The self alternatively refers to the consciousness of one's own identity and uniqueness, the ego or managerial function of the mind, or one's personality.
On closer consideration it is possible to differentiate between the material, emotional, spiritual, and social self. The material self encompasses the specific characteristics of the physical body and its behavior; the psychological state of mind include fears, emotional blocks and happiness; the spiritual potential include world-views and beliefs; the social self encompasses the ability to communicate with others and define personal boundaries.
Modern astrologers generally interpret the sun as the planet most associated with the self, just as the sun is the center of the solar system. Yet each planet contributes in some way: for example, the moon gives one's emotions and feelings; while Mercury stands for one's mind and thoughts. In ancient times, the ascendant was the point most closely associated with the unique individual; and today the first house symbolizes the person's body and outward personality.
Psychological astrologers in particular interpret the various aspects of the self in the horoscope in order to support an individual in the task of integrating these aspects and developing a well-rounded personality.
- Howell, Alice O. 1987. Jungian Symbolism in Astrology, The Theosophical Publishing House.
- Paul, Haydn, 1991. Lord of the Light: Exploring the Astrological Sun, Element Books.
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