21 December 2006

The sun is a very magic fellow

The sun is a very magic fellow
He shines on me each day

Since it's the summer solstice and the longest day (was last night or is tonight the shortest night?), and because I've been discussing the Tarot with various people recently, it seemed appropriate to post this:

You are The Sun

Happiness, Content, Joy.

The meanings for the Sun are fairly simple and consistent.

Young, healthy, new, fresh. The brain is working, things that were muddled come clear, everything falls into place, and everything seems to go your way.

The Sun is ruled by the Sun, of course. This is the light that comes after the long dark night, Apollo to the Moon's Diana. A positive card, it promises you your day in the sun. Glory, gain, triumph, pleasure, truth, success. As the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious, from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully consciousness and wide awake. You have an understanding and enjoyment of science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

The Sun Tarot cardThe main problem with it, as I've said in other posts, is the awful choice of display images that go with it, not one of which is the authentic Tarot sun.

The version on the left is authentic, though I prefer the variant with the drops going the other way. The Moon sucks life from the earth, the sun showers blessings, and the naked or near-naked children are open to receiving them. There is a variant that has one child riding a pony and holding a banner.

One of the things that struck me when I first began learning Zulu was the number of words in the i(li)/ama class (gender) that had to do with the basic elemenal things -- ilanga sun, day; amalanga suns, days; Itshe a stone, and so on. Our life on earth is dependent on the sun, and it is basic to our existence.

And for Christians the solstice is followed shortly by the feast of the Nativity, when we sing:

Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus ChristThy Nativity, O Christ our God
has shone to the world the light of wisdom
For by it those who worshipped the stars
were taught by a star to adore Thee
The Sun of Righeousness
And to know Thee, the Orient from on high.
O Lord, glory to Thee.


Roswila said...

Hi, a friend just sent me the link to your Tarot blog. It's delightful! I'd love to know what decks you posted Sun cards from. Especially that first one by "The Sun is a very magic fellow..." Those of us who are collectors like knowing about decks. :-)

I'll visit again.

Steve Hayes said...


For the first image, take the test to find out.

For the second, the link is http://www.arcane21.com/cartes.htm

Roswila said...

OK, so I took the test. Still don't know what deck that first Sun card is from. What gives? Why the mystery? :-)

Steve Hayes said...

When you take the test, you are given four or five sets to choose from. That image comes from one of them -- I can't remember which one.

Roswila said...

Ah! I wondered if that might be the case. I'll figure it out now, as I know two of the decks it's definitely not in. :-) Thanks.

Roswila said...

Hi Steve,

I just did some googling, and that Sun card I inquired about is from the Fantastical Tarot.


Steve Hayes said...

I'm glad you managed to find it -- I wasn't very impressed with any of the ones offered, and wished they'd included at least one traditional option.


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