Checking horoscopes and analyzing the intricacies of birth charts, we often forget that none of this would be possible without the Sun. Human beings wouldn’t even exist without the Sun. It is, literally, the center of our personal Universe. Interestingly, as a topic in astrology, the Sun is treated often as a token on a board game rather than an influence in its own right. Today we’re taking a look at the sun in astrology and tarot.
As the Earth turns and travels on its ceaseless journey, the heavens move with us (or against us). The Sun also makes a journey through each zodiac sign. These daily Sun horoscopes were the brainchild of one man, Alan Leo (no, that wasn’t his given name). Mr Leo was a British astrologist who realized that the general population wasn’t interested in learning about the intricacies of their birth charts. All they wanted was a simplified outlook for the day. Thus was born the daily horoscope which the popular press leaped on with glee. Alan Leo was also credited with developing character driven astrology, as opposed to the fortune telling kind. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Leo
Your Sun Sign Purpose
The Sun was moving through a particular constellation at the time of your birth. That heavenly constellation is your sun sign. It gives you your main over-riding purpose in life. For example if your sun sign is Capricorn, your all encompassing purpose could be to explore and express the qualities of wisdom and hard work. If you are a Pisces, your purpose might be to give your inventive mind free rein. Dig down into the qualities of each sign and your sun-given purpose will become clear as day, pun intended. Once you have determined what it is, you are able to overlay it on everything you do. The Sun offers a structure, you see? When we ignore or push against that inbuilt purpose, we are ignoring and pushing against our own true selves.
The Sun as a Symbol
The Sun represents a masculine, outgoing energy. It is the symbol of the ego, the here and now. It is extrovert and all-encompassing. Unless you live underground you cannot escape its influence. When you eat anything, you are consuming the Sun’s energy. The Sun is fiery, temperamental, hot-headed but also benevolent and encouraging. The Sun is leadership and innovation.
The Sign of Leo
The Sun rules the sign of Leo. This makes Leo the strongest sign in the zodiac. No matter what your Moon or ascendant signs are, the Sun will take precedence.
The Sun in Leo produces an individual who loves excitement and action. Leos are determined to get what they want. They live a full-on, high octane lifestyle. Luckily that innate Sun wisdom prevents them from being over-egotistical.
Leos love a challenge, especially one that pushes them to their limits and allows them to show off – in the nicest possible way, of course – their talents and attributes.
Leo has to be aware of their tendency to dominate any gathering. They must be prepared to hold back and give other people a chance to shine. Luckily they are generally a good-natured lot and are willing to relinquish the limelight, at least temporarily.
The Sun in Tarot
The Sun card is possibly the most positive card in the deck. It is the nineteenth Major Arcana. Nineteen reduces to ten 1 + 9, then reduces to one, 1 + 0. Therefore it is aligned with both the Wheel of Fortune and the Magician. When the Sun card appears in a reading it holds the energy of both of those cards.
The Upright Tarot Sun
The upright Sun indicates success, ambition, opportunity and an all-round general improvement. It tells you to seize the moment, make the most of today and every day. It highlights the importance of the relationship between father and child. It combines the wisdom of leadership with childlike activities of play and the process of self-actualization. It recognizes that to be a rounded individual you need to assimilate the qualities of strength, purpose, compassion and growth.
The Reversed Sun
The reversed Sun is weakened. It can represent a lack of growth, spiritual and otherwise. It can mean that a cycle has ended and it is time for withdrawal and reassessment. It could also point towards over-exposure or use of the Sun’s energy – an imbalance of Yin and Yang.
Depending on the question and other cards, the appearance of a reversed Sun, can be warning you that progression toward a goal is delayed for the time being. Your project is on hold. Your ambitions are clouded. It tells you to wait until the timing is more in your favor. Fighting against this is like trying to fight the Sun itself. Impossible. Turn away and accept the delay. Use your time for something else.
Reconnect with the Sun
It seems that people have lost their way in these modern times. Our rhythms are disturbed and erratic. We structure our lives around a daily timetable of obligations in order to provide for ourselves and families. We are stressed and often feel as though we are controlled by circumstances rather than controlling our own days. We talk about fulfilling our purpose and feeling empowered while at the same time we are dancing to a different tune. One that isn’t our own.
Historically, instead of working to a rigid 24 hour schedule, we moved in time with sunrise, sunset and the turning of the seasons. Our bodies fell into a natural rhythm: working more in the long days of summer and sleeping longer during the extended nights of winter.
Of course, it is almost impossible to live like that in these hectic times, yet by making a conscious decision to factor the Sun into our lives, and perhaps aligning with Moon cycles, we can reconnect with our true nature. Instead of this endless search to find who we are, all we need to do is, recognize our place in the grand scheme of the Universe with the help of our sun sign.
Use this short ritual to connect with the Sun’s energy. It’s best to do this in the morning, but any time will do when the Sun is visible in the sky.
Please do not, under any circumstances, look directly at the sun.
Step outside. Into your yard, garden, balcony, beach, field, wherever. Stand still and breathe deeply three times. Focus on the exhalation. If you can make your out breath last twice as long as your in breath, that’s good. Don’t stand rigidly, simply be easy, relaxed and receptive,
Without looking at the sun, raise your arms as if reaching towards it. Feel the Sun’s light and heat on your hands, traveling down your arms into your body and filling it with light. Hold your position for a few counts, stretch, then relax. Go about your day feeling energized and lighthearted.
May the Sun shine on you today.