Being that we are mid -Winter, and many of us are fed up with snow and cold, I thought I would choose the Sun to study today. I was thinking about what would be the best card in the deck. It is said to be this one, The Sun. It is thought to be the most positive card in the Tarot deck. I have to agree. Whenever I do a reading, and this card appears, it immediately gives me a feeling of happiness, great hope, optimism in the present and for the future. The Sun is after all, the life giving planet, and it makes all things grow, including ourselves. We always feel better when the Sun is shining. I know I certainly do.
After yet another snow storm I was at a loss as to how the heck I was ever going to manage to get dug out again. I had shoveled for over two hours yesterday, and now we had even more snow than last time, and it was heavy! In spite of sun shine I was feeling a little on the very glum side, from being shack whacky and being completely snowed in. Then a miracle happened. I got plowed out!!! A complete surprise! Oh, and now the Sun is shining even brighter, and my back is feeling better already! Sun, Sun, Sun, here it comes! I'm heading out tonight!
The naked child mounted on a white horse and displaying a red standard has been mentioned already as the better symbolism connected with this card. It is the destiny of the Supernatural East and the great and holy light which goes before the endless procession of humanity, coming out from the walled garden of the sensitive life and passing on the journey home. The card signifies, therefore, the transit from the manifest light of this world, represented by the glorious sun of earth, to the light of the world to come, which goes before aspiration and is typified by the heart of a child.
But the last allusion is again the key to a different form or aspect of the symbolism. The sun is that of consciousness in the spirit - the direct as the antithesis of the reflected light. The characteristic type of humanity has become a little child therein—a child in the sense of simplicity and innocence in the sense of wisdom. In that simplicity, he bears the seal of Nature and of Art; in that innocence, he signifies the restored world. When the self-knowing spirit has dawned in the consciousness above the natural mind, that mind in its renewal leads forth the animal nature in a state of perfect conformity. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Pictorial_Key_to_the_Tarot#The_Greater_Arcana_and_their_Divinatory_Meanings
The Sun, the giver of life, represents our conscious mind in Astrology. It represents our will to live and our creative life force.
Just as the planets revolve around the Sun in our solar system, we derive our life purpose from the Sun in our natal charts. The Sun is our ego. It is also our "adult"-- the part of us that censors our "inner child", that reasons things out, and makes final decisions. The Sun is our basic identity, and represents self-realization. When you are asked, "Who are you?", and you've passed your basic statistics and occupation, your answers will be a description of your Sun. The Sun also represents our overall vitality. The Sun directs us, and can be considered "the boss" of our chart.
The Sun () is so important in the chart, that the happiest people on this earth are those who identify (without over-identifying) with the Sun's expression. Though one might think that the traits of their Sun would come easy to them, the truth is, the Sun shows what we are learning to be. It is very important to remember that the Sun represents reason as opposed to instinct.
With respect to the other luminary (the Moon), the Sun reflects the present or the "here and now", while the Moon infuses the past into our lives through the feelings.
Grant Lewi referred to the Sun as indicative of "the psychological bias which will dominate your actions". He went on to say, "You may think, dream, imagine, hope to be a thousand things, according to your Moon and your other planets: but the Sun is what you are, and to be your best self in terms of your Sun is to cause your energies to work along the path in which they will have maximum help from planetary vibrations." (1)
When we are "acting out" our Sun, we are purposeful, directed, proud, and creative. On the negative side, we can be haughty, overly willful, self-centered, and judgmental.
In the chart, the position of the Sun by zodiac sign represents the native's life purpose and the style in which they leave their mark in the world. By house, the Sun's position shows where our personalities shine. The areas of life associated with that house reveal the types of experiences which contribute to our sense of individuality and which shape our sense of pride. These areas of life are ones in which we seek to express and focus our Sun sign qualities. http://www.cafeastrology.com/sun.html