The Sun in tarot is possibly one of the most joyful cards in the entire tarot deck. It relates to happiness, feeling carefree, child like abandon, the innocence of a joyful heart, fortunate circumstances, and good luck. When you draw this card, it sheds light on the rest of the tarot spread indicating that any turbulent times you may be going through can be smoothed over by allowing yourself to be guided by a light source.
The Picture in the Card
When you look at the Sun in tarot, you see a child riding a white horse, who is naked and enjoying life immensely. The sun beams down on the flowers and the child, and a red velvet swirls out to the horses left. The over all feeling is happiness and optimism. The four sunflowers represent the four elements of life: fire, earth, water and air, and also represent the four suits in tarot: wands, pentacles, cups and swords. Feel free to watch the video, or keep reading underneath.
The sun tarot card meaning can relate to your ability to shed light on dark situations. People may look to you to be a guiding light in their moments of uncertainty. When you draw this card it can be an indication you have a strong inner resilience and able to draw upon an energetic force which helps you live out your purpose in life. The sun is central to our existence on planet earth. Without the sun, we would not be able to exist. It is needed for all biological processes and drives our sleep/wake circadian rhythms. Many cultures worship the sun, and some people even practice what is known as ‘sun gazing’ where they stare directly into the sun to activate their pineal gland in the center of the brain. The pineal gland is known as ‘the master gland’ and is said to be the seat of our consciousness. It is what is known as ‘the third eye’ and can be a bridge between the physical and spiritual world when it comes to our awareness. The 3rd eye is very important in Hinduism and Buddhism.
Significance of Light and the Pineal Gland
The pineal gland is shaped like a pine cone, and when you look at religious and spiritual symbolism throughout the world, you’ll find you will come across the pine cone shape in art, statues and more. Regardless of what religion you are talking about, the pine cone is an important symbol. For example, check out this picture from The Vatican:
How does this relate to the Sun card in tarot? Well, it could be said that this card is an example of The God Force. It is Oneness in its most pure form. Consider the first passage of the King James bible: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism is the Diwali festival, otherwise known as ‘the festival of lights’. It symbolises the spiritual ‘victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.’ The third eye jewel is very important in Hindu culture.
Also, consider Buddhism and light: Buddhas are beings who have achieved enlightenment. They are often represented with halos of light and sometimes even with a flame above their heads. These symbolise the inner light from within the individual Buddhas. Also, take note that the Buddha has the mark of the third eye between his brows, and his head has a pine cone pattern all of it.
This is just three examples of major spiritual traditions which all see light as the ultimate force, and draw connections to the pineal gland and the third eye. And lets not forget to mention what we all do in the west during the Christmas period: decorate up our pine cone trees (aka Christmas trees) with lights. I wanted to point all this out because I feel it is strongly related to the Sun tarot card meaning.
- Naked Child: nothing to hide, joyful carefree, innocence, purity
- White horse: purity, freedom
- Sun: Radiance, warmth, life force.
- Sun Flowers: loyalty, happiness, longevity
- Red velvet: The colour red symbolises good luck, love and properity. Red velvet relates to anything from royalty to the highest levels of religious traditions.
According to wikipedia, Gematria is:
1. a Kabbalistic method of interpreting the Hebrew scriptures by computing the numerical value of words, based on the values of their constituent letters.
The words ‘Sun’ and Love’ have the same numerical value of 54. I don’t think this is a coincidence, given that ‘light’ is associated with ‘love’, and ‘love’ is associated with All That Is, God, Unity.
Also, given that The Sun is the 19th card in the major arcana deck in tarot, lets consider what 19 breaks down to: 1+9=10, which further reduces to 1 (1+0=1). One love, one force, All That Is, unity. Once again, I don’t think this is a coincidence.
Questions to ask yourself
- Where can I be a light for others?
- Where am I not seeing the light of a situation?
- How can I draw inspiration from some of the oldest traditions of the world and find what is true for me?
- Where do I need to act with ‘child like abandon?’
- What am I most happy about in my life at the moment?
- Where do I need to find more light in my life at the moment?
- What do I need to do to tap into my inner joy?
- How can I spark joy in others?
- How can I live in love and purpose?
- Where do I need to free my heart?
What do you think? Do you find it interesting that light, the pineal gland, third eye and the pine cone is such a central part of the major religions of the world? Do you think this links all the major religions of the world? Do you think the Sun card is associated with Life Force, All That Is, God or what ever other expression you like to use? Feel free to comment below and let me know!