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Our next stop as we wander backwards through the Major Arcana is #19, The Sun. Ridiculously appropriate timing as, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are in the season of the Summer Solstice. It's the Sun's day!
In my most used deck (Celtic Dragon Deck by DJ Conway and Lisa Hunt) the Sun is all about power. I would post it here to show you, but blogger is being silly. It's a fiery card with three fire dragons on the wing, creating a sun with their flame. To me this is the card of "I have the power to complete my journey". The light is also bringing illumination to all the dark places and unconcious thoughts that may hamper one through the journey of the Major Arcana.
In the Rider-Waite deck the Sun has a baby carrying a victory banner under the summer sky. Unlike my issues with Judgment in this deck, this card really translates well for me. Enlightened innocence crying victory over unseen forces. It's also about power, success but also hope. My favorite version of this 'traditional' card is pictured here from the Romani Tarot by Buckland. I love the colors and the PURE JOY on the child's face.
When I pull this card for a client in the upright position I like being able to tell them that they have the resources to power through to success. When reversed, it's less fun to tell them that something is taking their personal power away, and they are probably helping their opposition.