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Embrace Your Shadow Side! These Are the Shadow Energies Associated With Your Sun Sign

In astrology and in your birth chart, your sun sign represents your identity and how you shine your light on the world. But did you also know that you actually grow into your sun sign as you evolve through life?

You are SO much more than just your sun sign as you have all the planets in you. However, your sun sign is a big part of your expression in this lifetime so it’s time we took a deeper look at it!

A quick mini lesson in astrology. All the signs are archetypes. They are energies and it’s up to you and your free will to decide how you will use them.

Every sign also has a higher and lower octave of energy. Meaning, each sign has a strong shadow side that is present until you can consciously evolve your behaviors and learn to tap into the highest light of that sign.

Here Are the Shadow Signs of Every Sun Sign:

Below are the signs and the different vibrations that you can unconsciously or consciously create in your life. Do you see any of these shadow sign energies in yourself?

The truth is you should! It’s normal. We all have bits and pieces of them in us.

This article is about bringing the behaviors that might be so deeply ingrained in your psyche to your awareness so that you can transform them into the highest light.

(If you know your rising and/or moon sign it’s good to look at those as well!)


Shadow: Can be impulsive, impatient, selfish, argumentative, and overly concerned with survival, being first, and winning.

Higher Vibration: Ability to take initiative. Very self-aware (ie. trusting your instincts and acting on them without needing approval from others). Courageous and independent with a love of thrill and adventure.


Shadow: Can be sluggish, stubborn, incredibly resistant to change, overly materialistic (instead of balancing that with the spiritual), and possessive of other people as well as their own possessions.

Higher Vibration: Incredibly loyal, grounded, patient, persistent, and has a strong sense of their own values and self-worth. Great business sense and able to build tangible results.



Shadow: Can be indecisive, impatient, always wanting more information, and has a “slight” tendency to gossip and make up stories. Oh and your twin wanted me to remind you of your moods. 😉

Higher Vibration: Ability to see other perspectives, excellent communicator, story teller, and listener. Natural talent for networking and connecting people together. You are the bridge.


Shadow: Can be moody, dependent, and overly emotional. Often plays it safe instead of taking risks, and can often remain stuck in the memories of the past.

Higher Vibration: Can be extremely nurturing, intuitive, supportive, and take on (domestic) responsibility with so much love. Has empathy, and a natural talent for creating safe emotional environments.

“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby” – Ruth E. Renkel



Shadow: Can be too attached to being the center of attention. An overly strong connection to pride and ego. Dramatic outbursts, bossy, and can have temper tantrums when not getting their way.

Higher Vibration: An amazing ability to motivate, lead, and encourage others. Confident, creative, and expressive. Dives into everything with their heart, and adds the energy of playfulness to everything and everyone around them.


Shadow: Can be highly critical, judgmental, and perfectionistic. Overcorrecting of everyone, and oftentimes this all leads to an obsessive amount of worry and inner self-doubt that also gets projected outward. The cycle repeats.

Higher Vibration: Strong ability to create routines and order out of disorder. Practical with a beautiful talent to be of service. Ability to appreciate and notice details. Wise, logical and can become experts at their craft.


Shadow: Can be indecisive, too much going with the flow, and a strong energy of codependence which can lead to a lack of self-awareness. Often puts the needs of others before their own which doesn’t allow them to find out who they truly are.

Higher Vibration: A strong ability to be fair and equal in all situations, a good mediator. Balanced, extremely charming, great at sharing, calm, and usually very good looking with a strong aesthetic sense.


Shadow: Can be extremely jealous, possessive, manipulative, controlling, overly concerned with other people’s business, and can use their sexual energy in an effort to get what they want.

Higher Vibration: Very emotionally powerful! Strong ability to be a healer/shaman. Spiritual, understands the motives of others, very psychic. Ability to release the past and create/transform new energy. Deep and loyal with a strong desire to merge and commit in relationships.

“Remember . . . turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Maori Proverb



Shadow: Can be very, very blunt, combative, and self-righteous. Overly connected to freedom, religious or political fanatic, and can have a tendency to preach (loudly!) what they believe is right.

Higher Vibration: A teacher, truth-seeker, explorer, traveler, and adventurer. Strong intuition, knowledge of the universe, deep desire to continually learn and expand their mind. Someone who shows the world that there is so much more and inspires us to reach for the stars.


Shadow: Can be overly connected and concerned with status and image. Stuck in old ways/rigid, manages everything around them, and suppresses emotions and personal life.

Higher Vibration: A strong ability for self-control and discipline. Very goal-oriented and successful. Responsible and viewed as an authority figure by others. Natural talent to build empires because of an intrinsic understanding of business.



Shadow: Can be too much of a rebel and aloof. Constantly seeking more knowledge before taking action. Detached from emotional situations, can suppress individuality, and may often feel like a bit of a loner (ie. on the outside looking in).

Higher Vibration: Intellectual, strong ability to bridge people and ideas toward a common goal. Supportive of group contribution, unique, incredible outside-the-box and forward-thinking ideas. A true visionary and maverick for future ideas/creations.


Shadow: Can have a lack of boundaries and give way too much. Ungrounded and overly emotional. Sees the world through rose-colored glasses or only sees what they want to see rather than what actually is. Spends too much time in fantasy, lot of escapism which often manifests in drugs or alcohol to numb self. Sacrifices self too much and gets drained in the process.

Higher Vibration: Strong connection to the divine, incredibly psychic, compassionate, empathic, and non-judgmental. Creative, artistic, romantic, self-reflective, and poetic. A truly beautiful soul that always has one foot in the spiritual realm and one foot here on earth. As a result, they understand how we’re all connected and want to emotionally help in some way.

The Takeaway on Sun Signs and Shadow Signs

Do you see any of the shadow signs energy playing out in your life? We all have them because, as human beings, we have a full spectrum of emotions and all the archetypes are within us.

The important part is to bring this to your awareness so that you can be your own healer and transmute the lower energies when they arise.

You have the power, you are the creator, and you have access to the full expression of your sun sign. This is where you promised the universe you would shine your light to the world.

So tap into your highest potential and live your life from this perspective. Remember, you’re made of the cosmos . . . so shine on baby, shine on!

Need more sun signs, shadow signs, and general astrology in your life? Listen to these 8 Astrology Podcasts That Should Be On Every Astro Lover’s Radar

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Danielle Paige

Danielle Paige is a Soul Astrologer, Intuitive, and Spiritual Teacher. A self-taught astrologer, who’s been reading the stars for lifetimes, she continued her studies with some of the worlds top astrologers. She then devoted herself to learning different types of healing to create her own style of spiritual medicine. Her work has been featured in Vogue Netherlands, London Standard, The Numinous, Thought Catalog, JDate, CBS Radio and more.

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