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The Sun Card in Tarot and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

The Sun is one of the most positive cards in Tarot. It's about feeling accomplished and balanced. The Sun card shows a mastery of the elements. It means you have lowered your ego to heighten your wisdom.

The Sun is one of the most positive cards in Tarot. It's about feeling accomplished and balanced. The Sun card shows a mastery of the elements. It means you have lowered your ego to heighten your wisdom.

The Sun Tarot Card

The Sun card is a burst of positive energy. If there is any card you want in your reading, this would be the one.

The Sun card reveals you are in tune with your inner child. You have positive energy bursting out of you, and it's contagious. You're confident, joyful, and a champion of others. The Sun represents a healthy and satisfied well-being.

The Sun is one of the celestial cards, along with the Star, Moon, Judgment, and World. It's the 19th trump, making it one of the highest trumps of the Major Arcana.

The card is related to good fortune, contentment, and harmony. You're going in the right direction, and you'll see your efforts rewarded. It's a reminder not to fret over the small stuff.

Card Description

Traditionally, the card shows an infant riding a white horse underneath a bright and brilliant Sun. Sunflowers are growing in the background. The child on the horse holds a red flag, representing renewal. The Sun smiles at him, representing accomplishment and harmony. A.E. Waite suggested the card has to do with attained knowledge. It represents the conscious mind prevailing over illusions and fears from the unconscious. While the Moon card deals with those fears, the Sun card shows victory over stress and tension.

The Sun card is often referred to as the best card in Tarot. It represents good things and positive outcomes; it is a reminder that you will find a way through your present trials and predicaments.

Element: Fire

Ruling Planet: Sun

Next card: Judgment

Upright

Positive vibes, fun, warmth, success, vitality, contentment, victory, letting go of sorrows, merriment, joy, harmony, unity, confidence, empathy, compassion, care.

Reversed

Inner child, overly optimistic, overly confident, too much positivity, grandiose, excitable, determined, oversaturated, vibrant, overcompensating, unaware of others.

The Sun shows that you are in a healthy alignment with your inner child. Your decisions make sense to your values.

The Sun shows that you are in a healthy alignment with your inner child. Your decisions make sense to your values.

Symbolism

Four sunflowers grow past a brick wall. The flowers represent the four suits of the Minor Arcana and the four elements:

  • Wands for Fire
  • Pentacles (coins) for Earth
  • Swords for Air
  • Cups for Water

The four sunflowers represent maturity of all four elements and the self. You have come to a place where you can manage your free-will, your body, your thoughts, and your emotions. When all these things are balanced, it brings contentment. You feel a wholeness to your mental health.

The child on the card represents the inner spirit. The child is innocent, pure, and happy. This card can represent a good childhood, nostalgia, or coming back into your best strengths. Maybe you're remembering how kind and sweet you were as a kid, and you want to have a renewal of that.

The white horse is also a symbol of purity and strength. The horse guides the child onto the right path. The child and the horse are friends. They work together to get to the right destination.

The Card as a Leo

This card can represent a Leo person in your life. Leo is the fixed sign of fire, and it's ruled by the Sun.

Leo rules summer and is the fifth sign of the zodiac. Leos are stubborn, enthusiastic, extroverted, and champions of others. They're drawn to action, they like to be at parties, and they love to socialize.

Leos are the kings and queens of the zodiac. People look to them to make decisions. They're seen as empathetic and natural born leaders. However, Leos can be overly confident. They can also have bad tempers and come across as aloof. Their goal is to be happy and to help others find their happiness.

Leos bring a necessary warmth into astrology. They remind people it's okay to laugh and to enjoy your time on this planet. You don't always have to be so serious.

The Sun indicates that you have a positive outlook on life and the energy you put out is contagious to others. People want to be around you. You're friendly and exciting.

The Sun indicates that you have a positive outlook on life and the energy you put out is contagious to others. People want to be around you. You're friendly and exciting.

Upright Sun in a Reading

The Sun represents contentment. You have succeeded at your goals, you have an abundance of what you need, you radiate with a positive energy.

The Sun means you have done exactly what you need to do to achieve your goals. You don't feel dissonance between you and your inner child. You feel at peace.

The Sun indicates good times. You may feel like you've found someone you can really connect to, and so you want to marry that person. You have found happiness with your work, with your family, and your dreams.

The Upright Sun indicates that you're balanced. You have good foundation underneath you. You have healthy coping mechanisms and protective strategies. You can weather any storm.

You're not worried about whether you have the perfect body or the perfect job. You're not preoccupied with what others think of you. You're not looking for a cure for something when you're already well.

People are drawn to you because you see the bright side and bring warmth to the table. The energy you put out into the world is contagious. People have faith and believe in greater things when they're in your company.

The Sun card indicates you will persevere through tough times and will find prosperity at the end of your troubles.

You're in a position where you can really share yourself with the world, you can offer up your talents, you can express your thoughts, and you can inspire others. You have the power of the Sun on your side.

The Sun also puts an end to the troubles of the Moon card. We receive the Moon card when we're in disorder, when we have trauma to process, and we have restless thoughts. The Sun card puts things back into the right order.

There is a time to go through the Moon's lessons and a time to go through the Sun's lessons. The Sun will always be more important and have more lasting effects.

  • The Moon deals with your month to month growth. It deals with your unconscious and unpacking it.
  • The Sun deals with your year to year growth. It deals with your conscious and how to express it.

The Sun shows you what can happen when you use your highest good. You become a more charitable and caring person. You rely more on your wisdom rather than your impulses.

The Sun card is a promise that things will get better. Time heals all wounds. Life comes with different stages, so don't fret too much. Your sadness will hopefully be temporary, and a little rain makes the flowers grow.

  • See life as good rather than as bad.
  • Have an appreciation for life and what it has to offer.

The Sun connects you to your power base, not your fear-driven ego. What is your power base? It's your Solar Plexus chakra. And you need it to feel positive energy.

Your Solar Plexus could be blocked if you're struggling to accept yourself or having negative self-talk. Tap into your power. Allow yourself to project positive thinking.

The Sun reflects a time when you can expect an increase in energy and positivity. You are meant to burst with energy and hope. You need to be invigorated by enthusiasm. A positive outlook will be beneficial to your health.

How to foster more positivity:

  • Exercise, get in some intentional movement.
  • Do meditation exercises for the Solar Plexus and Heart chakras.
  • Be in nature more often.
  • Get in some sunlight. Don't stay indoors all day.
  • Clean your house.
  • Get rid of items that no longer serve you.
  • Donate, volunteer, get involved with charities.
  • Get a good night of rest.
  • Drink more water.
  • Wear vibrant colors in orange and red.
Even if the Sun card appears reversed, it is still a positive card. It just means you need to work a little harder to bring yourself into more balance.

Even if the Sun card appears reversed, it is still a positive card. It just means you need to work a little harder to bring yourself into more balance.

Reversed Sun in a Reading

The Reversed Sun is all about the inner child. If you've been super dedicated to work lately and haven't been able to catch a break, your inner child might be getting annoyed.

It's time to take a break. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. You need a vacation. You need to dedicate time to fun. Life isn't all about grinding for the 9-5. You need to spend time with what makes you happy.

Life can be carefree. You need to stop taking things so seriously. When you see the Reversed Sun in a reading, take it as a sign that you need to relax and have some fun. Seriously. Put on the Hawaiian T-shirt. Get out the hula-hoop.

  • Go dance the night away.
  • Buy things because you like them.
  • Get a new pet.
  • Put on some skates and go around your neighborhood.
  • Go kayaking.
  • Visit some touristy places in your city.

Let your heart and soul be free. Sing as loud as you want. Who cares who hears you?

The Reversed Sun means you are struggling to see the bright side of life. You have experienced setbacks that have damaged your enthusiasm and zeal for life. You might have had a bad breakup or been laid off from a job you really liked.

You could have sad thoughts that are overtaking your brain or you feel like you're always left out of the fun. When you lose your enthusiasm, it can make your future feel cloudy and distorted. Your intuition is clogged. Your Solar Plexus is definitely clogged.

The Sun is never a negative card, even when reversed. Your state of woe is only temporary. The obstacles you see can be removed—even if you don't know how at this time.

The Reversed Sun can also indicate that you're too confident and optimistic. You have the rose colored glasses on and you're not taking everything into consideration. This means you could be ignoring red flags or risks. You're living too boldly and don't have a clue about consequences.

Your ego has made you unrealistic. You're out of touch with reality. You get angry easily because your ego is inflated. You need to dial things back down. You are not the ruler of the Universe.

Stop trying to talk yourself up or make yourself out to be more than you actually are. You need a more balanced perspective. You don't want to have zero confidence or 200% confidence.

Sometimes we build ourselves up too much in our heads. We think we're unstoppable and impervious to damage. This is a really dangerous place to be. We have to have a reality check one way or another. Not matter how good you are at something you will always have setbacks, sour moments, and failures.

You want to work with the Reversed Sun to get to a more balanced place. You need to take yourself off the pedestal. Try being more of a servant than a leader. Think of others first. Think about whether the people around you have their needs met and if you have surplus that you can donate.

Reminders from a Reversed Sun:

  • You will reach your highest good if you lower yourself: be humble.
  • Our ego isn't our best decision maker.
  • Be balanced in everything you do. The Upright Sun has mastered self-control: it knows how to work with free-will, the body, the mind, and emotions.
  • The Reversed Sun suggests that you need to make adjustments to be more balanced.

How do you become more balanced?

  • Review your schedule. Does it appear lopsided? Do you spend too much time at work?
  • Balance out your activities: do exercise but also study and grow your mind.
  • Practice yoga. Do literal balance techniques.
  • Eat balanced meals. Don't let your sweet tooth control you or your beer belly.
  • Look at your spending. Is it out of control? Only spend what you have, not beyond it. Your credit score matters.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence

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