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The Sun in Astrology: Meanings and Techniques

The Sun in Astrology

Episode 302 features a discussion with astrologer Demetra George about the meaning of the Sun in astrology, and some astrological techniques associated with it.

During the course of the episode we read through some excerpts from different ancient and modern astrologers in order to see how they conceptualized what the Sun signifies in an astrological chart.

We also talk about some different techniques that are used in astrology that involve the Sun, such as the solar phase cycle, different heliacal phenomena, under the beams, combustion, cazimi, sect, and more.

This is a followup to episode 294 with Israel Ajose where we looked at the meaning of the Moon in astrology, as the second installment in our series on each of the planets.

Demetra is the author of the book Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice: A Manual of Traditional Techniques, Volume I, which has a large section that deals with the Sun and solar phase cycle.

Volume 2 of her book Ancient Astrology is going to be available for pre-order later this month! Sign up for the mailing list on her publisher’s website to get a notification as soon as it is available.

For more information about Demetra’s work check out her website:


This episode is available in both audio and video versions below.

Significations of the Sun Excerpts

Here is a document that contains all of the excerpts from different ancient and modern astrologers on the meaning of the Sun that we talked about in the episode:

Significations of the Sun Excerpts

The six authors that we read from in the show are Vettius Valens, Abu Ma’shar, William Lilly, Reinhold Ebertin, Richard Tarnas, and Demetra George.


Here are some timestamps for topics covered at different points in the episode:

00:00:00 Intro
00:00:46 Demetra’s new book
00:02:47 Demetra’s historical survey approach
00:07:08 Valens significations of the Sun
00:12:57 Illumination
00:14:45 Thema Mundi and the Sun
00:19:56 Geocentric system and the Sun
00:21:26 Centrality of the Sun
00:22:57 Leo
00:24:08 Sun in Aquarius, Aries, and Libra
00:29:35 Sect
00:34:55 Kingship and the Lion
00:36:24 Mind and Sun vs. Body and Moon
00:43:22 Action/Praxis
00:45:54 Sun and the Heart
00:47:20 Sun and Gold
00:49:45 Sun and Eyes
00:51:20 Abu Ma’shar significations
00:53:51 Sun and Father
00:58:17 Mother and the Moon
01:01:10 Sun and Moon in the 12th house
01:02:24 Sun and Moon and 4th and 10th houses
01:04:31 Demetra’s natal chart
01:06:18 Benefits of psychological astrology
01:11:04 Indicators of length of life
01:14:07 The solar phase cycle
01:29:22 Mars, Jupiter, Saturn opposite Sun always retrograde
01:34:58 Two interpretations of planets under the beams
01:36:37 Mercury and Venus phase relationship to the Sun
01:43:37 William Lilly significations
01:48:43 Reinhold Ebertin significations
01:51:15 Richard Tarnas significations
01:53:43 Demetra George significations
01:58:00 Astrology and time
02:02:58 The Sun and willpower
02:05:12 Solar techniques
02:06:55 The frame for secondary progressions
02:09:08 Solar return charts
02:10:42 Demetra’s books
02:12:05 Demetra’s website and classes
02:13:10 Demetra’s upcoming events
02:14:07 Closing remarks

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