Symbolically, the sun represents our vitality; our ‘fire’. Whether it is the energy to ‘get up and go’ or the fire ~ the drive ~ that inspires new things; symbolically those are related to the sun. It gives energy to all ~ not just us humans ~ but everything in nature. One could say it is the sun that vitalizes nature in its broadest sense; it is the sun that gives the system of the earth ~ Gaia ~ its energy.
And it does so with never-ending vigor!
No matter how vast the layer of clouds is, the light of the sun will penetrate them; and given time dissolve them.
While that sounds like a good thing, it turns out that the warmth of the sun sometimes can turn into a burning heat. That the comfortable light that allows us to see what is going on around us can take on a hellish brightness.
This makes that in those areas where the sun has free access to the earth and all living things, shade may become a premium. A place to take shelter from both light and temperature. It is in those areas that the energy of the sun has gone to its polarity; so rather than activating and inspiring us, it numbs us and leads us to sit back and wait for the sun to go down…
On the other hand, when one lives in an area where the days turn ~ sometimes painfully ~ short during Winter, the sun is awaited with much anticipation come Spring! Its light, its warmth; and with it the instigation to become more active again. To go outside for any outdoors event; or to just face the sun and bask in it. To soak up its warmth and the light; to replenish that ‘fire’ inside of us that may have gone depleted during the long Winter.
It is a perfect example of how even one energy carries both polarities in it.
And looking at it from the perspective of polarities, we have very similar energies inside of ourselves. Where the balanced perspective probably is to be actively productive; it doesn’t take much for us to take on too much and to start ‘burning the candle on both ends’. Or to ‘throw in the towel’ and step back from all activity because there is just simply too much going on in our lives at that time.
Therefore it would be a good thing to find some time to bask in the sun, as well as creating our shady shelters. It is a good thing to be inspired and active, just as much as it is to relax and enjoy…