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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:
Navigation of thought
An Aerial view
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
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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