The Sun (XIX) Tarot Card

The Sun (XIX) Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Tarot Reading And Understanding The Sun Tarot Card

Traditionally, the Sun’s Tarot meaning represents success and achievement. Often, the Sun relays messages of positive news such as births, financial successes, marriages, stability, completion of projects and an overall happiness. Because the Sun represents a new light, it alludes to the fact that one’s path may have endured dark periods. This is a time to rejoice and celebrate. A cycle in life has been completed. One may once again view the world from a new perspective.

The Sun card is the representation of psychic unity. The conscious and unconscious have reached a level of harmony. They have come to recognize and accept each other. Although there is a new sense of wholeness, the psyche has not fully integrated its two parts. The two halves of the psyche are depicted as children, because there still needs to be one final act of development. Before the last step can be achieved, however, all struggle between old and new perspectives must be transcended. The new identity that has been reborn is not quite ready to endure the full power of the sun’s strength.

In terms of the soul’s journey, the seeker has traveled the path lit by the forbidding moon. At last, the sun has risen and trepidation has been replaced with hope. The seeker has experienced the death of his old self. His new life emerges from the nurturing properties of the sun, and he can, once again, perceive the world from a childlike perspective.

The Sun’s correlating number is nineteen. When added together, the sum is ten. Ten symbolizes union and attainment. Like the Wheel of Fortune, the Sun has the protecting qualities of the mystical circle, the mandala. Its center represents divine sprit and wholeness. The Sun Tarot card represents a childlike intelligence enhanced with a new confidence. The Sun refers to the spontaneous knowledge that arises from a childlike perspective. This is an element of inherent intuition, the type of intuition that provides us with a sense of knowing without physical evidence. Like children, there is purity to one’s intentions. In a Tarot reading, The Sun depicts a level of naivety or innocence. Issues of doubt and negativity are cast aside. One can find the world as a place of endless possibility.

The negative aspect to the Sun Tarot card is represented by those in constant pursuit of the pleasures of physical bliss. These are individuals that remain fixed in attaining things that provide bodily satisfaction. They can be thoughtless and cruel.

Upright Sun Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

In its upright position, the Sun's Tarot card meanings refer to periods of hope and happiness. Success will be attained. Projects or endeavors will reach completion. This is a time of celebration. You may find time spent with family and friends to be emotionally gratifying. You will feel healthy and free and may experience a change of perspective. Optimism replaces negativity. New possibilities are in the near future. In a Tarot reading, the Sun indicates the importance of solving your problems with rational and conscientious thinking. This is also a time to utilize your creative energies. Friendships and romantic relationship will prosper. There may be travel to a warm and sunny place.

  • Happiness and Joy
  • Attainment
  • Prosperity
  • Creativity and self-expression
  • Marriage and children

Reversed Sun Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

Even in a reversed position, the Sun Tarot card still has positive associations. Typically, the Sun reversed has the same interpretation of the Sun in an upright position, but to a lesser degree and with some limitations. Success will be accomplished; however, the process may be delayed. Happiness will be attained, but with some limitations. Not all that you expected will materialize. Perhaps you have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes the reversed Sun warns of arrogance. This may be a good time to examine why you wish to become successful. It is based in ego? Are you comparing yourself to others?

When the Sun reversed comes up in a negative Tarot spread it can indicate that there may be feelings of unworthiness. Perhaps your outlook on the world is based on doubt and negativity. This would be a good time to adjust your thinking. You may experience low energy and mild depression. In terms of relationships, the Sun reversed can indicate quarrels and miscommunication. You may feel unloved and unappreciated.

  • Pessimism
  • Delays
  • Ego-centricity
  • Depression or sadness
  • Loneliness
  • Problems with marriage or children

For more on the Sun in relationships, see the Love Tarot section.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used for example purposes only with his permission.


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