“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson
When the Sun shows up in a reading reader and client alike find themselves smiling… What’s not to love about the light, warmth and joy of the Sun card?! It’s a card of success, healing, clarity, power and happy endings. It shows that you have what it takes to overcome whatever it is you are facing. It could mean recognition and high honour.
But is it always a happy, pleasant and positive card?
To understand the less pleasant qualities of the Sun, all we have to do is turn to Astrology and look at how the Sun may express itself when negatively aspected or situated:
Egotistical, haughty, overbearing, dictatorial and judgmental. OR lacking in confidence, power, vitality and self-esteem.
The Sun can also represent burn-out or burning your candle at both ends if negatively aspected by surrounding cards. A classic example would be The Sun flanked by either the 10 of Wands or the 10 of Swords.
As a card of emotional healing, The Sun points to issues around confidence, personal power and self-esteem. In the chakra system, we would place The Sun (quite naturally!) in the Solar Plexus chakra.
Too much of the Sun energy makes a person overbearing and lacking in empathy/understanding. Too little can lead to a victim mentality, boundary issues or being easily swayed by the opinions of others.
Planet: The Sun
Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra
Colour: Yellow, gold
Crystal: Citrine, yellow calcite, pyrite
Body: Vitality, general feeling of wellbeing
Exercise: Any exercise taken outdoors
Stance/Pose: Sun salutations
Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Fire
Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Magician, The Wheel of Fortune
Associated Minor Arcana Cards:
3 of Wands (Sun in Aries). Healing is found through encouragement (giving and receiving, but more often giving).
10 of Swords (Sun in Gemini). Learning to see the silver lining and the joy of starting over.
8 of Pentacles (Sun in Virgo). Being responsible for one’s creation whether this is work, physical health or a relationship.
6 of Cups (Sun in Scorpio) – Making peace with the past (including past lives) and letting go of energetic bonds to people who have left us for various reasons.
4 of Pentacles (Sun in Capricorn) – Having firm personal boundaries.
Remedies to increase the energy of The Sun in your life
- You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the Sun card, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with. There is plenty of information on the healing properties for each of the crystals available online
- Spend time outside, in the sun
- Wear gold (both the colour and jewelry)
- Eat/drink yellow foods
- Take center stage
- Say ‘No’ to a request without justifying why
- Initiate contact rather than wait for the other to make the first move
- Be an alpha male/female
- Visualise breathing in sunlight through your Solar Plexus chakra, filling your whole aura
- Make your home as light and bright as possible
- Get rid of damp in your home
- Drink alcohol (raises the Fire Element according to Chinese Medicine)
Balancing, grounding and banishing the influence of the Sun card
- Stay up late
- Wear black, grey or blue
- Go swimming
- Sit in the shade
- Wear shades
- Place water features in/around your home
- Wear silver jewellery
Affirmation: “I let my light SHINE!”
LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS
The mists of The Moon drift off to show us clear blue skies and a Sun joyfully beaming down on us.
To really feel the energy of this card, you just have to step out into the sun on mild summer’s morning. The Sun card is full of promise, happiness, vitality, playfulness, confidence and faith that everything will turn out just right.
So what blessings does the Sun bestow on your relationship? A multitude – that’s for sure! However, just like the sun creates shadows, we cannot fully expect to escape shadows eve when the skies are clear.
If The Sun describes the quality of your relationship, you can now relax into just enjoying each other. Yay!! This is especially true if The Sun shows up next to The Lovers or the 2 of Cups… and if you throw the 6 of Cups in the mix, you’re in a happy soul mate relationship – double yay!!
So how could this lovely, shiny, happy card possibly throw a shadow on the relationship? Because the Sun is associated with the ego/personality, it can show a relationship that’s gone down the path of personal power struggles when reversed or next to cards like the reversed 2 of Cups, The Devil, 5, 7 or 10 of Swords.
Reversed and next to cards associated with work or career matters, it can be a sign of stress and lowered immunity brought on by stress, which in turn can impact the relationship in a negative way.
If The Sun describes your lover, he or she is likely to be extremely confident and charismatic. Sun card type people also usually have the childlike gift of being able to be fully present in the now. They simply enjoy life too much to agonise over the past or worry about the future!
If The Sun signifies a single person, it’s usually a good sign that he or she won’t be single for very long. This kind of charisma and natural happiness is very attractive to potential suitors.
Sexually, The Sun card is the ability to fully enjoy all levels and permutations of intimacy by virtue of feeling completely comfortable and at ease in one’s own skin. Sex on the beach (not the drink) might be indicated… or anywhere else outdoors where the sun might shine where it doesn’t usually…
If you’re going through a rough patch with your beloved and The Sun comes up as the advice card, it’s an indication that you would be better off if you lighten up a bit and stop taking yourself so seriously. Try to have fun together and make sure to have fun when you’re on your own too – otherwise you won’t be bringing any positivity into the relationship.