What Is A Sun Sign? Discover Your Purpose

Find out more about Your Sun Sign to understand your purpose


What Does the Sun Sign Mean? 


Your Sun or Star sign refers to the relative position of the Sun in space (from our perspective on Earth) on the day that you were born. Your Sun or Star sign shows in which sign of the Zodiac the Sun was found when you were born.


As the Earth orbits the Sun and the seasons change, so too do the 12 Zodiac signs. The Sun travels through each sign for approximately 30 days every year. The Zodiac is based on the voyage of the Earth around the Sun, giving 12 signs, NOT 13 – as some sources claim.   


Rather than describing who you are, your Sun Sign points to what you are learning to develop and become. Think of it as the center of your personality, revealing your key motivations and drives. As you express the qualities of your Sun Sign, you experience greater fulfilment and self-confidence.



Your Sun sign and Your Potential 


The sign that The Sun was in when you were born is of major significance in terms of understanding your personality and your potential


Put simply, your Sun Sign describes the central or lead actor in the drama that is you. As the lead character, The Sun is always interacting with every other planet (or character) in your birth chart. Because of this, everything in your astrology chart must in some way connect back to the central story that The Sun describes.

Your Sun sign (as well its house – this post explains more) has the greatest influence on how you see yourself, what motivates you and what you need to find happiness or fulfillment. Considering the sign and house in which The Sun is placed in your birth chart is the first step to unlocking the amazing power of astrology.


To realize your potential, you need to find ways to express the qualities of your Sun Sign (as well as its house) then blend this with your Moon and Rising Sign combination.


Your Sun Sign reveals what motivates and drives you. It describes the centre of your personality around which all of your experiences will unfold


It’s really important to know that whilst your Sun Sign describes the qualities that you are learning to develop and become as you fulfill your potential, your Moon Sign describes who you already are. To compare your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs combinations use our interactive guide



What’s The Difference Between A Sun and Moon Sign?


Here’s a simple way to think of it. Your Sun sign represents your core motives that lead you to growth and your Moon sign shows your innate needs. The combination of your Sun Moon and Rising signs is called The Big Three in astrology and together they represent the foundation of your unique personality  

We can think of your Moon Sign therefore as the supporting actor or co-lead in your life story. She is the one who fills out the script and makes it realistic and believable. Equally as important in terms of your overall personality, together the Sun and Moon signs (as well as houses) combine to form the basis of your unique personality.

Here’s a simple way to think about it. Your Sun sign shows what you want, your Moon sign what you need and your Rising sign shows how you will go about getting it. 

It’s really helpful to compare the drives, emotions and motivations of your Sun and Moon signs. Do they blend or seem to contradict each other? Think about the way your Sun Sign describes your central motivations. Does this sit well with your Moon Sign and what you need?

By finding these similarities and differences in your birth chart you can identify where you might have conflicts or challenges as well as where your greatest talents lie. 

If you want a professional opinion, talking to an experienced astrologer can really help.


How To Know Your Sun Sign

 Working out your Sun sign  is easy! You can figure it out from your birthday. Here’s a useful list to help you do that, but remember if you were born a day or so either side of these dates then you could be one sign or the other. 

If you need more detail this will be useful


Aries: March 21 – April 19                              Taurus: April 20 – May 20

Gemini: May 21 – June 20                             Cancer: June 21 – July 22

Leo: July 23 – August 22                               Virgo: August 23 – September 22

Libra: September 23 – October 22                 Scorpio: October 23 – November 21

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21     Capricorn: December 22 – January 19

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18               Pisces: February 19 – March 20


You should also know that your birth chart (which is unique to you) shows the positions of the planets relative to you at the time of your birth. The time and place you were born REALLY MATTERS because this is what makes your chart so unique.  So for a more complete picture you need to also include your Moon and Rising Signs 

To make it even easier, here’s a simple video that can explain to you what your Sun Sign is, what it means and how it works.

Why Does Astrology Work?


The fundamental idea astrology puts forward is that the patterns which structure the human psyche also structure the cosmos or solar system

No one yet knows how or why it works, but astrologers have been observing for at least 6000 years that changes in the relationships between planets or to us here on Earth also correlate with observable states or changes within individuals (and collectives)


Simply put, the patterns revealed by the planets at the time you were born depict the base pattern of your individual psyche. From studying them you can learn a lot about what motivates you and why.

These patterns show how easily, or to what degree of difficulty, you can express yourself. They outline your potential, help identify your challenges and can be harnessed to direct yourself toward reaching your full potential.

Much more than just a way to understand your personality, astrology is a powerful tool you can use to transform your life.

A lot of us have asked the question “How can astrology help me?”. It’s interesting of course to know about your Sun Sign or the planets in your chart, and you can tell a lot about other people if you know their Sun, Moon or Rising Signs.

But astrology is much more than just a way to understand your personality. It is also a way to connect with your life purpose!



The 12 Zodiac, Sun or Star Signs


If you were born with the Sun in Aries, then your strength comes from having the courage to act.

Because the Sun sign symbolizes your core motives, you are likely to be driven by a need to do things that allow you to express your independence and need for autonomy.

Your journey is about finding ways to be a dynamic and pioneering individual. You have a talent for knowing how to get things started or “off the ground”. Try to use this skill in practical ways – maybe start your own business or put yourself in new situations that require a lot of change.



​​If you were born with the Sun in Taurus, then strength comes from having stability. Your journey is about finding ways to be both comfortable and secure.

Because your Sun Sign symbolizes your core motives, you are likely to be driven by the urge to create and maintain your own security. Generally, this means at a material level, but can also be security of the emotional, psychological or spiritual kind.

Your journey requires you to build and then consolidate what you have gained. Symbolically, the Taurus personality is based upon the stabilizing forces through which foundations are built. First, you must establish firm foundations. Then you can have the pleasure of sharing and enjoying the fruits of your labour.




If you were born with the Sun in Gemini then strength is found through your ability to communicate and connect. Explaining concepts is a gift. Understanding the relationships between people or ideas gives you the information required to grow.

Because your Sun sign symbolizes core motives, you are likely to be driven to analyse your environment in an effort to understand how it works. You do best with variety and will do well having a number of projects on the go all at once. 

Your journey could involve finding ways to draw connections between apparently diverse objects, people or concepts. Once ascertained, you then want to share this information with others, thus allowing you to explore the diverse potentials available in every possibility.



If you were born with the Sun in Cancer, then your strength lies in your ability to provide support or sustenance to others. You personality is shaped by an emotional depth which allows you to sustain and nurture others. Family instincts are usually powerful and you probably feel a strong urge to make sure your family is ok. Your journey is likely to focus on finding ways to care for those you feel a responsibility for, at the same time as working out what you need to take care of yourself.

Your journey is likely to be shaped by the ways you become involved in others’ lives.  You are likely to be very sensitive, and will have a marked capacity for sensing how others feel. Because the Sun symbolizes core motives, you have a need to nourish, support and protect. You are learning to apply these strengths in ways that show you where your need to be needed is best applied.




If you were born with the Sun in Leo, strength comes from expressing your creativity. Because your Sun sign symbolizes core motives, you are likely to be driven by a need for fun, the search for passion and desire for self-expression.

Leo represents the spark of light and individuality that makes each of us unique. It brings the passion needed to pursue a project, or the energy required to create something new into. As a Leo strength comes from listening to what your heart is really saying, so giving it the attention it deserves.

You may also have a strong urge to lead or organize others. Your journey is about recognising the spark of individuality that dwells within you, then doing whatever it is you love. To fulfil your journey as a Leo, courage is required.




If you were born with the Sun in Virgo, then strength comes through finding practical outlets for your talents and abilities. 

Because the Sun symbolizes core motives, you are likely to be driven by a need to feel useful. Therefore, you will probably be especially comfortable when providing support or service.

Your Virgo nature will mean you have a tendency to analyze. Consequently, you have the ability to problem-solve. Your desire is to find the solution to any given problem through analysing every detail. When you focus on facts, you have an uncanny ability to prioritize and plan. When you create routine and structure you flourish.



If you were born with the Sun in Libra then your strength will grow from your ability to be decisive, find balance and achieve compromise. 

Your tendency is to assess the various options in any situation, striving to find the best outcome. This means life will present you with a constant series of choices, and as you develop confidence in yourself you will discover the freedom that comes from being assertive and direct.

Through relationships, you develop the insight and interpersonal skills which help you to grow. Because your Sun sign symbolizes core motives, you are likely to be driven by the need for justice and equity in all partnerships. 





If you were born with the Sun in Scorpio,  then your strength comes from your intuition and degree of insight. You were born with an inherent need to understand the depths of your own nature as well as other people’s and the influence of desire.

Inner strength comes from facing crisis and experiencing transformation. Your journey involves learning to focus on what you truly need, as you let go of what you don’t. Along the way, you will discover the difference between attachment to what you think you want, and how personal will can be a motivating or destructive force.




If you were born with the Sun in Sagittarius, then your strength lies in your willingness to explore. 

Your sign is noted for its expansive and optimistic qualities. Your Sagittarius personality is generally likely to appear confident and outgoing. Ideally, you will view your life as an adventure – a constant series of potential opportunities for you to explore.

Because the Sun sign symbolizes your core motives, you are likely to be driven by an urge to seek freedom and question limits. Yours is a sign associated with exploration. The Sagittarius personality stems from a desire to see the edge of what is possible. Your path in life should involve discovering how far you can go.




If you were born with the Sun in Capricorn, then your strength lies in your ability to make the most of what you have. 

You are born with a powerful drive to accomplish whatever you set your mind to, and will feel impelled to do all that you can to make your dreams come true. Your sign is associated with ambition, but your real strength comes from setting clear standards for yourself rather than trying to compete with others.

Because the Sun symbolizes core motives, you are likely to be a pragmatist. Your Capricorn personality gives you the ability to make realistic appraisals of your circumstances, which helps you to choose an optimal path. 




If you were born with the Sun in Aquarius, then strength lies in your ability to demonstrate logic and a practical objectivity. 

You could excel at finding solutions to challenges which affect not only you but the community of which you are a part. Your journey will teach you much about what it means to be a member of society, and you may have a strong social or humanitarian bent. 

Fairness or justice is likely to be important, as is the ability to relate to people from all walks of life. You are likely to be motivated by the need for intellectual freedom and the conviction that, in the end, we are all made equal.




If you were born with Sun in Pisces, then your strength comes from using your intuition to find ways of connecting with higher truths.

Your senses provide the means for you to legitimately transcend limitations. Your journey involves finding the meaning behind the facade of things – to go beyond purely material concerns, and explore your creative, intuitive or perceptive abilities.

From the outset, yours could be described as an abstract – and at times unusual – path.  Because the Sun symbolizes core motives, you are likely to be driven by a feeling of being in the world, but not of it. In the end, material things may mean very little to you. In the end, you will only find true satisfaction through transcending physical concerns






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Your Solar House shows where your Sun Sign energies are likely to be at their most potent, and best expressed. Work with these qualities to realize your full potential.

Your astrological chart is a unique map of your inner terrain which shows your talents and disposition. Following this map can help you reach your full potential. Understanding your Solar House is essential.

Even if you know very little about astrology, you can still work with the map in ways that will make a big difference to your life journey. Knowing your Sun Sign will reveal a lot about you. Your Sun Sign describes in great detail what is likely to motivate and drive you.

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