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Sun Astrology Symbol - Characteristics, Planet Energy and More

By Tina Gong


Symbolically, the sun is known as the provider of life and energy. In astrology, this heavenly body represents the conscious mind and the ego. It is a symbol of our life force and our will to exist. It serves as the center of our solar system, while the planets move around it - signaling its central role in our myths and archetypes. As such, the sun has come to represent our basic identity.  

Sun Astrology Symbol Keywords

  • Ego
  • Basic Personality
  • Consciousness
  • Vitality
  • Stamina

How Does the Sun Symbol Affect Personality in the Zodiac?

The sun plays an important role in our natal chart. Those who can successfully identify with their sun symbol are known to have happiness and a sense of harmony in their daily lives. Understanding and integrating with your sun sign is an extensive learning process. 

The sun answers the following questions about you:

What drives my actions? Why do I do what I do? What gives me purpose?

Compared with other planetary bodies (like the moon - which can represent passing feelings and emotions), the sun indicates the core personality. To put it in other words, the sun symbol in astrology is how you can describe the reasoning behind your actions. Contrast this with the moon, which gives you your dreams, hopes and feelings that dominate your life. To align with your sun sign is to align with your best self and your highest potential. It is representative of your true persona.

As a general guideline from more traditional forms of astrology, the sun also signifies the masculine force. For men, that can mean the sun can represent how you approach life. For women, sometimes the sun can refer to the men who play a key aspect in their lives.

Download Printable Zodiac Cheat Sheets

A black and white list of zodiac sign characteristics formatted for printers. Includes keywords, planetary rulers, symbols, elements and modalities.

Sun as a Ruling Planet: Characteristics of Sun in Astrology 

The sun is Leo's planetary ruler. As an astrological symbol it represents the foundation for our identity. As such, those ruled by this planetary body place great importance in their self image.

The sun symbol gives us a sense of purpose. It inspires us to produce our greatest work and to attain a sense of pride in what we do and accomplish. The sun as a planetary ruler thus bestows those under it with an intensity, passion and great drive. In the worst case, those ruled by this sign can be lead to false confidence and arrogance. 

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