19 - The Sun Tarot Card
The Sun is tarot card number 19, although it is the 20th card of the Major Arcana because the 1st of the 22 Major Arcana cards is number 0 (The Fool).
The Sun tarot card is one of the most joyful cards in the tarot deck, which is clearly depicted on most traditional cards that include detailed images.
Examples of the imagery used include dominant images of a sun - often with many rays emanating outwards in all directions, sunflowers, a man and a woman (e.g. in the Golden Dawn tarot deck), and a smiling person (often a child). In the cases of the popular Rider-Waite and Robin Wood decks The Sun tarot card depicts a smiling naked child riding a bareback white pony, the naken child being consistent with the association of this card with the concept of liberation. In contrast, some other decks, such as the The Quest Tarot Deck which depicts the Sun above a sea-scape, include completely different, original, images.
The Sun tarot card is filled with cheerful positive energy. It always has positive implications when it appears in a spread.
Some of the possible indications of The Sun tarot card in a spread include the ideas that optimism and good cheer are an aspect of the subject of the reading, that appreciation of accomplishments feature in the situation, the suggestion that a more playful or child-like attitude may benefit the person or situation, and that the querent should enjoy the moment.
Concise ideas associated with The Sun tarot card include:
- Happy marriage or partnership (personal or business)