Sunday, December 24, 2006


TODAY'S CARD IS The Sun (XIX). This version is from The Haindl Tarot.

For comparison, here's The Sun in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE SUN: The Haindl Tarot was a gift from a friend. It's not a deck I have ever gotten "next to" but since it was a gift, I treasure it. I can also see why so many really appreciate it. The Tarot images are often unusual and the art work is unique and striking (see the link above for more images from this deck). However it may be, I chose The Sun in this deck today because I love roses, especially red ones. The Sun card in general is the third and last of the "Three Luminaries" in The Tarot. (See my two previous posts for The Moon and The Star, the other two of the luminaries.) I think it is a truly appropriate card to post during this season filled with holidays about the return of light/Light.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE SUN: (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Most unfortunately, I have seen this card represent someone who was abused in childhood.

Someone who is not seeing clearly at all, though they believe they are. Maybe a fantatic who has been "blinded by the light."

A tendency to day dream only. Some concrete action is necessary now.

It may be time to take a rest from intellectual pursuits. To get out of the bright light and rest in the more intuitive realm.

Time for complete honesty, with yourself and/or with others.

Are you taking on too much and about to "go nova"? If you can, put down some of your burdens and take a breather. If you can't do this, try to find some "cooling shade" in others' support.

Can represent that Greater Consciousness from which our intuitive abilities gain their information.

You are in, or headed for, a time of great mental clarity, insight and/or wisdom. Enjoy it while it lasts. :-)

This card sometimes has a very social aspect to it. Large social groups at their best, doing their best work as long as they are able to. (The sun does set and clinging to what once produced good works is counter-productive.)

The healthy human desire to shine in someone else's eyes. I.e., a need for nurturing attention.

It is rare we really see our own light. So let others know what they illumine for you, how they nourish and support you. Find the sun in everyone.

This card can represent that part of ourselves that is able to connect in love with the soul's of others. (It can be a card of weddings and other big celebrations.)

And lastly, I quote from "The Book of Runes," by Ralph Blum (published by St. Martin's Press, NY 1982), from the section on the rune "Sowelu," wholeness, life forces, and the Sun's energy:

You who are the source of all power
Whose rays illuminate the whole world
Illuminate also my heart
So that it too can do your work

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Resource: The Runes, a basic chart on the runes (an ancient alphabet) and their meanings. I find the Runes nicely complement The Tarot. However, they are a wonderful system all on their own.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep finding and acknowledging the Sun in each other, and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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