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The Sun

The Sun is the star at the centre of our solar system. It is an almost perfect sphere of super-hot gases whose gravity holds the solar system together. It is composed of hydrogen (70%) and Helium (28%).

small image of the sun with sunspots

The Sun is called a Yellow Dwarf (G2V), but despite this name, it is almost 110 times wider the Earth, and 330,000 times denser – the Sun accounts for 99% of the mass of the whole Solar System. The Earth distance varies between from 147 to 152 million kilometres.

The Sun has a very strong magnetic field – the magnetic energy released by the Sun during magnetic storms causes solar Xares. We see these as sunspots. In sunspots, the magnetic lines twist and they spin, much like a tornado would on Earth.

The Sun exerts a gravitational pull approximately 27.9 times greater than we experience on Earth. It is this gravity that keeps the Solar System in place. On Earth, this gravity is partly responsible for the tides.

The Astrological Sun

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The Sun represents your basic character, how you experience life and express your individuality. The essential keywords for the Sun are Power, Vitality, and Self-expression.

Its ruler is the sign, Leo.

The Sun is so important in the chart, that the happiest people on this earth are those who identify (without over-identifying) with the Sun’s expression. Though one might think that the traits of their Sun would come easily to them, the truth is, the Sun shows what we are learning to be. It is very important to remember that the Sun represents reason as opposed to instinct.

The Sun reflects the present or the ‘here and now,’ while the Moon infuses the past into our lives through the feelings. It has a cycle of ≅ 1 year, spending approximately a month in each zodiac sign.

The Sun never goes retrograde.

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