Sun Signs

2 Mar
What’s my Sun Sign?
I have been repeatedly asked this question ‘What’s my Sun Sign?’
Well this concept is applicable only to Western Astrology and does not hold good for Vedic astrology. Fundamental difference between these systems is that they use different Zodiacs, namely, the Sidereal Zodiac is used in Indian or Vedic Astrology, and the Tropical Zodiac is used in Western Astrology. Vedic Astrology is based on the actual stars and constellations. Western Astrology, however, is based on the seasons, or on the tilt of the Earth toward the Sun between the two tropics.
For this, we need a bit of Astronomy. This is first because Astrology is based on Astronomy. From an observer’s point of view on Earth, the Sun moves through a series of constellations—twelve of them—spending about a month in each one per year.Sun,whose background is a particular constellation, we say the Sun is “in that sign”.  The day you were born, the Sun was in a particular sign, and in Western Astrology, the common vernacular is that you “are” that sign. So if the Sun was in Leo when you were born, you are a Leo or simply, your Sun sign is “Leo’
Let me say some things about Sun Sign Astrology. As mentioned in previous paragraph, you know that on the day you were born, the Sun was in a particular position in the sky, and that behind the Sun was a particular constellation. Which constellation depends on what time of year you were born. If you were born at the beginning of the year, before the 21st of January, then the Sun was in the sign of Capricorn. That makes you a Capricorn. If you were born in the middle of the year, say in the last week of July, then you are a Leo. Your Sun sign is determined by the time of year you were born.
Each sign has certain energy and certain human traits are found in people born under that energy, there is a lot one can say about Capricorns, or Leos, or any of the other signs. Aries people are impatient and energetic, Taurus folks like security and to ponder before leaping into anything, Geminis talk a lot, etc, etc. There is some truth to these things, just as there is a grain of truth behind every stereotype, but that doesn’t mean that every person born under Scorpio is devious and jealous, or that every Piscean is spacey and artistic.
There are 9 other planets in standard Western Astrology birth charts, besides just the Sun. There’s the Moon, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Many astrologers also use asteroids such as Chiron, Ceres, Vesta, Juno, Hera, and Pallas Athena in their charts. There are the Lunar Nodes (Rahu & Ketu of Vedic Astrology) and the Part of Fortune. Each one of those heavenly bodies or astronomical points gives information as to who you are and how you see and deal with the world. Sun Sign Astrology doesn’t give the whole picture, not at all. It gives a lot, but nothing like a birth chart.
When you read in the newspaper or on your favorite website the forecast for your Sun sign, what you’re reading is a general idea of how all folks born under that sign might be experiencing the current transits. Often, if houses are mentioned, those houses are calculated not from your particular birth chart, but from what’s called the Natural Chart ( Kala Chakra of Vedic Astrology), where Aries is in the first house, Taurus in the second, and on through the Zodiac in order.
That’s what Sun Sign Astrology is about. If you like your Sun sign, and feel that the descriptions of it fit you perfectly, you are completely right to continue to think of yourself as one of that sign’s children. If you think there are other parts of your psyche with which you might identify more strongly, and that your Sun sign has never really quite told the whole story, well that’s true, too.
The best way to really understand all the different parts of yourself and how they mesh together is to consult an astrologer. The astrologer will tell you where each planet was in the sky the moment you took your first breath. They will explain the energies of that planet, in that Zodiac sign, and in that house of your birth chart.
I hope this helps clear up some of the misconception about Sun signs changing vis-a-vis Vedic Astrology and that you have a better idea of how Western Astrology works, and why chart readings can give you lots more information than Sun sign horoscopes. Please feel free to get in touch with me for further clarifications, if any.
Below is a chart of zodiac sign dates and sign attributes for quick and easy reference.It very helpful to keep a chart like this by your side. Some people are terrible with dates and times, so having a reference chart like this one tucked in their organizer really helps them remember the astrological divisions.
Zodiac Sign
Quick Characteristics
Aries symbol
March 21 – April 19
Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious
Taurus symbol
April 20 – May 20
Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience
Gemini symbol
May 21 – June 20
Communication, Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable
Cancer symbol
June 21 – July 22
Emotion, Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive, Selective
Leo symbol
July 23 – August 22
Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative
Virgo symbol
August 23 – September 22
Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Observation, Thoughtful
Libra symbol
September 23 – October 22
Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection
Scorpio symbol
October 23 – November 21
Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding
Sagittarius symbol
November 22 – December 21
Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism
Capricorn symbol
December 22 – January 19
Determination, Dominance, Perservering, Practical, Willful
Aquarius symbol
January 20 – February 18
Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous
Pisces symbol
February 19 – March 20
Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive

9 Responses to “Sun Signs”

  1. Asha July 28, 2011 at 20:06 #

    it was very interesting.would like to learn more about western astrology.

    • Jyothishi July 28, 2011 at 21:29 #

      Thanks. As we go along the semester you will get to know more of WA.
      You can make use of other articles also since most of which have not been taught to you at BVB.
      Please spread the word around for people to subscribe to this facility so that they will be first one to
      know of fresh postings.

  2. Sridhar September 30, 2011 at 22:49 #

    I have a question . I was born on 29th Sep 1980. So ideally I am Libra according to westurn sunsign. But when I cast my horoscope ,sun is in Virgo according to my DOB. So which is correct and how come both will be correct if so …

    • Jyothishi October 2, 2011 at 16:34 #

      Please read the first paragraph of this article i.e. ‘Sun Sign’ concept is applicable only to Western Astrology and does not hold good for Vedic Astrology.

      Your doubt about Sun being in Virgo when you cast the horoscope is because of the application of ‘Ayanamsha’ (for 1980, it is 23 Degrees and 35 Minutes). Therefore for your given date Vedic chart will show the Sun placement 23 Degrees 35 Minutes behind that of Western Chart. In WA Chart Sun will be in Libra where as in VA Chart it will be in Virgo.

      Both are correct and it is your choice whether to use WA or VA. But do not mix them up.Stick to one system consistently.

  3. Vasu January 23, 2014 at 16:36 #

    Janma Nama : Teekappa

    Date of Birth : 19-04-1978 (08:08 PM)

    Nakshatra : Pubba Nakshatra (Also called as Purva Phalguni)

    Tula (Libra) lagna, Simha Rashi

    Question : As my rasi is Leo ruled by SUN and Lagna is Tula (libra) ruled by Venus.

    Which is my lucky Gemstone for me (Ruby or Diamond)?

    • Jyothishi January 23, 2014 at 20:15 #

      Gemstones cannot be recommended on Rashi & Lagna alone. The horoscope has to be analysed thoroughly and in detail before we suggest stones. Please opt for a paid consultation if you so desire.


  4. Pruthveesh Gowda May 1, 2018 at 11:36 #

    Dear Sir, please help knowing my astrology,
    29/09/89(Mahalaya Amavasya)

    • Pruthveesh Gowda May 1, 2018 at 11:37 #

      Time, Approx 12.45

      • Jyothishi May 1, 2018 at 11:54 #

        People born between September 23 – October 23 are born within the sun sign Libra


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