Basic Meaning of The Sun (Rider-Waite)
The Sun is the nineteenth card in the Tarot’s Major Arcana and symbolizes joy, success and vitality. The card’s image shows a shining sun above a landscape with a smiling child on a horse. It represents that when we are in touch with our inner strength and joy, we can overcome obstacles and achieve great success and happiness.
When The Sun appears upright in a Tarot reading it means that there is a time of joy, success and positive energy in your life. The card urges you to embrace this energy and use it to create positive changes and opportunities. It is a time to celebrate your accomplishments, to share your joy with others and to feel secure and content in your life.
If The Sun is reversed in a reading it can indicate that you are having difficulty feeling joy and positivity, or that you have lost touch with your inner strength and vitality. It may also mean that you are ignoring the positive aspects of your life and focusing too much on the negative. The card urges you to regain your joy of life, to focus on the positive and to be grateful for what you have in your life.
If The Sun appears in a reading alongside the Nine of Pentacles and King of Wands it can be interpreted as focusing on joy, success and positive energy (The Sun) will lead you to a sense of independence, prosperity and personal satisfaction (Nine of Pentacles). This success will be further enhanced by expressing your leadership, creativity and courage (King of Wands), which will help you create a strong and inspiring presence in your life and relationships.