It’s interesting that the astrological Sun represents the father, and it also represents the Self. While the mother has traditionally been the source of nurturing and emotional containment and therefore symbolized by the Moon, the father has traditionally been the figure of power in the household and the giver of name and identity. In monotheistic society, the one god is seen as male, symbolizing that power.
In our modern world these roles are changing, such as when a father stays home to care for the children while the mother goes out to the workplace, and it is always interesting to see how this is reflected in the birthcharts of the children in these families.
Traditionally, though, challenging aspects to the Sun suggest a difficult relationship with the father. We see this in the chart of Barack Obama, with Neptune in a square aspect to the Sun, who later wrote a book called “Dreams (Neptune) of my father (Sun)” about his struggle to understand himself (Sun) through the legacy of the father. In my own chart Saturn and Neptune flank my Sun in a triple conjunction and Uranus squares the trio. I had a very difficult relationship with my own father and we have been estranged for about 20 years.
The role of the father is to help to define the Self, and without a father in one’s life that job becomes more difficult. Many of us search for years for father figures who will help us to find our Selves when they have become lost. In modern society, only 16% of custodial parents in single parent […]