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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Journey through My Tarot Decks: The Sun

In this series of posts, I plan to discuss all of the Tarot cards in order, using a different deck for each card. Today I'm exploring Trump 19 -- The Sun -- from The Hudes Tarot by Susan Hudes (published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

Keywords from the LWB for The Sun are:
“Power. Energy. Creativity. Happiness.”

In the book Wisdom in the Cards (published by U.S. Games Systems), inspired by the Hudes Tarot Deck, A.L. Samul elaborates: “Not only does the card indicate power and activity, but also the kind of happiness that permeates our existence when we act in accordance with our authentic self.”

In astrology, our Sun Sign is believed to indicate our fundamental personality, who we are at the core. In the physical world, the Sun provides heat and light for our planet. Its power in both regards is significant. The Sun creates heat and light, which in turn support human, animal, and plant life and growth.

Samul writes: “When we manifest the card’s energy in our lives, we approach life in an innovative and creative way. We become like beacons ourselves, throwing light and warmth to those around us.” As catalysts for action, we can have a positive impact on our own lives and the lives of others.

On Hudes’ card, we see a cloudy gray background behind the Sun. Samul sees this as an indication that either the Sun has come out from behind the clouds or that a storm is moving in, which will cause the Sun to retreat behind the clouds. Either way, the atmosphere is changing, things are shifting or about to shift. The dark clouds can represent feelings of compassion, melancholy, or sorrow. It is important to understand that these play an important role and contribute to our growth.

For now, the Sun is out. Just as vibrant flowers bloom beneath its golden rays, our spirits blossom with joy as we experience The Sun’s light and warmth deep within. The Sun not only encourages me to be open to the "sunshine" all around me, but to look for ways in which I can be the "sunshine" in someone else‛s life.


  1. I liked this image and I had an alternative thought about the grey sky in relation to the Sun. The grey sky sits behind the Sun, so I thought that perhpas this could also be saying; once you reach the stage of the Sun, you are confident in who you are and comfortable with that knowledge. All the everyday troubles that brew up, do not affect you so much and you can keep it behind you. In understanding yourself, you gain a clearer understanding of those energies that surround you and the ability to not let them bother you so much.

  2. That's true, Helen! And the flowers are in front of the Sun, as if to say you can look forward to experiencing beauty and growth.

  3. Yes exactly, the way is now only forward.

  4. I just lvoe the look and feel of this card. It makes me happy:)

  5. It is a nice card, isn't it, Terry. The Hudes deck is kind of a serious deck in general. I always feel like I'm consulting a great-aunt who offers good advice but does so in a very sober manner.

  6. LOL, Zanna! That's a good way of putting it:)


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