The Sun Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
XIX The Sun Correspondences:
Keywords & Phrases:
Happiness, success and contentment.
Sun Tarot Card Meanings
There seems to be little The Sun can’t accomplish in bringing good cheer to the table, which makes it one of the most favourable cards of the Tarot! Finances prosper, relationships are filled with happiness and contentment, career matters are successful, and health is filled with energy and vitality. The Sun seems to hold it all in abundance, for it not only brings success but happiness along with it.
The Rider-Waite depicts a naked child on a white horse, Marseille style decks are often illustrated with a young boy and girl, here in the Gilded Tarot Ciro Marchetti portrays the sun in planetary order, but in all images the sun usually dominates the scene. In ancient times people worshipped the sun for it’s life-giving properties, life and activities revolved around it. In today’s world we’re usually cheered and everyone’s mood brightens when the sun comes out, (that’s certainly the case here in England)! An easy way to remember the card is the association of joy we feel when the sun shines.
Of all the cards, this is the one we’re most likely hoping to see as the outcome and answer to our question in a reading.
Reversed or ill-dignified meanings between readers can vary, some see it as such a positive card that it merely lessens the effect, whilst others may read it as an almost total reversal to the upright meaning, to signal unhappiness, broken arrangements, lack of clarity, and the possible need to keep the ego in check.
Similar or supporting cards: Nine of Cups (wish card) The World (success and achievement)
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Tower ( Nine of Swords (worry and anxiety) Four of Cups (apathy and discontent).
The Sun Tarot Card Combinations:
In simple line formation The Sun can turn almost any situation into a positive when it trumps as the last card. Whilst it can still be overruled when followed by cards such as The Tower or Ten of Swords, cards of a lesser negative degree surrounding it may overshadow and reduce the effect although not completely obliterate all the good vibes The Sun radiates. The Sun adds blessings and abundance and can boost other positive surrounding cards but may have difficulty manifesting fully when hemmed in by minor difficult cards. In positional spreads, the placement title would be the most relevant factor.
The Star > Wheel of Fortune > The Sun > The World: In any combination but as a straight group, can indicate a high level of success and recognition in some way (usually an event outside normal circumstances or usual experience)
> The Tower: short-lived happiness or success (similarly, Death or Ten of Swords) whereas, The Tower to The Sun, can show something that initially appears to be a disaster turns out surprisingly well and for the best.
Six of Wands > The Star > The Sun: Public recognition and acclaim, in the spotlight, possibly fame (in context).
Three of Cups > The Sun: Brings great joy to celebrations
Two of Cups > The Sun: Fortunate pairing, happy and harmonious bond, serious plans for the future.
Ten of Cups > The Sun: Happy marriage
Ten of Pentacles > The Sun: happy and contented stable family life, many blessings.
> Five of Pentacles: Reversal of fortunes
> Four of Cups: not seeing the bigger picture, may not appreciate their blessings or good circumstance.
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