The sun tarot card is a stark contrast to the moon major arcana that came right before. There are no layers, no subtlety or grey area to be found in the bright, burning rays of the sun. Extremely positive and full of energy, the Sun has many blessings to share when it is drawn in a reading.
Traditional meanings associated with the Sun card
The Sun is an extremely positive card, and the meaning of this card among the major arcana is one of contentment and joy. There will be time enough to deal with any problem or misfortune after taking a few moments to just enjoy the sheer pleasure of being alive, confident and bold in a world full of energy.
Even when drawn in a reading with more negative cards, this major arcana should be seen as the silver lining behind the clouds, and that even the darkest of night will eventually pave the way to the brightest of dawns.
Upright: Happiness, enlightenment, greatness, energy, assurance, and vitality.
Reversed: Excessive pride, and lack of attention to detail.
Upright sun tarot card meaning
The bright Sun in the background takes almost half of the available space on the card, enhancing the importance of this celestial body. In the foreground, a young child, his nakedness meant to symbolize his innocence, is riding a white horse with a large banner in his hand. Behind the child and horse, a field of sunflowers stretches to the horizon, echoing the actual sun in the sky, like the smaller stars orbiting the main one in the star major arcana.
It should be noted that there is a significant difference between this particular image and that of the same arcanum in the Marseille tarot deck, where there are no sunflowers or horse, but where two happy children replace the lone, young, happy rider on most modern depictions of this card.
The Sun shines upon any reading where it is drawn. The meaning of the Sun tarot card is almost always extremely positive, which explains why the most important concept found in this card is quite simply the concept of happiness. With his childlike innocence, the child rider reminds you that you must always have energy and happiness in your heart, or you will lose sight of yourself and of the things that truly matter in life. Failure to acknowledge this sheer, pure, and innocent moment of joy will not bring despair per se, but you will miss out on the wonderful feelings that might have been yours in that case.
Another traditional saying that can capture some of the sun tarot card essence is “Fortune favors the bold”. While it should not turn into carelessness, the presence of this card indicates that Lady Luck is smiling at you and will reward any action that comes from a good, positive place in your heart.
Reversed Sun card meaning
The reversed Sun tarot card can amp up the more traditional aspects of the sun tarot meaning and twist them. Innocent energy turns into excessive pride, and any moment of joy might feel empty if there is something or someone missing in your life. Still, even in this particular context, the sun tarot card still has a lot of positive energy to offer, ready to let you see the bright side of even the direst situation.
The Fool’s Journey
Once the Fool has successfully learned the lessons of the Moon, night becomes day and the Sun tarot card is the next step on their journey, bringing life-giving light, energy, and enthusiasm. The beams of light radiated by the Sun finally disperse and dispel any leftover confusion or doubts. This is the moment where the Fool is committing to the final steps towards enlightenment.
The blind courage of the early lessons has now turned into wise and confident assurance, as the Fool becomes an echo of the Sun’s own greatness and starts to shine like a beacon in their own life, a source of hope and joy for anyone they meet.
The Sun in love tarot and meditation
When dealing with romantic questions, the Sun tarot deck is a big, echoing “yes” to any question you might have about your current love situation. The extremely positive and cheerful energy of the major arcana works wonders for matters of the heart, enticing you to be even bolder in love.
As a side note, the presence of a young child in the card imagery is not innocent. Coupled with other positive cards and in an appropriate context, this might also mean that a woman might become pregnant, especially when paired with The Lovers or The Star major arcana.
The Sun is a great card to use when meditation acts as a simple tool, to literally get a lot of positive energy and color, and make you happy. The world moves at a frantic pace and it is easy to get lost and forget to smell the flowers.
Let the energy of the Sun fill you up, unfiltered. Let go any outside element keeping you from your single goal: being happy. Soak that energy like your skin soaks vitamin D under the actual sun outside.