What’s Your Clan? Thinking About Sun Signs

In an interview I’ve read in the recent issue of The Mountain Astrologer, a Sun sign astrologer was describing the sign as a “clan” that you come from – you each represent one of the 12 clans of humanity.

I thought this was very neat (the entire interview was very intelligent, and made me change the way I look at Sun sign astrology column writers.)

The metaphor of Clan allows for a great deal of individuality to occur within the same group, while also preserving a core group identity (i.e. characteristic of the clan).

Think about this in real life: I come from Japan, and therefore represent the Japanese clan to the world, with all of its peculiarities.

It’s fair to say that I have individuated a lot – not many people in my clan live in America, meditate daily, practice astrology and play music. But all the same, the essence of my clan (i.e. being a Japanese person) is still very much obvious, and permeates my entire demeanor – from my respect for elders to my generally quiet way of being.

So it is in Sun signs – you represent a clan, be it Aries or Scorpio. Within it there are great diversification according to other planetary placements, but the essence of the Sun-sign clan remains with you.

The forcefulness of Aries, determination of Taurus, communicativeness of Gemini, security need of Cancer, expressiveness of Leo, refinement of Virgo, pleasantness of Libra, depth of Scorpio, assertiveness of Sagittarius, strategic savvy of Capricorn, individuality of Aquarius, or sensitivity of Pisces will remain there. That’s part of your clan’s culture, and you’ll feel true to yourself by honoring that.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. That is an interesting way to look at our associations with sign, Hiroki. As a kid, I felt so proud of my Pisces poster in my bedroom. I know about that feeling too, of being an ambassador by default as I am an American living in Germany. I have learned about not taking the idea of clan for granted in the same way astrology makes me empathic toward people I might not normally understand.

  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Well said Deirdre,

    Some people even tattoo their Sun sign glyphs on their bodies! I think a pride about the clan we come from is an essential part of the Solar archetype, and it strengthens us as we reach out to mingle with people from various other clans.

    Come to think of it, nationalism is the negative manifestation of the clan identification – which ties in well with what you say about the need for empathy – especially important if you are living in a foreign country!


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