SUN XIX

Enlightenment and understanding, glory, achieving prominence, vitality, radiant joy and energy, invigoration, health, assurance, confidence.

Enlightenment and understanding, glory, achieving prominence, vitality, radiant joy and energy, invigoration, health, assurance, confidence.

S U N
What has traditionally been known as the Sun card is about the self — who you are and how you cultivate your personality and character. The earth revolves around the sun to make up one year of a person’s life, a fact we celebrate on our birthday.

I love it when birds fly into my vision during a tarot reading. It says my client is in a good place for inspiration and higher communication.

Because birds belong to the realm of air – their symbolism deals with thought, communication and matters of the ethereal realms. Check out my page on the symbolism of the suit of swords (which deals with the air element) for more about symbolic meanings of air.

I can appreciate how birds are creatures of both air and earth – and this speaks to us about discernment. Keep this in mind when bird fly into your interpretations.

Bird: The symbol meanings of the bird deals with higher thoughts and matters of the spirit. They are creatures of the air, so they symbolize higher ideals. They also represent freedom and ascension. When the bird symbol pops out at us during a reading it is a message that we are rising to a higher level, that we need to free ourselves from bondage and we must make our hearts light.
Birds as tarot symbols are liaisons. Like angels, they relay information back and for from the sky (heaven, divine realms, unconsciousness) to earth (matter, practical realms, consciousness). Birds will tweet sweet messages to you and your client about divine information. Indeed, bird were considered to be divine messengers and communicators in esoteric schools of thought.
Where the Moon may portray a subtle, undercurrent of influence, there is no subtlety with the Sun Tarot card. The sun is pervasive in its power, blazing with its message of vitality, and its presence in our lives equates to life-giving energy.

Tarot symbols in the form of birds can be extremely enlightening to our readings. Here’s an quick list of symbolic attributes to birds found in the Tarot:

Ascension
Higher thought
Navigation of thought
An Aerial view
High ideals
Inspiration
Hope
Divine communication
Lightheartedness
The Sun is inevitable. We can always count on it to rise each morning. Even if we’ve had the most dark and despairing night we are able to derive confidence that this too shall pass when we see the sun lifting over the horizon.

Cultures have worshiped the sun over the ages because it gives life. It allows crops to grow, it allows productivity during the day, and it illumines the world so that we may see things clearly without the symbolic undertones of darkness overshadowing our judgment.

When we pull the Sun card in a reading it is a very good sign. It means we’ve “struck gold.” We’ve come to the other side of a long period of grief, mourning, or confusion. We’ve come to a point of clarity and understanding. We’re seeing that promotion in our jobs. We’re relocating to the house and neighborhood in which we’ve always wanted to live. We’re receiving that opportunity that we’ve been dreaming about for such a long time.

This is a break through card. So often we go through the motions of our lives, wondering if we’ll come out of the dark, curious if all our hard work is ever going to pay off. The Sun card is a clear message, that yes, indeed the proverbial flowers in the garden of life that we’ve painstakingly cared for are about to come in full bloom. When the vibrancy of the Sun card shines in a reading, everything is coming up roses.

Ask yourself the following questions:

How do I begin remove blockages in my life?

Is there an area in my life I need clarification?

Have I built some walls around my heart or against others?

Am I allowing the highest and best energy to flow through to me?

What would it take for me to expose my true self and the beauty I represent?

Do I turn my face to things of truth, beauty and vitality or do I mire in the mud?

Sun- Life, Energy,Growth, Clarity,Vibrancy,Understanding, Illumination,New Beginnings And Breaking Through

Other deck renditions depict a nude child riding a white horse on the Sun card. This is a symbol of freedom from doubt and fear. The horse represents mobility in a new direction which we are able to do because of the clarity and brilliance the sun (new understanding) shines upon our lives. The child is also a symbol new beginnings and total trust that our way is always illuminated by the sun-energy, and we have no need to fear the darkness.

The Sun card could also be titled “Back to Eden.” The Sun’s radiance is where one’s original nature or unconditioned Being can be encountered in health and safety. The limitations of time and space are stripped away; the soul is refreshed and temporarily protected from the chaos outside the garden walls.

Under the light of the Sun, Life reclaims its primordial goodness, truth and beauty. If one person is shown on this card, it is usually signifying a human incarnation of the Divine. When two humans are shown, the image is portraying a resolution of the tension between opposites at all levels. It’s as if this card is saying “You can do no wrong — it’s all to the good!”

Crystal – Amber—Creativity, Vibrancy, Health, Wholeness

Zodiac – Sun – Focus, Energy, Vitality, Creativity, Will, Identity

Symbol –
Nudity: We’ve seen nudity in the other cards, and it always symbolizes freedom, letting our guard down and allowing our true nature to come forth. Nudity is the ultimate form of expression. When we drop our defenses, we make a way for all the wonderful gifts the Universe has to offer us. Nudity is a symbol of being able to communicate our true nature without fear. This further embodies the meaning of this tarot card because it works hand-in-hand with the vitality and clarity the sun represents.

Flower: “As the sunflower turns its face to the light of the sun, so too does the face of humanity turn to the light of Truth.” This is an adaptation of the motto held by the science, philosophy and religion of Spiritualism. This is a perfect summation of what the sunflower represents. If you’ve ever observed the sunflower you will see that they stretch and move their faces to meet and greet the sun. We should all do the same: Reach further and extend to greater lengths to meet the face of truth, clarity, and spiritual illumination.

Wall: Walls are symbolic of holding back, separating, or keeping something from experiencing the natural flow of energy. It is represented in this card for two reasons: 1) to remind us that all the growth, rejuvenation and clarity the life-giving sun energy has to offer will never be ours as long as we are closed to it. We must never build walls again the illumination that rightfully belongs to us as divine creatures. 2) the wall represents a break through. It indicates that no matter how bleak our situation seems, or how bitter and blocked we have become, there is always an opportunity to break through the walls we may have built around our hearts.

Flag: When we consider the cards on which the flag is featured (Death, Sun & Judgment) we get a good concept of its symbol meanings. The flag is an announcement to change – something has shifted and a flag makes the world aware of this shift. It is a bright, bold obvious sign that a new day is dawning. This is not about subtle shifts – the flag is about “in-your-face” transformation; an event to announce to all who will hear.

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Devil

Losing independence, addiction and enslavement, caught up in the material, over indulgement, choosing to stay in the dark, pleasures, lust, and desire.

Losing independence, addiction and enslavement, caught up in the material, over indulgent, choosing to stay in the dark, pleasures, lust, and desire.

D E V I L What has traditionally been known as the Devil card expresses the realm of the Taboo, the culturally rejected wildness and undigested shadow side that each of us carries in our subconscious. This shadow is actually at the core of our being, which we cannot get rid of and will never succeed in taming. From its earliest versions, which portrayed a vampire-demon, this card evoked the Church-fueled fear that a person could “lose their soul” to wild and passionate forces. The image which emerged in the mid-1700’s gives us a more sophisticated rendition — that of the “scapegoated Goddess,” whose esoteric name is Baphomet. Volcanic reserves of passion and primal desire empower her efforts to overcome the pressure of stereotyped roles and experience true freedom of soul. Tavaglione’s highly evolved image (Stella deck) portrays the magical formula for harnessing and transmuting primal and obsessive emotions into transformation energies. As a part of the Gnostic message of Tarot, this fearsome passion and power must be reintegrated into the personality, to fuel the soul’s passage from mortal to immortal. Symbol: Bird: The symbol meanings of the bird deals with higher thoughts and matters of the spirit. They are creatures of the air, so they symbolize higher ideals. They also represent freedom and ascencion. When the bird symbol pops out at us during a reading it is a message that we are rising to a higher level, that we need to free ourselves from bondage and we must make our hearts light Heart: As one would assume, the heart has long been as symbol of love, joy, and affection. The heart is also a symbol of truth, courage and conscience. The symbolic heart is the center of existence – physically speaking it pumps out life to the rest of the body. When we note the heart in our readings we must be mindful of our own center, and what is at the center of our focus. We may also ask what we love most – that which is positive or negative. click for a larger view of all cards with the Keys symbol Keys: Keys unlock things, and as such, they represent knowledge, intellect, and uncovering things that are hidden from us. The keys of the Hierophant card symbolize the keys to spiritual knowledge, and wisdom. The ancient Greeks depicted keys as symbols for knowledge and life. When these keys catch our attention we may need to ask if we are locking up our potential, or if we feel something is being locked away from us. Chains: As one might imagine, the symbolic meaning of chains deals with restriction, bondage, conflict, and slavery. Featured in the devil card of the Tarot deck, chains are a message that we may be in a situation where we have become a slave to our thoughts, vices, or to others. It indicates there is restriction or addiction revolving around the situation noted in the reading. Mountains: Seen on many of the cards, mountain symbol meanings deal with triumph, challenge, attainment, and realization. Mountains also represent timelessness and an endurance that is infinite. When those mountains peak out of the cards into our attention, we may consider the vastness of our universe, and contemplate our place within it. We may also want to consider the heights to which we are climbing, and what the realization of our goals may mean for us and those around us. Ask yourself the following questions: Am I feeding an addiction? What do I gain by letting my ego control my life? Do I think I’m unworthy of love? Happiness? Peace? Why? Do I always feel like I need to answer to someone? Why? What is pestering me all the time? What can I do about it? Do I feel like I never have enough, can never be enough? Why? How can I lift myself out of these lower levels of thoughts and feelings? Absorption, Abashment, Totality Influence Stone:Tektite – It’s a black stone Obsidian – Obsolete, Completion, Grounding, Expanse Capricorn – Determination, Dominance, Persevering, Practical, Willful Ask yourself the following questions: Am I feeding an addiction? What do I gain by letting my ego control my life? Do I think I’m unworthy of love? Happiness? Peace? Why? Do I always feel like I need to answer to someone? Why? What is pestering me all the time? What can I do about it? Do I feel like I never have enough, can never be enough? Why? How can I lift myself out of these lower levels of thoughts and feelings? banner1

H E R M I T

Hermit

H E R M I T

Being introspective, seeking, solitude and withdrawing from the world, giving or receiving guidance

Wisdom
Humility
Solitude
Searching
Detachment
Deliberate
Observation

The challenge of what has traditionally been known as the Hermit card is to be able to recognize a teacher in a humble disguise. This font of mysterious knowledge will not make it easy for the student to acquire his wisdom, as it takes time and long contemplation to fathom what he knows. He often speaks wordlessly, or in ancient and barbaric tongues, communicating with the elements, animals and Nature herself.

While the hourglass was an identifying feature on the earliest Hermit cards, more modern ones have. So the light from the lantern symbolizes the light of God.( The star of David 6 pointed Star) Further inspection of the star reveals that it is comprised of two triangles, one inverted, the other erect. This is a common symbol for male & female or opposing/balancing energies using the energies together for the purpose of spiritual advancement
In either case, the Hermit card reminds us of the value of time away from the hubbub of civic life, to relax the ego in communion with nature.

Mountains typically symbolize achievement, growth, and accomplishment.

The Hermit has achieved his goal and he is continuing the path he has chosen, committed to his endeavor of ultimate awareness.

So ask yourself the following questions:

Have you taken the time to simply “be?”

Are you able to be still? If not, why?

What is your level of awareness at this moment?

Are you receiving the guidance you need on your path? If not, why?

Are you able to be quite and listen to the still small voice within?

Is the current path you are on still as meaningful as when you first set out?

When was the last time you stopped to take a break from the hassle-bustle of your life?

Peridot – Morality, Purity, Discrimination, Spiritual clarity

(9) Vision, Invention, Influence, Intellectual Power, Attainment, Anticipation.

Blue: Look to the sky for the meanings of Blue – open spaces, freedom, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity.
Violet: The hue of fragile flowers and sleepy sunsets, Violet reminds us of spirituality, communion, grandeur, high-ideals, devotion, and peace.

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The Lovers VI

The Lovers VI

L O V E R S

In one of the oldest tales, there is the Choice: knowledge and fulfillment of worldly senses, or the simplicity of an ever-present Now.

To be drawn into an embrace, to seek that union that all souls ache for and desire, to know the One-ness of passion and love, and to revel in it. Their eyes are open, but they gaze only at each other, oblivious to the sun that goes on turning above them, and the gaze of the heavens. Neither crown of kings, nor crown of peasants grace their brows, for the forces gathering around them make no such distinctions; and indeed their own senses have no awareness of such either.

Take this seed, he says to her, placing an acorn in her palm. Water it with the fount of your spirit and your intentions.

And we shall see what grows of that, she replies.

Meaning: Union, balance, energy, flow, passion, melding of heart and mind, forming a union or marriage. Though it can be romantic in nature, it is not necessarily so. The lovers is also about determining values and struggling with choices — the innocence embodied in the turtledoves is a contrast to the shiny red apple in the embrace of the snake, one of the oldest symbols of temptation.

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Although it has taken on a strictly romantic revision of meaning in some modern decks, traditionally the Lovers card of Tarot reflected the challenges of choosing a partner. At a crossroads, one cannot take both paths. The images on this card in different decks have varied more than most, because we have had so many ways of looking at sex and relationships across cultures and centuries.

Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures.

Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the Fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice — the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship — instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort.

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Hanged Man

Hanged Man

H A N G E D M A N

Letting go and surrendering to experience and emotional release. Accepting what is, and giving up control, reversing your view of the world and seeing things in a new light. Suspending action. Sacrifice.

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Traditionally, the card known as the Hanged Man usually indicates a lack of ability to help oneself through independent action. This energy is arrested and awaiting judgment. With this card, there is no avenue for the will to regain control until the situation has passed.

This represents a good time to be philosophical, to study and meditate upon the position you find yourself in, and form resolutions for the moment you become free again. Only those who possess wisdom, patience and optimism will be able to see through limitations, including possible humiliation, to grasp the inspiring lesson one can gain from such an experience.

Moss Agate/ Release, Elimination, Sacrifice, Elevation

7/ Perfection, Imagination, Awareness, Mysticism, Understanding, Healing.

Neptune/ Illusion, Imagination, Idealism, Psychic, Distortion

Water sign

Herb/ Kelp

Moss Agate – Release, Elimination, Sacrifice, Elevation

MAGICIAN

M A G I C I A N


The Magician card affirms that our alter ego today is the Imaginer or Director, whose superpower is a state-of-the-art design force. By bringing free will and intention together with natural principles, the creative process is transformed into a blueprint for success. The spell is cast, and I don’t have to see it to believe it. As a creative wiz, I have what it takes: the presence of mind to do what I do best. I can apply or advance new ideas and entertain new possibilities with resourceful and inventive attention to detail. I lay it on the line. I set the stage for performing my own enterprising experiments to make it over and make it work. I leave it all behind so that I can simplify or renovate the formula. I read between the lines for tips and tricks to following conventional methods and guarding my reputation and my privacy.

MAGICIAN The Fool drifts past as a seed in the wind, as a twirling feather, as a crystal mote of condensation, and she sees the Magician. She watches the boy who is initiated to the mysteries of the elements. He is taught and masters conjurings, summonings, bindings.One day she cannot resist, and she trails fingers of wind across his eyes and he opens them with a start, seeing for a moment. “Who are you?” he demands, but oh so quickly the spirit transforms into a stag and bounds away.

He chases into the woods. Always the stag is just out of reach. His bare feet press into the earth. The air rushes through his hair. The sun beats upon his shoulders. The tantalizing flash of white from the stag darting through the verdure taunts him unbearably until suddenly…

It is gone, and he is alone.

Upon a rock he sees the gifts that have been left for him. The relics of the elements glint in the sunlight, and as his hands close upon the offerings, a smile touches his lips at the power that surges through them.

Meaning:Originality, creativity, skill, will-power, self-confidence, dexterity and slight of hand. It is about grasping the unseen around you, and harnessing it to become reality. This Magician draws upon relics representative of the elements: Fire in his lantern, the voice of the Sea in the shell, a breath of Wind in the raven’s feather, and Earth from the leaves.

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Eight of Cups

E I G H T   o f   C U P S

The Eight of Chalices card suggests that our power today lies in space. I am true to myself and will only regret the chances I don’t take to seek or follow my hearts desire. I turn away from or make a clean sweep of that which does not honor or sustain my passion and love, and in this, I am not afraid to be alone. I am empowered to move forward or make space and my gift is letting go.

E I G H T o f C U P S

Delving within for personal discovery and answers, turning away and disengaging from the material for the spiritual, moving on, letting go, weariness, drain.

Seeker of the Seas, dive down, dive deep. Plumb the sapphire waters so dark that they pulse with the nacreous gleam of black pearls. Slice through the waters, O Seeker of Truth; slide with lithe body through the currents and undertows; turn away from the sunlight of the world up above that blinds with its too-sharp brilliance. Like the delicate luminescence of the deep sea life, there are some things which can only be seen when the eyes grow enlarged in the dim netherlit otherworld. Dive down, Seeker of the Seas!

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