Interpreting the Sun Tarot Card

An introduction to the meaning of the Sun tarot card

Sun Tarot Card Symbolizing vitality and renewal, optimism and fruition, the Sun rises from the shadows of night to illuminate the world which seemed so uncertain in the darkness. The physical sun of which earth rotates around at a constant pace is literally the giver of all life, feeding and sustaining the many creatures of our planet, promoting growth and prosperity, and providing energy to the plants which we then consume for our own survival. Thus, in both ancient and modern times the sun has always held a literal and symbolically important presence in our understanding of life, suggesting that new beginnings are taking place, opportunities are arising, and productivity is at its ultimate peak.

The Sun casts light upon all features of the day, exposing everything for its true and intrinsic value, eliminating all hanging shadows and falsities which existed under the cloak of darkness. As father of the universe, the Sun unconditionally embraces every living being under his care, extending his warmth and security without demanding anything in return. However, as the earthly sun must recede into night, the Sun tarot card also represents the impermanence of happiness, understanding that all good things must come to an end, and it is only through the pain of experience that we learn to appreciate even the simplest of joys.

We must venture out of our comfort zones in order to continue spiritual growth, and the underlying message is best understood in the French proverb "Faut souffrir pour être belle", or "one must suffer to be beautiful", a suffering which we must undergo while hunting in the darkness of ourselves. For it is within this darkness that we learn to follow our own inner light, refining our spiritual selves, and with time eventually re-connecting with the always forgiving and eternal rays of the Sun.

It's meaning in a Tarot Card Spread

The meaning of the Sun tarot card is influenced by the position of the card as it is drawn from the deck, the position it occupies in the card layout, and by the cards that are positioned before and after it.

The Sun tarot card - upright meaning:
When the Sun card lands in the upright position it predicts a period of great joy and happiness as well as good health and vitality. This position may also indicate a family vacation or fun activities involving children.

The Sun tarot card - reversed meaning:
When the Sun card is in the upside-down/reversed position it forewarns of stress and anxiety connected to vacation plans, health or children. These are small worries and will not be long lasting.

Keywords/phrases associated with the Sun tarot card:

Upright - positive energy, fun, children, happiness, joy

Reversed - small worries, low energy, stress, tired, fatigue

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