Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Sun



19 The Sun

Keywords: happiness; contentment; illusion; peace

Archetypes: Snoopy; Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blond); Mr. Rogers; the smiley face





Astrological Sun Sign/L

Upright Interpretation: This card has been described as that big slobbery spaniel dog that jumps all over you in joyous unbridled enthusiasm, which can be a wonderful thing in itself, but it can also be too intense and overwhelming for the more quiet gentle soul. Happiness in large big drafts in short intervals are probably better for our fragile skeptical human nature. No one is going to be yippity-skippity glowing in sunshine one hundred percent of the time, but they sure will be riding a wave when this card is shining upon them. It’s so bright as to be blinding.

Reversed Interpretation: Sad days ahead, maybe a bout of melancholia, a feeling of wistfulness, as though happiness is right at our fingertips, but just as we reach for it, it slips painfully away. We seem to have drawn a very definite line between utter happiness and total despair, leaving a large (and more normal) gray area to be forgotten by some, taken for granted by most, and tripped through without a lot of thought by those few lucky souls who traipse through life oblivious, unfettered by anything. Know that the darkness is not forever and the Sun will shine again.

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I smile in the face of despair.

2. I look for the silver lining.

3. I’m thankful for all the positive energy and people in my life.

4. I shine.

5. I spread light where there are shadows.

A Tarot Reading for The Sun:
The Sun ~ 2/cups; 4/pentacles; Ace/cups

Your brilliance is a thermostat for our happiness.  When your rays are blinding and our eyes water as we try to look directly into your shining face, we are happier than we believe we will ever be again.  When the golden touch of your light is dimmed in the least, fragile humans that we are, we feel doomed to coming disappointment, unhappiness, and despair.  Your energy is all or nothing, or so it seems.  We feel your intensity so keenly that any change in your mysterious persona, throws us into panic.  Oh, dear, humankind, you may be moving out of happiness into another state.

Sun, you are a magician, fodder for our whimsical hearts.  We are either happy in love, working on changes and improvements, or “it’s complicated”.  (Did a soft gray cloud just brush past your shining face?).  Human feelings have been relegated to “hot” and “cold” sensations, a system of grading that directly touches on your presence, or your absence, dear Sun.  And “heat”…oh, the heat of your searing surface.  You are the great master for indicating human feelings and levels of passion.

“Learn to be happy with what you have”, The Sun tells us.  “If you can’t learn ‘satisfaction’, you will never be totally happy at any point in life, because you will never experience the complete and awesome sensations of being satisfied.  Nothing will ever be enough.  You will spend your life on a futile endless search for more, always more.”

These are the lessons of The Sun.

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