What Does The Sun Tarot Card Mean?

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The Sun Tarot Card Meanings: Upright, Reversed & In Love
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Since the beginning of forever, we have equated the Sun with happiness and positivity. And the Sun Tarot card brings the same good tidings.

When we throw this card in a reading, we are being given a chance, a light at the end of the tunnel. In general, when we see this Major Arcana card, the Sun, it is often a time for rejoicing.

Sun Tarot Card Meanings

Upright meaning keywords: Success, positivity, confidence, good luck, happiness, truth, optimism

Reversed meaning keywords: Lack of enthusiasm, pessimism, ego, conceit, inner child

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An upright Sun means things are going well, your self-confidence rules, and problems will dissolve. Life is good if you open your eyes and look, and upright Sun means good fortune coming your way.

Reversed, the Sun means sadness, inability to feel joy, and serves as a wake-up call to realize you might have overextended yourself, or that you need to withhold something you have given too much of.

The Sun Tarot Card Description

This is the card of optimism, freedom, fun and positive energy. It is the 19th card in the Major Arcana, and it is one of those cards that is so obviously joyful in its depiction that it causes instant happiness, as soon as one sees it.

On the standard Rider-Waite version of the Sun card, we see a young person — a childish, naked person, riding atop a white horse, in a field of sunflowers. This child is waving a flag and rides beneath an enormous, bright yellow shining sun.

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The face on the Sun is neutral; it shines no brighter on any one person than on another. The sheer brightness of this card is appealing and induces feelings of vitality, joy, courage, enthusiasm and truth.

It is a card of victory as well. When one has suffered and pulls this card from the Tarot deck, it is a sign to that person that their suffering is coming to an end. It is a card of victory of bad habits, addiction, and the end of lousy love affairs.

The Sun is the card of second chances and great payoffs.

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Upright Sun Meaning

The Sun Tarot card upright means you are about to experience great success. This is more than likely in the work place, though it can most certainly be a financial promise as well.

It is the card of abundance and plenty, so depending on what you have asked of the cards, that good fortune you are about to experience is more than likely related to that special something only you know.

When we get the Sun card upright, we are being shown a map of good health and well being.

Sometimes, this card comes after a health scare. It is the wake-up call that you did the right thing by stopping those bad habits. This card affirms to you that the work you have done to make your life better is working.

This is also a very spiritual card, and because it is associated with light and clarity, it works in our world as a beacon of truth; something we can believe in, something "good."

If we are at a loss, or if we are confused, depressed, or world-weary, this card lets us know that all is not hopeless, and that there is much still to look forward to. This card is also at times the herald of a pregnancy.

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Reversed Sun Meaning

Even though it would seem as if luck suddenly disappears when pulling the Sun card reversed, it is not true. The Sun does not suddenly go out of the sky for you, but, in reverse, this card does have meaning that should be considered.

Reversed, this card packs a punch and can mean boredom, lack of enthusiasm, sadness, lack of drive, conceit, arrogance, abortion and miscarriage. Yes, all of that.

It is mostly a warning card, however, that asks you to check your behavior. It might be about spending too much, or giving too much to the wrong people. It is also a warning that says, "Stop being such a pig!"

We tend to let our egos run others down, and when we are not stopped, we forget that our behavior is boorish and wrong. The Sun, in reverse, tells us that we need to look at why things are not working.

In health, it is a card that does not warn of ill health to come, but of bad habits to stop. The Sun is the card of recovery and new beginnings.

Spiritually, this card, reversed, notes that you have been feeling down or dark, and it is letting you know that it is within your own power to rise again, like the Sun itself.

The Sun Tarot Card's Meaning in Love and Relationships

Love and Relationships: Upright Sun Meaning

If you do a love reading and you get the Sun card, it is probably a very good sign.

The Sun is there in your reading to let you know that the number one way to keep your relationship strong is to live in the light of the truth.

This card is the great reveal; there is no place to hide, no place for secrets or deception if the light is shining bright, and that is what the Sun lets you in on: Live in the truth.

If you live in the truth, you never have to remember your lies.

Love and Relationships: Reversed Sun Meaning

Reversed, the Sun might also be a wake-up call for you and your partner to start paying attention to the relationship.

Remember, there is always hope with this card, so it is never dire, but it is there to stir you, to get you to open your eyes, and see what is before you. The Sun asks you to be your best, to treat your loved one well, and to show them the respect you want to be shown as well.

This card is always positive, and lets you know that you are in control here; your love life can go smoothly as long as you live in respect, with open communication in honesty and shared values.

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Ruby Miranda is a New Yorker who learned astrology, I Ching and all types of cartomancy and numerology from her crazy, gypsy mother. She currently writes for a wide range of esoteric publications.