If Sun holds the highest degrees in your birth chart, then Sun is your atmakaraka, or soul indicator. But, what does it mean to have the bright and life-giving Sun as your atmakaraka?
Since the Sun is the indicator of the Atman (soul), this is a natural position for the Sun to be in. Though the Sun is an important planet for everything, you are uniquely solar. During this life, you’re embodying the qualities of the Sun and learning lessons based on the specific indications of your Sun.
The sun is full of willpower and illumination, and as Atmakaraka it makes a person super motivated to be the best they can be. The Sun is a noble planet, and wants to follow their inspiration while also being a source of inspiration for others. Each day the sun rises and shares its warmth and light with all creation on earth – this makes Sun a generous and creative planet, and those with Sun as their soul planet have a lot of creativity that they want to express, and they want their gifts to benefit society.
As a kshatriya (warrior class) planet, sun Atma people have an innate desire to lead, promote their ideals, and protect those who are weaker than themselves. Bravery, leadership, using your creative force in the world, and following your dharma will be major concerns in your life.
The lesson of the soul for Sun is to learn about authority, ego, and power. The dignity and condition of your sun will show how you use power,(whether you use it fairly or misuse it), how you handle authority, and whether you have a healthy ego-identity, or perhaps need to learn not to be egotistical. Because Sun also represents your father, you could have an extra close relationship with your father, need to learn lessons surrounding the relationship with father, or your father could help you on your path.
How to connect with the sun
If Sun is your soul planet, then its strength plays an important part in how your life unfolds. You can connect with the sun by waking up during brahma muhurta (1Hr 36 Mins before sunrise) and chanting the Gayatri Mantra, the prayer of Divine light, as the sun rises.
Here is the Sanskrit transliteration:
OM Bhur Bhuvah svaha
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhii mahi
dhiiyo yo nah pracodayaat
The simple meaning:
“O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine sun. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge.”