To provide a basic introduction to Astrology, the “sign” which most of us are familiar with is known as our Sun sign. It correlates with the Sun’s position at the moment of our birth. This is what most of the popular horoscope columns are based on. However, what these tidbits don’t tell you is that it’s far from the complete story where the makeup of our psyche is concerned.
In a birth chart, The Sun suggests the fuel that we need for the maintenance of our vitality. It’s symbolic of experiences we need to realize our essential selfhood and what we’re meant to become to serve the needs of the times.
When our Sun sign is shining, we’re at our most “alive” and we feel a simultaneous sense of sanity and meaning. We radiate and feel the freedom to express ourselves most creatively. The Sun represents the archetypal masculine: active and striving energy. That which pursues.
As Astrologer Greg Bogart says regarding our Sun signs: “A central goal of this incarnation is to be most fully and consciously a Taurean, Libran, or Aquarian type of person.” Feel free to insert your sun sign into that passage.
For Astrological purposes, the Sun is referred to as a planet, but astronomically, it’s a star, both literally and figuratively. The Sun generated light and heat and provides living things with what they need to remain healthy. When we feel good and we’re hitting on all cylinders, we really DO feel as if we can be a “star”.
The worship of the Sun goes back to ancient times because of the link between the solar force and divine energy. It can be said that when a person is expressing their Sun sign’s energy optimally, they’ve tapped into the “God force” or spark within.
As with everything, balance is necessary. Too much of anything has carries the potential to disrupt the equilibrium of our being. There’s no doubt that we live in a solar oriented society, and aiming our aspirations in the direction of self–realization is an important part of our integration. However, wholeness cannot be achieved effectively without a synthesis of our dimensions. Let’s keep in mind, when we stare at the sun for TOO long, it blinds us.
Enter the Moon.In contrast with the bright rays which shine, we have the symbolism which suggests the presence of the divine feminine. The active and receptive dimensions of ourselves. The Moon has no light of its own, yet reflects the Sun’s light in the form of a personality.
Through this physical vessel, one’s emotional needs are pursued. In our Astrological charts, the lunar force is about what nourishes us; what allows us to feel natural, comfortable and secure. Together, The Sun and Moon are referred to as the “lights”. Astrologer Demetra George eloquently writes:
“From an Astrological perspective, the Moon signifies how the divine intention represented by the Sun can find physical actualization in a human body and then be applied to the affairs of daily life and worldly existence so that our actions can benefit others.”
It must be emphasized that when analyzing ourselves astrologically, the Sun and the Moon are a natural pair and the blend of these two entities constitutes the building blocks upon which life themes of the rest of the chart are built. If we really wanted to break things down to the core, we could say that the Sun is who we are and the Moon is what we need.
To illustrate how the Sun-Moon blend operates, let’s use the example of an individual with The Sun in Leo and the Moon in Pisces.
For this person, a combination of these energies would suggest a vitality which is fueled and maintained by attracting notice from others, public recognition and self–expression through creative endeavors. Validation that one is special and has a unique gift to share with or radiate to the world, which no one else can. This Leo energy is reflected through a personality form which needs to dream, be idealistic about the human condition and merge with a spiritual source in their lives.
Using this blend optimally, we have an individual who comes to realize their selfhood through working in the intangible realms of life. The discovery of identity through identification with symbols, music or mythological figures as inspiration for the dissemination of their ideas in the public forum.
The dysfunctional expression of this combination could be one with an inflated sense of self– importance; thinking like the sun, the world (earth) revolves around them. All the while, making the choice to create an alternative emotional reality to escape the challenging elements of life.
It’s important to remember that it’s our choice what level of the “elevator” we’ll decide to live these potentials. We can stay on the ground floor or aspire to the top. Either way, we’re asked by the cosmos to be who we are and fulfill our needs in the process of unfolding.Notes: “Astrology and Meditation: The Fearless Contemplation of Change” by Greg Bogart. “Astrology and the Authentic Self” by Demetra George