It was during a recent trip to Australia that whilst playing with the cards that I pulled out the sun card, but in the reversed position (upside down.) Probably the most joyous card in all the Tarot is the sun card, the sun is warm, spreads illumination and is a big yes to whatever the question might be.
The Sun is an image of optimism and fulfilment, the dawn that follows the darkest night. As the source of all life on earth, the Sun represents the source of life itself. The child playing joyfully in the foreground represents the happiness of our inner spirit when we are in tune with our truest Self. He is naked, having nothing to hide. He has all the innocence and purity of childhood. The white horse upon which the child rides represents strength and purity of spirit. The horse is without a saddle and is controlled without the use of the hands. This is a symbol of perfect control between the conscious and subconscious. The child holds an orange banner in his left hand, showing that control has passed from the conscious to the subconscious. The orange banner represents action and vibration, and the rays of the sun represent the same thing. The straight rays are action while the wavy rays represent vibration. The sunflowers in the background represent life and the fruitfulness of the spirit under the nourishment of the Sun. There are four sunflowers, representing the four suits of the Minor Arcana, as well as the four elements. The astrological correspondence to this card is the Sun, of course.
Therefore, when the sun is reversed all these positives are not quite connecting in such a great way!
Sometimes the sun can be very fierce and quite harmful, the number of skin cancer clinics in Australia reminded me of the importance of being careful in the sun, because even though the sun is a lovely thing it too can be damaging, so I guess the moral of the story is that whilst being out in the sun is lovely, be sure to wear your sun cream!