Sun represents the conscious ego, the self and its expression, personal power, pride, and authority; leadership qualities; and the principles of creativity, spontaneity, health, and vitality, the sum of which is named the “life force”. Rules Sunday
The Sun (in Greek: Helios, in Latin: Sol) is the star at the center of the Solar System and is by far the most important source of energy for life on Earth. It is a nearly perfect spherical ball of hot plasma, with internal convective motion that generates a magnetic field via a dynamo process.
The Sun is viewed as a goddess in Germanic paganism, Sól/Sunna. Scholars theorize that the Sun, as a Germanic goddess, may represent an extension of an earlier Proto-Indo-European Sun deity because of Indo-European linguistic connections between Old Norse Sól, Sanskrit Surya, Gaulish Sulis, Lithuanian Saulė, and Slavic Solntse.
In ancient Roman culture, Sunday was the day of the Sun god. It was adopted as the Sabbath day by Christians who did not have a Jewish background. The symbol of light was a pagan device adopted by Christians, and perhaps the most important one that did not come from Jewish traditions. In paganism, the sun was a source of life, giving warmth and illumination to mankind. It was the center of a popular cult among Romans, who would stand at dawn to catch the first rays of sunshine as they prayed. The celebration of the winter solstice (which influenced Christmas) was part of the Roman cult of the sun. Christian churches were built with an orientation so that the congregation faced toward the sunrise in the East.
In the Vedic text, “Surya”, The Sun God is Son of Aditi and Kashyap; Surya means “the supreme light.”
In dream therapy the Sun is symbolic of masculinity. It represents the conscious mind and the intellect. The first God to man was the sun. It relinquishes the dark nights and releases repression, bringing promise and hope. Considered a symbol of blessings, the sun represents joy and exuberance, promises and happy times. It can be a symbol of the our true self and can represent power or self-empowerment. A sunrise may indicate a new beginning whereas a sunset may show the ending of a phase.
The Sun: radiant and positive influences
Key Words: Life, Energy, Growth, Clarity, Vibrancy, Understanding, Illumination,
New Beginnings, Breaking Through
Where the Moon may portray a subtle, undercurrent of influence, there is no subtlety with the Sun Tarot card. The sun is pervasive in its power, blazing with its message of vitality, and its presence in our lives equates to life-giving energy.
The Sun is inevitable. We can always count on it to rise each morning. Even if we’ve had the most dark and despairing night we are able to derive confidence that this too shall pass when we see the sun lifting over the horizon. When we pull the Sun card in a reading it is a very good sign. It means we’ve “struck gold.” We’ve come to the other side of a long period of grief, mourning, or confusion. We’ve come to a point of clarity and understanding. We’re seeing that promotion in our jobs. We’re relocating to the house and neighborhood in which we’ve always wanted to live. We’re receiving that opportunity that we’ve been dreaming about for such a long time.
Cultures have worshiped the sun over the ages because it gives life. It allows crops to grow, it allows productivity during the day, and it illumines the world so that we may see things clearly without the symbolic undertones of darkness overshadowing our judgment.
The depiction a nude child riding a white horse on the Sun card. This is a symbol of freedom from doubt and fear. The horse represents mobility in a new direction which we are able to do because of the clarity and brilliance the sun (new understanding) shines upon our lives. The child is also a symbol new beginnings and total trust that our way is always illuminated by the sun-energy, and we have no need to fear the darkness.
This is a break through card. So often we go through the motions of our lives, wondering if we’ll come out of the dark, curious if all our hard work is ever going to pay off. The Sun card is a clear message, that yes, indeed the proverbial flowers in the garden of life that we’ve painstakingly cared for are about to come in full bloom. When the vibrancy of the Sun card shines in a reading, everything is coming up roses.
Naked or Nudity: We’ve seen nudity in the other cards, and it always symbolizes freedom, letting our guard down and allowing our true nature to come forth. Nudity is the ultimate form of expression. When we drop our defenses, we make a way for all the wonderful gifts the Universe has to offer us. Nudity is a symbol of being able to communicate our true nature without fear. This further embodies the meaning of this tarot card because it works hand-in-hand with the vitality and clarity the sun represents.
Flower: “As the sunflower turns its face to the light of the sun, so too does the face of humanity turn to the light of Truth.” This is an adaptation of the motto held by the science, philosophy and religion of Spiritualism. This is a perfect summation of what the sunflower represents. If you’ve ever observed the sunflower you will see that they stretch and move their faces to meet and greet the sun. We should all do the same: Reach further and extend to greater lengths to meet the face of truth, clarity, and spiritual illumination.
Wall: Walls are symbolic of holding back, separating, or keeping something from experiencing the natural flow of energy. It is represented in this card for two reasons: 1) to remind us that all the growth, rejuvenation and clarity the life-giving sun energy has to offer will never be ours as long as we are closed to it. We must never build walls again the illumination that rightfully belongs to us as divine creatures. 2) the wall represents a break through. It indicates that no matter how bleak our situation seems, or how bitter and blocked we have become, there is always an opportunity to break through the walls we may have built around our hearts.
Flag: When we consider the cards on which the flag is featured (Death, Sun & Judgment) we get a good concept of its symbol meanings. The flag is an announcement to change – something has shifted and a flag makes the world aware of this shift. It is a bright, bold obvious sign that a new day is dawning. This is not about subtle shifts – the flag is about “in-your-face” transformation; an event to announce to all who will hear.
When the Sun card comes up:
How do I begin remove blockages in my life?
Is there an area in my life I need clarification?
Have I built some walls around my heart or against others?
Am I allowing the highest and best energy to flow through to me?
What would it take for me to expose my true self and the beauty I represent?
Do I turn my face to things of truth, beauty and vitality or do I mire in the mud?
Chakra: Sacral Spleen Chakra, Third Eye Chakra
I Ching: Wei Ji
Runes: Wunjo, Jera, Sowilo, Dagaz
Number 1 (19 = 1 + 9 = 10 (which is 1)
Colors: Yellow, Orange, Beige
Crystal: Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Diamond, Bloodstone, Sunstone
Characteristics: Emphasizes individuality, willful, creative, egocentric, proud, dominating. Success, joy, harmony, happiness, love, fulfillment, happy marriage, satisfaction, content. The Sun is the opposing card to the Moon. Where the moon is the dark side of the soul, the sun is the illumination of the soul! It is the path to follow and the end result of work done on a spiritual level.
The twin figures (possibly children) on this card have been likened to Gemini with one representing the male, sun energy and spirit, while the other represents the female, lunar aspect of the soul. The Sun brings the promise of a new and brighter day. The children are symbolic of Adam and Eve and the blessed state of innocence we are all born into.
Keywords: shine, strength, will, dominate, individuality, spirit, creative energy, children, power, masculine, paternal, authority, leadership, ambition, pride, self-expression, determine and confidence