The Sun and Moon are not necessarily the most karmic figures in a natal chart – if you told me your Sun and Moon at a party for example, rather than where Pluto and your lunar nodes are, I wouldn’t know as much about where you were coming from on a Soul level. (The Sun and/or Moon can be connected to your Pluto or nodes by aspect or rulership, and then either can become more karmically situated.) We would be talking more about your personality, which in terms of this lifetime… is crucial for personal happiness.
The Sun relates to your radiant essence; the way you emanate or beam your energy, how you are joyful, what you are like in an actualized state. Not stepped into, the Sun can be dim; the lights can be off. The Moon relates to how you feel secure and nurtured, and generally how you feel – it’s a filter, or a tint that gets placed on your perception. This tint opens or closes you to particular experiences – an open, nurtured, trusting tint will perceive and act and feel differently than one that feels not taken care of and abandoned.
You can take care of your Sun and Moon by tuning into the signs and houses they are in as well as the planets that your Sun and Moon form aspects to. Taking care of the planets in your chart relates to doing things that romance and form relationships to them. If you moved into a new house and didn’t get any furniture or decorate it and never cleaned it, you might not enjoy inhabiting that house. The same goes for the natal chart – all of the placements are full of potentials that can be accessed. The planets in your chart don’t signify static realities or fateful realities that simply happen to you – they are parts of you that you can be in relationship to.
People can arrive at positive relationships to their Sun and Moon regardless of whether or not they know astrology, but astrology is a spiritual perspective that refines the intuition and offers personal reflection. Both of these gifts can help you sort out who you intrinsically are and how you can step into your beingness.
I’m an Aries (Mars ruled) Sun, and my life has drastically changed for the better since I found an embodied practice that works for me and since I’ve been consistent with it – in my case it’s been a few years of yoga. I started out with kundalini and now do ashtanga yoga 5-6 mornings a week. Sweating in the morning and building strength has permeated positive change into my entire life like sun rays. I also like having a mission, being around coaches or being coach-like (motivating people to do their best), and continually discovering myself and life through new experiences I feel impulsively drawn to.
I’m a Taurus Moon, and taking the time to cultivate my material life is really important to my happiness too. I love clothes and have shed tears (the lunar archetype is very watery & tears related!) multiple times in my life over not feeling like I have enough clothes… and have cried over being so happy about clothing I have. The only way I can take care of that emotional need is to be in relationship to it, which for me includes doing things like making time to go out thrift shopping or visiting a tailor and having garments adjusted to fit me. Rather than letting another voice in my consciousness that I’ve internalized convince me that having nice things that I’m emotionally connected to is frivolous or “materialistic” (which it is, materialistic, but also spiritual for me), I consider it a basic personal need. I like all the simple pleasures – having my feet in the dirt, lighting incense, eating good food.
If you can take care of your Sun & Moon, you’ll tend to feel energized and supported to do the rest (of your chart, of life).
If you struggle with having a good experience with one of your planets or chart signatures, it often can use a little imagination, play and courtship. And you can tune into the planets it is in aspect to and nourish them, and feel the benefits ripple into the entire aspect formation.
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