RW BASIC DESCRIPTION: A big huge sun fills
the sky and dominates the top half of the card. The Sun has a
serene-looking face. There is a brick wall, behind which grow a row
of sunflowers, facing forward. In the foreground, a naked child sits
on a white horse. The horse appears to be standing still and content.
The child appears happy, spreading its arms and kicking out its legs,
looking very open. In its left hand, it holds a very tall pole with
an orange-red flag draped down the length of the pole. The child is
crowned with something (looks like eggs to me) and a red feather. The
child's carefree attitude, as well as the red feather) reminds me
somewhat of the Fool.
FIRST THING THAT STRUCK ME: that cool-looking sun
COLORS: sunshine yellow!, orange-red
TIME: summer solstice, i.e. June; also high noon
TRADITIONAL MEANINGS OF CARD UPRIGHT: Material happiness, fortunate marriage, contentment.
Achievements, goals met, success assured. Happy families, good marriage. Joy, contentment. Completion of studies, projects. Happiness, enjoyment of the little things in life. Graduations, weddings. Liberation.
Triumphant reward for coming hardships, enlightenment, greatness, vitality, assurance. The Sun represents the clarity of happiness. This is a moment of peace and sheer goodness. Relax and allow yourself to be happy. (Meliny)
TRADITIONAL MEANINGS OF CARD REVERSED: Material happiness, fortunate marriage, contentment, but to a lesser degree.
Unhappiness. Broken marriages, broken contracts. Projects gone sour. Feigned happiness. Elusive happiness. Dutifully fulling obligations without enjoyment. Plans go sour. Lost loves, agreements, contracts. Simulated enjoyment.
BIBLICAL: "The heavens declare the glory of
God; and the firmament shows his handywork. . . In them He has set a
tabernacle for the sun, Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his
chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run his race. His going
forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of
it: and there is nothing hidden from his heat." -- Psalm 19:1, 4-6
MYTHOLOGICAL: Archimedes, Apollo the Sun God
HISTORICAL: The Sun was one of the first things explained by ancient religions/ mythologies/ stories.
ASTROLOGICAL: (1) Sun. The sun symbolizes power, energy, illumination, health, personality, self, ego, leadership, and God's love. (2) Leo--loyalist; (GD) Sun
ANIMAL/INSECT: horse? I think of reptiles,
because their movements are so influenced by the warmth of the sun.;
'gator; bumble bee
HERBS/PLANTS/FLOWERS/TREES: IMHO and w/o references: lemon balm, sunflowers, morning glory, flowers like hibiscus that are only open in the sun, banana trees
And speaking of sunflowers . . . When I moved to Switzerland, I learned the significance of what shadow said:
"There are sunflowers which are interestingly facing the child, rather the sun as in nature- symbolizing the brightness that comes from the child." Having had no experience with sunflowers, I would not have realized the importance of this. I guess I just thought it natural that flowers would show their faces to the front of a picture. But when I came to live in Switzerland, I planted a row of sunflowers at the end of my garden . . . at the south end . . . on the south side of the house. And even though they grew beautifully -- 8-ft tall with flowers as big as my head -- I only ever saw the backs of them unless I went and stood in the path on the other side of the fence.
OILS: anything citrusy
MUSIC/FILM/BOOK: "Here Comes the Sun," the
Beatles; "Sun is Shining," Bob Marley & the Wailers; reggae,
especially commercial, happy, touristy reggae
PUBLIC PEOPLE OR EVENTS: All naked babies playing in the sun. I can remember my little brother when he was a baby used to love to run naked around the front yard, or at least the house. We used to call him the "nudey monster."
OCCUPATIONS: gardener, lifeguard, dermatologist?, jockey; meteorologist (in Florida), physical therapist
PEOPLE OR SITUATIONS IN MY LIFE: This card
reminds me of the Harley Fest last August, when that woman told me
"Du machst Licht." (You make light.)
PERSONAL THOUGHTS: Rejoice!
OTHER DECKS: The 1JJ Swiss deck has lovers holding hands under the Sun.
OTHER: Something that really connected with
me was this quote from Susan Hansson (Palladini Tarot): "A lotus
flower in full bloom signifies the microcosm within the
And shadow said: "The child has a wreath which if you look closely is made up of sun symbol -- a circle with a dot in it ... and there are six of them seen (so twelve total)."
AND together with the recent solstice, I've sort of imprinted the Sun card (or I've been imprinted?) with the idea of the sun cycles, and that each complete cycle is still just part of a larger cycle. And everything in the Universe, from atoms to galaxies, spins round and round, and I'm AWED and filled with JOY in the perfection of Creation!!! Whoo-hoo!
Or maybe I'm just glad it's summer
SOME SYMBOLS: According to Mary Summer Rain on Dreams, the "Sun stands for God," and sunflowers "specifically symbolize spiritual joy."
TaRoma: For enlightenment and realization, happiness, success, renewal, and birth.
This page is excerpted from my original contributions to an online
Tarot course discussion of this card graciously sponsored by