Natal Sun-Moon Aspects
Sun-moon aspects affect the core of our being, our ego, and soul. IMAGE CREDIT: John Hain.

Natal Sun-Moon Aspects

These are interpretations for sun aspects to the moon in the birth chart. This includes the conjunction, sextile, trine, square, and opposition aspects. After reading this page, also see the interpretations for Sun in the Houses and Moon in the Houses to see what specific parts of your life this aspect will take place in.

Sun Conjunct Moon

The sun conjunction moon aspect in the natal chart gives a “double whammy” of the sun sign. This is good regarding the positive traits of the sun sign. However, watch out for the negative traits of the sun sign because the person has a double dose of those. They can get carried away expressing the negative traits. The person should try to focus on the positive traits of the sun sign. Those should shine twice as bright.

The conjunction of the sun and moon is not necessarily a positive thing. As a side note: in horary astrology, the sun conjunct moon is the most afflicting aspect for the moon. Horary rules don’t necessarily apply to the personal birth chart, but it’s worth noting that there can be negative effects of a double dose of the sun sign.

With sun and moon conjunct, the line between the inner subconscious and external conscious self is blurred. There may be an urge to express the hidden side of the personality — the side that most people keep hidden. This is something to watch out for. The urge to always act on instinct should be balanced with some forethought. If the person is not careful, the innermost private self can be exposed for all to see.

This does not have to be such a bad thing, if the private self is honorable and decent.

It is said:

With great power comes great responsibility.

The person with sun conjunct moon was born with great power. Almost like a superhero, this person has an enhanced self, in which the inner is merged with the outer. They don’t suffer from inner conflicts like most people do. The responsibility is put upon this person to be honorable and decent in private rather than only in public.

This is a more pronounced issue if the sun-moon conjunction is in the 1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th houses. Their attempt to protect their emotions will be overpowered by the urge to expose their private side. If the sun-moon conjunction is in one of these houses, the private side should be kept decent, since it will be exposed!

On the other hand, if the conjunction is in the 3rd, 6th, 9th, or 12th houses, the private side may remain repressed and never be exposed. In these houses, the person may feel more free to let their private thoughts and imaginations run as crazy as they like. This is okay since these will be kept to the self.

This person prefers to be completely self-reliant. Whether at work, home, or play, they rely on themselves. They ignore distractions and advice from others. For the most part, they don’t suffer from inner conflicts or stresses. This allows them to be very driven and focused and usually very successful. They are resourceful. The can self-teach anything. Running their own business is a real possibility.

If Mercury is also in conjunction to the sun and moon, the person has above average intelligence.

Total self-reliance can easily spiral into authoritarian attitudes towards others.

This person is very in touch with their emotions and comfortable with themselves. While this is normally good, there can be too much focus on the self, to the point of being self-centered. The person can become overly self-absorbed.

In relationships, this can express itself as an authoritarian attitude. They become so enveloped in their own thoughts that they don’t acknowledge how they come across to other people.

There is also the theme of male dominance over the female. The father may have been overly dominant over the mother. The mother may have been afflicted with illness. The person with this aspect, as a young child, learns to rely on the self for emotional support. The child eventually becomes completely independent and self-sufficient, relying on nobody else.

In people that are not evolved/mature, this aspect can indicate abuse of women. This is especially true if the person’s father was abusive. The person may have a tendency to be overly dominating. If issues of dominance are present, they should be fixed with therapy and/or counseling before it gets out of hand.

Note: Some modern astrologers have written that the sun-moon conjunction can indicate that the mother was sick. This is contradictory to the belief of ancient astrologers, that a good aspect, or conjunction, between the sun and moon meant that person’s mother would a have a long life.

The real benefit with this conjunction is a centered, integrated personality. The person contains resources within themselves to go higher and father than people without a sun-moon conjunction. What they do with this gift, whether good or bad, is up to them.

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Sun Sextile Moon

The person with natal sun sextile moon is a well-balanced individual. This person can effectively assert their will, while at the same time be considerate of the feelings of others. They are fair in their relationships. The treat people as equals, and are generally well-liked because of it. They communicate well, doing their fair share of listening rather than only talking.

Sun sextile moon indicates that the person is generally successful in life. This person doesn’t have too many regrets in life. They can easily learn lessons from their life experiences. Setbacks don’t trouble them too much. They keep a positive outlook on what the future holds for them. They don’t give up easily. They learned this from their parents.

They will have lots of opportunities and “open doors” in this life. These people should take advantage of the many opportunities that will be presented. Each one will help propel them higher and higher towards success.

The relationship with the parents is pleasant. The individual picked up a healthy attitude towards people from the parents. This person can probably count on the parents for help, if needed. No serious issues resulted from any bad parenting.

Ancient astrologers believed that sun sextile moon, and any sun-moon aspect, meant that the person’s mother would have a long life.

Overall, this aspect indicates a good life with reasonable success.

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Sun Trine Moon

The natal sun trine moon aspect is a very favorable position for success. This is considered one of the good luck aspects. Aside from worldly success, this also indicates overall good health, vitality, and stamina. When these people get sick, they recover easily.

Ancient astrologers believed that sun trine moon meant the mother would live a long life. They also believed that if this sun trine moon is in angular houses of the birth chart, the person would be rich. (Angular houses are 1, 4, 7, and 10.) If Jupiter is conjunct to the midheaven, and is also in a grand trine with the sun and moon, it’s a sign that the person will move up in the world.

This person received good parenting. The parents were positive and supportive. The parents most likely inspired the individual to develop their own talents. Great parenting probably resulted in this individual having a very positive outlook on life.

This person has the potential to become very successful. This potential should not be underestimated. The potential doesn’t guarantee success, but it means that this person can be one of the greats.

This person has a calm and easygoing temperament, while still refined and professional. They are strong communicators in both public and private settings. They always leave a lasting impression.

They have an ability to be persuasive while communicating. They are understanding and would do well in any job where inter-personal skills are required. They are good peacemakers or moderators between people who are arguing.

This person doesn’t usually have ego issues. They don’t mind helping others. They are generally caring. They are good listeners and considerate friends. They are sincere, honest, warm, and friendly. The person with sun trine moon has a healthy self-confidence and optimistic attitude.

They should focus on their ambitions and goals because they have the potential to achieve them. Success will not be achieved on their own, in isolation, but rather with the support that will appear for them throughout their lives. Doors open for them at the right times. Supportive people appear when they need it.

Watch out for too much passivity. With sun trine moon, things come easy. When life is comfortable, there is a danger of sitting back and doing nothing. This person should instead take advantage of the extra gifts and talents they’ve been given. Rather than get comfortable, they should aim higher to show the rest of the world how it’s done.

Some famous people with sun trine moon are Whitney Houston, Winona Ryder, Will Ferrell, and Betty White.

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Sun Square Moon

For people with natal sun square moon, success does not come easy. If any success is achieved, it is only through sheer hard work rather than from any help or good luck.

Ancient astrologers believed that this aspect was a sign that the person was conceived by parents who did not love each other. The person is born into an atmosphere with tense animosity between the parents. The person with sun square moon was forced to suppress their emotions at a young age. They may have experienced an emotional event that stunted their development. This, of course, leads to several issues, including self-doubt, problems expressing emotions, and low self-worth. Those characteristics can naturally inhibit success.

It becomes difficult for the person to feel comfortable with themselves. By habit, the person becomes entrenched in a negative mood and ends up treating others with a contentious attitude. What appears as belligerence is really just emotional turmoil that occasionally seeps out of the person. This interferes with relationships, especially those with the opposite gender.

The person has a nagging feeling that everything is harder for them, and this may be entirely true. They may not have the resources to get where they want to get in life. They don’t have a never-ending reservoir of hope and positive thoughts that people with sun trine moon have. People with sun square moon face plenty of closed doors. This is not the best hand of cards to be dealt. They can easily get frustrated with life. When the going gets tough, they can give up too easily. They may feel like it’s not worth the effort since they are operating with less resources or emotional motivation than their peers. Their tendency to give up ends up being even more counter-productive to success.

However, even though things will not come easy, success may achieved through thoughtful planning and dedicated focus. With sun square moon, it becomes difficult to make life plans because the person suffers from inner conflicts. They wander aimlessly instead of making solid plans. This is probably the largest barrier to success.

Consider the saying, “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” Coming up with a solid plan or life goal is one of the best ways to overcome the sun-moon square.

Here is a proposed solution for people with the unlucky natal sun square moon. When you have a goal in life, make a detailed plan for your goal. The keyword here is “detailed.” You must list each minor requirement for the goal. Each minor requirement will become a mini-goal. Writing down your goals will help keep you on track. If your goals are not written down somewhere, they may as well not exist.

Once you have your plan, stick to it with intense focus. Your default inclination, because of sun square moon, will be to give up at the first sign of struggle. Remind yourself to never give up. People with sun square moon have a tendency to give up too easily when confronted with setbacks in life. Learn how to make lemonade from your lemons. If there is one thing you should remember, it is this: never give up! This will take care of the public/career side of life.

Regarding close personal relationships and your inner self:
Your inner conflicts have the effect of making you appear unapproachable. This can also interfere in your work relationships, such as with co-workers and bosses. Work out some of your inner conflicts by listening to your deepest needs and wants. Do not suppress your emotions. Come out of your shell. Realize that any low self-esteem that you may have is only your skewed perception of yourself.

Spend some time thinking and organizing your thoughts on paper. Make a list of your good qualities. Write down some of the qualities you would like in a partner or co-worker. Ask yourself if you’re also willing to exhibit those good qualities in close relationships. When you start to see yourself in a more positive light, you’ll become more approachable. This will improve your relationships, both personal and work-related.

With sun square moon, it’s astrologically valid to blame the parents for your issues. However, the modern view is that with sun square moon, you are your own worst enemy. Hopefully, the tips listed here will help you achieve success.

Some successful famous people with sun square moon are Kate Hudson, Michael Douglas, Kirsten Dunst, and President George W. Bush.

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Sun Opposition Moon

People with sun opposition moon in the birth chart are torn between asserting their individuality and catering to others. They are torn between being true to themselves and pleasing those close to them. They can often feel guilty just for being themselves. They suffer from too much “people pleasing.” They can go back and forth, feeling guilty and wanting to please others, then feeling like its unfair to suppress themselves. This causes selfish tantrums when they begin to feel sorry for themselves. The character can be volatile.

Rather than always suppressing the self, then occasionally blowing up, the solution is to find a balance between expressing themselves, while occasionally considering others.

The sun opposition moon gives a deep need for a close relationship. It seems a contradiction that this placement causes problems in close relationships while at the same time it requires close relationships. The person with sun opposition moon will not solve anything by staying away from people. The opposition can only be resolved by diving into a relationship and finding the required balance point to make it work. If instead they choose to stay away from close relationships, they will most likely be unsatisfied because the longing for a close relationship will tug at their heart.

Another danger to watch out for is expecting too much from a partner. Sun opposition moon tends to give an extremist attitude. Remember that love relationships are more about giving than receiving. In a love relationship, there should be a balance of give and take. But this balance will not be reached if they are focused on how much they receive. The balance is reached when both partners give without expecting anything in return.

Another issue is that they can feel like its them against the world, as if the whole world is against them. The real conflict lies between the person’s worldly ego and the sensitive soul.

The conflict between the person’s ego and their desire for emotional nurturing will likely also cause problems when it comes time to choose a career. This conflict can cause restlessness, drain the person’s energy, and spill over into every area of life. This can even negatively affect the health. The person will oscillate between chasing desires that are contradictory to each other, which ultimately ends in the person feeling unsatisfied. Everything, including jobs, projects, and relationships, will feel like a waste of time.

Finding the balance between their own wants and their own needs is of utmost importance if the person wants to experience peace, joy, good health, and success. The ego and the soul can both be pleased by focusing on the common ground that they share. The sun in opposition to the moon means that they are in opposite zodiac signs. All opposite pairs of zodiac signs are ends of the same axis. Opposite signs share a common theme. For example, the Aries/Libra axis is about give and take–in other words, relationships. The Taurus/Scorpio axis is about values, valuables, and security (both physical and emotional). The Gemini/Sagittarius axis is about knowledge, exploring, and learning. The Cancer/Capricorn axis is about building family and community, and responsibilities to them. The Leo/Aquarius axis is about creativity, individuality, and self expression. The Virgo/Pisces axis is about serving others.

By focusing on the common theme behind the sun and moon signs, the person is more likely to please both the ego and the soul. This is how they can find satisfaction and success in life. Choose one solid thing and stick with it. Heed the proverb:

The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.

Some famous people with sun opposition moon in their birth charts are Demi Moore, Tina Turner, Maya Angelou, Joan Rivers, Cat Stevens, Luciano Pavarotti, and President Donald Trump.

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