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The Meaning of the Sun – Major Arcana nr. 19

By Pythia

The Sun Tarot Card connects Hod and Yesod on the Tree of Life. Its metaphysical meaning is hidden in the alternative descriptive words: “The Master of the World Fire“.

The Sun Tarot is Arcana number 19. Number XVIII is The Moon, while No. XX is the Judgement Tarot Card

Description of The Sun Card

Near the top, there is a large Sun with sun rays spreading around in all directions. The central position is dominated by a naked child on a white horse, holding a banner. There are also several sunflowers in the background sticking out behind a brick wall.

A.E. Waite (the author of the most famous Tarot Deck)  indicates in his book “The Pictorial Key to the Tarot“:

” …The card signifies, therefore, the transit from the manifest light of this world, represented by the glorious sun of earth, to the light of the world to come, which goes before aspiration and is typified by the heart of a child.”

Major Arcana number 19 - The SunThe Sun in this card stands for the Master of life, light, love and freedom. It can also be understood as a symbol of wholeness, pure consciousness, or consciousness of the spirit. The wall can be seen as a means of protection. Alternatively, it is a token of the dawn of the New age that brings more freedom, but still a sense of control is maintained. The, banner depicted so vividly on the Sun Tarot Card, means victory in the restoration of the new age framework.

The sunflowers are gifts of radiant warmth. Their meanings include loyalty and longevity, energy in form of nourishment and vibration. They mirror the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light. More on the symbolism of sunflowers here.

The child is a symbol of innocence and simplicity, designating the next stage of development of the human soul. When this stage is reached, a new influx of subtle Sun energy will bring even more freedom and prosperity. The slavery to the old ideas will be abolished. Our collective psychic is a child’s land of innocence and undifferentiated consciousness.

Again we turn to the beautiful words of A.E. Waite:

“… When the self-knowing spirit has dawned in the consciousness above the natural mind, that mind in its renewal leads forth the animal nature in a state of perfect conformity.”

The Sun in divination

The Sun Tarot can mean several things: glory, gain, fortune, truth, immortality, great success, or, for instance, recovery from a complicated health condition. The Sun can bring rapid success to everything and everyone, provided that the meaning of the other tarot cards is favorable. In its reversed meanings, the Sun Card can indicate impudence, arrogance, vanity, or death.

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Jamal says:

I'm Leo in horoscope and a friend told me this was my card. can you tell me what does it mean?

sunnyray says:

Hi Jamal. Thanks for the question. Leo is, in fact, the astrological sign associated with the Strength tarot card. Yet Leo, is ruled by the Sun as a planet, and the Sun is associated with card of the same name. Not to mention that both the Sun and Leo are related to the fiery element, which brings to you as a member of this sign more courage, adventurous spirit, and flamboyant energy.

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