“Unless you have prepared yourself to profit by your chance, the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. A great occasion is valuable to you just in proportion as you have educated yourself to make use of it.”
-Orison Swett Marden
It’s very difficult to mention the physical entity itself without discussing light or warmth. When bright and blazing, it’s impossible to ignore. Ironically, when absent the sentiments remain the same.
Astrologically speaking, the Sun symbolizes our life-force, purpose and vitality. For the average person, their first contact with astrology centers around sun-sign horoscopes printed in the newspaper or a magazine. To clarify, when another person asks you “what’s your sign?” they’re speaking of your Sun sign.
One of the common threads that I’ve noticed in a lot of astrological writing is that of solely assigning a set of attributes or personality characteristic to the sun sign without eluding to the process of the sun’s realization.
You were born on December 2nd: Bam! You’re a Sagittarius. Automatically, you’re expansive, optimistic, philosophical a born teacher and traveler, etc… There’s no mention that Sagittarius is a process of growth and we must consciously develop our sun signs. In fact, there are many people who don’t necessarily identify with their suns, and the lack of a suitable explanation about the sun as potential could definitely qualify as a reason.
Our original birth chart doesn’t change. It’s symbolic of a cosmic snapshot of the positioning of the planets at the time of our birth.
However, as human beings, we have the free will to make choices which will aid in our progression and the realization of the potential as indicated by our sun sign. Or, the possible hindrance of capitalizing on our birth chart as a grand opportunity. We are not static, finished products. Therefore, we are always in the process of becoming a Virgo, Libra or Scorpio.
A couple of additional questions that stem from this discussion are: at what level are we living our sun signs? Also, what level do we desire to be living them?
In our natal charts, the Sun serves as our central operations system. It’s our core. If the chart represents our celestial government, the sun is the president. No matter what other features are contained in our birth maps, its synthesized expression manifests through the sun.
For every sign, there are a different set of experiences and developmental strategies which must be consciously implemented if we’re going to become the most developed version of what our sun signs represent.
To illustrate how the Sun is supposed to operate in one’s chart I’ve instituted some theme music by hip hop artist Dynasty. Please reflect and enjoy this track called “The Sun”