The Sun in Sanskrit is called “Surya.” The sun controls leadership, authority, and a strong self-esteem. The sun shines light on everyone indiscriminately, and encourages happiness and a sunny disposition. We can honor the sun by recognizing its properties. Its day is Sunday, so we can make it a special point to watch a sunrise or sunset on that day. Its color is red-orange, so we can wear that color, or have it in our home decor. The stone for Surya is the Ruby, and its number is one. To help bring the energy of the sun into our lives, we can recite the mantra to the sun: Om Suryaya Namaha.