Child of the Sun
Charismatic and inviting, you give off so much energy that people gravitate toward you. They sense the fire burning inside you and want to be near it. As a Child of the Sun, the source of heat and light, you have a natural ability to enliven and excite and to draw people out of themselves. You breathe life into just about everything you do. You are as sincere as the day is long, and you like having a positive effect on people's lives.
The lion, king of the beasts, is one of the animals ruled by your Birthday Planet, the Sun, as are the crocodile and the falcon. These animals stand at the top of the food chain, just as the Sun stands at the top of the Planetary chain. As a Child of the Sun, you were born with a supreme self-confidence. Naturally you assume that whatever you do is in your (and everyone else's) best interests. For this reason, you are often accused of being self-absorbed and egocentric. But you're not being you just for your benefit. You're being you for the benefit of everyone around you. Your personality is your greatest masterpiece. Think of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Martha Stewart, Lucille Ball, and Julia Child- all Children of the Sun. No one would dispute their talents and abilities, yet it's their personalities that leave the lasting impression.
Audacity is a good word for you. Most people think audacity means arrogance- when one is conceited or feels somehow above the rest. Audacity has to do with feeling entitled. Without that basic feeling of privilege, there would be no colorful personalities, noble characters, or outstanding individuals. Everyone's identity would be cookie-cutter cutout. Most people feel they could be something if given half a chance, but often talk themselves out of it by saying, "I'm not that smart" or "He's more talented than I am" or "I'll never be as pretty as she." Even someone who's gifted is in danger of being overlooked unless he or she possesses a certain chutzpah. That would never happen to you. As a Child of the Sun, you were born with a healthy dose of audacity. Carpe diem is your motto. You were born to seize the day. And you will- every single one.
You want to become what you were always meant to be. You're not too interested in abstractions like the meaning of life. As long as you're up and running, you're satisfied with how life works. To you, every day contains a high point. You don't know what that high point is or even when it's going to happen (which is all part of the fun), but you know you'll experience it sometime over the next twenty-four hours. Maybe today's the day you score that big client, lock eyes again with that person who makes your heart flutter, roll around on the floor laughing with your kid, or get out of work early so you can swing by the driving range on the way home or browse through a favorite store.
You really do take each day as it comes. If you had a really crummy day at work, you don't sweat it. You go home, see your honey, and get a good night's sleep because you know that things will look brighter in the morning. After all- doesn't the Sun always rise on a new day?
You believe the future will be a brighter place than the past. It comes from that innate sense that you're always moving toward your high point- your noontime zenith. Look at Louis Armstrong and Madonna- two Children of the Sun. There was nothing in their backgrounds to suggest that they would become such popular icons in their own lifetimes. Indeed, the odds were against them. Nevertheless their sights remained fixed on the future. Children of the Sun inevitably take one step ahead of the generation that came before. You might be the first person in your family to make a lot of money or to build a career instead of having to take a job for the paycheck. If you came from a troubled background, it will be very important for you to set up a healthy home. You may devote yourself to creating the kind of life for your child that you never had. Perhaps you come from a long line of very creative people who never got the chance to express their creativity, and so here you are with an opportunity to express yours. You know your destiny rides piggyback on destinies that fell short or were left unfulfilled. That's why it's so important for you to rise above. Like a king, you must be better than most. You hold yourself to a higher standard. Noblesse oblige.
And like a king, you don't take criticism well. You see nothing "constructive" about someone pointing out your faults. As far as you're concerned, a naysayer just wants to ruin your day. This is when you Children of the Sun can get very imperious. You'll adopt a "take it or leave it" attitude about your performance on the job or at home. You aren't ambitious in the ordinary sense of the word. You see ambition as déclassé. Ambitious people are just out for themselves. Needy, grabby, and hopelessly dissatisfied, they're driven by what's lacking in their lives. You don't see yourself as lacking anything. This isn't to say you're perfectly happy. There are plenty of things you'd like to have or hope to achieve one day. But the difference is that you see yourself as constantly moving toward your golden age. If you don't get what you want today, there's always a chance you'll get it tomorrow. Even when skies are cloudy and gray, your Ruling Planet, the Sun, never deviates from its path.
Because you look at everything in life in terms of who you are, you can unwittingly place limits on others as well as on yourself. If a certain topic bores you, you assume others will be bored by it, too. If you don't see how you could accomplish a task, you doubt anyone else will be successful. If you don't grasp an idea immediately, you'll skip it... and expect every-one else to follow suit. A closed mind is never good, but for you it can be a disaster. Like the heart, which is also ruled by your Birthday Planet, the passages need to be open in order for blood and oxygen to circulate freely. Heat and light need to flow into you and out of you. If you close off your mind or harden your heart, then you stop being the benevolent monarch who blesses everyone with your presence, and you become a problem that needs to be taken care of immediately.
However it can be lonely at the top. The only thing that keeps you from getting lonely is your knowledge that you play a central role in others' lives. Watch the way flowers crane their stems as they follow the Sun across the sky or sunbathers as they arrange and rearrange themselves so as to soak up the most rays. People are drawn to you in the same way.
What others don't know is that you make it all look easy. The reality is that you're "on" twenty-four hours a day. Like the lion, the falcon, and the crocodile, you are the ruler of all you survey. And the only way you can maintain that supremacy is to dominate the field. This is where people who aren't Children of the Sun misunderstand you. They may resent you making a spectacle of yourself. They don't like it when you hog all the attention or are overly effusive, theatrical, and play to the crowd- something that former President Clinton (a Child of the Sun) was always being accused of doing. Yet you're not trying to be anything other than what you are. And what you are is BIG. Everything about you is on display for others to see. You're expressive and demonstrative. Like the lion, you live out in the open. But there's a more important reason for you being on display. You want to make your presence known, so that when you're frolicking with loved ones or enjoying a lazy afternoon, jealous rivals and nit-picking critics know better than to mess with you. The reason the people in your life feel happy and safe is because of your watchful gaze. They know that if someone tries to make trouble for them, you'll become a fury of teeth and claws.
Yet as a Child of the Sun, you must try to find the middle course. If you're too involved, the force of your personality can be overwhelming. Remember that when the Sun is out, the other planets are no longer visible. Thus when you're the center of focus, there's no such thing as another point of view. That's when what's majestic about you becomes tyrannical. It's your way or no way. Instead of encouraging life and growth, your Solar fire begins to burn- feelings dry up and loyalties wilt. If you’re too hands-off then situations in your life get too unruly and spin out of control. Loved ones complain of being neglected, and no one's around to make the big decisions that only you can make.
Because you live out in the open, it's very hard for you to admit you made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. But as a Child of the Sun, you know copping to a mistake is like walking down a dark alley late at night waving your wallet around for all the predators to see. To you, a mistake is a vulnerability. It invites attack, which is why you refuse to recognize them. This blind spot can lead to humiliating scenes in public if you don't try to take care of slip-ups early on. Approaching mistakes in a good-humored way makes you look more human and elicits sympathy and support.
Your Ruling Planet, the Sun, is the king in astrology. You sit up there on the throne with everyone's eyes on you. You have to be strong, but not too strong-willed. Individual, but not a maverick. An authority, but not a bully. Like a king, you know that you're responsible for the people in your life. It's not the love of recognition that drives you or a deep-seated need to stand out that makes you who you are. It's your job to rule them, love them, and protect them. After all- you see your entire existence as being in service to their happiness.
Even though the Sun rules only one month, a day can't begin or end without it. Just as six o'clock in the morning doesn't look or feel the same as six o'clock in the evening, your Birthday Planet's influence changes during the course of a day. There are certain hours when it burns hot and bright and other hours when it burns cool and low.
A Solar Eclipse is when the Moon passes in front of the Sun and blocks its rays temporarily. Although a total eclipse of the Sun is viewed on only rare occasions, solar eclipses actually take place about two to three times a year, as do lunar eclipses. A Lunar Eclipse is when the Earth stands between the Sun and the Moon and thus casts its shadow on the Moon. If you're a Child of an Eclipse, you can feel as if you've been singled out. Your gains are bigger, your losses are heavier, stakes are higher, and the decisions you face tend to be much more dramatic. However there is a difference between the effects of a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse.
Keep in mind that every eight years an eclipse recurs at about the same place in the sky or at the point directly opposite it. That makes the ages of eight, sixteen, twenty-four, thirty-two, forty, etc. critical junctures for you.
Every eight birthdays you'll feel this compulsion to clear away all the deadwood in your life. No ifs, ands, or buts. It's time for a fresh start. Whatever isn't absolutely necessary will be tossed out. This can be anything from a situation that's outlived its purpose to a relationship or endeavor that hasn't been working out to your express satisfaction.
You're more impetuous than the typical Child of the Sun. You're in a hurry to get things up and running, and this overriding urgency propels you through life. You manifest talents earlier than most and have a quick grasp of situations. However you tend to be high-strung and can suffer from high blood pressure. You are the cause of much of the good- as well as the bad- that happens in your life, so you need to cultivate self-awareness. Always remember to look before you leap or you'll wind up in many a briar patch.
Being a Child of a Solar Eclipse, you'll experience sudden rises and dips in energy. When you're up, you're up. And when you're down- it's like you're moving through molasses. It's doubtful that you'll be able to control these extremes, but you can learn to live with them by moderating your pace. Because your Birthday Planet is blocked by the Moon in a Solar Eclipse, you have an innate fear of being upstaged and will go to great lengths to call attention to yourself. Subsequently you can run afoul of authority figures (particularly men) if you're not careful, so it's important for you to find your place in the pecking order. You may think you're a maverick, but in truth you believe in upholding the chain of command.
Your blind spot is your emotional life. You're conflicted about how much you depend on loved ones and friends. You rely on them for unconditional love and support; yet you also expect them to be your voice of conscience. This is a tall order for anyone-and you don't make it easy by turning on them when you don't like what they're saying. Learning how to play well with others begins in nursery school and will continue throughout your life.
As a Child of a Lunar Eclipse, you prefer to leave well enough alone. People should be free to do their own thing, and as long as nobody gets hurt, life is fine. You don't like conflict; however that doesn't mean you'll run from a fight. If anyone can lay down the law instantly and unequivocally, it's you. At times you can have a knee-jerk reaction to controversy and can move too quickly to suppress something that should be allowed to run its course. Remember there's nothing wrong with the boat being rocked once in a while.
People respect you because you're fair and will go the extra mile to do the right thing. You're also consistent and bring stability and equilibrium to most every situation. You don't change (unless you absolutely have to!) and can hold on to things long past the time you should let them go. If you were to go to your refrigerator right now, you'd probably find a number of items that have outlived their expiration date.
Every eight birthdays your Ruling Planet forces you to ask if a life situation is still doing it for you or if it's time to move on. As you can imagine, this sort of decision won't be made in haste. Indeed it may never be made. You have a bad habit of mulling over decisions without making them. This is when you can abdicate control until circumstances force you to act. This isn't good, especially considering your reputation for good judgment. Try to understand that there is no danger in making a bad decision. It's in not deciding at all and then forcing yourself (and others) to live with it that is counterproductive. Think of choices as cards in a card game. Play one hand, and whether you win or lose, you'll certainly be dealt another.