Saturday, May 25, 2013

Carpe Diem #205, The Sun (XIX) Tarot

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Let us celebrate The Sun, our new Tarot-card for the next step in our journey through the Divine Tarot. After The Moon, in which we had to overcome death, we may now celebrate, because we are entering in the Holy Embrace of the Lord of the New Jerusalem.

celebrate Light
with all your friends around you -
Summer Solstice

As I was preparing this episode the first thing which came in mind was a song 'Let the sunshine in', as I can recall this song is from the Musical Hair.

It's a joyful song and it is the right song for this celebration with The Sun (XIX). Let us set this next step in our journey starting with:

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. (Genesis 1: 3-5 NIV)

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. (Genesis 1: 14-19 NIV).

Sun and Moon unite
in celebrating the Divine Light
Stars join in

These are really nice verses from the Holy Scripture. As we saw in our earlier episodes of The Star (XVII) and The Moon (XVIII) there is a special meaning in these 'Lights'. As I read the story of the Creation it amazed me that God, the Creator, made the lights of the skies on the fourth day and Light on the first day. Why? I asked myself did God created the Sun, the Moon and the Stars on the fourth day? I couldn't find the answer immediately, but after some contemplation and meditation I got a revelation.
I saw the Tree of Life (the Kabbalistic glyph) looming and I thought: "That must be the answer". First God created Light (and Darkness), or in other words Day (and Night), than He created the Beauty of our world by splitting the Waters and Land. He let grow vegetation and than He created the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. With those creations he made the first triade complete, so that's why He made the lights of the skies on the fourth day. The vegetation needed the Sun to grow, (the photosynthesis) and that growing is the (in my opinion) greatest meaning of the Sun.

at sunrise
sunflowers stretching out
to the Creator

We saw in our episode of The Moon (XVIII) that we had to overcome death to enter in the Light of God and now we are in His Light and in His Light we may grow, not physically, but spiritualy. After death we are only Spirit nothing less, nothing more, but we are all renewed, newborn, as we can see on The Sun (XIX) card of our Divine Tarot.

An infant rides a white horse under the anthropomorphized sun, with sunflowers in the background. The child of life holds a red flag, representing the blood of renewal while a smiling sun shines down on him, representing accomplishment. The conscious mind prevails over the fears and illusions of the unconscious. Innocence is renewed through discovery, bringing hope for the future.

a child is born
rebirth of a departing soul
tomorrow's hope

I was searching for a different angle to bring this card up and I thought of the Egytian Pharaoh Akhenaten (pron.: /ˌɑːkəˈnɑːtən/; also spelled Echnaton, meaning "living spirit of Aten") known before the fifth year of his reign as Amenhotep IV (sometimes given its Greek form, Amenophis IV, and meaning Amun is Satisfied), was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years and died perhaps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC. He is especially noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centered on the Aten, which is sometimes described as monotheistic or henotheistic. An early inscription likens the Aten to the sun as compared to stars, and later official language avoids calling the Aten a god, giving the solar deity a status above mere gods.
Akhenaten tried to bring about a departure from traditional religion, yet in the end it would not be accepted. After his death, traditional religious practice was gradually restored, and when some dozen years later rulers without clear rights of succession from the Eighteenth Dynasty founded a new dynasty, they discredited Akhenaten and his immediate successors, referring to Akhenaten himself as "the enemy" in archival records.
Akhenaten reorganized the Egyptian religion from polytheistic to monotheistic. His monotheistic god was the Sun.

Eye of Horus
brings the Spirit back in mind
the Light has won

He also founded the Mystery school of the Right Eye of Horus, which had a kind of initiation rite in which the initiates had to swim through a dark water filled with crocodiles. By using their knowledge, which they had gained through the 12 and a half years of study, they had gained i.a. to produce Light through deep meditation and Spirit.
This Mystery-school is very similar to the deep mysterious teachings of the Kabbalah and has also a Crown, a highest level of consciousnes and spiritual knowledge which is similar to Kether, the first sephira of the Tree of Life, the place where God Consciousness is settled.
Akhenaten, was in his vision as in the ancient (before Akhenaten) Egyptian religion The Sun. And there we have our Tarot-card for today, The Sun (XIX). Akhenaten was very spiritual and had also done the Mystery-school of Horus, so he had a great spiritual consciousness which is similar with our spiritual consciousness which gain in this phase of The Sun.

The Sun (XIX) is the Light of God which shines on us and which gives us strength, growth and power (in the positive sense of the word of course). We are like children again. In this we can see what Jesus once said: He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10: 14-15 NIV).
That's why there is a (sexless) child depicted on the card of The Sun. It's riding on a white horse, which stands for purity of mind and all good. In his hand the child holds a red flag which is the blood of renewal, the symbol of being reborn. It's done, we have arrived in the Realm of God, but we aren't there already in His House, The New Jerusalem (Revelations 21: 1-5a NIV). This we can see also on the card. Behind the child there is a brickstone wall, this is the equivalent of which is called The Abyss this is the last obstacle we have to take before we enter the Kingdom of God. This last obstacle is the theme of the next Tarot-card Judgement (XX) which we will visit in our next episode of Carpe Diem.

For closure of this episode I love to share another nice music-video about Sunlight. It's a kind of meditative piece of music and I think it's really a nice piece.

With this we are at the end of our episode on The Sun (XIX) I hope you enjoyed the read and even more I hope that this episode will be an inspiration for you all to write haiku. Namaste.

This prompt will stay on 'til May 27th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next Tarot-card, Judgement (XX), later on today around 10.00 PM (CET).


  1. Kristjaan, I really love your haiku today, especially the one about the sunflowers. It is good that we have reached the places of joy in the deck.

  2. Thank you for this inspiring article on the sun.. :-)

  3. Yes, I love your sunflowers one as well...the best.

  4. I get three clear things from each of your pages - 1 I learn something very new - here about how Egyptian religion evolved, which was fascinating, 2 I read very interesting and diverse things generally, 3 your haiku are always fitting, so thanks again!

  5. I always get more than just one thing from your pages - new information, great read and fitting haiku - thanks!