Not just a brilliant source of light and life, the Sun is a powerful
planet that influences our daily lives. Illuminating, inspiring,
and enlightening, it influences creativity and artistic achievement.
The wheel of the zodiac has twelve houses, and each one represents a different Sun sign; each sign and house represents a different
creative type and a distinct artistic personality. Every sign has its
own style, focus, and inclination, and people are drawn to different
tools, techniques, and materials, depending on their Sun sign.
While the Sun sign under which we were born shapes our creativity, our creative energy is also influenced by the Sun as it transits the zodiac. As the Sun travels through the zodiac, it illuminates
the focus of each house. You can learn more about both of these,
and let your inner artist shine brilliantly.
Because the Sun is the gravitational center of our planetary
system, itís considered to be the center of the astrological chart,
central to personality, individuation, and creativity. The Sun sign
is what most popular media horoscope columns are based on. The
Sun sign governs identity, ego, ambitions, and perspective on life.
It is considered the most important sign in your astrological chart,
and the most influential upon character, personality, and lifestyle.
The Sun represents inner direction and drive; it influences personal
value systems, self-image, and pride.
The Sun sign is determined by the position of the Sun at the
time of birth and represents the shining destiny that awaits in this
life. Urging us to dive deeply into life, the Sun sign points toward
creative energies, intuitive interests, and skills meant to further the
life-journey. Whereas the Sun is the universal source of light, heat,
and life force, the Sun sign is the source of personal creativity; it is
where we shine.
While much is written about Sun-sign attributes, a quick and
dirty condensed version follows to help you understand more about
Sun sign traits as they apply to the creative realm.
This general information is meant to inform and entertain. For
precise astrological information and charting, schedule a visit with
a knowledgeable astrologer.
- Sun in Aries
Sun in Aries artists are assertive and have no problem individuating. They are optimistic, hopeful, and filled with perseverance.
Creatively, an Aries should follow his or her own individual vision,
avoid mass market reproduction, and allow their personality to
emerge through their creativity. Aries artists tend to be avant-garde
visionaries, pushing the boundaries of original art and inventing
new, synthesized art forms. Considered to be active, lucky, resourceful, and sometimes selfish, the Aries artist is bent on success and
will competitively strive to be the best and to be highly visible.
- Sun in Taurus
Sun in Taurus people donít care about the status quo. They are more
concerned about quality than quantity, and they value fine art. As
a creative, the Sun in Taurus artist needs quiet time to devote to
their art forms. A tendency to seek perfection can sometimes be
a distraction. The creative style of Taurus tends toward the classics, and you will often find wonderful nudes, still lifes, and realism produced by them. Taurus types are characterized as practical, keen,
changeable, and well grounded. They will experiment with different materials until they find the perfect new composite to complete
the task at hand.
- Sun in Gemini
Sun in Gemini people have the Twins as their glyph. They are
often blessed with two personalities, two lives, or two lifestyles. A
Gemini who easily moves between their day job and their artistic
endeavors can be a well-funded artist who uses creativity to balance
out his or her intellectual and other life endeavors. A Gemini who
doesnít find life balance can be scattered and filled with conflicting ideas and energies. When Geminis can fully engage their duel
selves, they are strong, thoughtful, and very productive. Geminis
can also undertake the business of art, easily producing and selling
what they produce. Gemini artists are informed thinkers, adaptive,
flexible, and highly communicative.
- Sun in Cancer
Sun in Cancer folks are characterized as emotionally nurturing
people, who tend to identify with their feelings and intuitions.
As creatives, they are adept at putting emotion and intuition into
words or images. They engage their audiences by depicting common, highly charged, emotional experiences accurately and with
enormous impact. Cancers nourish their creativity by protecting
themselves in a safe and secure studio space, and by allowing themselves to heal past trauma through communication. In so doing,
Cancer artists nourish and heal through their art. Characterized
as knowledgeable, emotional, and persevering, Cancer artists are
great business people, too.
- Sun in Leo
Sun in Leo people love the limelight and shine brightly with public
attention. The Leo artist is highly adept at performance art, music,
stand-up comedy, and other stage-based forms of expression. Feeding off of the audienceís response, Leos improvise and augment
their work while performing, letting the art form grow and take
shape in front of the audience. A happy Leo is an artistic Leo. The
expression of self, publicly exhibited, helps Leo make peace with their "animal" nature. Affirmative and encouraging responses fuel
the Leo artist. The energetic and proud Leo is a team player who
will take on a task and complete it thoroughly. They love to show
off what they have created or accomplished.
- Sun in Virgo
Sun in Virgo artists have a strong sense of self and a rich inner life.
It is easy for Virgo to individuate and form unique personalities.
They are comfortable with themselves, but often have difficulty in
the outward expression of their individual beliefs and vision. Itís
hard for Virgo to take credit for what they have done, and itís difficult for them to take center stage and be seen. Virgo artists might
find success in ghost writing, making high-quality reproductions, or
working as a part of a collaborative team. Virgo is characterized as
clever, sometimes deceptive, and a great mediator in a conflict.
- Sun in Libra
Sun in Libra folks have style! They like balance and often incorporate symmetry into their art form. The physical balance of material
and objects in many three-dimensional forms feels right to them, so
they are often drawn to pottery and ceramics, wood turning, sculpture, and metal work to fulfill their real-world need for balance.
Because they value fairness, Libras are sought-after collaborators, or
collective/coop members, who encourage great contributions from
all involved in community-based projects. They are also resourceful, steady, and filled with ideals.
- Sun in Scorpio
The emotions of Sun in Scorpio folks run deep, and those emotions
are often best expressed artistically. Enjoying quiet, solitary work,
Scorpios tend to be obscure and anonymous, preferring to let outgoing people market their emotionally compelling art. Challenged
to express deep emotions, Scorpio artists struggle to let their feelings pour out on the page, paper, or canvas. Uncomfortable with
public scrutiny, they donít like to hold center stage or perform their
work out in the open. Find them a nice, quiet, private spot to work,
though, and Scorpios will produce unique, emotionally charged
images that shock and engage the viewer.
- Sun in Sagittarius
Sun in Sagittarius people are highly visible and they enjoy public
attention, but their creative energy may become scattered by it.
Sagittarians are thinkers with wild-animal instincts. Their vibrant
and primal energy is often expressed through abstract art, vivid
colors, and strong imagery. They can also be highly focused, task-oriented, and productive. They are natural leaders and work well
with groups, especially when they are in charge.
- Sun in Capricorn
Sun in Capricorn folks crave public recognition, and often become
reliant on outside affirmation in order to feel good. This sometimes
puts them off balance and out of sorts. Because recognition is necessary for Capricorn to individuate, they are often late in developing
their artistic selves. Usually a mature artist, Capricorn blossoms
creatively once their need for outside affirmation is met. With a
bit of recognition, Capricorns go on to produce great volumes of
wonderful, expressive art.
- Sun in Aquarius
Sun in Aquarius artists often believe that the group or collective is
more important than the individual. This can mean that Aquarians
are unable to produce much until they are connected to a supportive, creative community that nurtures their artistic development.
Known as creative geniuses, Aquarians tend to be intellectuals who
enjoy the collaborative exchange of ideas. They thrive in artistsí
co-ops and collectively operated studios, where the energy of the
community propels them to produce prolifically. Aquarians are
often stubborn, reactive, and inquisitive.
- Sun in Pisces
Sun in Pisces is known for their strong imagination that, when
channeled into art, produces creative mastery, unique vision, and
style. Sometimes considered to be the voice of the people, Pisces
artists can depict the vision of an era, the personality of a group,
or the energy of a movement. Drawn to populist art, Pisces artists
might be poster makers, or undertake large public installations that
will affect the multitudes. Pisces is characterized as generous, capable, and committed, but sometimes they are prone to isolation.
Transiting the Houses
Each house in an astrological chart is associated with specific
themes and influences. Because a full Sun cycle is one year long,
the Sunís transit through each house of the chart is approximately
one month long. While the energy of the Sun is within a house, its
bright, illuminating effect can be felt on the affairs of that house.
Knowing the themes, we can better understand the influence of
the Sun, and be better able to utilize and capitalize on its energy.
The following information is general. For more detailed information, you should consult a professional astrologer.
- Sun in the First House
When the Sun returns to the sign in which we were born, the Sun
said to be in the first house of your solar return chart. It is a time
of rebirth and renewal, when energy will be focused on identity,
appearance, and self-expression. It is a time of brilliant creativity. It
is a time to put the past behind, start anew, and dazzle everyone with
your individualistic artistry. With the Sun shining, enjoy the spotlight of center stage and pour radiant energy into creative work.
- Sun in the Second House
Sun in the second house shifts the focus to materialism and comfort. Security is important right now, so attention is best focused on
studio space, artistic tools, and materials. Purchase what is needed
to feel secure and comfortable, invest in what you most value. With
a focus on possessions, it is prudent to also pay attention to savings
and planning for the future. Even artists have to take care of themselves.
- Sun in the Third House
Sun in the third house brings illumination to communications,
making connections, and socializing. Make time to reconnect with
friends, devoting time and attention to them. Go out and enjoy life
and conversations, letting the images and overheard words inspire
creative work. The third house governs relatives, friends, neighbors,
and coworkers, so look to them for inspiration, enjoying adventures
close to home. Express feelings clearly with them, affirm relationships, and take inspiration from time in community with them.
- Sun in the Fourth House
Sun in the fourth house spotlights family and homeóthe people
you interact with every day. Pay attention to what is close at hand:
family, heritage, and ancestors. They are a source of pride and the
roots of identity. While the Sun is shining on the nest, the desire
for security and commitment is strongest. Use this time to nurture
relationships with the people and places that are your home. Build
trust, cultivate care, and know that these bonds strengthen and
support the creative work you do.
- Sun in the Fifth House
Sun in the fifth house will help you to come out of the shell of
home and be ready to play. The fifth house represents inspired creativity and emotion, and it encourages spontaneity with children,
hobbies, and toys. Indulge in pleasure, focus on having fun, and let
the energy fuel your creativity, filling it with joy. The inner child is
expressed in lighthearted art, and the infectious energy of creative
play inspires others.
- Sun in the Sixth House
Sun in the sixth house shines a light on you, your physical health,
and what you do. Time to take pride in what you do, improve
yourself, and your regular routines. Take courses, learn new things,
upgrade skills, or get organized. Everyone can benefit from breaking
an old, bad habit, and replacing it with something uplifting with
benefits to health and well-being. Attend to the little, personal
details and build the structures necessary for creative perfectionism
- Sun in the Seventh House
Sun in the seventh house illuminates partnership and the balance
of personal interests. Having a collaborator, a sounding board,
and someone to bounce ideas off of will be important at this time.
Personal potential is magnified through a significant other. The
seventh house is about "us" rather than "me," and pushes people
toward companionship, which creates balances between personal
interests and a social life. Itís time to cooperate harmoniously without totally bending to the will of another. The seventh house asks
us to be fully present to ourselves and our partners.
- Sun in the Eighth House
The eighth house governs transformation, regeneration, change,
and personal growth. The Sun illuminates addictions, sexuality,
and taxes. Itís time to retreat a little from the social life, and cultivate a sense of well-being and balance. Create new habits that
support health, tend to bookkeeping, do taxes, or create a financial
plan. Change undertaken as the Sun is transiting the eighth house
tends to be deeply felt, core issue change. Be introspective, honestly evaluating strengths and talents, and get to work minimizing
destructive patterns that impinge assets.
- Sun in the Ninth House
The ninth house encourages an outward focus on the exciting world
that beckons. Take a leap of faith, seek new experiences, and broaden
horizons. Take a vacation, a journey, or a vision quest, and see the
world through new eyes. Look deeply into the truth and beauty that
surround. Having the Sun in the ninth house inspires an escape
from the daily grind, so shake things up and take some risks, feeding
the soul with new visions and experiences. Jump in and enjoy, but
remember to not lose touch with everyday life. Escape, explore, and
have fun, but preserve the routines and habits that best serve you.
- Sun in the Tenth House
The tenth house is the house of career and professional reputation.
The Sun illuminates your position in society, your reputation, and
public persona. The Sun focuses us on a sense of our own competency. We really want to be recognized for the skilled, talented
and capable person we are. Seek out more training, education, and
mentoring, especially from someone older or more skilled than you.
Their recognition will be deeply affirming. You are very visible right
now, so do wonderful things and people will take notice.
- Sun in the Eleventh House
The eleventh house is all about friends, groups, and dreams. The
Sun in the eleventh house indicates a time of feeling lighthearted
and social. Make connections, build networks, and form new alliances. These relationships are fun, and these acquaintances may
benefit you in business. The unconventional is stimulating and can
inspire your own original and progressive ideas. Plant the seeds of
these dreamy ideals to grow more tangible in the future.
- Sun in the Twelfth House
When the Sun is in the twelfth house, it is a time to retreat and
regenerate in preparation for the beginning of a new cycle. Itís time
to take stock, and to think about attachments to people, places,
things, and routines that you have formed. What really works?
What doesnít? In this introspective time, let go of the need to compete. Use your time to put your private affairs in order. Creatively,
tidy your workspace, fix your tools, and replenish your supplies in
preparation for the new cycle coming.
Let Your Brilliant Creativity Shine
Now that you know about Sun sign types and the affects of the Sun
transiting the houses, use this information to illuminate your art. Dare
to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and famous. And let the sunlight
From Llewellyn's 2011 Sun Sign Book. For current-year calendars and almanacs, click here.