Of all the Astrological signs, there are 2 planets called the “Luminaries” – The Sun and the Moon.

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In today’s blog post, we’re going to have a look at your Number One Luminary: the Sun. Your Sun sign is the one you are probably most familiar with, thanks to newspaper horoscopes. Now please keep in mind that, even though your Sun sign is your number one Luminary, it still comprises only a single element in the bigger picture of who you truly are.

If you are not sure what your Sun sign is, you can check out my last post on Zodiac Astrology to find out.

The planets, signs, houses, aspects and transits all play their part in revealing your nature, and the deeper your understanding of these elements, the greater your self-understanding.

But don’t let astrology’s complexity discourage you! I’ve planned this monthly column to guide you, step-by-step, into the deeper understanding of all that is Astrology.

Shedding Light on Who You Are Becoming

And so we begin at the center of our solar system :) Because when you understand something of the essence and function of the Sun in your chart, you can work with it to “shed light” on every aspect of your life.

To a large degree, the Sun in your horoscope chart represents who you are becoming rather than who you already are. It symbolises the light of your being, and the qualities that your soul is most wanting to embody in this life.

Shadow and Light

Every sign has both shadow and light. In other words: both positive and negative qualities. Positive qualities give us the ability to experience joy and activate our intentions for this life. “Negative” qualities help us to grow, improve and develop greater compassion for self and others.

There is no ‘problem’ with so-called negative qualities, as long as we strive to learn from and transform them.

When it comes to your Sun sign, part of your Soul Work is to become aware of the shadow or negative aspects of your sign. These indicate areas of opportunity and growth for you. By becoming aware of them, you will be much more able to embody the positive or ‘light’ qualities represented by your Sun sign.

Natural Tendencies

You will find that you have natural tendencies related to your Sun sign. When you are young, these will include both shadow and light qualities. But as you grow into adulthood – especially after year 29 – hopefully you will bring conscious understanding to your habits, and strive to embody more and more of the Light.

When you do this, you begin to become your Sun sign more fully.


If this sounds confusing, let’s use me as an example, shall we? …

My Sun was in the sign of Taurus at my birth. The positive (light) aspects of a Sun Taurus include:

  • Patient
  • Reliable
  • Stable
  • Loyal
  • Determined & Persistent
  • Kind & Warm-Hearted
  • Appreciation for Beauty in all forms

A Taurus values material abundance, beauty and stability, so you can count on well-developed Taurus to have a beautiful home and a solid bank account!

The Shadow qualities of a Sun Taurus include:

  • Jealousy
  • Possessiveness
  • Inflexibility
  • Greed
  • Undue stress about Security
  • Care-taking without Boundaries
As a young girl, I struggled with feeling secure. I was hyper self-conscious with others, always worried about whether they liked me. I had rigid ideas about right and wrong, and often tried to control the beliefs of others in order to ‘secure’ the rightness of what I thought the world should be. When I had a boyfriend, I would feel jealous of other girls he might speak with, and I wanted him with me all the time.

After I had my son and began my spiritual journey, things started to change …

From Fear to Stability

Instead of my drive for stability manifesting as rigid ideas, jealousy or constant worry over controlling other peoples actions or beliefs, I began to tune into my own grounded, common-sense nature.

Instead of fearing others were better than me because they appeared to have their s**t so much more together (job, money, love life …) I began making practical choices, grounded in common-sense, about what would best support my long-term life goals.

And …. instead of wishing for a more beautiful home, yet complaining about being broke (something a Sun Taurus truly despises!) I did what a Taurus does best: I took one small step at a time to increase my earning capacity and (slowly) collect beautiful home items.

Admittedly, it took some time (umm … 3 decades :D), but today, I do have a beautiful home, solid income and harmonious, stable relationship.

Your Own Shadow and Light

Now that we’ve looked at an example of Sun Taurus Shadow and Light, it’s time for you to dive into your own Sun Sign!

What is your Sun Sign, and what do you know about your Shadow and Light qualities? Let me know in the comments below!

Many blessings,