For tarot meditations today, I wanted to do something a little different. I’m a little concerned the meditation is giving way to the actual symbolism of the card, which was never my intention. So, for today, let’s try a new approach. Today’s card:
Now, within the Kabbalah, the sphere of the sun is Tiphareth. Generally speaking, this is the sphere of all the ‘sun’ based gods. It seems easy to classify gods that way, but things can get complicated. Many pantheons feature gods that can go in multiple spheres. But, common gods might be Ra, Apollo, or even Jesus. So how then, can we expect to learn any one theme for ourselves? Well, this is actually a fun way to meditate on the subject. The Sun in Tarot is between The Moon and Judgment, giving us a little insight into it’s core meaning: clarity.
The Sun card is that moment of clarity after The Moon card. This is interesting from the standpoint of the Kabbalah, as you’re moving from Yesod to Tiphareth. I understand the Tarot doesn’t wonderfully transfer in all ways, but it’s still an observation. There’s a balance between the mysteries of the moon, and the realization of the sun. This is likewise a precursor to judgment. In some ways, it’s like our dreams give way to clarity, which in turn makes us face our misguided conclusions.
Tiphareth is also the sixth sphere on the Tree of Life. This means all the sixes of Tarot are able to be applied to The Sun card. The sixes are generally linked to progress and forward movement in their symbolism. If we keep in mind Tiphareth is the movement of Chesed and Geburah, things get even clearer. The balance between Mercy and Severity produces an actual result of clarity and movement. Likewise, Tiphareth is in the middle of the Tree of Life, balancing out the spheres in general. Hence, how we can truly have a sense of clarity while still moving forward.
Another card that some people link to the sphere of Tiphareth is actually the sixth Major Arcana card, The Lovers. To me, this isn’t the card you necessarily expect to find linked to The Sun. So many people look at The Lovers as a card that focuses on relationships and love, which is only partially true. The Lovers can also represent choice, the decision to pursue one thing over another. It’s interesting then that The Sun seems linked to this choice. What we pursue will later be revealed to us as either right or wrong. That, in combination with the sixes of the suits, and I’m finding something to meditate on.
“The Sun promises the querent their day in the sun. Glory, triumph, simple pleasures and truths. As the moon symbolized inspiration from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made wide awake. This is science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect and youthful energy. Like the Sun, the querent will likely come across to others as warm and radiant, and they can be told that this is a good time to make decisions and take tests.”