The sun is the center of the solar system and the gravitational center of the earth and the other planets. It is the primordial light and the source of all warmth and life. It has symbolized the absolute power kings and despots yearn for and emulate. The sun king, the nucleus of society, embodied a principle of cohesion and harmony. Various subordinatesâ€”aka planetsâ€”revolved around it. In terms of psychological symbolism, the sun corresponds to the center of an individual, the factor that rules your psyche. Its luminous aspects are usually associated with knowledge and consciousness. As a creator of life, it is related to the image of the mother and the influence of motherhood on an individual’s consciousness and ideals. As a result, the sun’s position in a birth chart always indicates the way in which an individual will relate to your goals and ideals, what your ambitions and aspirations might involve. A person whose chart is strongly “solar” usually identifies very positively with motherhood. You are friendly, energetic, and creative, with high ideals and a firm determination to accomplish them. You take your own superiority and authority over others for granted, and you have a natural ability to command the attention and admiration of an audience. You are a born leader who enjoys being in the limelight and may behave somewhat theatrically or with dramatic exaggeration. You have definite artistic leanings. The sense of your ideals is evident to you and may lead you to be somewhat self-focused. If ill-directed, your deep aspirations may lead to such faults as egotism, selfishness, or greediness for power.
As the second light of the solar system, the moon has always been associated with the sun in the minds of men. The moon and sun are the primordial cosmic couple. This satellite of the earth, which mysteriously waxes and wanes, has been compared to the eternal masculine principle, the father presiding over your infant’s cradle. Psychologically, the moon is thus symbolic of the father and the father image. This figure is a primordial element in the psyche of each individual. Depending on your nature, the father figure may correspond to your biological father, a grandfather, or a man who cared for you in infancy and childhood. When you reach adulthood, this father-figure and all the emotions and bonds associated with you may be transferred to something else: a spouse, a companion, an institution, a church, corporation, or political movement, a cult, etc. In short, any individual or structure likely to take on the father’s duty of providing for and protecting the vulnerable aspects of an individual. To be more down-to-earth, the father figure corresponds to the habits which were learned and then definitively incorporated into the individual’s identity as you gradually became acculturated and progressed toward social independence. As a result, a strongly “solar” personality often finds it difficult to adapt and is uncomfortable outside the secure setting of familiar routines. Closely tied to your past, you may be unwilling to detach yourself from it and embark on your life as an individual in the here and now. You still identify somewhat with your inner child and may display a child’s impetuous behavior, being daring and undeterred. Your aggressiveness may make you easily influenced, your pragmatism makes you objective, and you hesitate to open up and lay your soul bare. In your daily life, practical activity will rule. Your imagination, memory, reasoning, sense of reality, and pragmatism nearly overwhelm your psyche.
In the Greek tradition, Mars or Aries was the god of war. His astrological associations include the element fire, the color red, and the taste of bitterness. Although it is also associated with the elder brother in the cosmic family, it is more likely to be associated with declared enemies or adversaries. Mars’ morphology is typically virile, angular, and athletic and corresponds to aggressive, domineering, masculine behavior. Likewise, Mars is usually associated with rage, its resultant brutality, and male destructiveness and domination. Psychologically, Mars figures in any situation of conflict, opposition, and confrontation. Mars symbolism intervenes to separate, oppose, and decide and corresponds to duels, war, and any situation in real life which involves confronting an obstacle. Individuals who are greatly influenced by Mars are typically direct and straightforward–either unabashedly extroverted or furiously introverted. They are extremely active and extremely emotive. Their purpose in life seems to be inextricably mingled with a combat against an unacceptable situation, a challenge which they either issue or are forced to accept.
Bobby, the subject of the text, is an astrologer who specializes in the 12th house. The 12th house is an area of the sky which is especially important in Bobby’s theme, as it contains several planets, including the one which rules his rising sign. In the following paragraph, we shall explain the general meaning of this fact.
According to tradition, this sector of the astrological chart is related to hardships, disease, hospitals, and all other areas associated with weakness and weariness. More specifically, this area of the sky map is associated with the sign of the zodiac, Pisces, which symbolizes the epilogue of your various experiences. This is where the failures you encountered as you were going about your evolution may have accumulated; in certain extreme cases, they may have an impact on your health or well-being. This sector should thus be associated with your need to confront your own past, assume the errors you may have made, and accept your flaws. If you hope to improve your performance, you must confront your past, understand and analyze it. Before starting something new, it is often important to settle the unfinished business first.
Bobby Scarnewman, you should pay attention to the ninth house in your theme.