There’s a dark and a troubled side of life
There’s a bright and a sunny side too
Though we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view
Keep on the sunny side
Always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help you every day
It will brighten you on the way
Keep on the sunny side of life.
— The Carter Family
Rejoice, my friends. For our first full week of 2008, here comes the Sun!
First, it seems worth noting that this was the very first card pulled in my Tarot Card of the Week in 2007. You don’t have to be a Tarot expert to look at this happy card and know that Fortune is smiling. Indeed, The Sun is one of the most joyful cards in the Tarot. It is a happiness that is deep, and independent of particular circumstances. The Sun heralds the birth of the Divine Child and is the fulfillment of the promise of renewal.
How very perfect this timing is, as it was last year. For it is now that we begin to notice that there are a few more minutes of daylight each day, having just passed through the darkest night of Winter Solstice.
The Sun represents the triumph over the challenges of the “night” cards preceding it in the modern sequence of the Major Arcana. From the Death card through the Moon, the soul’s journey has been working with the gifts, lessons, fears and difficulties associated with the Shadow side.
But when we reach The Sun card, we emerge from the darkness, and are ready to make the transition to liberation. The Sun celebrates that our long journey through the underworld of the subconscious has brought us at last to the light.
With The Sun card, our truth becomes clear, simple and straightforward. The happy child suggests that after all is said and done, the mystical journey of the soul requires a return to innocence. Like the open and upward-facing posture of the Fool, the little child rides with arms open wide in trust. In many cultures, the white horse is a benevolent, powerful spirit guide, and the absence of reins or saddle indicates a complete integration of will and surrender.
With this card, we are reminded that despite whatever dark times and sorrows we may endure, we can choose happiness. By dropping all pretenses and embracing our lives with open hearts, blessings and fulfillment are ours.