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  • Celia Marion

My Sun Sign

Please don't ask me my Sun sign! I believe there is an assumption in that question that if you know my Sun sign, you will know me! Or that if I know your Sun sign, I will understand you. This is a myth which has been perpetuated by Sun sign columns and books which write such descriptions as if they were fact. There may be a trait or two which fit, but for the most part you and I are far more complex than our Sun signs. The Sun, although a very important part of my astrological chart, is just that--a part--not the whole. My chart, with its ascendant sign, ten planets in various signs and their inter-aspects plus the 12 houses, isn't even who I am! It's only a symbolic map of my potential, the gifts and challenges which can contribute to my overall growth and development. By looking at my chart you cannot tell how I am actualizing that potential. You can get a sense of that only by talking with me and hearing my life story, listening to the choices I have made, my struggles and successes, and the beliefs which underlay those choices; and it's a story that continues to evolve throughout my life.

We are each so much more than our Sun sign! In AstroPsychology, each of the 10 planets symbolizes a psychological function which strives to meet the particular needs of the sign it rules. For example, the Sun represents the psychological function which strives to meet the Leo needs for self-esteem, creative self-expression, validation of identity, attention, and approval. It is that part of me which makes choices and has intentions in the interest of meeting those needs. The Sun is that part of me that wants to feel proud rather than feel shame and self-doubt. How the Sun goes about meeting those needs is colored by the sign in which it is located; but it is also influenced by its aspects to other planetary functions, the house where it is located, and the house with Leo on the cusp.

My point is, that how I function, who I believe myself to be, my identity, my sense of self-esteem, is far more than my Sun sign. To tell you my Sun sign would be like telling you that a piece of cake is an egg, ignoring the flour, butter, flavoring, decoration, and shape. For example, a Sun in Pisces conjunct Venus and Mars in the 8th house will have very different concerns and ways of functioning from Sun in Pisces conjunct Mercury in the 5th house, or Sun in Pisces in the 10th opposite Pluto in the fourth. There is an entire story--and even an indeterminate range of possible stories--which can correlate to each of those configurations. Add to that any further aspects which the Sun makes to other planets in other houses, and the plot thickens. Add the chart as a whole, with its nine other planetary functions and their configurations, and the complexity of an individual becomes evident! So I repeat: I am not my Sun sign or my chart; and my chart with its Sun in a sign is not me. It is a map of possibilities only, possibilities which are endlessly and continually evolving as I live my life. As for your Sun sign--you, too, are co much more! Lets appreciate your complexity!

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