An Intro to Sun Signs and Leadership

January 24th, 2011

Hello everyone.

Ever since I first started writing my Astro4Business blog, I’ve been toying with the idea that the qualities of each astrological sign flavor the style of leadership a person displays when they are in a position of authority.  Every business owner, every executive, every team leader was born under one of twelve Sun signs.  I’ve wondered, can these Sun signs give hints about authentic styles of leadership for each sign?  Can the Sun signs lend an instant understanding of talents a person can rely upon, the purpose and values they bring to their work, and also raise flags to watch for that could derail their business success?

(From Wikimedia Commons)

Sun Sign astrology is criticized by many astrologers as way too general, and it’s true:  the Sun is only one of the major points in a chart.  Not only are there additional planets and the Moon, there is also the interrelationship between all these points. You can’t get the fine nuances about a person’s life with only the Sun sign.  Some people relate immediately to their Sun sign, recognizing themselves in the characteristics of the sign.  Other people think astrology is bunk because they feel themselves to be so different from their Sun signs.

Even some astrologers have gone so far as to dismiss the Sun’s sign completely from their astrology as well as the zodiac positions of the Moon and planets.  These astrologers use only the geometric angles between the planets for delineating charts and in some cases the stars or constellations.  (See Darkstar Astrology for an example.)

I was trained in the school of astrology that included the zodiac signs.  But the question still remains:  is it useful to study leadership styles based solely on the Sun sign?  Can we gain valuable guidance to share with leaders to help them be happier and more successful?

Here are my reasons for thinking it is valid to do so:

  • In mundane astrology, the most ancient form of astrology, the Sun represents the king, the president, people in authority, public heroes, and national champions.  The Sun in the chart of a country represents this leadership role, not the other chart points or planets.
  • Just as the sun is central to the solar system, the leader/owner is central to the business.  No matter what other dynamics occur in a company as shown by other planets and relationships among them, the leader is represented by the Sun.
  • In looking for leadership qualities, we are by definition looking at the public self.  The other planets and particularly the Moon primarily relate to more private expression.  We are looking at a slice of the person’s life in their role as leader of an organization, not the entire life.
  • If we want to look at anyone’s ability to lead, we would look first at the Sun in the chart.  A person’s qualities of leadership are shown by the Sun.
  • There are many different valid styles of leadership – perhaps they may be described by the different signs of the zodiac.
  • Many astrologers think that we grow into our Sun sign and begin to display its qualities in our mid-thirties, the same time many people step into positions of leadership.
  • Many astrologers think we grow more and more into the qualities of our Sun sign with the ultimate goal of authentic self-expression as shown by the sign of the Sun.  Some studies suggest that authentic self-expression is the most important requirement of successful leadership.
  • An astrologer once told me that she always looked at the sign of the Sun in any vocational reading no matter what sign was ruling any other point in the chart.  She said that if the Sun isn’t being expressed then the person could not be happy, no matter what other factors were fulfilled in the chart.

So all in all I do think it’s valid to undertake the study.  It will unfold on my other blog, Astro4Business, because it will be primarily about leadership in the business setting.  But the qualities we discover will surely apply to anyone with the Sun in that particular sign.

During each zodiac month I’ll post one or more articles in which we discuss leaders born during that month.  This month we’re looking at Sun in Aquarius and we’ll start with Yoko Ono and Betty Friedan.  Look for that post on Astro4Business Intersections later this week.

This is going to be fun!

UPDATE: See the first post in the series – Aquarius Leadership – Yoko Ono

See the second post in the series – Aquarius Leadership – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  18. Sabina says:

    Hi Ellen,
    This IS going to be fun, and as a ‘vintage’ person I’m keen to see what you have to say about these two remarkable women. My mother took me to hear Ms Friedan speak at a professional womens’ luncheon years ago, which was a treat. And, who hasn’t followed the sometimes controversial artistic (and personal!) life of Yoko Ono.
    I’ll also be curious to see what you have to say about my sign, but I’m happy to learn as you go and wait and see.
    Any chance you could set up a subscriber link to this blog?

    • admin says:

      Hi, Sabina. Thanks for alerting me that there is no subscriber link. I’ll get right on it! BTW, I posted the Yoko Ono article today.

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