The Tarot Sun card meaning in a nutshell:
Great resources at your disposal,
but constrain yourself
since it's possible to have too much.
The sun brings light and life to our whole planet. It's the source of seemingly endless energy, without which we couldn't exist. The Sun card of the Tarot shows this splendid star of ours, and the abundance it brings. So, it's certainly a fortunate Tarot card, if not the very card of fortune as such.
The image on the Tarot Sun card suggests the sun at its triumphant return at the vernal equinox, maybe also its zenith in the middle of the summer. The vernal equinox was in the past regarded as the start of the new year, because of how the expanding daylight of spring rejuvenates all of nature. That's implied by the child greeting us with open arms, as it rides towards us on the white horse.
The proud sunflowers and the sun's central position, with its strong rays in every direction, suggest summer, too. Midsummer, with the longest day and the shortest night of all the year. The sun at the peak of its power.
The sun is the great nourisher. That's confirmed by the image of the Tarot Sun card. But its force can be terrible if not respected. The sun is pure power, beyond any intent of good or bad. It just is, and all of us reached by its light prosper from it. The sun is a resource that's not spent, no matter how much it's used. Yet, an indifferent one, so it allows itself to be used for whatever purpose. That's not without risk.
Of course, a resource of that magnitude is hazardous. It should be used with some moderation, or its power might be destructive. But if received humbly and gratefully, the power symbolized by the Tarot Sun card brings joy and well-being.
In divination, if the Tarot Sun card represents a person, it's someone extremely resourceful and willing to help. But don't accept more than you need and can handle, or there may be dire consequences. That person has no obligation at all to serve you, so don't strain his or her patience.
If the Tarot Sun card represents an event, it's a golden opportunity. Things happen from which you can prosper tremendously. But still, limit your greed, consider what you really need and what would be gluttony. A good fortune can be just as difficult to handle as a bad one.
The Sun (represented by the Greek god Helios on his chariot) and its astrological traits. Woodcut by Hans Sebald Beham, from the 1530's. The sun as a god on a chariot, traveling daily across the sky, exists in many mythologies.
A. E. Waite's Texts
19. The Sun. The luminary is distinguished in older cards by chief rays that are waved and salient alternately and by secondary salient rays. It appears to shed its influence on earth not only by light and heat, but - like the moon - by drops of dew. Court de Gebelin termed these tears of gold and of pearl, just as he identified the lunar dew with the tears of Isis. Beneath the dog-star there is a wall suggesting an enclosure-as it might be, a walled garden-wherein are two children, either naked or lightly clothed, facing a water, and gambolling, or running hand in hand. Eliphas Levi says that these are sometimes replaced by a spinner unwinding destinies, and otherwise by a much better symbol-a naked child mounted on a white horse and displaying a scarlet standard.
About the Tarot Sun Card
The Inner Symbolism of the Tarot Sun Card
The naked child mounted on a white horse and displaying a red standard has been mentioned already as the better symbolism connected with this card. It is the destiny of the Supernatural East and the great and holy light which goes before the endless procession of humanity, coming out from the walled garden of the sensitive life and passing on the journey home. The card signifies, therefore, the transit from the manifest light of this world, represented by the glorious sun of earth, to the light of the world to come, which goes before aspiration and is typified by the heart of a child.
But the last allusion is again the key to a different form or aspect of the symbolism. The sun is that of consciousness in the spirit - the direct as the antithesis of the reflected light. The characteristic type of humanity has become a little child therein - a child in the sense of simplicity and innocence in the sense of wisdom. In that simplicity, he bears the seal of Nature and of Art; in that innocence, he signifies the restored world. When the self-knowing spirit has dawned in the consciousness above the natural mind, that mind in its renewal leads forth the animal nature in a state of perfect conformity.
Divinatory Meaning of the Tarot Sun Card
Material happiness, fortunate marriage, contentment. Reversed: The same in a lesser sense.
The Tarot Major Arcana
- The Magician
- The High Priestess
- The Empress
- The Emperor
- The Hierophant
- The Lovers
- The Chariot
- The Hermit
- Wheel of Fortune
- The Hanged Man
- The Devil
- The Tower
- The Star
- The Moon
- The Sun
- The World
- The Fool
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