The Sun and Moon are the guiding lights of life, the cornerstones around which the direction and needs of life are established and maintained. As a pair, they represent conscious direction and unconscious drive, living with purpose and expressing feeling, seeking and being. The planet at their midpoint can catalyze the “inner marriage” of the Sun and Moon, and its energy can join heart with soul to make you feel complete, authentic, together. The planet at the midpoint will be at the “heart of the person’s life” and the “principle around which their life will revolve,” as Charles Harvey writes in the book “Working with Astrology”, co-authored with Michael Harding.
Let’s look at how the midpoint of Sun/Moon centers the life of some well-known public figures.
Hillary Clinton has Jup=Sun/Moo. This suggests that her life comes together heart and soul when she is living the Jupiterian life: expanding her perspective, establishing her belief, being optimistic and having faith in the present and in the future, exhibiting enthusiasm for life.
All of these values and traits emerged front and center in her role as secretary of state of the US, when she got to espouse her beliefs the world over, of living a free and dignified life, in particular inspiring women to believe in themselves, and be vocal about their right to live as equal to men. Interestingly, Clinton’s natal Jupiter is in its own sign of Sagittarius, so all these qualities are doubled and tripled! Her Sun is in Scorpio, but Jupiter at the midpoint of Sun and Moon has a lot more to do with centering her. “There is a sense that things, if you keep positive and optimistic about what can be done, do work out.” That’s Jupiter!
Actress Meryl Streep has Mar=Sun/Moo. She feels centred when she is putting her desires into action, getting things done. She is a fighter at heart. She often talks about grit. “What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit, and it takes grace.”
Speaking of Hillary Clinton, Streep says “Hillary Clinton has taken some fire over 40 years of her fight for families and children. How does she do it? That’s what I want to know. Where does she get her grit and her grace? Where do any of our female firsts, our pathbreakers, where do they find that strength?” Grit, strength, leading the charge are all Martian qualities. In Streep’s midpoint picture around Sun/Moon. you also see that Mar=Ura/Plu – this is Mars on steroids! Mars channels the combination of Uranian independence, and Plutonian power and intensity in ways that make the person indomitable. She also has Mar=Sun/Plu, another midpoint that echoes the power and intensity of Pluto combined with her life purpose signified by the Sun.
On the other hand, there is a counterpoint in Mar=Nep/Asc, which is where the grace she talks of comes in. You can feel that Mars softened by the combination of amorphous, transcendant Neptune, and the public projection of the ascendant. This midpoint picture perfectly echoes her singular talent to transform, chameleon-like, into any character with authenticity and ease of the kind that would be impossible for most others to pull off.
Phil McGraw hosted a highly successful day time talk show, “Dr. Phil” in which he dished advice to participants who sought his help. He has Ura=Sun/Moo. This suggests that his life comes together, heart and soul, when he is expressing the Uranian traits of being innovative, independent, different, and marches to his own tune.
In true Uranian fashion, he broke the mold and took a huge leap from being a clinical psychologist with a doctorate in the field, to entertaining as a TV personality.
Mer=Sun/Moo in the Dalai Lama’s chart. Everyone knows of his teaching, his writing, his tours and speeches, and his impishness. These are all Mercurial qualities. What’s more, Mercury is strongly positioned in its own sign of Gemini in his natal horoscope. The more he channels Mercury in his life, the closer he is to be centered, and to find himself.
Like Meryl Streep’s chart, here too is the Nep/Asc midpoint right alongside Sun/Moo, with the same quality of grace and empathy in public projection.The feeling aspect is made even stronger by the ascendant being in Cancer in his natal chart. Everything the Dalai Lama says, teaches, and writes is suffused with a Neptunian sense of acceptance and all-inclusiveness.
Not everyone will have a planet or angle or node at the Sun/Moon midpoint in their natal chart. Even so, there will be plenty of opportunities to experience what it is like to feel centered and integrated in the marriage of the Sun and Moon whenever a planet arrives at the Sun/Moon midpoint by transit or solar arc. Of course, this idea can be extended to include transits and solar arc hits to all midpoints, adding an additional factor to forecasting. I’ll get to this soon!