While The Sun may be one of the well-known cards of the tarot, many might not realize the depth of its symbolism and just how big a message — or warning — it could be sending you. With its planetary ruler clearly being the sun — which represents who you are and your sense of self in astrology — this card taps into your deeper person and inner child. On the flip side, this card can bring to light things you may have been subconsciously hiding.
The Sun is a card of truth that will help set you free and allow you to greet the world with a childlike sense of joviality and curiosity. Read on to better understand what The Sun symbolizes, the meaning behind its upright and reversed positions, and its yes and no associations.
The Sun Description and Symbolism
The Sun depicts a child riding on a calm white horse. The child's arms are outstretched, ready to embrace the world, while the horse is steadfast and mild. This image represents the union of wisdom that comes with age and a youthful enthusiasm about the world. Behind them, a sun shines bright, illuminating the scene and helping grow four sunflowers.
The Sun is the 19th card of the major arcana, following directly behind The Moon, which often represents disillusionment, deceit, and the unknown. But no matter how dark the night, a dawn always comes to illuminate the Earth and any shadows. Thanks to the sunlight, all life is able to grow and flourish.
The Sun Upright Meaning
When The Sun is upright in your spread, joy, warmth, vitality, youth, and enlightenment are at your fingertips. You are likely tapping into and unearthing your inner childlike zeal and mixing it with the knowledge you've obtained over the years. This combination is the perfect match for a fulfilling life in which you are in tune with your Higher Self.
The Sun in an upright position indicates that you are highly connected to your resolve and nothing can stop you. You have reached a place where, like the sun, you are able to radiate these positive vibes onto others. Those around you are grateful for your presence and enjoy basking in your glow.
The Sun Reversed Meaning
When The Sun is reversed, this may mean you're coming to terms with a truth that is hard to swallow. To be more specific, this mostly refers to your outlook on life that you may currently possess.
The first is an outlook of pessimism and defeat. You may be experiencing a frustrating delay, a damaged sense of enthusiasm, or a disconnect from your inner child. The second is a lens of overinflated egotism. Be careful not to overestimate yourself or take on more than you can really handle. In both cases, The Sun brings with it the advice to look at your life through a realistic lens.
A bad outlook is very different from a bad reality. The Sun in reverse is here to warn you in advance before things actually take a bad turn. While this can be a scary process, know that it is always better to live in truth than in deception or ignorance.
The Sun Yes/No Association
If you are looking for a quick message or bit of guidance, you can look to your tarot deck for that as well. The Sun appearing in your spread is an affirmative yes to your questions and an invitation to have a bright and fresh outlook on whatever it is you are inquiring about. The Sun is telling you to say "yes" to celebrations, socializing, and reconnecting with your inner child. However, in order to retain your zest for life, The Sun card urges you to say "no" to boasting, whining, or taking things too seriously.