Both the Sun and Moon are the real person but different parts. An employer will see your Sun at a job interview. Your co-workers will likely deal with your Sun. It is your more outer self. It is the strongest and most dominant part of yourself but not the most intimate.
Lets look at this topic more closely. A person has many sides. The chart shows us all of them. The chart shows us how they interact as well. The Astrologer must look at the chart with, both, a microscopic and macroscopic view.It is a daunting task but a very worthwhile one because the Astrologer can give the person back to himself, if the person is lost.
In this article, we are talking about two parts of the person–The Sun and the Moon. You will see the Sun the most easily. That is why people can pick out Sun signs. The Moon will be shown to intimates. One may never see the Moon sign of most people. One does not know many people as intimates. One will see the Moon more easily if it is conjunct the ASC or the MC.
I think one of the main things I have learned through doing charts is that a person has many different levels and many different sides. One has to feel out the sides of someone and then the signs that go with each side.
The ego is the Sun. Some people have a strong ego. They came into the world with a natural self confidence. Certain placements help give a natural confidence. Some of these would be Sun conjunct the ASC, a Cardinal Sun, Jupiter conjunct the Sun, Jupiter trine the Sun, the Sun conjunct the South Node and interestingly enough, the asteroid Narcissus conjunct the Sun or North Node.
A weaker ego could be seen by the Sun in the detriment which is Aquarius or the Fall, which is Libra. If a person wants to understand Astrology, he must learn to feel out the Domicile, Exaltation, Detriment and Fall positions. This is one of the keys to a chart.
A weaker ego would be the Sun in the 12th House. The 12th house is the house of suppression. A planet which lands here will struggle mightily to find it’s voice. That is just the nature of the 12th house.
At any rate, if one wants to guess the chart of another person, start with the Sun. This will be a fun exercise to do. I do it all the time. I am usually right. If I am wrong, I have picked up on the ASC, usually. The ASC is not as dominant as the Sun but for some people, their ASCs scream out to such a degree that one mistakes the ASC for the Sun.
The ASC is the physical appearance and mannerisms. The Sun is more of the basic nature of the person. As you can see, they would often seem to blend. One can get to a point where one can separate them pretty well, though. To be a good Astrologer, one must be a good observer. I think one must be able to ask people questions about themselves, too. That is the main place you will learn Astrology, in my opinion, from the horse’s mouth.
The Sun will show the relationship with the father. A good rule of thumb is that if there is a hard Saturn aspect with the Sun( and conjunctions are considered hard with Saturn) the person had a father who hurt his self confidence. One can take this to the bank, in my opinion. Hence, Sun conjunct Saturn, Sun square Saturn and Sun oppose Saturn would be a weakening of the self confidence, from the relationship with the father. If one has the Sun trine important parts of the chart, that would show an increase in the self confidence, due to the relationship with the father. There are many factors which go into producing a natural self confidence. I have talked about a few. This is a good start.
The Moon is one’s deepest heart. One sees the Moon of one’s intimates, as I said. In some people, the Sun and Moon are very different, by sign. In some people, the Sun and Moon are similar, by sign. In some people, the Sun and Moon are in the same House. In some people, they are in different Houses. In some people, there are easy aspects between the Sun and the Moon. In some people, there are hard aspects. All of this factors into our discussion. Let me see if I can talk about these situations.
Some people have more distinctly different parts to their personalities. One person may be an entirely different person in the workplace than at home. Some people may be the same person wherever they go. We can tell this by looking at the Sun and the Moon signs. Do you get what you see? Is there an very different person hidden inside? We can tell this by looking at the signs of these two planets. Is it a simplified look? Yes. However, it is a start to understand the person in question. A start is good.
Let’s look at some examples.We may have a person with a gentle sun such as Pisces. He may have a strong, intense Moon like Scorpio. In this case, we would see one kind of person, a dreamy, imaginative, creative Pisces. However, if we became intimate with this person, we would see the tensile strength and an inviolable will of the Scorpio Moon. The situation could be reversed. We may see an elusive, mysterious but strong minded Scorpio Ego with a gentle, yielding Pisces Moon emotional core. You get the picture with signs, I hope.
Then, we would need to see in which House the Sun and Moon fell? This would modify our picture. A Sun conjunct the ASC will have a natural confidence. A Sun in the 12th will have a strong reserve. A Moon conjunct the MC will show it’s heart. A Moon conjunct the DSC will look for heart and deep emotions in a partner. A Moon in the 12th will hold back his emotions. So, Houses are important factors, too.
Lastly, but not least, we would have aspects between the Sun and Moon. A conjunction would make a blending of the ego and the heart. A trine would make an easy flow. A square would make a blockage. An opposition would make a yin/yang( back and forth between ego and heart)
I think you can see how great the complexity of a chart is. One has to break it down to parts for the purposes of learning. I hope you learned something of value and had fun in the process, always my goal! Write any personal thoughts on my Comment Form!