The Sun is the Heart
Something for St. Valentine's Day
by astrologer Tim Rubald
Here is a light look at how the Sun expresses vitality, warmth, and energy through each of the twelve Signs in terms of romance, love and desire. The Sun is only one of several horoscope factors that contribute to how an individual will express these things.
The idea that Sun Signs (there are twelve, each approximately thirty days long in a year) may be useful for analysis and prediction comes out of an astrological understanding of the Sun. In astrology and astronomy (the straight laced child of astrology) the Sun is the center of our solar system. By means of a system of correspondences, astrology recognizes the Sun in the horoscope as representing a person’s center (in several senses of the word). In terms of the body the Sun is representative of the heart, the life sustaining core of a person.
The division of the ecliptic into twelve Signs has the Sun expressing through each Sign as through a lens or filter. The lens qualifies how the “heart energy” of the Sun expresses. Other factors further color the expression of passion and romance. The Sign’s influence on the Sun is only one of several important factors.
The Aries heart is like the old Adidas “Just Do It” advertisement. There is action and impatience. Don’t make the Aries heart wait and don’t slow it down in order to fulfill some notion of what love is about. Appreciate Aries for its fearless and courageous march. Give it reason to march your way and it may just do it.
The Taurus heart is like the steady, heady pulse of springtime. It is bursting with beauty, sensuality, and a lust for touch, taste and luxury. Don’t rush the Taurus heart. Its love of life epitomizes the word savor. Sample with it what the Taurus heart relishes and you become part of what that heart desires. Appreciate its appreciation of the sense world and become a part of its world.
The Gemini heart is curious. It wants to explore, not so much with some specific goal in mind but just to find out. It's a mental kind of heart that fancies variety and experiment. It is sensitive to nuance and subtlety. Appeal to its love of variety with unpredictable gestures: cards, letters, clippings, magazines, books, e-mail, aps, and URLs for the Gemini heart to explore.
The Cancer heart is a blend of sensitivity and power. It has the nurturing and protective force of a mother bear. Romance, sentimentality, and emotion touch this heart. Mementos, things from the past to cherish and protect, invite the Cancer heart’s participation. Praise (even flattery) feeds this heart. Criticism damages it. While the Gemini heart offers mental variety there’s never a dull emotional moment with the heart of Cancer.
The heart of the lion is loyal, generous, and idealistic. It loves to offer its protection and loyalty in exchange for admiration. It is the true peacock heart, extravagant, ostentatious, and lordly. It is inspiring and lively essentially within its own world. Make the Leo heart your world and it returns great faith in you.
The shy, Virgo heart is dutiful, affectionate and faithful. It appreciates (loves?) order and method. The Virgo heart likes “the real thing,” what is practical, what is felt and touched, held and compared. It is discriminating to the degree that its appreciation is honor in itself. Rather than compromise the Virgo heart may become self-sufficient. If you are in doubt as to what it requires, this passionate treasure of a heart gives directions.
The Libra heart is a companion. It lives for sympathy and understanding. It is so idealistic that it is hard to satisfy this heart in love. It is not a hard heart though; it is surprisingly mental, ever imagining the pleasantest of worlds. Win this heart with beauty and avoid “reality therapy.” Flattery is not wasted on the Libra heart. It craves appreciation. Avoid what are ugly and unpleasant and nurture this heart with any kind of beauty.
Thanks to stereotyping clichés, the Scorpio heart supposedly responds only to sex. Sex isn’t the whole picture though. The Scorpio heart is a proud heart. It can be as comfortable with what to many might be excess in physical love as it is with continence and self control. The love of this heart can be deep and lasting. It lives in a world of emotion, the depth of emotion from which all “active” emotions arise. The Scorpio heart lives in extremes of emotion, not in any middle ground. It is the real thing. Don’t play here unless you understand.
The Sagittarius heart blossoms in nature, in the out of doors, in freedom. Put it behind walls or in a cage and it will wither. It is so friendly, and its actions are so human and attractive, that its flirtations might appear to be more than they are. For this heart, flirtation is just an exercise of friendliness, of play. This is the heart that aphorism seems written for, "If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it is yours." The Sag heart feeds on the broadest possible range of experience, beyond any limits of thought or imagination. Win this heart with playful kindness.
The Capricorn heart is ambitious, has goals, and appreciates material advantage. There is a sense of calculation with the Capricorn heart. Once the “externals” are understood, the heart of the Sea Goat is as passionate and sexual as Scorpio; as sensual and physical as any Bull (Taurus) in a meadow at the bursting climax of Spring. Care for this heart and it will take care of business, be dutiful, and take care of everything that needs managing.
The Aquarius heart is mental, and humanitarian. It is nothing if not fair. It is not that it is uncomfortable with emotion; it is just that for Aquarius, emotion seems to happen in the mind where it becomes rational. The Aquarius heart can seem scientific that way. Its greatest gift is one of friendship. Even though it can be oriented in a democratic way and have an intimate sense of the future, don’t expect wildness (craziness and unpredictability yes) as the Water Bearer’s heart may hold and apply rigid moral convictions. It is the water of Spirit and focused ideal that is carried, not that of syrupy emotion. Allow the Aquarius heart in by allowing it to be helpful; praise and compliment and it’s yours.
For the sweetest of sloppy emotion take the Pisces heart. It is more than simple charity, more than plain sympathy, more than hospitality, kindness and generosity. Take this heart as far as you can imagine and it goes farther. The Pisces heart is so intuitive, receptive, and mediumistic that you can break it before you do. Walk gently with this heart please, however impractical, inefficient, swayed, and tempted by emotion it may be. This heart swims in a sea of emotional excitement; dive in, only if you are a strong swimmer.
© 2000-2012 Tim Rubald
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