Tarot Hero’s Journey: The Sun

347px-RWS_Tarot_19_SunThe next step on our journey to awakening is The Sun. A joyful child rides a horse in front of a wall topped with sunflowers, while the sun blazes down. In some card packs two children are shown dancing together in front of the wall. This is card number 19 which reduces to 10 symbolising a return to unity out of multiplicity. A number of attainment.

The Sun shows a return to the state of innocence and childlike joy. The hero has made it through the illusory lunar night and arrived in the sunlit garden. The child represents the pure light of the inner self, while the white horse represents purified instincts and libido. The hero’s old self is dead and he sees the world with the fresh, innocent eyes of a child, but without the naivety of the Fool. Consciousness has triumphed over the dangers in the unconscious.

However this is not the end of the journey. The sun represents the goal but it is still out of reach, shining down from behind the wall. If the hero were to approach the sun at this point in the quest, he would not be able to withstand its overwhelming power. The wall protects him from the intensity of the sun, but its life-enhancing qualities are shown by the sunflowers blooming above the wall.

The Sun shows the hero as a child. To take the final step into the mystic Centre and align himself with his True Self, the hero must grow up and mature. The sun is a symbol of psychic wholeness, but the hero’s psyche is not yet integrated. To complete the journey, the opposites must be united once more (have you spotted a pattern?!). Only then can the hero transcend duality and attain enlightenment.

Keywords for The Sun:
  • Joy
  • Blessings
  • Celebration
  • Fulfilment
  • Vitality
  • Illumination

Next step on the journey to awakening: Judgement

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