Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter,
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here.
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it’s all right…
~ George Harrison, The Beatles, Abbey Road
Yet another Major Arcana this week, and one we haven’t seen since January of 2008. How auspicious that it is our card for the first week of Spring, for The Sun is one of the most joyful cards in the Tarot. It shows us the promise of happiness and renewal, now fulfilled.
I know it may seem a little too good to be true. There’s a new war in Libya now added to all those other wars; there is the ongoing suffering unfolding in Japan; there is revolution and strife all over the Middle East; we see bitter divisions between the people and the government of the U.S. It goes on and on and on.
Yet here we are: gifted with the greatest card of success, enlightenment, and good cheer. This week, despite all our fears, doubts, and troubles, Spring arrives with the triumph of the daylight over the darkness. We are called to welcome this happy new dawning.
The Sun represents the triumph 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 typically considered a problematic and difficult part of the Fool’s journey.
But when we reach The Sun, we have emerged from our difficult 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 journey through the underworld of the subconscious has brought us at last to the light.
With The Sun card, the soul’s journey becomes clear, simple and straightforward. The Sun itself is depicted with alternating straight and wavy rays. This is an ancient way of representing the Sun known as 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.
The happy child suggests that, after all the challenges we may meet, 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. 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, if we are pure of spirit, in harmony with Nature, and approach our lives with an open heart, all blessings and fulfillment are ours.
What darkness is now receding for you? What longs to see the full light of day? What might “happily ever after” mean in your own life?
Embrace simplicity. Welcome wonder. Trust with all your heart.
We can shed the blankets of defensiveness that may have seemed necessary. How can we encourage our ecstatic souls to open up and thrive? What would change if we were direct, honest, and always acting with full authenticity?
Rebirth is all around us, right now. What hopeful sign do you yearn for? Little darling, here it is!
When all is said and done, your truest self simply wants to shine. Bring your bright gifts of happiness to others and celebrate how they so divinely return to you.