What Does Your Sun Sign Mean?

We’ve talked about why your Sun Sign is what it is, but what does it mean?


The sign your Sun is in represents a core nature of your personality. It’s where you have your strongest sense of personal identity. It’s what and how you pursue all things in your life and is central to how you approach your career and everything else you work towards and accomplish. Your Sun Sign isn’t restrictive in any way, but it influences how you go about your pursuits.


A person with their Sun in Leo is likely to be confident, generous, and enjoy being recognized for their accomplishments. Someone else may have their Sun in Aquarius, who tends to have a strong freedom-loving streak, puts a high value on independence, and enjoys helping others.

Let’s say both the Leo and the Aquarius make a donation to charity. The Leo will, generally, be happier if their contribution is recognized — if people see them as charitable. The Aquarius is less likely to care about that kind of recognition. Does this mean all Leo’s want to be publicly recognized? No, but they all have that desire for recognition, even if it’s not overtly on display. Maybe they enjoy the respect of their peers at work, or the “likes” in their online community, or maybe they are fully public and pursue a life in politics, or public-speaking, or acting.

Your Way

Every sign has characteristics that are emphasized. Your Sun Sign indicates a way where you’ll be happiest focusing your energies, where you’ll have the greatest interest in achieving and experiencing. It’s where you’ll find a large piece of the puzzle of who you are and what will make you feel the most rewarded.


Why are you the sign you are?

You’ve likely always known what your sign is. But why that one? How does it work?


As we look up at the sky from Earth, we can see the Sun, the Moon, and many of the planets in our solar system positioned in front of different areas of the sky we refer to as constellations.

Constellations are commonly known as collections of stars that look – very roughly – like certain types of creatures or characters. One example is Leo, which looks like a lion. 

Leo Constellation Print

Another is Gemini, which looks like two people, twins, holding hands.

Gemini Constellation Print

There are a set of twelve constellations that the planets, Moon, and Sun spend almost all their time in — they’re the ones you’ve heard of:

Sign NameBirthday Dates
AriesMarch 21 – April 19
TaurusApril 20 – May 20
GeminiMay 21 – June 20
CancerJune 21 – July 22
LeoJuly 23 – Aug. 22
VirgoAug. 23 – Sept. 22
LibraSept. 23 – Oct. 22
ScorpioOct. 23 – Nov. 21
SagittariusNov. 22 – Dec. 21
CapricornDec. 22 – Jan. 19
AquariusJan. 20 – Feb. 18
PiscesFeb. 19 – March 20


As the planets orbit the sun, and the Moon orbits the Earth, they are seen to move against the starry backdrop of these constellations and we say they are in a “sign”, named for each of these constellations as they move through the sky.

You are the sign you are because when you were born, the Sun was positioned in front of that particular constellation. That’s why your sign is more properly called your “Sun Sign”. As the Earth orbits the Sun over the course of a year, the Sun appears to move steadily through each of these constellations in a great circle in the sky, which is why people born around the same time of the year share the same Sun Sign.

Does this mean that everyone with the same Sun Sign are basically the same according to astrology? Absolutely not! There is much more to what astrology says about you than just your Sun Sign, but it IS an important part of who you are.

Show your Sign!

At Enchanted Charts we celebrate each of the signs and their constellations with our Zodiac Sign Star Prints. They show the stars of the constellation, emphasized and connected, and also the stars you actually see in the sky around them. You choose the color and style and receive printable files in three different sizes. Your Sun Sign is a big part of who you are, and you deserve to be celebrated!