I had these thoughts late last night, so hopefully they are still coherent.
I’ve been thinking about the relationship between the sun in your astrological chart vs. your dominant function. I know Blake often uses the metaphor of “clothes” to describe the astrology while your Myers-Briggs type is the actual “person.” But I think one time (I don’t remember where and don’t feel like digging for it right now), he said the astrology is like the role you’re supposed to play or the fate you have, and Myers-Briggs are the hands you’re dealt.
I think there’s something to that “role” analogy. Like, I’ve been getting the impression that the sun represents what your ego wants to be, whereas the dominant is what your ego actually is. Or maybe…this is really going on a limb here…the sun is your conscious ego (and therefore needs to built up) while the dominant is closer to the Self. And your life to is to reconcile the two.
Ok, let me talk about something more specific to illustrate. I started noticing this with @batshitty in her typing post and that whole “debate” over whether she is INTP. It does seem like her ego has a desire towards Ti and would rather that be dominant, but it is her actual dominant Fi that still shines through. At best, she can make Ti into an Fi value that is indirectly reached via auxiliary Ne. She said that Fi-dom feels comfortable, like it would fit right, but for whatever she doesn’t want it.
I realized last night that I might feel something similar towards being Ni-dom. Like, when I engage in Ni activities, it feels very natural, but somehow my conscious ego doesn’t quite want it that much. I’m thinking, for example, that a lot of INFJs I know went into academia, and although some part of me feels like that would be a natural fit for me, to be engaged primarily with abstract ideas for the rest of my life, I don’t want it. There’s a drive to go out into the world and do something that hasn’t been done before that overrides it, that I’m pretty sure is related to my Aries sun. Like my ego wants to be more Ne, but alas it is actually Ni. (Although at least those two are more compatible than Fi and Ti.)
Or if you look at @LifeExamined, he seems to value Ti more than Ne. But lucky for him, since he’s ENTP, this just makes him more likely to use his auxiliary and therefore be a healthy ENTP. Or @schlopadoo seems to have some struggle with wanting to be Te oriented (even going into science!)
I’m also thinking about my boyfriend, who is INTJ Scorpio and definitely values Fi which makes him more susceptible to Ni-Fi loops (but also softer in some ways than typical INTJ).
That being said, the sun is still subjugated to the dominant. Like, I think I value Ne more than the typical INFJ, but only towards purposes sanctioned by Ni. Like, it has to be meaningful Ne or something. Ne for it’s own sake I still can’t tolerate for that long. And I imagine it would be the same in these other cases.
Blake says the sun sign modifies the expression of the dominant, but I wonder if it’s more than that. You have to reconcile the two, figure out how to express your sun sign via your dominant. The inclination is to try and do the function indicated by your sun sign directly, but that often doesn’t work unless it’s already a function your personality type uses well. You have to figure out how to do it via the dominant way. So I need to figure out how to be Aries via Ni, express Ne in an Ni way. (I think I have that in the right order.)
Wait scratch that last part, it’s not about expression (that’s auxiliary/rising sign). It’s about embodiment. Your sun sign is what you want to embody in this life, but your (psychic) body is your dominant function which may be easier or harder to fit into that. If you have one of the harder ones and can do that though, then I think that’s when lots of interesting things can happen. Reconciling the discrepancies between your astrology and your personality type makes for a far more dynamic and interesting person than a more harmonious one.