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The Sun

Tarot Card Meaning

  • Upright Keywords:

    Joy, Success, Vitality, Clarity, Optimism, Enthusiasm, Enlightenment

  • Reversed Keywords:

    Diminished Joy, Pessimism, Lack of Clarity, Delayed Success, Negativity, Misunderstanding, Unrealized Potential


The Sun is a very positive tarot card that represents joy, success, vitality, enlightenment, and clarity. It embodies optimism and positivity. However, when reversed, The Sun symbolizes pessimism and delayed success and recommends we try to rediscover our joy and happiness.

What Does The Sun Tarot Card Mean?

The Sun tarot card is among the most uplifting ones in the deck. It represents joy, vitality, and success. If you draw it during the reading, lucky you—expect enlightenment, clarity, and warmth in all aspects of your life. As any good tarot reading expert will tell you, a period of success and big achievements is upon you, so whatever you’ve been doing, keep doing it, as you’re on the right track.

As you can see from the picture above, The Sun is depicted as a radiant sun with a joyful face surrounded by rays, flowers, and sparkles. The woman (or, in some cases, child) below symbolizes innocence and childlike excitement, which are also among the things represented by The Sun card.

The Sun Upright Tarot Card Meaning

The Sun generally stands for positivity, optimism, and feelings of fulfillment. When the card is in the upright position, it signals that joy and happiness are coming to you. It also represents success and confidence. So, continue whatever you’re doing, and you’ll get the joy of success soon.

Also, The Sun in an upright position encourages you to bask in the joy of your achievements and to embrace the world with open arms. If you’ve recently done something well (say, exceeded even your own expectations on your most recent project), give yourself some time to enjoy your success and feel proud of your accomplishments.

The Sun Tarot Card Meaning: Love & Relationships

The upright Sun card represents a successful relationship and suggests that you can make your relationship even better by putting more effort into getting closer to each other. Even if there is something you aren’t fully satisfied with about your current partnership, keep pushing through. The upright Sun suggests that your relationship will soon bring you happiness and fulfillment.

If you’re single, The Sun in an upright position is a sign that it’s the perfect time to start a relationship. This card encourages warm-hearted connections and invites you to open your heart to the people around you, perhaps including someone who’s trying to pursue you for a while.

The Sun Meaning: Money & Career

If you’re switching to a new job or investing in any new business, the upright Sun is a great omen. Stay optimistic, as you’ll soon achieve success and happiness. If you have a steady job, things are looking good for you as well; possibly, a big promotion is coming.

If you’re financially stable, and things have been working out for you lately, then you’ll soon discover something that will prompt you to put some money aside for a potentially lucrative investment. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to improve your financial standing further.

Upright Meaning: Past

If you draw the upright Sun when asking the deck about something in your past, the cards want you to reflect on a certain period of joy and success that contributed to your current happiness. Either something you learned back then will soon be relevant again, or the deck simply wants you to be proud of your achievements and feel good about yourself.

The Sun Reversed Tarot Card Meaning

The Sun card in a reversed position stands for lack of enthusiasm, sadness, depression, pessimism, and unrealistic expectations. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re in a bad situation; it merely represents your feelings and your focus on negativity.

In short, the reversed Sun is a sign that you’re losing sight and being unrealistic, but you can get over this if you try. The deck encourages you to rekindle your inner light and work toward rediscovering the joy of life you’ve recently lost. We promise that the clouds will soon pass, and you will be happy again.

The Sun Tarot Card Meaning: Love & Relationships

The Sun shines bright even after a short period of cloudy weather. Suppose you’re in a relationship with someone, and you are facing some issues with your partner or not feeling the same love and happiness as before. Don’t fall into despair! The reversed Sun signals that things will be sorted out soon, and you’ll be happy once again.

If you’re single, this card suggests that a promising relationship is coming your way, and you should open yourself up to accept it. At the moment, your negative outlook prevents you from fully embracing the good things that might soon enter your love life. You need to do your best to fix that.

The Sun Meaning: Money & Career

Being human, we are sometimes played by our thoughts, which results in missing opportunities and ignoring good things in front of us. The reversed Sun card suggests that you may feel exhausted and frustrated at your workplace due to certain circumstances, for example, a promotion you deserve but aren’t getting. Instead of feeling sad over it in silence or walking out of the situation, you should bring this up with your boss and openly request the promotion you want.

Reversed Meaning: Past

The reversed Sun invites you to think about past times when you struggled to see the positive aspects of life or when success seemed just out of reach. Don’t let yourself fall into despair again. Remember, your mindset matters. You can get through any hardship relatively unscarred as long as you maintain a positive attitude.

Is The Sun a Yes or No Card?

The Upright Sun Meaning: Yes or No

In response to a yes or no question, the upright Sun is a resounding yes. Whatever it is you have in mind, it will be a complete success. Don’t let your fears and doubts get in the way; in this particular case, they are ungrounded.

The Reversed Sun Meaning: Yes or No

If you draw The Sun in a reversed position when asking a yes or no question, the answer is between a maybe and a no. The thing you’ve been planning isn’t fully doomed, but the success may be delayed or not as straightforward as you hoped.

Reading The Sun in a Spread

Now, let’s see how the cards you draw together with The Sun in a spread affect its meaning.

The Moon. The combination of The Sun and The Moon stands for the balance of conscious clarity and subconscious intuition. You need to listen to both when making the decisions you will soon have to make.

The Star. If you draw The Sun and The Star together, things couldn’t go any better. As a duo, these cards symbolize a period of great optimism and hope. You are currently in the middle of or will soon experience a period of exceptional personal growth and happiness.

The Tower. The Sun and The Tower duo is a bit less optimistic, but there’s still no need to worry. You will likely soon experience a big upheaval. But fear not—no matter how disruptive it is, the outcome will be good.

The Lovers. When drawn next to one another, the combination of The Sun and The Lovers is the best omen for your love life. You are already in a harmonious and happy relationship or will soon build one.

The Ten of Swords. The Sun, combined with The Ten of Swords, predicts healing and moving past a problematic ending or betrayal. Whatever it is you are going through, it will soon be over, and you will find peace.

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