I don’t want to go too much into detail about this, but these past two weeks in US politics (correction: past two years) have made me lose all hope in humanity. So I think we’re in some desperate need for sunshine. I can’t think of a better card to distract me from the ugliness in the world than the most positive of them all: The Sun.
Like, look at that happy naked baby. Just try to tell me you don’t feel a little more joyful looking at him having a great time, riding ponies, and screaming to the heavens in pure elation. We should all strive to be the naked baby. In honor of our lord and savior Gerber Baby, I’ve done something I used to do all the time in high school as a fun addition to care packages I would sent to friends/when I was feeling down: make a “happy list”
- Tiny baby kittens
- Burned CDs made by friends
- Rice and Beans
- This short video of a chubby seal
- The fact that cats think humans are giant, dumb, hairless cats that can’t take care of themselves, which is why they like to bring us dead things. Because they’re “helping”
- Pilot Whales have the capacity to forgive
- Bath bombs
- Harry Potter
- David Attenborough
- Arts and crafts
- Two weeks ago a ten year old I was baby sitting thought I was 18
- Hot pink eyeliner
- Sheet Masks
- The company of friends
- The color purple (the actual color, not the critically acclaimed book/show)
- Brightly colored hair
- Tarot cards
- When my boyfriend buys me soda
- The song “Sweet Caroline”
- When my parents tell me I’m not as much of a mess as I think I am
- Mamma Mia the movie
- Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia dancing in her overalls as she thinks “I have a million oscars and nothing matters, I’m gonna have a great time.”
- Miniature horses
- Feeling hip with the youth
- Feeling unhip with the youth
- Forming emotional relationships with dogs I meet on the street
- Sugar Gliders
- Women’s Wednesdays
- Feeling proud of my friends/family and the things they’ve accomplished
- My nieces and nephews
- Elaborate costumes
- My beautiful hands
- Hippie jewelry
- Maxi dresses
- Moleskine notebooks
- Tina Belcher
- Leather jackets
- The Meow Mix jingle
- The fact that Animal Crossing is FINALLY COMING TO THE SWITCH
- Washi tape
- The smell of a food truck in the distance
Feeling happier? Because I shockingly do. I should listen to teenage Tori more often. Everyone should make a happy list, I feel oddly lighter.
Keywords: Unbridled joy, positivity, warmth, achievement, liveliness, vigor, inner-child
Imagery*: The Sun card shoves its positivity right into your face. A giant radiant sun sits in the sky, representative of all life and energy on earth. Sunflowers bloom in the background, representing loyalty, positivity, love, and long lasting relationships. In the foreground, a young naked child sits atop a calm white horse with his arms outstretched towards the sky. His nakedness shows that he has nothing to hide and is bursting with the innocence of childhood. The position of his arms show that he is open to everything the word has to offer him. The white horse is a symbol of purity, strength, and a sense of calm.
General Interpretation: Although I do try to stray from labeling cards as “good” or “bad”, The Sun is undeniably the most positive card in the Major Arcana. It is representative of success, enthusiasm, and a love for life. It serves to remind us that no matter how dark things may seem, there is always a bright-side. The Sun is here to remind us that we should joyfully embrace and celebrate the adventures our lives hold in store, whether they be big or small.
When you’ve been going through a rough patch and The Sun appears in your reading, it is the most welcome bit of news you could ever ask for. The Sun is here to tell you that the clouds have finally cleared, and now you can finally be your best self. You’re feeling confident and you know exactly who you are. Not only do you know who you are, you actually love who you’ve become. You can take comfort in the fact that no matter what, everything will work itself out in the end.
The Sun connects you to your inner light. You can feel it bursting from your chest, and all you want to do is show the world your true and authentic self. Take this time to offer some sunshine to anyone you think may need it, you have so much to go around! And you know what is the best way of inviting even more happiness into you life? Sharing it with those you love and reminding them that there is always a bright light at the end of the tunnel
In a more practical sense, The Sun represents a time of new found energy. You’re really ~*feeling yourself*~ and you’re filled with the confidence to pursue anything. You’re feeling one with everyone and everything, enjoy this time and bask in the love around you. Feel free to get a metaphorical tan: much like how a tan serves as a reminder of sunshine and summer, acknowledging our sources of joy make it easier to remind ourselves of the good times during moments of darkness.
*Keep in mind these are interpretations of my preferred deck, the Golden Universal Tarot Deck. Images in this deck are based on the Raider-Waite imagery. Even though many cards in this deck are extremely similar to Raider-Waite, they still contain some differences.