The Planets: Cast of Characters, Part 1 – The Sun

We will begin our exploration into this vital and varied cast of characters with a closer look at the Sun.

The Sun is the source of Life itself. Without the Sun, our planet would not exist. It is through the Solar Logos that our planet receives its divine direction, protection, manifestation, and purpose. From the Solar Logos emanate the Seven Great Rays, whose complex qualities transmit through the planets, passing through the twelve zodiacal constellations, and further filtering energetically into the soul, mind, and body of mankind. The rays affect all Life- the mineral, plant, animal, and human kingdoms.

Symbolically then, we see how the king ruling his kingdom correlates to the Sun. The king provides for all his people, presiding over the ruling government and its officials, overseeing their economic condition and resources, establishing boundaries to protect his servants and workers that they may provide for him in a somewhat safe environment. His presence alone affects everyone, from his Queen to the serfs tilling the land.

“You must be a lotus, unfolding its petals
when the sun rises in the sky, unaffected
by the slush where it is born or even the
water which sustains it!” – Sai Baba

This provides a clue to the Sun in our natal charts. Wherever this mighty presence is positioned, the implications and correspondences to that house will be illumined. Or, at least, the Sun’s mission and itinerary will be to try to illuminate the activities of the house to fulfill its purpose in expression.

Will this Great Light come through a lower, ego-centered personality seeking its own rewards, status, and possible dictatorship; or will the higher qualities be permitted to shine through a receptive personality overshadowed by the Soul, seeking to provide guidance, generosity, and equality to all Life?

What, if anything, challenges this expression? For this, it’s important to look in the birth chart to see if any planets are in conjunction to or aspecting the Sun, and if so, are they supportive of the Sun’s goal or an antagonizing influence? A beneficial meditation is to look at the house placement of your Sun and contemplate how you express in these areas. What does that house represents? Who does that house represent? Are you being somewhat of a selfish tyrant or are you being a generous leader with goodness for all in your vision?

The house position and sign in which the Sun resides in our natal charts indicates how flexible and open we are to others, how we represent ourselves (or wish to), and where any of our cobwebs will be revealed simply by the radiant presence of the Sun.

In the Major Arcana of the Tarot, The Sun card shows a naked child with hair blonde as sunshine adorned with a crown of flowers, riding upon a white horse, clutching a rod which displays a waving victory or celebration banner. The fresh energy of youth, the nakedness of the form, and the horse white as snow… each symbolizes the purity which can emerge through the Sun’s expression. The divine child has become the overshadowing Soul, directing the little will by holding the reins in cooperation and permitting the Greater Will to come into action and manifest, establishing a firm bridge between the personality expression and the purposeful wisdom of the Soul.

Every King must have his Queen, first and foremost to secure the continuity of the royal bloodline to the throne, ensuring the success and longevity of the kingdom. In Part 2, we will take a closer look at Her Royal Majesty, the Moon, and why she, more than the King, needs her court.


Written by Renate Maria Bell -certified Vedic Astrologer, Jyotish Visharada, and approved teacher with the Council of Vedic Astrology. She can be reached at 2022© Do not use, post, repost, or reprint in part or in whole without the expressed written consent of the author.

Image of The Sun from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck