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The symbolism of the Sun and our deep connection to it


We live united to the Sun: its light reaches Earth in eight minutes, four years before any other. Our connection to him is deeper than imaginable.

Every morning when we wake up a new day begins. We open the windows and the light enters the rooms happily, we look outside and everything seems to be in its place. Then a shower removes the last shadows of the night and breakfast gives us strength to start the day. This is how life passes, like a great clockwork mechanism that sets the conditions for our activities to take place.

Throughout existence there is a dynamism to which we must engage, a “dance” to which we are invited. But what is the force that moves all these gears?


The answer is obvious but we don’t always keep it in mind. Indeed, it is the sun that allows life and its constant transformations.

Without its presence, nothing that we see around would exist: not our houses, not water or food. There would be no days and nights, necessary phases of activity and rest, or the course of the seasons.

Nor is it something as important as the rain, since the water from the sea and the land rises thanks to the heat of the sun to cool down and then fall back purified from above, as if it were a kind of solar respiration.

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Moreover, the same Earth and the other planets have been formed by the sun. And if the mineral involves the condensation of that solar fire, without the light that emanates, plant photosynthesis would not occur, which in turn allows the life of animals and ours.

If the Sun suddenly stopped shining, in almost an instant the planet would freeze and everything would turn into a dark and cold desert.

The sun is a source of vital energy that should be harnessed. That is why it is good to sunbathe on the skin all year round, but better in the hours of less intensity and without having to stay too long.

Energy can also be captured through the optic nerve, looking directly at the sun in the only moments when it is possible to do so: when it is about to dawn or at dusk.


The realization that life depends on the sun has not gone unnoticed by humans from the most remote anti-guilty. All cultures have dedicated respect and gratitude to the star king.

In cosmogony and religions, solar symbolism – along with its lunar complement is fundamental. And not necessarily in the form of worship of the sun as di-vinidad in itself, but as a representation or sensitive image of the divine.

Indeed, the sun gives life (creative power) and maintains it, it is fair (it “comes out for everyone”) and reaches every corner (omnipresence).

It governs time (without its movements with respect to the Earth there would be no clocks or calendars) and largely the laws of nature (legislator).

Sun offers warmth and mi-sericordia by their benefactor’s rays, but also rigor and sometimes it can burn.

Being the reflection in our world of what we could call “Cosmic Intelligence”, it is not surprising that all religions have used his image.

It could also be considered, following the spiritual traditions of humanity, that the physical sun is a reflection of a metaphysical or spiritual sun that transcends the cosmos. One is in temporary becoming while the supreme sun shines motionless in the eternal present.


For the Egyptians, the god Ra, in the form of a solar disk and on a boat, traveled the sky from dawn to dusk.

In India, the sun represents Atma, the universal spirit. In Persian Zoroastrianism it was the emblem of Ahura Mazda, the god of light.

According to Buddhism, the sun symbolizes the light of the Dharmakaya that shines within the human being. Identical symbolism is found in Amida Buddha (“Infinite Light”), of which the historical Buddha, Siddharta Gautama, is an earthly manifestation.

In the Japanese-nés Shintoism, the sun goddess, Amaterasu, occupies an important place.

The figure of the sun is widely used by American pre-Columbian cultures (Incan, Mayan, Aztec …) or by the Indians of the prairies (“dance of the sun” Sioux).

In the Orphism of ancient Greece, the sun is the “Father of all”. Also, the Celts had it as a representation of God, while in Islam it is named as “Eye of Allah”.

Let us remember within Sufism the figure of Rumi, his dervishes still today perform the sacred dance (Sama), in which the dancers turn ecstatic on themselves while they move around the teacher who remains immobile in the center, just as they do. the planets with respect to the Sun.

Nor could Christianity be alien to this symbolism. Jesus Christ is called “Sun of the world”.

In medieval churches, the entrance door faces west, the place of death (sunset), while the altar faces east, where the sun rises (resurrection). The central nave thus resembles a boat with its bow facing the rising sun. The rose windows filter the exterior light, turning it into a soft musical polychrome.


But the oldest and most primordial symbol that represents both the sun and the divine is the ideogram formed by a circle with a central point. This figure, which is still used in astrology to indicate the sun, condenses a rich symbolism.

Thus, the center is the Spirit, the unit, while the circle is the Creation, the manifestation or multiplicity. The sun brings together both aspects as it is a central focus from which light rays come out and spread everywhere.

Although the solar quality is not only an attribute of the astronomical Sun, since it can manifest itself in different planes. By analogy, gold is considered to be a metal of a solar nature since it has a golden color and is incorruptible.

According to the theory of the “signatures”, also the amber would have solar characteristics; and between plants, the rosemary or saffron. For its part, the lion or the Agui be animals governed by the sun.

In our body, the solar organ par excellence is the heart. For just as the Sun is located in the center of the planetary system and distributes its light and heat, the heart distributes the blood (which carries oxygen and nutrients) throughout the body also from a central position.

The fact that the heart is located more to one side of the thorax would perhaps correspond to the detail that, in the elliptical orbit of the Earth, the Sun does not occupy the center but one of the two foci of the ellipse.

Let us remember that traditional Chinese medicine considers noon as the culminating point of the energy circulation of the heart meridian, precisely when the sun hits vertically. In this sense, it would be inadvisable for a person with heart problems to practice sports at that time of the day (and even worse in summer, new solar exaltation).

Significantly, the homeopathic remedy gold (Aurum metallícum) is used against certain cardiovascular problems.

This journey around the sun and its significance should not be something as abstract, but as a possible vi-vencia.

In our society solar energy is vindicated and, on the beaches, tanning is worshiped. One more step would be to take into account its qualities of luminosity and centrality.


A day on the beach by the sea can be a good occasion to meditate on the sun and the elements of nature and their qualities:

  • Sand. It corresponds to the earth element, the base on which we move or rest. We value and assimilate its solidity.
  • Water. It refreshes and cleans us. It moves, sometimes slowly, but it can also be agitated. We value and assimilate your fluency.
  • Air. It has a transparent nature, although it can present clouds. It can be calm or windy. We value and assimilate your open mobility.
  • Sun. Corresponds to fire, radiates from on high and generously illuminates everything. We value and assimilate its vitality.

We can also at any time and place, not only on the beach, visualize these same elements but from the interior or psychic space. For instance:

  • Land. It corresponds to the physical body and the vegetative functions. We value and want them to be in balance and free from blockages.
  • Water. It corresponds to the emotions. We value and wish that they are not agitated, but rather like clean, calm water.
  • Air. It corresponds to the mind and Pansy-tos. We value and want these to be calm and fair, without confusion.
  • Fire. It corresponds to the sun or spiritual level. We value and desire your luminous warmth.

You can also do a simple visualization practice to get in touch with the Inner Sun:

  1. With our eyes closed, we visualize that the light of that inner sun contains the qualities of all the elements.
  2. You can imagine a radiating sphere of soft golden light in the center of the body and how it fills it with its luminosity. Or that sphere is visualized above the head and how its light falls little by little from head to toe.
  3. Per-manecemos quiet in that sense of fullness few minutes, then breathe deeply and open our eyes.


In the “periphery” of our being is where there are more problems, agitation and suffering, while in the central part serenity and joy dominate.

Light and heat are psychologically equivalent to understanding and love. The sun teaches us both: the importance of seeking the inner center and not staying only outside; also, to identify ourselves with the light.

It is said that our soul is modulated by what we see, feel and love-mos. When someone concentrates and meditates on some object or symbol, he tends to acquire internally the qualities of that image on which attention is focused.

It is an easy exercise, since the solar presence is constant, directly during the day and at night, reflecting on the Moon.

Goethe wrote: “If the eye were not of a solar nature, how could we see light?” Since the eye can only capture light and no other type of energy, could it not be said that the light itself has created an organ appropriate to its nature? For only the like knows the like. We surely love light because our essential nature is luminous.

Having made these reflections, let us think – as an anonymous author said that we are fortunate: “living on Earth is expensive, but that includes a free trip around the Sun every year”.

MindFixes Staff
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