The Sun In Tarot

The Sun In Tarot

The Sun in TarotThe 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.

Card Meaning

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:

pinecone, 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. [2] 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. [3] 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.

Buddha, Third Eye

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!

24 thoughts on “The Sun In Tarot”

  1. Hello, 

    I have been interested in astrology, but never tried Tarot cards. 

    I really like your website and your videos. I have one question for you: is there any place where I can see my fate online with tarot cards? I hope such a positive card would be in my fate. 

    And also just out of curiosity: how many tarot cards are there and do people who interpret them know the meaning of all of them by heart? 

    One last question for you: Is there any connection between astrology and tarot cards?

    1. Hey dreamgirl93. Thanks for your comment! Let me address your first question. There are plenty of sites which give tarot readings (mine being one of them!), but if I were you I would first decide what kind of reader you are after. I don’t believe tarot really predicts the future-we make our own future with our thoughts and actions to a large degree, and then the rest is just mysterious frankly….. Also, I feel it is more productive to reflect on the meaning of each of the cards rather than hope that a certain card turns up in a reading for you. Otherwise you are giving away your power. However, for a quick free reading, go here.

      There are 78 tarot cards in all-56 ‘minor’ cards and 22 ‘major’ cards, otherwise known as ‘trump’ cards. And yes, people who interpret them on a professional level know the meanings of each one of them, but also draw on their own intuition about the person they are reading for.

      And finally YES! There is definitely a connection between astrology and tarot!

  2. A very comprehensive article. I’m surprised there is so much information contained on the face of just one card, but that says more about my lack of knowledge of tarot reading in general. It must take a lot of in-depth knowledge to accurately provide a reading and this post shows that you have that. I am sure those that seek a reading will be comforted by that.

    1. Hey Rob, thank you! It does take a fair bit of time to learn tarot meanings, but at the same time, if you see the cards as just stories and archetypes, you start to live through the meanings as you apply them to your life, and then you naturally remember what each card means anyway. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Hi Liz, This was such an interesting post, especially as a practicing Christian. I have never thought of Tarot cards in this way and it has opened my eyes to the fact that really and truly there is not just one way to look at things. The older I get and the more I read about things that are so new to me, the more I realize how much incredible information is out there still to learn about.

    The questions you asked at the end of the post really gave me food for thought. At long last have just begun to live a life of abandon, bringing out the child in myself. Too many years have been spent doing what others expected of me. Am putting this post as a favorite so that I may go back and remind myself of what questions to ask myself.

    Thank you.

    1. Hey Jill! So glad you were open to this post as a practicing Christian! Most Christians are not open to the world of tarot, which is a shame because it can a be a great tool for personal transformation and learning about the worlds archetypes and how we relate to them. Thanks for taking the time to stop by! 

  4. I could say have wasted a lot of time on YouTube videos and haven’t really learn a thing. But a 15 mins on this post has made a huge difference. Nice incisive information passed across about the Sun in Tarot meaning. Very good job-I had not thought about it like this before. How long has it taken you to read tarot with confidence?

    1. Hey Dammy, I have been studying tarot seriously for around 3 years, but I was interested way back in my early 20’s, so I feel like I have lived with tarot meanings for at least 20 years.

  5. Dear Liz,

    I must say I found your post highly uplifting and educational. Thanks for the post I enjoyed it.

    I got great insights from your post and never thought there will be so much meaning in, the sun in tarot card. Also the 6 minute video you embedded is very helpful with loads of valuable information.

    Symbolism is very informative.

    Wishing you great success!


  6. This is an awesome post; Thanks fot the enlightenment of the sun tarot card meaning; Its an eye opener for me because i am just getting to know about this for the first time in my life.

    its interesting to know  that light, the pineal gland, third eye and the pine cone is such a central part of the major religions of the world. The secret of the lord are with them that fear him.

    1. Oh! The secret is NOT to fear him at all (if indeed he is a ‘he’…) that is the LIE! Why would you think you have to fear some supreme thing in the sky which claims to love you but judges you at the same time? Is THAT the true definition of Love? Not in my book. This idea of fearing God (Life Force, Universal Energy, All That Is, Oneness or what ever rings your bell), is a lie told by the Vatican which is linked up to the World Central Bank. It is a lie that is told to disempower people and keep people from knowing their true power. Sorry, but you bit a nerve with me! Do some research on this and you will be shocked at what you might find. Google, Illuminati, Secret Societies, Freemasons, Royal Blood Lines,  Also, research the QMap, and listen to what David Icke has to say. It is darker than you know….however, that does not mean I don’t feel there is also great light available to us, but it is worth knowing what forms the foundation of our societies and how religions got corrupted….If you  are new to this, here is a good place to start learning about a lot of the things that are hidden from us (but still possible to uncover if you take the time to look).

  7. The Sun Tarot card radiates with optimism and positivity. I am amazed at your insight around the meaning of this card and I had not ever thought the Sun card had such meaning, or that the words ‘Sun’ and ‘Love’ had the same Gematria to them. This just opens up a whole new perspective on the Tarot!

  8. I came across gematria about two weeks ago, when God and dog had similar interpretation based on this number. Now, you article is a confirmation of potency of this technique. This is a significant tarot, and you’ve done justice to it explaining it symbols and symbolism. There is barely any religion that did not make references to importance of sun. Even in Islam, people wait for sun to break fasts and to determine solar time.

    1. Yes Gematria is amazing…I only stumbled across it a couple of months ago and it has opened up a whole new meaning of the English language for me! Yes I didn’t even cover Islam, but thank you for pointing out yet another major world religion which places importance on the sun! I feel somehow all these religions once started as one thing, and then somewhat got split off into different things,a got twisted and contrived, but I still feel there is a message contained in them. There is some info on ancient history to confirm this, but for me I just feel that intuitively this is how it all began…

  9. What an article, wish we could be like a child pure innocent with nothing to hide, to be honest I am not very familiar with this subject so I have learnt something new today I love how you have explained every thing so clearly now I know that the four sun flowers on the card represent life: fire, earth, water and air, amazing. thank you for this post, I am always exited to learn something new.  

  10. I’m glad I hit your site; for a long time I read about the pineal gland, the third eye; I have tried to activate it for a long time, but it’s very hard and I quit; I also do not think it is anything haphazard; that is why there is something similar in all religions; just that there are many atheists and their energies spill into the universe, so we do not see everything in light and everything beautiful; thank you for sharing


    1. Hey Carmen, some people say our pineal gland has been partially decayed and inactivated by what we ingest through water and our food, and also the fact that we are not taught to use it at a young age, so like a muscle, it atrophies. I think it is still worth meditating and trying to open it up again though, regardless what age we are. It will still give you a lot of physiological benefits purely just from the practice of meditation, even if it still results in not opening the 3rd eye, there are many other benefits in trying.

  11. Wow! too many similarities yet so many difference. You have done justice on your own part providing deep meaning to what most of us just call a tarot card. Never knew the meaning of all the parts and symbols prior to reading your post. What I don’t quite understand most of the times and have not really asked anyone is, what requirement does one need to become a tarot card reader?

    1. Hey Rahye, lost of study and practice is needed to become a tarot reader on a professional basis. However, any one can gain some meaning from doing their own reading with a pack of cards and a tarot card meaning book where you can look up the meaning of each card as you go. You’ll be surprised as to how it can help problem solve various aspects of your life of give you inspiration for a new direction. 😉

  12. Hello LIZ,I enjoyed reading your article and video. I am very interested in astrology, but I didn’t realise how much it was relevant to tarot cards. I agree, I think the Sun card in tarot can be compared to the God Force or Life force or whatever you want to call it. Very interesting. I will share your article with my family and friends.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Yes Astrology and Tarot are very much linked, as it the Tree of Life and other systems.

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