Astrological Picture Book ~ The Sun


All The Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ In The Sun,
Talkin’ ‘Bout The Things
They Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Done…
But All Those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All Ran Away And Hid
From One Little Did.
~ Shel Silverstein

It takes a lot of chutzpah to keep the woulda-coulda-shoulda’s at bay, and that’s what the Sun is about ~ self-confidence. Very simply, it’s about moving from the darkness into the light with the belief that you’ll succeed.

The Sun is the prime symbol of the life force, the creative principle, health and vitality, and of course, light ~ without which there would be nothing. This glorious, central star burns vibrantly in the sky, nurturing everything it touches with its life-giving radiance. It also burns in your natal chart, representing who you are at the most fundamental level, your basic nature, what drives your ego, and in what arena of life you are to supposed to become proficient. 

Make the Sun Card Personal

Use the Sun card to discover how you are using the Sun in your natal chart by asking yourself these questions:

  • What are the basic qualities of my Sun sign?
  • What area of life (house in the natal chart) is my Sun focused on?
  • Am I self-confident about the issues my Sun is focused on?
  • Am I expressing the positive or negative characteristics associated with the Sun sign?
  • How does my normal behavior help or harm me in day-to-day life?
  • How is my ego invested in my day-to-day activities?
  • If I drop the ego, how does it change who I am and how I relate to others?

Keeping It Current

Use the Sun card to explore the Sun’s transit through your chart. This will allow you to see what is being spotlighted at any given time of the year.

  • What area of life (house) is the Sun transiting in your chart now?
  • How are you handling the issues associated with this area of life?
  • How can you improve these events or situations by using the positive qualities of your Sun sign?

Going Deeper

  • When you were just a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • Does it have anything to do with your work or hobbies now? 
  • If it doesn’t, did you allow woulda-coulda-shoulda’s to get in your way? Why?

If you have become disenfranchised from the Sun that burns within and drives you, find a realistic way that you can tap into those activities again.

For example ~ maybe you wanted to be a dancer when you were a kid. As an adult, it’s highly unlikely that you can have a career as a dancer if you’re starting from scratch again. But you can paticipate in other ways. Join a tango club or buy season tickets to support a dance company that you enjoy. Maybe there’s a local dance school that has classes for beginner adults. Become active on the board of a local dance company. Offer a scholarship for a young student. Even though you won’t be Prima Ballerina, you’ll still be involved with dance ~ just like you wanted to be when you were a child.

The basic expression of your Sun is never going to go away. As they say ~ wherever you go, there you are. The Sun is about enjoying your life as a whole and putting your best qualities forward.

The aspects made by other planets to your Sun will refine the basic expression of your Sun sign’s qualities. With difficult aspects, you’ll need to work harder to overcome the negative connotations, but it can be done. To quote a cliche, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Lack of self-confidence can prevent you from enjoying yourself fully, and difficult aspects have a way of depleting self-confidence and limiting the positive expression of your Sun. Don’t let those coulda-shoulda-woulda’s defeat you.

With easy aspects, use them to your advantage. They are gifts, so don’t ignore them.

I suggest coloring your own tarot cards, especially the Majors. The images from older standard decks can be found at BOTA images can be found here. Print on heavy stock paper to the size you prefer. For amateur artists like me, colored pencils work great and give a watercolor appearance to the drawings. The card in this post is the BOTA card I colored.

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