Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
James M. Barrie
In this week that features the New Moon of Gemini, and following last week’s visit from The Wheel, its numerological companion, let us welcome The Sun.
One of the most joyful cards in the Tarot, The Sun heralds victory over the challenges of the “night” cards preceding it in the Major Arcana. In particular, it follows The Moon card in the trump sequence.
The Moon is often considered a problematic and difficult part of the Fool’s journey, the final challenge in which we must face our deepest illusions and fears.
So when we arrive at The Sun in the Tarot story of the Royal Road, we have emerged from that darkness and our work with the shadow-self, and are ready to make the transition to liberation.
In the Fool’s Journey, the Sun celebrates that our long return through the dark subconscious has brought us at last to the light.
Here Comes The Sun
The Sun declares that the soul’s journey is now triumphant. Life has become clear, simple, and straightforward. It often accompanies news of a wedding, the birth of a beloved child, success, or a happy chapter of life now beginning.
In the R-W-S deck, the Sun has been depicted with alternating straight and wavy rays. This is an ancient way of representing the “philosopher’s Sun,” and illustrates the Sun as the source of light (straight rays) and heat (wavy rays) – illumination and warmth, the life-giving energies.
In this garden of sunflowers, which always turn their faces to gaze upon the Sun, a smiling baby rides a white horse.
In many cultures, white horses are benevolent, protective spirit guides, or even the beloved and powerful Epona, horse Goddess of Gaul and Rome. The absence of reins or saddle resonates with many ancient carvings of Epona and indicates a complete integration of will and surrender.
The happy child also suggests that after all is said and done, the mystical journey of the soul requires a return to childlike innocence. Like the open and upward-facing posture of The Fool, the little child rides with arms open wide in trust.
And isn’t this precisely at the heart of the great dance of our lives?
Like last week’s card, the Wheel of Fortune (which is what the XIX reduces to, before then reducing to one), we are again reminded that life is learning when to push, and when to surrender.
Here, the baby embodies both — in perfect love, in perfect trust.
The New Moon of Gemini
This week, we arrive in the blessed month of June. June is named for Juno Regina, the Roman Goddess of marriage, abundance, sovereignty, power, leadership, civic duty, and all within us which is most noble.
What a beautiful way to welcome Her gifts, like the Sun radiating with warmth and protection. Under Her blessing, may all those qualities be illuminated this week.
We also celebrate the New Moon this Saturday. Annie Heese at Café Astrology writes:
The New Moon in Gemini cycle presents opportunities to commit to personal goals that express the positive energies of the sign of the Twins. It’s time to improve our communication skills by listening to others and enjoying others’ points of view, rather than doggedly seeking to find that one elusive “answer.”
This is a good cycle under which to re-evaluate our communication and social skills by questioning just how much we actually take in information, and communicate in a friendly, non-threatening manner. With this potent Gemini energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives.
This New Moon is aligned with Venus and is part of a mutable Grand Cross involving Saturn, Neptune, and Jupiter.
There can be a lot to process now, or the illusion of such, and we may feel that there are so many factors involved that it’s difficult to make a decision.
We may need to adjust expectations, as we can be see-sawing between seeing too much and too little opportunity.
As The Sun adds its light, it can either enhance or distort how much we are able to see. After all, there is a shadow aspect to even this happy card. Burnout, inappropriate exposure, lack of good boundaries, and information overload can be problematic with The Sun.
The key may be, as Diotima Mantineia notes, “directing change by values based in spiritual awareness and an appreciation of life’s joy and creativity… Chilling with friends would be ideal — if that’s not possible, try to infuse some fun and laughter into whatever you end up doing.”
On a wider stage, I am also thinking of how Gemini and The Sun can combine to help us remember that there are state and federal “Sunshine Laws,” that have been enacted in order to ensure that our leaders must be transparent in their dealings.
With just a few exceptions, their decisions and debates are supposed to be accessible to the people.
However, if we don’t demand this, they can be easily ignored. Let’s vow to shine a clear, bright light on what our leaders are deciding, and how.
Back-room deals (like the vile NC HB2) are not compatible with a democratic government that is of, for, and by the people.
Shine With All Your Brilliance
What is happening in your life that needs the wholesome light of truth shining brightly? What fears could be dispelled if only they would see the light of day?
What new vigor and growth could you tap into, if you were to simplify things? Why not invite more laughter and innocence into your daily routine?
In the news and events of the day, there is so much fear, darkness, and downright evil plaguing us like wicked, disease-infested mosquitoes.
But like any parasites that need shadows to thrive, The Sun defeats what is hiding in the dark corners. It is proof that good wins the day, especially when stout-hearted people act for good.
If the world is too much with you, and you begin to feel discouraged, at least try to shine a little light for others, for as the author of Peter Pan reminds us, by doing so, we cannot keep it from ourselves.
This week, let us each sparkle with brilliance when The Sun shines. And let us glow with our true beauty, our most stunning inner light, even if — especially if — we find ourselves in dark places.
Let us meet Life with our arms outstretched, for indeed, it’s the only sure way to go.