Sun Sign Predictions

Sun Sign Predictions

Discover the element, modality and ruling planet of your sun sign, and how they make you unique

Your sun sign, also known as your star sign, represents the sign of the zodiac the Sun was moving through at your birth. As the main light source, the Sun provides heat, warmth and inspiration. The Sun is one of your most important planets and describes significant features of your personality.

Your sun sign shows how you light up life. It also defines the archetypal ways in which others see you. Via links to elements and modalities, your sun sign provides insight to the inner workings of your personality. As it’s the most powerful of all stellar bodies, your sun sign symbolises the underlying energy that fuels all you do.

Sun Signs: Ancient wisdom for modern life

Even though the modern use of sun sign astrology is often attributed to RH Naylor, whose horoscope profile of Princess Margaret appeared in the Sunday Express shortly after her birth in 1930, its origins are as old as astrology itself. In her book Flirting with the Zodiac, astrologer Kim Farnell discusses how in the 13th Century BCE the Hittites, who invaded Babylon, determined a child’s fate by “the month of its birth” – showing the origins of our modern monthly horoscope forecasts to be around 3300 years old!

Today sun sign astrology typically takes one of two forms. You can either read a personality profile based on your sun sign or read about your day, week, month or year ahead based on the influence of current planetary movements on your birth sign or solar chart. The sun sign horoscopes in this magazine take the latter form.

Your element and modality shows what motivates you, and how you get things done.

Your Ascendant (your public mask) and moon sign (your emotional, instinctive self) are as important as your sun sign, along with the Moon phase at the time you were born. Together, the sun, moon and Ascendant signs make up your basic astrological profile. If you know your moon and Ascendant sign, it is worth reading the horoscopes for those signs too.

Elements and modalities The 12 zodiac signs are divided and divided again to create a unique mix of energy. The first division is by element. There are four elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. There are three zodiac signs to each element.

The second division is by modality. There are three modalities: Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. There are four zodiac signs to each modality. This means each zodiac sign is a unique combination of element and modality.

The most powerful of all stellar bodies, your sun sign symbolises the underlying energy that fuels all you do.

ELEMENTS | The element of your sun sign shows your primary motivating force. See whether you need action or feelings, or whether you want to discuss new ideas or prefer to create security.
Earth Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Security and stability may be important to you. Earth evokes a solid, enduring quality that makes you reliable and always there for loved ones.
Air Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Curiosity, conversation and sharing ideas are high on your priority list. You’re drawn to information, innovation and may enjoy socialising, networking or any chance to brainstorm.
Fire Aries, Leo, Sagittarius As a fire sign you love action and thrive on a challenge. You may have a competitive edge, but you’re also great at motivating and inspiring others.
Water Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

You’ll lead with your heart and prefer to follow your feelings. You can be intuitive, emotional, sensitive and psychic, so developing an outlet for your mystical or creative side will be important.




MODALITIES | The modality of your sun sign reflects your
preferred mode of operation (don’t use colour here because it doesn’t follow the same pattern as the other two charts)

Cardinal Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn Your sign represents the start of a new season and similarly you like to initiate new plans and projects. You may find it easy to respond to changing circumstances, and love the thrill of a deadline or challenge.
Fixed Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius Your gift is follow-through and completion as fixed signs always stay the course. You can be slow to change and sometimes stubborn, but when you make a commitment you see it through.
Mutable Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces Variety, change and new experiences feed your soul. You’re adaptable, flexible and easily distracted. You may love learning, knowledge and adventure. You may have trouble staying put or seeing things through.

Ruling planets

There are 10 planets in the astrological pantheon: seven that are visible to the naked eye and have been used since antiquity, plus three modern inclusions. The Sun and the Moon are included as planets by astrologers.

Knowing your ruling planet provides you with extra information about both your personality and your own cycles. If your patron planet is under pressure, you too will feel the pinch. On the flip side, when your ruling planet is receiving blessings, this also has a flow-on effect.

Aries Mars Action, leadership, energising
Taurus Venus Pampering, sensual, tactile
Gemini Mercury Curious, informative, ideas
Cancer Moon Nurturing, protective, emotional
Leo Sun Bold, confident, charming
Virgo Mercury Analytical, strategic, multi-tasking
Libra Venus Artistic, diplomatic, equality

Mars (ancient)

Pluto (modern)

Determined, driven, quiet achiever
Sagittarius Jupiter Optimistic, inspirational, open minded
Capricorn Saturn Responsible, mature, hard working

Saturn (ancient)

Uranus (modern)

Logical, visionary, free thinker

Jupiter (ancient)

Neptune (modern)

Compassionate, generous, kindness


Kelly Surtees

Kelly Surtees

With more than 14 years in private practice, Kelly Surtees is experienced, warm and insightful. She loves exploring astrology’s history as well as escaping into the ocean. Kelly’s passion for astrology is infectious, and her specialty areas include career and life direction, health and fertility, love, health and happiness. Kelly is an expat Aussie who lives in Canada most of the year.

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