The Sun's energy gives us warmth, light, and life. The Major Arcana card of the Sun, number nineteen, represents the same. It demonstrates to us the symbology of rebirth, growth, and progress. In numerology, "nineteen" comprises One—the beginning, newness, creation—and Nine—endings and completion. We breathe in, only to breathe out and in again. Night gives way to day, day gives way to night. Life begins, ends, and begins again.
Voyaging Toward the Sun
In the Rider-Waite Deck, both the Death and Sun symbols are riding white horses, moving from left (the past) to right (the future). Both carry flags—Death the mystic rose, the Sun a red flag of Truth. The great difference is that the Death symbol has no flesh: it is a skeleton covered in armor, while the Sun is a small, chubby child, the skeleton reborn. The child is intent on the new future.
Realizing Our Journeys
The journey to these realization points of our lives is not always easy. The corners need to be rubbed smooth. This happens as we let go of opinions and judgments that we would have fought for at one time. We realize that we are loved by the great force behind all things. We are one. This great force was often recognized and worshiped by previous cultures as the Sun, because the Sun was identified as the force that gave life. Today we understand that this force is within and throughout all things. The Sun, representing the force of life, is not separate and far off: it is here, right now.
By recognizing this force we become more attuned: our intuitive nature becomes as easy as breath. We begin a new cycle of life with new ideals and ideas. We embody the Sun. We become and accept our own power that radiates life with every step, every thought, every action. We grow beyond what we dreamed. We are one with all there is. We are completely ourselves. Life is good; it gives us all we need. As the Sun expresses life and as we embrace this life, we enjoy it on all levels, in consciousness, as we continue to grow as human beings on planet Earth.
From Llewellyn's 2001 Tarot Calendar. For more Llewellyn tarot books and decks, click here.