The Sun

Here in the northern hemisphere where I live, we The Sunare at the height of the summer season. It seems like a good time to talk about the Sun card in the Nature Spirit Tarot.

Like the Sun card in many decks, sunflowers play an important role. I couldn’t imagine a nature deck without these magnificent flowers, and so I, too, have included it in the imagery. Perhaps this is because the enormous blooms of the Sunflower resemble the full sun. Or, it could be because they are heliotropic, which means they turn to face the sun throughout the day. Symbolic meanings for this well-loved flower include seeking the light, illumination, and awakening to new horizons.

The bird on the Sun card is the Golden Eagle. I came upon this account of an ancient myth about the eagle. Its origin was not cited, but I liked it, and decided to share it. It is just one of the countless myths that surround the eagle, a bird which has inspired humanity throughout time.

In this ancient myth, when the eagle reached an advanced age, it was ready to pass from this world. Then it would fly high into the sky until it reached the sun. Now the eagle would fly into the sun, and merge with the solar flames. Finally, it would plunge back to earth and dive deeply into open water, emerging restored and renewed to the fullness of life. Perhaps myths such as this one explain why eagles are symbols of the sun and immortality.

The Sun card represents expansion and regeneration, and the awakening of the soul to full illumination.

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After a long career of painting and sharing the nature spirits through my art, I decided to create a tarot deck. This project has been an eight year personal journey. As I worked to capture just the right imagery for the message of this timeless tradition, I learned much about the psyche, and I deepened my connection with nature. I hope these interpretations will bring you new insights, quiet moments with nature, and great pleasure.