*Eleditor’s note: Astrology isn’t a religion. We’re not sure it’s a science, either. It’s magic, maybe. But, as with feng shui, say, things affect things. So as long as we don’t go blaming our problems on the stars, as long as we assume responsibility for our own actions…well, hell, a little auspicious coincidence and applicable wisdom can’t hurt. And so, with that grain of salt…enjoy!
At various times in our lives, many of us ask the eternal question: What is my purpose?
This question often comes up when we are young and idealistic and yearning to make a difference. It can come up when we are frustrated and bored in a career that is unchallenging or unrewarding. Even if we are successful, we may feel some discontent in our soul, wondering if there isn’t something even more fulfilling for us to do in life. Each of us may ask, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”
I remember when this question came up for me. I was in my late 20s working for a Fortune 500 food company, as a brand manager helping to market millions of dollars of candies throughout the U.S.A. One day I woke up feeling extremely discontent and unfulfilled doing my job. I thought to myself, “Aren’t I meant to do something more significant with my life than selling candy bars and helping millions of kids get cavities?”
Once I realized that my own Sun Sign was in the 11th House of my birth chart (which rules Astrology), it helped me discover that my life’s purpose was to become an Astrologer and bring its value to society to improve the lives of others.
Of course, it was up to me to find my life’s purpose and I was responsible for manifesting it in my career. I’d like to share with others how they might find their life’s purpose by looking at what house of their horoscope their sun falls.
From an Astrological perspective, there are many places to look within a person’s birth chart to better understand their life’s purpose or career path. This article discusses only one of them. Simply put, by looking at the house where one’s Sun Sign falls, a person may learn more about their life’s purpose.
First, consider that the sun is at the heart of our solar system and all the other planets. It is known as “the giver of life,” and its existence is necessary to sustain life on our planet. In our birth chart, the sun is equally powerful in affecting us. It represents our identity, creative expression and life’s purpose—the essence of who we are.
Braveheart Astrology does a wonderful job of explaining the way we grow under the light of the sun.
“Although we express certain characteristics of our sun sign from an early age, we’re not born expressing its full potential. It takes time for us to develop and mature. Our sun sign is something we grow into as we journey through life, and discover our life’s purpose. We can only know and become who we really are by gathering life experiences, lessons and wisdom. This knowledge can point us in the direction of our life’s purpose.
Just as the sun keeps our solar system intact, in astrology, the sun keeps the key aspects of our ‘self’ intact. When we’re expressing our sun in a healthy way, we feel integrated and whole, confident and purposeful—we shine” and feel like we’re being true to ourselves, and aligned with our life’s purpose. When we’re not expressing our sun sign in a healthy way, we feel depressed, insecure, unworthy, and out of synch with who we really are—and our life’s purpose.”
How to Find Our Life’s Purpose.
A person’s Zodiac Sun Sign is established based on the time they were born. The house where one’s sun is located, can tell that person, in which area of life they can best express their purpose and shine, internally and externally in the world.
Keep in mind that there are 12 houses in the birth chart. Each one represents a different area of a person’s life. To find out which House your Sun falls, use Free Transit Calculator.
Once you know which house your sun falls into, just look at the description (below) showing all 12 Houses. The information about each house may help you gain greater insight into your life’s purpose.
For example, when I use the Free Transit Calculator:
- After the “calculation,” I see all the information there.
- Then, I scroll all the way down the page and I see a big heading that says: Additional Information You Might Be Interested in Knowing:
- Under that heading I see houses 1-12. I know that my Sun sign is Leo.
- I see that the 11th house is ruled by Leo. This is the House where my sun in Leo falls.
- I, then look at the 11th house description below for information that will help me discover my life’s purpose.
The 12 Houses of the Zodiac.
First House of Personality and Appearance. If the sun falls here we may find that our life’s purpose concerns ourselves, our personality and identity. We may be interested in opportunities to make a new beginning where we assert our individuality.
Possible Life Purposes: We may pursue a life path where we can be our own boss as an entrepreneur or leader. Our courage makes us the ideal adventurer who can strike out boldly in the world as a law officer, surgeon, fire fighter or professional athlete. We have drive to be whatever we want to be.
Second House of Money and Values. If the Sun falls here we may find that our life’s purpose concerns making money and accumulating possessions or doing something that is consistent with our values. We may yearn to develop our hidden talents.
Possible Life Purposes: We may pursue a life path where we accumulate wealth through investing or acquiring possessions such as a stock broker or realtor. We may gravitate toward a career where we can use our talents and live our life according to our values such as a musician, fashion designer, gardener or sculptor.
Third House of Communication and Intellect. If the sun falls here we may find that our life’s purpose concerns communications, education, learning or teaching as well as transportation. We may seek find new and improved ways to communicate or look for new ways to stimulate our minds.
Possible Life Purposes: We may pursue a life path where we can express our need to communicate by being a writer, teacher or lawyer. We may enjoy opportunities to travel in order to satisfy our curiosity. Some of us may use our logic and math skills pursuing technology. Others of us may need a variety of activities to keep us stimulated.
Fourth House of Family and Home. If the sun falls here we may find that our life’s purpose relates to the family, home or children and the nurturance of others. We may enjoy real estate and expressing ourselves through food and other comforts. Or, we may feel a need for a strong emotional connection to whatever path we take.
Possible Life Purposes: We may pursue a life path where we can express our need to nurture others through such professions as being a teacher, psychologist, actor, chef, farmer, realtor or a caretaker of some sort. We have a need to use our feeling and imaginative natures to connect with others on a deeper level.
Fifth House of Romance and Creativity. If the sun falls here we may find that our life’s purpose is focused on a career that allows us to be creative and express ourselves and even lead others. We may enjoy speculation and taking risks. The idea of doing something where we feel passion, love and romance excites us.
Possible Life Purposes: We may pursue a life path where we can be creative, brilliant and even famous, always willing to take risks. We are natural leaders, executives and entrepreneurs who can direct others. Or we may pursue a dignified profession where we help others such as a doctor, civil servant or military leader or just be artistic. We’re often drawn to activities such as acting, leisure and recreation or even that concern children.
Sixth House of Health and Work. If the sun falls here we may find that our life’s purpose requires that we invest ourselves, working hard at whatever we do. We enjoy being of service to others where we provide help and assistance. We’re more than capable of coming up with practical solutions as we competently respond to everyday crises in area where we apply ourselves.
Possible Life Purposes: Even though we may be shy, we may pursue a life path where we can use our communication talents. We enjoy using our technical skills and have great talent in various crafts. Being of service to others, whether it’s in the health or medical fields or in more commercial and business environments is appealing to our nature.
Seventh House of Relationships (Marriage and Partnerships). If the Sun falls here we may find that our life’s purpose concerns the arts, and the social relationships we have with others. We are motivated by the principles of fairness and justice and always being diplomatic despite our tendencies to be drawn to conflict. The psychology of people interests us as well as how they look.
Possible Life Purposes: We may pursue a life path where we can express our sense of justice through the law, politics or public relations. We have a passion for culture, fashion and the arts and gravitate toward work that we know will bring pleasure to others. Because of our need to be in relationships, we can fulfill ourselves through consulting working with all types of people.
Eighth House of Sex and Transformation. If the sun falls here, we may find that our life’s purpose involves us doing research and investigation of some type. We avoid the superficial and are drawn to work that is deep and meaningful. We are drawn to matters that pertain to estate planning, sex, death, taxes and behavioral transformation.
Possible Life Purposes: We are interested in all things that are deep, dark or hidden. We may pursue a life path where we can transform others through psychology, medicine, yoga or the metaphysical. We enjoy regenerating or renovating anything that needs to be restored or rebuilt so that our efforts improve it.
Ninth House of Travel and Education. If the sun falls here, we may find that our life’s purpose concerns finding the truth and acquiring education that will help us grow intellectually. We learn through our spirituality and the discoveries we make in our travels, both in our mind and out in the world. We desire the freedom to adventure.
Possible Life Purposes: We may pursue a life path where we can educate others as teachers or lead others as judges, clergymen or civic leaders. Yet, our sense of intellect and adventure can drive us to being sea captains, comedians or writers. Our desire to explore can lead us to travel to other countries far away from our birth.
10th House of Career and Status. If the sun falls here, we pursue a professional career with pride and integrity, wanting to be the best. We are extremely responsible and excel as leaders, especially in public life. We enjoy leading, organizing and building any enterprise we are a part of with an eye toward it bringing us wealth and social status.
Possible Life Purposes: We may pursue a life path where we can lead an organization as an executive or build our own business as an entrepreneur. We gravitate toward hard work and professions that serve the public and in the process make money. We seek opportunities to create tangible practical gains for ourselves and society.
11th House of Friendship, Hopes and Dreams. If the sun falls here, we may find that our life’s purpose gives us intellectual talents we can use to be humanitarians, thinkers and inventors. We enjoy being a part of social groups and organizations where we can fulfill our dreams of improving our community and society as a whole through our work or the business we create.
Possible Life Purposes: We may pursue a life path where we can have an independent lifestyle of some sort. We may enjoy being in charge of a business organization, teaching young minds at a university, using our scientific minds to improve society or helping those in need of psychological counseling. We want to make a difference.
12th House of Psychology and Secrets. If the sun falls here, we may find that our life’s purpose relates to being of service to others, especially those less fortunate. We are compassionate, idealistic, and love beauty and nature. Because we’re self-sacrificing, we can suffer if we don’t feel that we are sufficiently of service in our professions. We feel a special calling to the religious, spiritual or mystical in our lives. Whatever our purpose, we feel it deeply.
Possible Life Purposes: We may pursue a life path where we can be of service to others in institutions such as hospitals, the government or even places of confinement. Because we are imaginative we enjoy careers in the arts, theatre and music. Our compassionate and creative talents allow us to be doctors, fashion designers, secret agents, therapists, writers, entertainers or priests.
The sun is the giver of life. Yet, it can shine the light on our life’s purpose as well. By looking at the house where one’s Sun Sign falls, a person may learn more about their life’s purpose and be inspired to explore and discover their true path. We are all masters of our own fate and it is never too late to begin the journey to find out what we want to be when we grow up.
Author: Larry Schwimmer
Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock