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Tarot 18

The main thing in Il Sole, the Sun, is a sun surrounded by rays. Some decks show two young children seated with their arms around each other. Or there is a young male and female couple standing in a circle and holding hands. Other pictures show two children standing together before a seawall. Another variant has a dressed woman holding an arrow and a string (Agrell).

In the Rider-Waite deck there is just one child, sitting on a horse and seemingly very happy. There is a stone or brick wall behind him, and there are large sunflowers.

What is more, the sun is an origin of understanding (of seeing and light itself) and of simplehearded, childlike happiness, thinks P. Scott Hollander (103-06). And in many cultures the sun is a prominent and brilliant god who makes life on earth as we know it, possible, The sun shows splendour and make us shine somewhat, we too. [Bunning 150-51]


Warmth and humour could make you want to throw off your clothes.

When there is time for basking, adjust accordingly.

The "half-frozen", much restrained people are hard to love full well in harsh conformity.

One sign of a good life lived lies in unrestrained ado one way or another.

Not everything is meant to be solid to look at, like the sun's rays. Life on this planet depends on them all the same.

Possible Alignment

In the coding system that is applied, the Sun is placed in the same sixth life field (area) as the Pope. And why? For one thing, the pope holds both wordly and spiritual power, it is believed by many, although I am not one of them. And the Sun is also a spiritual power, according to Hinduism - but the Sun is more "far out in space" than the pope, assumedly. Besides, sun-bathing resembles sun worship as described in the ancient Markandeya Purana [Pargiter, 1904].

This is to say it is possible to link the two. According to Jaina philosophy anything can be linked in thought to any other thing in the universe, although with some reservations [Chatterjee and Datta 83 ff]. By way of example, go outside and look at a picture of yourself, holding it up so that you get close to the moon shining in the sky. Just do it! By seeing these to images together, you simultaneously form a mental link between them based on perceived nearness. In your mind you can imagine or think of anything and link it to anyone. It is one of the feats we typically do by mental associations. So linking things is a feature of the mind.


Tarot study, Literature  


Agrell, Sigurd. Die pergamenische Zauberscheibe und das Tarochspiel. Lund: The University of Lund, (Sweden), 1936:151-52.

Bunning, Joan. Learning the tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners.. Ill ed. Newburyport, MA: Red Wheel / Weiser, 1998.

Chatterjee, Satischandra, and Dhirendramohan Datta. An Introduction to Indian Philosophy.7th ed. Calcutta: University of Calcutta, 1968.

Farley, Helen. A Cultural History of Tarot: From Entertainment to Esotericism. London: I. B. Tauris, 2009. ⍽▢⍽ Helen Farley is Lecturer in Studies in Religion and Esotericism at the University of Queensland. Her book is a researched and well written study of tarot symbolism and the changing imagery in the cards. She explores ways in which the tarot reflects aspects of European culture from Medieval Italy until our times.

Hollander, P. Scott. Tarot for Beginners: An Easy Guide to Understanding and Interpreting the Tarot. Illustrated ed. Woodbury MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, 1995. Online at Google Books (limited view).

Pargiter, Frederick Eden, tr. Markandeya Purana.Calcutta: The Asiatic Society, 1904.

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