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Sun Sign Personalities in Astrology

There are many reasons why our Sun Sign characteristics may not suit us precisely. The Sun has a powerful influence in our lives and in most cases, we are influences strongly by our Sun Sign’s character traits, particularly our inner self as the Sun defines the innermost you.

Since the Sun has just gone into the sign of Capricorn, we will use Capricorn as our Sun sign focus for our explanation.

The degree of your Sun in Capricorn affects the character traits you carry. There are three defined segments of each sign. These are known as decanates (please see our post on decanates at for a full description). Each of the three decanates makes up 10 degrees of the full 30 degrees of a sign. The first 10 degrees of Capricorn would make you a double Capricorn. The second 10 degree (10-19) creates Taurus tendencies and the third 10 degrees (20-29) provides you with Virgo tendencies ( the three earth signs).

Your Sun sign is further defined and influenced by the Sun’s house placement. Each house has its own ruler which influences the planets located within it at the time of your birth. The first house is ruled by Aries, the second ruled by Taurus and so forth ending with the twelfth house ruled by Pisces. As mentioned, this will also colour the definition of the Sun in Capricorn. For example if you have the Sun in Capricorn at 21 degrees and your Sun is located in the fourth house, the characteristics of your Sun sign would encompass Sun in Cancer further defined by Virgo and also characterized by Cancer.

As you can see, there are many influences that affect our Sun sign and to read your horoscope in your local newspaper or from a general internet site will give you a small cropped portion of a much bigger picture. If your Sun sign general forecast does not suit you, you have many other variables affecting the inner you. You Sun sign tendencies whether they are Capricorn or any other Sun Sign will still be deep inner influences, however.

Further definition includes astrological aspects to the Sun, particularly the major aspects including the Conjunction, Sextile, Square, Trine and Opposition. These aspects further define the Sun Sign characteristics so that now you not only define your Sun by its sign but also by house, decanates, and the Planets and the angles that they make to the Sun Sign.

You also have to take into consideration the primary points, which are the Ascendant which among other things describes the way we represent ourselves to the world, even our appearance. The MC or midheaven speaks in part of our goals, our aspirations and our occupation. These will further define who we are and how we represent ourselves as well as what we might lean towards in our occupation, if the Sun is linked to these positions.

You also have to take into consideration how strong other placements are in the Natal chart. For example if you have the Sun in Capricorn and have Leo rising (Ascendant Sign) and 5 planets in the fifth house, ruled by Leo, you will be greatly affected by the Leo influence and this will dilute the influence of the Sun in Capricorn. You would still have the ingrained Capricorn tendencies internally and would project them as well, but on a much softer side. You would resonate with Leo character traits and present yourself as a much more outgoing and you would shine when you are the centre of attention. Now these are not Capricorn tendencies.

As you now see, there are several influences that infiltrate our Sun Sign although the characteristics that it represents will still hold true. Remember this when someone says to you that their Sun Sign doesn’t quite fit yet another Astrological sign suits them better.

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