The gifts of the Sun are open hearts, generous spirits, creative impulses, playfulness and love. It is the astrological symbol of life and identity, the luminous self, inside the web of relationships, ideas and activities that occupy much of our lives.
You can get deep psychological insight about how the Sun and other planets shape who you are with an Inner Reflections Birth Report, and know that the Sun has a special lesson to teach.
The Sun is life itself, and as such it is not frozen in the past of personal history or limited in the shell of one's ego. While we usually identify with its qualities according to the sign it was in when we were born, it is really about being fully conscious in the present, and also creative about the future. The Sun is more connected with who we are becoming than where we have been.
Play is a good way to tap into the power of the Sun. Innocent enjoyment without ambition or goal reconnects us to the inner child. It's a way to live in the present rather than getting lost in hopes for tomorrow or regrets from the past. The freedom to enjoy ourselves opens the heart and activates the creative force of the Sun. It also makes it easier to give and receive love.
Let the Sun shine brightly in your heart
The fiery Sun is also about taking risks by expressing ourselves with less concern regarding the consequences. This is not, however, an excuse to criticize other people, because the key to solar consciousness is to stay connected with yourself. The power to transform your life is not in the hands of others, but rather lies within your own body, mind and spirit. When we extend ourselves into the world with play, art, imagination and physical activity, the Sun shines brightly in our hearts.
The Sun represents courage, which comes from the Latin root for heart. Being courageous, though, is not the absence of fear, but rather the willingness to take action in spite of it. Practicing bravery on a small scale trains us to be strong when facing difficult circumstances. The heart is a muscle, and it can be strengthened by staying alert and being truthful when we'd prefer to quit or hide.
Solar strength begins with loving yourself
Self-confidence is a quality associated with the Sun, but one that is often misunderstood. There are powerful looking individuals who appear to be strong, yet they lack compassion for others. This is not true confidence that flows from the heart -- it is aggression mixed with competence that masks underlying insecurities.
When we connect to the Sun there is no need to be a bully or to greedily hog the spotlight. Solar strength is patient and generous, it is creative and filled with the joy that comes from truly loving ourselves.
It is not in the doing that we find the Sun; it is in being. The simple process of paying full attention to the present releases waves of energy for us to use as we choose. We connect to the Sun with play, risk taking, creativity, generosity and love that warms our hearts and fills our lives with light.