duplicates; four elements multiplied by three modalities equals 12 unique astrology signs.

Elements: Temperament

Fire signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are associated with the spirit and on a good day naturally spark joy. Fire motivates, inspires and is action oriented. Fire needs fuel and seeks it in the form of adventure, experiences and recognition and approval from others. If you are looking for passion and inspiration, check out the fire signs.

Earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are associated with the body, physical environment and all material form. These are the “doers” of the zodiac, industrious, organized, dependable, disciplined and practical. They can make order out of chaos. Quality of life, material resources and sensuality are important to them.

Air signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are associated with the mind, cognitive functioning and communication. These individuals love to play with ideas, concepts, values and ideals. Communication is vital to their well being. Usually social, they love chatting, writing, comparing notes and sharing ideas. Open-minded and idealistic, they tend to keep a youthful and humanitarian perspective throughout their lives.

Water signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are associated with feelings and emotional expression. These folks are perceptive, intuitive, empathetic, creative and often mysterious. Although naturally nurturing, they are also emotionally thin-skinned and can be protective or withdraw into the safety of their imaginations.

Modalities: Styles and Ways Energy Flows

Cardinal signs occur at the beginning of a season. Aries ushers in spring; Cancer signals the beginning of summer; Libra coincides with autumn; and Capricorn brings in winter. Here you find initiation, action and new beginnings. These are the movers and the shakers of the zodiac innovating and acting as a force for change. You can depend on these individuals for generating new ideas and coming up with novel and refreshing designs and strategies.

Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) fall in the middle of a season and help to stabilize, concentrate and anchor energy. They are known for their follow-through, stamina, loyalty and strong sense of values. If you want someone to complete a project, arrange all the details of a social gathering, or generally finish what has been started, these are your go-to angels.

Mutable signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces emerge in the last month of a season and are known for their adaptability and flexibility. They are open to change, easily see both sides of a situation or issue and can quickly respond to new ideas and circumstances.

Putting it Together

Let’s explore how these unique combinations of elements and modalities express themselves in the 12 astrological signs. Please note the dates given are approximate. Exact dates vary slightly from year to year. Consult a professional astrologer or find this information online.

Aries – March 21 – April 20

Element: Fire

Modality: Cardinal

You are the warrior, pioneer, daredevil and survivor. You are energetic, willful, confident, impulsive, resourceful and headstrong. You didn’t come here to lead a boring ho-hum life. To be alive means adventure and willingness to take a risk. Challenge and competition are paths of growth and ways to sharpen your natural skills and talents. Your only direction is forward.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Be willing to take the lead; others want to follow you
  • Stretch yourself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually
  • You are happiest when you are learning something new or pioneering a new path. Follow your curiosity

Taurus – April 21 – May 20

Element: Earth

Modality: Fixed

You are the manifestation of the spirit of nature, the Green Man, the cook, musician and the gardener. You love beautiful things, comfort and the good life. You may be a bit possessive, but you are also dependable, sensuous, practical, artistic and generous. You are one of the best listeners in the cosmos and a devoted friend.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Think quality over quantity. Have only those things that reflect your values
  • Get your hands dirty; be outside, walk in nature, tend a garden, learn about nature spirits, trees, plants, ecology, green living and recycling
  • Express your creativity in physical activities. Consider specialty food preparation, working with fabrics, paint or clay, arranging flowers, or making music

Gemini – May 21 – June 20

Element: Air

Modality: Mutable

You are the storyteller, journalist, translator and ultimate communicator. You are curious, adaptable, restless, playful, multi-faceted, quick, clever, expressive, social and open-minded. Information excites you! You never tire of learning something new and can be counted on for knowing at least a little about everything.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Follow your curiosity
  • Avoid scattering your energy or only skimming the surface by limiting the number of ideas you are investigating at any one time
  • Improve your communication, writing or public speaking skills with a class, workshop or on-line learning tool

Cancer – June 21 – July 20

Element: Water

Modality: Cardinal

The essence of mother, healer, feeler and protector, nurturing is your forte. You are sensitive, romantic, maternal, self-sacrificing, tenacious, cautious, creative and patient. You know the value of fostering close and positive relationships with family and those you define as family.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Make yourself a priority by scheduling plenty of time for activities that are personally enriching
  • Think about and practice creating and maintaining appropriate personal boundaries
  • Learn about and develop your intuition and psychic abilities with books, movies, classes and on-line learning

Leo – July 21 – August 20

Element: Fire

Modality: Fixed

You are the ruler, performer and the actor. You are generous, affectionate, dramatic, proud, noble, playful, commanding and outspoken. Leo is all about the inner child and developing a strong sense of self. Creative and self-expressive, Leo entertains, leads and teaches. It may take time and many life experiences to develop self-confidence and to look inside for validation.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Identify what you love to do and do it. Hear the lion roar!
  • Have fun with adoring audiences, but don’t let others opinions count more than your own. When you can be on stage enjoying the process without the need for applause, you have reached your nirvana
  • Be the regal and noble one enjoying your sense of style and leadership

Virgo – August 21 – September 20

Element: Earth

Modality: Mutable

You are the analyst, the server and the hermit. You were expecting me to say virgin? Yes, that too. But realize one of the original meanings of virgin is a self-contained and self-directed individual who belongs to no one. You dance the continuum between solitude and the need to serve others with humility. You are a paradoxical combination of sexuality, fertility and purity. Prone to being self-critical you are also discerning, observant, detailed, precise, pragmatic and unselfish.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Make it your goal to learn to live with grace and acceptance in an imperfect world
  • Watch critical self-talk and practice psychological and spiritual disciplines that value non-judgment
  • Embrace and tout your mental skills, integrity and dedication to doing things to the best of your ability

Libra – September 21 – October 20

Element: Air

Modality: Cardinal

You are the lover, artist, peacemaker and arbitrator. You are capable of weighing both sides of an issue and making an impartial judgment. Sometimes a people-pleaser, you are also graceful, fair, loving, creative, considerate, cooperative and tactful. Valuing peace, fairness and balance, you easily use your charm to create nurturing partnerships and beautiful environments.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Be in relationship with others – this is where you learn your greatest lessons and where you shine
  • Don’t take your natural creativity and artistic gifts for granted; explore them
  • Make the world beautiful; practice Feng Shui, learn how to arbitrate or negotiate; model behaviors of fairness, balance and peace

Scorpio – October 21 – November 20

Element: Water

Modality: Fixed

You are fearless in your pursuit of understanding what makes people tick. You are the detective, surgeon, hypnotist and sorcerer. Your goal is nothing less than transformation and evolution. People often describe you as intense, passionate, perceptive, creative, magnetic, heroic and even competitive.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Put your powers of concentration to good use by studying a topic you want to master
  • Explore your creativity in whatever form it may take
  • Perfect your natural talents as healer, therapist, guide and counselor

Sagittarius – November 21 – December 20

Element: Fire

Modality: Mutable

You are the student, philosopher, traveler and teacher. You are known as optimistic, philosophical, independent, open-minded, athletic and somewhat of a risk-taker. You are motivated by the need to find truth, wisdom and meaning in life. Fences and defenses are not your style. Having the freedom to explore and expand your horizons is your goal. You continually seek to find patterns in life’s circumstances and events and usually enjoy sharing the wealth of your observations with others as a teacher and healer.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Outdoor exercise including walking, jogging, hiking and yoga appeal to your need for freedom of movement
  • Make learning a part of your routine. Although you might prefer to learn through travel and personal experience, on-line classes and videos can expand your horizons
  • Investigate one or more healing modalities. The desire to teach and heal is in your astrological DNA!

Capricorn – December 21 – January 20

Element: Earth

Modality: Cardinal

You are the essence of father, authority, manager, builder and executive. Discipline is your middle name! You don’t shy away from a challenge or hard work and shine when you have a goal in your sights. You are ambitious, dedicated, motivated, determined, dependable, efficient and systematic. Don’t let the serious demeanor fool you; you revel in your sensuality.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Dare to be the leader and the boss. Hone your natural management skills through workshops, classes or on-line training
  • Walk the middle road with money and resources being cautious, sensible and generous. Being either a spendthrift or miser does not become you!
  • Volunteer your expertise teaching, demonstrating or mentoring

Aquarius – January 21 – February 20

Element: Air

Modality: Fixed

You are the visionary genius, revolutionary, humanitarian and the scientist. Interested in social reform and making the world a better place, you aren’t afraid to be thought of as independent, eccentric, forward-thinking, unconventional or progressive.

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Get fired up and involved in a social cause that moves you
  • Be willing to think outside the box and imagine new designs and solutions
  • Practice self-acceptance and find inner strength and self-worth independent of others’ ideas or opinions

Pisces – February 21 – March 20

Element: Water

Modality: Mutable

You are the mystic, dreamer, poet and spiritual guide. Because of extreme sensitivity you can consciously or unconsciously lose yourself in an idea, cause or person. You are adaptable, romantic, devoted, idealistic, imaginative and did I say psychic?

Maximize Your Potential:

  • Create and maintain personal boundaries; this is important personally and professionally
  • You are a natural with essential oils, flower essences, crystals, energetic healing and complementary and alternative healing modalities. Use them for yourself or professionally
  • Include more organization and structure in your life. This is the way to turn dreams into reality
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