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Sun in the First House



Astronomically speaking, your first house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky just below the eastern horizon occupied by planets two hours before they rise. Astrologically it symbolizes early childhood conditioning, and describes self-awareness and the experiences most necessary for its development. The first house is the mask you wear in relating to and projecting yourself into the world. It rules physical appearance, body type, conscious self-image, and how others see and experience you. It’s the window through which you view the world, and through which others receive their first impressions of you.

Whereas your first house is the window through which you view the world and through which others receive their first impressions of you, the sign on the cusp of your first house (your Rising sign) is the particular tint on the glass of that window, coloring and modifying all energy that passes into and out of your being. In fact, all of your personality functions (planetary energies) must eventually emerge through and be colored by your first house cusp if they are to emerge at all. Planets in the first house are parts of your self-expression. The more planets here (except Saturn and Neptune), the more you are involved with putting out your own energy rather than experiencing that of others, hence the greater your subjectivity. Thus the sign on your first house cusp conditions the way you look and how you express yourself.

Since the first house is where we project our energy into the world, and the Sun is our will and drive for significance, this is an excellent placement for the Sun. You project the sun's Sign energy forcefully and tend to dominate your immediate environment. Optimistic and of "sunny" temperament, you have a lot of drive and prefer executive or leadership positions. This placement confers natural dignity, courage and enthusiasm; but hard aspects from Mars, Saturn, Uranus or Pluto indicate an overblown ego, and arrogance or the need to be the center of attention must be overcome before success in life. Personal appearance is important to you, and you put a lot of thought and effort into how you appear or come across.

If the Sun is in the first house and within 12° of the ascendant (or in the 12th house and within 8° of the ascendant) then it is conjunct the ascendant, and much of the foregoing is even more strongly emphasized. If the Sun is in the 12th house AND within 4° or 5° of the ascendant, then it is said to be on the "dark side" of the first house, and it influence will be felt in the first as well as in the twelfth house. The closer a twelfth house Sun is to the ascendant, the more it will be interpreted as though it were in the first house; when less than 3° from the ascendant, a twelfth house Sun expresses itself primarily—and eventually entirely—in the first house.

Famous people born about the same time of day as you (with their Sun in the first house) are/were Steve Allen, Mario Andretti, Julie Andrews, Robert Bly, Lucille Ball, David Brinkley, Noam Chomsky, Dick Clark, Joe Cocker, Emily Dickinson, Sally Field, Roberta Flack, Rex Harrison, J. Edgar Hoover, Harry Houdini, Mick Jagger, Peter Jennings, Bruce Lee, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, Ted Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Steve Martin, Eugene McCarthy, Ralph Nader, Paul Newman, Kim Novak, Eva Peron, Elvis Presley, Leontyne Price, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Sellers, Barbara Streisand, Mike Wallace, Lawrence Welk and Gene Wilder.

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