Symbolism for the Sun

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There is a vast and varied symbolism for the sun because every culture and its people have seen it uniquely.

Since ancient times the sun has been a constant object of worship and mystery.

For most people, the sun is a bringer of light and life. It is also a source of warmth and energy.

Many cultures have seen the sun as a god and revered its power.


Symbolism of Sun Gods

Sun over Egypt.

In ancient Egypt, the sun was worshiped as the god Ra. The Egyptians believed that Ra was the creator of all things and that he ruled over the universe. The sun was seen as the Eye of Ra, which was thought to be a powerful symbol of protection.

In Greek mythology, the sun was represented by the god Apollo. Apollo was the god of music, healing, and prophecy. He was also associated with the sun and with light. The Greeks believed Apollo could bring health and prosperity to those who worshipped him.

Greek god Apollo closely associated with the sun.

The Greek god Apollo is an anthropomorphic image of the sun. 

In China, the sun was traditionally associated with the yin and yang. The yin is the feminine principle, while the yang is the masculine principle. The sun was a symbol of balance and harmony between these two forces.

In Hinduism, the sun is represented by the god Surya. Surya is the god of light and life. He is also associated with righteousness and truth. Hindus believe that Surya brings warmth and energy to the world and that he is a powerful protector of his worshippers. It is a symbol of power, life, and protection.

Surya as a symbol of the Sun.

Surya is a solar deity within Hinduism that many worship today.


14 Symbolisms for the Sun


1. Life

The sun is a life-giving force. It is the source of light and warmth and sustains all life on Earth. The sun has been a symbol of life, energy, and vitality throughout history.

The sun is also a powerful symbol of hope and renewal. In many cultures, the sun is associated with the idea of rebirth and resurrection.

The sun rises daily, bringing new life and hope to the world.


2. Power and Strength

The sun is also a symbol of power and strength. The sun is mighty and often seen as a symbol of royalty or divine power.

In many cultures, the sun is associated with the gods and goddesses of war and victory.

The sun is also a symbol of protection. In many cultures, the sun is a protective force, guarding against evil and misfortune.

The sun is often used as a symbol of safety and security.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is the chakra of energy and strength and is our inner spiritual sun.


3. Happiness and Joy

The sun symbolizes happiness and joy because it makes people feel good.

The sun brings light and warmth to the world and is often associated with positive emotions.


4. Creativity and Imagination

Not only is the sun a symbol of vitality, but it is also associated with creativity and imagination.

The sun is often associated with the arts and with creative endeavors.

To people all over the world, the sun is a source of inspiration and motivation.


5. Unity and Harmony

The sun brings people together and is often seen as a symbol of peace and brotherhood.

In many parts of the world, the sun is associated with the idea of a world community. The sun is also a symbol of unity and harmony.


6. Protection and Safety

The sun is very powerful. Some people think it can protect them from evil and bad luck.

In many cultures, the sun is associated with the idea of safety and security.


7. Good Luck and Prosperity

The sun is not only a beautiful object to look at, but it also symbolizes good luck and prosperity.

The sun brings light and warmth to the world and is often associated with positive emotions. The sun is seen as a sign of good fortune in many cultures.


8. Positivity

The sun represents life, energy, vitality, hope, renewal, power, strength, protection, safety, unity, harmony, good luck, and prosperity.


9. truth and justice

In several ancient cultures, the sun is associated with the idea of fairness and equity. 

The sun is the source of light, and it represents clarity and understanding.


10. wisdom

The sun represents knowledge and understanding. To many, the sun is associated with the idea of enlightenment and wisdom.


11. love

Lovers under the warm sun.

The sun brings warmth and happiness and is often associated with positive emotions. In many cultures, the sun is seen as a sign of affection and love.


12. growth and abundance

The sun brings new life to the world and is often associated with fertility and prosperity. In many cultures, the sun is seen as a sign of abundance and success.


13. hope

Every day, the sun rises and brings new life and hope to the world. In many cultures, the sun is seen as a sign of optimism and hope.


14. the highest aspirations for humanity

The sun shines down on us each day, representing the possibility of a better future. In many cultures, the sun is seen as a sign of progress and advancement.


Sun Symbolism in Religions

The sun is often seen as an illuminator of the spirit and a symbol of the true self. In Hinduism, the sun is seen as a representation of the divine and is often worshiped as a god.

In Buddhism, the sun is seen as a symbol of enlightenment and is often used as a meditation object.

In Christianity, the sun is often seen as a symbol of Christ, hope, and redemption.


Solar Symbols

Because the sun has been the focus of many religions, many symbols have been created to represent it. Here are a few of these.


The Cross

The cross as a symbol for the sun.

In Christianity, the cross is a symbol of salvation and redemption. The cross is often used to symbolize the sun and represents Christ's sacrifice for humanity.


The Halo

Halo sun symbolism.

In many religions, the halo symbolizes divine grace and power. It represents the divine light of god.


The Lotus Flower

Lotus flower is a sun symbol.

In Buddhism, the lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment. The lotus flower is often used as a symbol of the sun and represents the journey to spiritual awakening.


The Sun Wheel

The sun wheel is an ancient solar symbol representing life's cycle. This ancient symbol is associated with Surya, the Hindu sun god.


Personal Closing Thoughts

I love being out in the sun. It's one of the most profound ways to meditate. Simply being with the sun's rays and warmth is uplifting and even enlightening.

I'm writing this blog post as we enter the period above the polar circle where the sun won't rise for a couple of months. Already I'm looking forward to spring and the Midnight Sun.

Please take a moment to be grateful for the sun the next time you see it!

Jon André Lundal


I am a spiritual practitioner that focuses on Kundalini Yoga and chakra work. I have been studying and practicing yoga for over 15 years. I am passionate about helping people to connect with their divine nature and live their lives in alignment with their highest purpose.

Jon André Lundal

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