The Meaning of the Sun
The Tarot Sun card meaning in a nutshell:
Major Arcana Tarot Card in Readings
Great resources at your disposal,
but constrain yourself
since it's possible to have too much.
Ability - triumph.
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 it also hints at the sun's 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, it is 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.
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.
The Sun Card as a Person
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.
The Sun Card as an Event
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 Card as You
If the Tarot Sun card has a position in the divination spread referring to you, it means you are in a position where you can accomplish great things, without even trying that hard. You might hurry forward beyond what is wise, just because you can. Take care. Just because you can do what you want doesn't guarantee you do what is good for you.
A. E. Waite about the Tarot Sun Card
Click the header to read what A. E. Waite had to say about the Major Arcana Sun Tarot card symbolism and meaning in divination.
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