Astrologically, Sun or Surya is the centre of great powers. Due to its huge gravitational force, the planets revolve around it. It sustains the life on Earth and there would be no life without the almighty Sun. Sun is the Prana, the Lord Almighty. He has a huge significance on the life of human beings. Sun represents the divine brilliance manifested in the Self of humans.
Sun gives life and supplies light to all the planets that revolve around it. It is the source of energy for them and the most powerful of all planets in the Vedic astrology. It is the fuel for all the energies on the Earth. It is considered the King or father of our solar system or the Soul of the universe due to its immense powers. Sun is the lone source of energy and all the other planets depend on Him for energy and survival.
In a Vedic sense the rays of the Sun represents the inner most spirit of all human beings. Hence it is always represented as the life-force on Earth. It is also mentioned as the Atma or the soul of all beings.
The power of Surya is such that if it is favorably placed in the natal chart of a person, he/she receives fame and power in all areas including their field of occupation as well as political power. An adversely placed Sun can make an individual arrogant and lead to the mental and emotional disorders. They become pessimistic and endure humiliation at the hands of others.
The numerological number of Sun is 1. The great significance of the Sun can be felt by the fact that his being there brings hope and energy in the form of light or day and its absence brings night in the form of ignorance or darkness.
Astrological Significance of Sun
Surya gives immense heat and divine powers that make the living beings (humans) believe in higher powers. When benefic, it helps the native have an opinion for oneself. If it is a malefic, the native will be easily swayed by the opinions of others. People with debilitated Sun will not easily digest the opinions of others. However a benefic Sun will definitely lead to name, fame and success.
The color related to Sun is Orange. Its gemstone is Ruby (Manik).
Lessons that Sun teaches
The Sun is the giver of life and in Vedic Astrology represents our conscious mind. It symbolizes our will to survive and creative life. The Sun in true essence represents self-realization and is our basic identity. It also is a representation of our overall vitality. The Sun is the master of our natal chart as it directs us. It is the reflection of the present, the here and now.
It teaches us that the past is gone and the future is yet to come, hence you only have power in the present. It teaches us to release the past with acts of forgiveness and kindness. It teaches us the life lesson of stimulating our self-power, but not giving powers to others. It teaches us to believe in ourselves.
It is said that even though the influence of other planets cause us to think, dream, hope and imagine to be different things, in the end it is the Sun who we are. It teaches us to be the best of what we are. When we are influenced by Sun planet we are proud, directed, creative and purposeful. If we have a malefic Sun we can get judgmental, victimized, haughty and self-centered.
In the natal chart, the placement of Sun with respect to the zodiac sign refers to the native's purpose in life and how they will live their mark in this world. Our personalities are dictated by the Sun in our houses. It decides how our sense of pride takes shape and also our sense of individuality. These are the areas of life in which we seek to focus and express the Sun qualities in us.