THE SUN'S ASPECTS TO PLUTO
entered Gemini in 1883 and passes into Sagittarius in 1995, so for
people born in this century the conjunction
can only occur
in those signs or the intervening ones. The individual needs
to explore the depths of his or her personality and
to analyze the
motives behind every action. These traits will be most pronounced
when the conjunction falls in Cancer or Scorpio, and there
will be additional intuition present in anyone who
is already naturally
intuitive. A tendency towards acute introspection and obsessive
behavior patterns must be avoided. From a conjunction in Leo,
the subject may wish to exert power over others;
from Virgo (and Uranus
may be also involved here), she will be in a strong position
to lead others, but may tend towards extremism and
An ability for self-analysis
is usually present, and there will be meaningful and advantageous
changes of direction in life, resulting
in psychological satisfaction and growth. There is a need to
explore every aspect of whatever fascinates the individual,
and very often
there is a real talent for research. If medical ability is
suggested in other areas of the
chart, these are excellent aspects
someone inclined towards psychiatry or psychotherapy.
It may be very
difficult for the subject to open up and to talk through problems
with friends and loved ones. If you have a child
with one of these aspects, you must try to counter this tendency
as early as possible. Psychological blockages can easily occur,
and sometimes the individual can even suffer from physical
constipation (and will tend to worry about it and thus exacerbate
Obsessive tendencies may be present, and should be countered
through the use of mitigating indications elsewhere in the
chart. A Gemini
influence, for example, would help, while Venus in one of her
own signs, or receiving a trine from the Moon, will prompt
a more relaxed
and open attitude.
BETWEEN THE SUN AND PLUTO
Conjunction Life is likely to become difficult. Either the individual
will be unable to move forward due to circumstances
beyond his or her
control, or there will be a powerful compulsion to make a drastic
change because it is impossible to continue along a former course.
There is a distinct tendency to throw out the baby with the bath
water, and much hard work and achievement may be lost as a result;
the subject should be aware that this can happen. Whether it does
or not will depend on transits: steadying ones from Saturn will
help, tense squares from Uranus will not. Jupiter may bestow material
benefits and breadth of vision. An eventful and troublesome period
is likely, but when it is over a whole new era may begin.
Periods of upheaval and
change may occur, as
with the conjunction,
and will be initiated by the individual. Even so there will be
setbacks and periods when progress is frustrated, but the overall
effect will probably be that of a new broom sweeping clean. The
individual must not follow a trail compulsively and must consciously
develop a circumspect attitude, ready to listen to the opinions
of others. With this in mind, the period will probably be considered,
in retrospect, to have been rewarding, with greater understanding
and psychological growth having been gained, as well as more external
Progress will be extremely
patchy and uneven, and may even grind to a halt at times. It is
best for the subject not to force issues
under such circumstances, but to be patient, if possible.
The individual will instinctively know when the storm clouds have
lifted. It is important that problems and difficulties should be
openly discussed, but even if the subject usually finds this easy,
it will now be less so.
THE SUN'S ASPECTS TO THE ASCENDANT
Conjunction For this to occur, the subject would have
been born within about a half an hour of sunrise, so is probably
a "double Gemini" or
whatever. The Sun must be within eight degrees of the Ascendant,
and to use this aspect one must be sure of an accurate birth
time. If the Sun falls in the first house, the individual will
well integrated, and the strength of the Ascendant and Sun signs
will be considerable (whether or not they are the same). The
Sun gives a rather regal disposition, but its vitality will energize
the whole personality with a positive, sunny quality that should
bring much happiness. If other aspects intervene (such as a square
or opposition from Saturn), there will be less self-confidence.
A negative aspect from Jupiter will make the subject overbearing.
If the Sun is in the twelfth house the individual may still receive
a double impact from one sign, but will need seclusion, or to
behind the scenes. Use the house position in
interpretation, as it will be extremely relevant in either case.
These aspects also
rely on house position
since the house
in which the Sun
falls will be a
focal point of
However, because the aspect to the Ascendant is present, there
is a uniting and strengthening link between the Sun and Ascendant.
The most potent effect will occur when the Sun is in the fifth
house (its natural house), making a trine. Then all fifth house
matters will find positive expression and fulfillment.
be careful to study the house placing. An opposition from the sixth
house to the Ascendant may have a bearing
on the subject's
health and be a potential source of strain, but if the Sun
is also well aspected by the ruling planet, the Moon or Mars,
could be invigorating. If an opposition comes from the seventh
house, the accent on relationships will be emphasized.
to the Ascendant from the fourth house can be domestically
disruptive, and perhaps indicate an above average problem
with parents, but
much depends on how well aspected the Sun is from the Moon
and Saturn. A love of, and pride in, the home is likely.
A square from
the tenth house shows a strong driving force and ambition,
and a desire for worldly progress that will be achieved with
PROGRESSED ASPECTS BETWEEN THE SUN AND THE ASCENDANT
Remember that an accurate birth time is essential if the timing
of these trends is to be correct.
The coming together of the Sun's characteristics and the psychological
personality traits indicated by the Ascendant will be of considerable
benefit to the subject, who will finally be able to resolve inner
These are much
as for the conjunction,
but the positive
focusing of the
will be rather
outcome will be psychological development and wholeness, but
inner conflicts must be fought, and eventually the concerns
of the Sun's progressed house position will come more prominently
THE SUN'S ASPECTS TO THE MIDHEAVEN
this to occur, the individual will have been born around noon.
All the solar drive and energy will be channeled into achieving
ambitions, and aspirations will be considerable. Generally self-confident,
the subject must take care that big-headedness and perhaps pomposity
with the qualities
of the sign on
the Midheaven will
be accepted and
aspired to in a
very positive way,
will usually be achieved without ruthlessness.
There may be
a struggle to achieve objectives and to gain positive expression
from the identification with the qualities of the Midheaven
sign. Fulfillment will come through effort.
ASPECTS BETWEEN THE SUN AND THE MIDHEAVEN
Conjunction A time of prime importance is indicated. The subject will either
achieve prominence in his or her career, or realize a much-desired
ambition. However, any achievement
will probably be accompanied by resulting additional responsibilities. The
subject should enjoy any achievements and, especially if there is
care should be taken that an over-serious outlook does not distance him or
her from loved ones or enjoyment of life. A great deal is likely
to happen over which
the subject has no direct control - entirely due to reputation built up over
the years, or becoming known in a chosen field. Promotion is very likely.
With regard to ambition and worldly progress, these aspects
are a great help and, as with the conjunction, life could become surprisingly
eventful. As a result,
the period will be both progressive and memorable. Achievement and success
are strong possibilities.
The eventual outcome will probably be increased prestige
and responsibility, but the path leading to it could be difficult, with the
possibility of setbacks
and perhaps delays en route. Study the transits while this progression is
active. If Saturn dominates, it will slow down progress, while help from
propel things forward very nicely. If under stress or pressure due to commitments,
the subject must not allow his or her vitality to be drained.
SUN PROGRESSED TO ITS OWN POSITION There are times when the Sun's progressed position
forms an aspect to its own place in the birth chart. The most important
of these aspects more or less coincide
with the Saturn Returns and their interpretation should blend with
the Saturn transits. The aspects that the Sun will make to itself are shown
This minor aspect occurs when the subject is
approximately thirty years old. It is not in itself very strong,
but enhances the characteristics of the natal
Sun sign and helps to blend those, which are integrated from the Sun's progressed
sign. When the Saturn Return is at its most powerful, this progressed aspect
will give the individual additiona
This is similar in effect to the semi sextile, and occurs
at roughly the same time as the second Saturn Return. It is stronger than the
semi-sextile, and will
be a considerable help to those who are making changes in their lives.
More people now live to be ninety plus, when the Sun makes
a square aspect to its own position. This will coincide with the third Saturn
Return. Remember that
the progressed aspect is a square, so if the subject is a lively and enthusiastic
personality there will be a tendency to overdo things. However, the Saturn
influence will give stability.
The semi-square This occurs when the subject is about 45 years
old. By then the Uranus Half return will have been experienced (see p.326),
this is a strenuous aspect
it will still revitalize. Lessons learned during the period between the Uranus
Half-return and the Sun's progressed semi-square to its own position may now
help the individual to move forward into the next long-term phase of life,
bringing out his or her best, as opposed to the extreme characteristics that
emerged at the time of the Uranus Half-return. The vitality level may be out
of balance especially if symptoms of the menopause are beginning to have an
effect on the subject.
SUN'S TRANSITS Many astrologers do not bother to incorporate solar transits into their schemes
of interpretation. However, we find they are useful and fun. There are several
other points in their favor, the most important being that they remain more or
less constant. For instance, the Sun as it travels round the sky reaches the
precise position of, say, Venus, in a subject's birth chart on or about the same
date every year (the only variance will be due to leap years). These tiny solar
influences will encourage your subjects to become their own astrologers, as they
are easy to follow. The influence of the solar transits only lasts for a couple
of days, but while they are operative they should be considered in the light
of the planet the Sun is contacting. However, as they are very minor influences,
we suggest that you only calculate the conjunction and opposition transits to
the Ascendant, Midheaven, Moon and ruling planet (the planet that rules the Ascendant).
Bear in mind that the conjunctions are the most useful of the transits and are
also the most likely to work. There is one exception to this general rule. Because
the Sun is so important when there is a heavy Leo influence in a birth chart,
you should calculate all the conjunctions and oppositions for someone with any
of the following: a Leo Sun sign; a Leo Ascendant; a Leo Moon; or the ruling
planet in Leo.
This is an area of astrology you can really experiment with. You will notice
that we have not listed any solar transits to the Sun's own position. The conjunction
occurs on the subject's birthday. This is known astrologically as the Solar Return,
and is used in a very important way in the Sun's progressions. The
opposition occurs exactly six months later, and should be used to full advantage.
Even the oppositions usually do not provoke much stress, unless the Sun in the
birth chart is badly afflicted by a great many squares or oppositions. On days
when there are solar transits it is sufficient merely to bear them in mind, and
if possible the subject should concentrate on the matters listed in the interpretations.
OF THE SUN'S TRANSITS The Sun's transits to the Moon Family and domestic matters, and also personal
problems are emphasized. Time will be well spent on activities associated with
home improvements and crafts.
The Sun's transits to Mercury
The subject should take advantage of the media, complain, speak up, try to strike
bargains, perhaps buy or sell a car or bike, or make short journeys and telephone
The Sun's transits to Venus
This is a good time to have beauty and hair treatments, buy clothes, entertain,
relax and enjoy life.
The Sun's transits to Mars
Hard physical work or sporting activities will be enjoyed. Care is needed to
avoid minor accidents and headaches.
The Sun's transits to Jupiter
The accent should be on having fun, and planning or starting vacations abroad.
This is a time for signing contracts, studying or writing articles. Possible
hangovers or indigestion should be avoided.
The Sun's transits to Saturn
Long-term plans and decisions should be made, and delays expected.
The Sun's transits to Uranus
The subject might act on original, bright ideas and do something different, but
should beware of eccentricity.
The Sun's transits to Neptune
Trips to the movies or a concert will be enjoyed. The subject will also enjoy
getting out and about with a camera, reading poetry, or being in a romantic and
nostalgic mood. However, the intake of alcohol and nicotine should be watched!
The Sun's transits to Pluto
This is a good time to have a purge: for instance, clearing out rubbish from
cupboards, getting to work on psychological problems and generally being sleuth
The Sun's transits to the Ascendant The subject should think of this as an "un-birthday" -
an excellent day on which to do something special or start new projects. This
is a day to
be used to the fullest.
The Sun's transits to the Midheaven
There may well be a surprise in the offing. Career or parental concerns could
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