The Sun in Sidereal Astrology

This is a post about the Sun in sidereal astrology. It originally appeared as a thread of tweets on Twitter.

The Sun as a golden fiery ball of gas

There are 3 primary ways to understand the function of a planet in a natal (birth) chart. And I believe they go in this order:

  1. As representative of people in your life;
  2. As experiences or events at particular times;
  3. As aspects of your becoming, rooted in 1# & #2.

Free Will & Astrology Aren’t Good Friends

Modern astrology often avoids, derides, or out right denounces predictive astrology. But that’s because modern astrology doesn’t possess the tools to be adept at predictive astrology. Plus, it’s predicated on free will which is NOT the philosophical roots of astrology at all. If you’ve followed me for awhile you’ll know that I believe we have very limited freedom of will. And I believe that free will is a tool of oppression. But that’s another conversation for another time.

The focus on individual will as opposed to a more collectivist worldview has framed the sign of the Sun in a natal chart as the most important and central part of a person’s astrological make up. This is unfortunate.

Which You is the Real You

Anyone born within the same season (30 +/- day period) as you has their natal Sun in the same sign as you. Let’s borrow from Chinese astrology to understand what a season is and how it relates to the natal Sun’s sign.

In Chinese astrology, the season of birth which is the month of birth, is important. However, that season serves as a context for the day of birth. This is like the relationship between the Sun and the moon. The Moon being the day, the Sun being the month. The season/month of birth generally defines the level of support the day master/day element has. Specifically it represents the parents, family, home and upbringing.

Now, if we translate this back to western astrology, we’ll see that the Moon is the identifying factor in a natal chart as it takes 2 days to transit a sign (as opposed to 30 days for the Sun). A person born in the same season as you (30 day period of the same Sun sign) has to be born within the same 2 day period as you in order to have the same Sun and Moon sign. Conceptually this helps us to understand that the Sun in the natal chart is not a unique identifying factor for an individual. I know this goes contrary to everything you’ve learned, but you must unlearn it.

I’m going to offer some philosophical concepts to help you better understand the Sun in astrology. Then I’ll offer some basic significations. The latter will be a result of the former.

Have You  Ever Seen the Sun?

Look at the picture of the Sun that I used to begin this blog post. Have you ever turned your head towards the sky and observed the Sun appearing this way? How does the Sun appear to your eye? Have you ever seen it as it is? A simpler question: What does the Sun look like?

All that we see with our eyes is because of the light of the Sun. Objects absorb & reflect certain wavelengths of light providing the appearance of colors. Yet we can’t perceive this light as it is. Google quantum physics & explanations of light and matter, have your mind blown.

The primary way that we perceive the light of the Sun is via the Moon. The Moon reflects different amounts of the Sun’s light at cyclical intervals based on the spacial relationship between the Moon, Earth, and Sun.

In astrology the Sun is the mind, sight, and perception. You cannot see the mind. You cannot see sight. And you cannot perceive perception. Much like you cannot take your eyes out of your head and look at them. The very nature of the mind and perception is that you cannot turn it back on itself to see it. Just like you cannot see the Sun as it truly is, you cannot see the mind.

The Sun is the light that illuminates allowing perception. It’s consciousness, and the lens through which you see yourself—not your physical body, but the concept of yourself held in your mind. The Sun is the concept of your self, the idea of who you are that you project into the world, and that you seek to see reflected back to you.

There is no you without your body. When there is no body, there is only the idea of you which is different in everyone’s mind. What is the body in astrology? It’s the Moon. And we know that the Moon is about family, mother, your home, your tribe. It’s the social and physical means by which you come into being.

Identity is a funny thing. Social science and philosophy ask and attempt to answer questions about how identity is formed. We know that identity is formed in society/social setting.

You and the concept/idea of who you are (SUN) comes into being via your body, your mother, your tribe, your family, society (MOON). There is no you without things.

Going back to my comparison to Chinese astrology, it’s clear that in a hierarchy of planets and points that most uniquely identify you and your life, it is the Moon and it’s relationship to the Sun that gives a complete and unique picture. This is why I see astrology as a social science and a tool of divination. It very clearly articulates the nature of human life, the self, and how it comes into being.

But, if you believe that who you are is something that exists in this rigid form, separate from your relationships, family, and society, rather than emerging from those things, then of course you think that the Sun is the most important planet in the natal chart.

The Sun as a Gear of Time

The Sun is the father, significant men, and authority figures. It is your mind, the concept of how you perceive your self, the lens through which your mind perceives the world around you. The Sun is how you think of yourself, yet it says nothing of who you are and what you do out in the world.

The Sun says nothing of how others see you. No one can see your mind, and you can’t see theirs either. It says nothing of how you function and the roles you play in life. Implied here is that your self concept/idea of yourself is formed and reinforced by your body, your family and upbringing, your tribe, and the society in which you come up.

The very 1st time the Sun returns to the position where it was when you were born, there have been 13 Moons/lunations. That’s 13 cycles of New & Full Moons, 365+/- circadian cycles of sleeping and waking. If the Moon is the body, this is 13 cycles of nourishing and nurturing that body.

At that time you answer to your name, and you have come to understand whether or not needs you have and express will be fulfilled. Will someone answer when you cry? Do you experience familiar smells and sights? Is your world one of plenty or lack? Are you touched and played with?

All of these things have to do with the body. And the orientation of your body to the world around you and the people in it are what forms the first ideas of who you are. This is the relationship between the Moon and the Sun in your natal chart: how is the idea/concept of yourself formed?

You have no identity when you are born. You have no idea or concept of a self or who you are. It is something that develops over time. And every time the Sun comes back to the sign and degree where it is in your natal chart, you enter a new season of becoming aware of this self. That time is around your birthday each year and we call the chart cast for that moment your solar return.

The season of your birth, the Sun sign in your natal chart, is indicative of the outer world circumstances in which you were born. It is a transiting moment of time for your mother as well. And what is the mother, the Moon in your natal chart.

Wrap your mind around that!

What Does the Sun’s Sign Tell Us?

Of the Sun sign we ask, who are what determines the lens through which the idea of your self is formed? The planet that commands your Sun’s sign answers that question.

SUN in Aquarius & Capricorn are under the command of Saturn.
SUN in Pisces & Sagittarius are under the command of Jupiter.
SUN in Aries & Scorpio are under the command of Mars.
SUN in Taurus & Libra are under the command of Venus.
SUN in Gemini & Virgo are under the command of Mercury.
SUN in Cancer is under the command of the Moon.
SUN in Leo is under its own command.

In what sign is your Sun in your sidereal birth chart? Use this guide to find out.

Mutable Madness! March & April 2018

Mutable Signs, it’s your turn to get that work!

Back in August 2017, in the midst of a deluge of transits in fixed signs, I was looking ahead to now, Spring 2018. It was clear to me then that while Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius where getting that work , the mutable signs would get their chance in due time.

What is mutable, anyway?

Mutable signs are also called bicorporeal—Gemini as the twins, Sagittarius half man and half centaur, and Pisces as two fish. Virgo is the only sign where the constellation for which it was named does not meet this qualification. Still, bicorporeal means taking two forms or having two bodies. Conceptually, this correlates to the theme of the mutable signs. Mutable signs are able to change form and adapt to new information. When your Sun is in a mutable sign your self concept changes based on information encounter and experiences you have.

Mercury and Jupiter as commanding authorities of the Mutable signs tells us much about what these signs mean. Essentially, Mercury is language, symbols, tools, and brotherhood; and Jupiter is meaning, myth, purpose, and friendship. Gemini and Virgo are under Mercury’s command, and Sagittarius and Pisces are under Jupiter.

Of the mutable signs we come to understand:

  • How one knows what they know;
  • What tools are used to complete tasks; and
  • How to interpret what is articulated via language and other symbols.

This is the realm of Mercury and Jupiter. Mercury as Gemini is information. Mercury as Virgo is provable facts. Jupiter as Sagittarius is kinesthetic experience. Jupiter as Pisces intuitive experience.

Do you have mutable signs prominent in your sidereal birth chart? Use this guide to cast your sidereal birth chart to find out.

The People’s Weekly Forecast – October 2, 2017

This week’s main events are Venus and Mars in Leo, and the Full Moon in Pisces. They both perfect midday Thursday October 5, but will be building all week. Configurations (aspects) between planets are most effectual when they are applying, before the become exact. That applies to New and Full Moons as well as this week’s Venus-Mars conjunction.

As the Venus-Mars aspect is applying, the Moon will play facilitator, translating the light of one planet to the other. Let’s break this week down day by day.

The People's Weekly Forecast by Dayna Lynn Nuckolls, October 5, 2017-October 8, 2017

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Jupiter in Libra by Dayna Lynn Nuckolls

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Lady Justitia, Jupiter in Libra by Dayna Lynn NuckollsJupiter entered sidereal Libra on September 11, 2017 and will remain in that sign until October 11, 2018. In my latest piece, I go into great detail on:

  • The signs Virgo and Libra;
  • The transition of Jupiter between the two signs;
  • How to understand Jupiter in Libra in the natal chart;
  • What we can collectively expect with this transit, and;
  • How you can work this energy in your personal life.

This article contains evergreen content which means that it is applicable beyond the time frame of this particular transit. This is especially true for those who may have planets that move from Libra to Virgo between their Tropical and Sidereal charts, as well as for those who are seeking a conceptual framework within in which they can understand those two signs.

If you have Jupiter in Libra in your birth chart, again, this piece will be significantly relevant to you as you develop your worldview and personal convictions in your life.

I use the Sidereal zodiac. If you’re curious about your chart using the sidereal zodiac you can find a guide with instructions on plotting your sidereal chart here, and a post outlining some of the philosophical differences between tropical and sidereal here.
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Beyonce: Mercury, Symbolism, and Messages from the Divine

Following Beyonce’s immaculately divine performance on the 2017 Grammy Awards Show last night, I felt like I had witnessed a ritual of divine worship. I was entranced. The symbolism was POWERFUL!

Beyonce as the Black Madonna - @PeoplesOracle

Between Lemonade and her embodiment of the Goddess in her pregnancy photos (scroll down for the images) it has become clear to me that she has nurtured a deep connection with the Divine. The symbolism of Oshun, and now the Black Madonna, dominates the imagery and symbolism of her artistry and self expression.

It’s no coincidence the Beyonce uses such strong and storied spiritual symbolism in her art. Mercury is a fascinating planet, rich in mythological and astrological symbolism that dominates her natal chart.

Mercury in Astrology

Last week on Twitter, I spent time talking about how underrated Mercury is in astrology. It’s not feared like Saturn, adored like Venus, or venerated like the Moon and the Sun.

Mercury is not the mind itself. The Sun is the mind. The mind (SUN) cannot be directly perceived. It must be processed and brought down to earth. Mercury is the messenger that delivers the perception of the Sun. And if the Sun is pure perception, Mercury (as well as the Moon, for other observable reasons) filters and translates that perception.

Without Mercury there is no language, no symbols nor their translation. There is no magic—no deliverance of the Will of the Divine to humans.

Mercury, Ruler of Virgo the Virgin

Virgo is the 6th sign of the zodiac. It is a mutable/common earth sign ruled by the planet Mercury. Virgo translated from Latin means virgin. There is the chaste virgin who is sexually inexperienced. And there is the virgin who is unmarried, owned by no man.

Ultimately, in the west, the virgin is symbolised most visibly by Mary, mother of Jesus, who is said to have divinely conceived her son. Her depictions and iconography are found far and wide from far eastern Europe in Lithuania where she is Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, to Cuba where she is Our Lady of Regla.

In Orthodox Christianity Mary is seen as mediator—as Mediatrix in the Roman Catholic church—literally bringing heaven down to Earth through her womb and the birth of the Christ. And Mercury, syncretized with the Greek Hermes, was the messenger of the gods and was often tasked with bringing messages from on high down to humans.

These two symbols are syncretized into Virgo, the Virgin, ruled by the planet Mercury.

Beyonce & Spiritual Symbolism

Sunrise Birth Chart for Beyonce - @PeoplesOracle
I’m using a sunrise chart because there is no verified or reliable birth time available. Some use a noon chart when there is no birth time, but this works fine for the purpose it’s serving.

I present to you a sidereal sunrise birth chart for Beyonce.

In Beyonce’s birth chart, we can see the importance and dominance of Mercury as manifested in 4 strongly placed planets in Virgo. Mercury rules the bunch and is in his own sign. Venus is there in the sign of her fall, Jupiter in the sign of his detriment, and Saturn is peregrine. Jupiter is how we view the world based on our experiences. Saturn is our teacher, enforcer of limitations, and the one that rewards our persistence over time.

As I mentioned before, Mercury is not just communication or someone who sends messages. The symbolism and stories of Mercury/Hermes, though surely not original, has been syncretized with or represented in almost every world religion. He translates divine messages using oracles like astrology, tarot, runes, shells, bones, and language like scripture, sutras, art, symbols, poetry, etc.

Mercury also escorted the souls of the deceased to the after life. He had dominion over the transitions of life. Embodied in Virgo, Mercury brings us the birth of the Sun by ushering us through Libra, Sagittarius, and then Capricorn where the Sun ultimately dies and rises on the 3rd day at the winter solstice.

Venus is the most interesting to me. What does it mean for Venus to have to answer to Mercury? On a mundane level, it means that Venus is subservient to the need for precision and accuracy. Mercury is calculative, weighing and measuring is used as means for accuracy. So, Venus the planet of pleasure and love, but also art and creativity, is expressed with forethought, planning, and with the precision of calculations.

If you’ve seen Beyonce perform or talk about her craft then you’ve witnessed accuracy and precision in every aspect of her presentation. From the amount of time it took her to walk through length of the runway after a song on her Formation World Tour, to the foresight necessary to execute legendary song releases; there is calculation, precision, and accuracy that is unmatched by any of her contemporaries.

On a symbolic level, Venus in Virgo, answering to Mercury, manifests as a woman who is devoted to craftsmanship as an expression of her divine calling. Beyonce has evolved into the symbol of the self-possessed woman. And her devotion to her craft has culminated in her channeling and expressing her experiences through divine symbols. It is a testament to the strong reflection Mercury makes of her life.

In the same way that Mary, the Virgin of mythological lore, was impregnated and thrust into a special relationship with the divine, Beyonce has shown us and told us that pregnancy and motherhood is the thing that has illuminated purpose in her life. And in her celebration of fecundity, pregnancy, and motherhood, she has opened another door on her path of divine exploration and communication.

The iconography of Oshun, The Black Madonna, and Yemaya as seen in Lemonade, her recent pregnancy photoshoot, and her grammy performance is no accident. One doesn’t happen upon those symbols and that knowledge. One is drawn to them, compelled to know what they are, and called to study their meaning and relevance in one’s life.

I can speculate about how Beyonce knows about this stuff, but I don’t think it matters. What’s clear is that her art intentionally invokes and conjures powerful divine expressions of goddesses, orisha, and saints that clearly resonate with her and her spiritual journey. Her artistry embodies the symbolism of Mercury in a way that breathes depth into the ways in which one can understanding that planet.