Tarot: Symbolism of the Sun

Hermit’s view on Diamant as the Sun

Trump 19 in the Revenant Tarot Deck
Trump 19 in the Revenant Tarot Deck

Where the Moon was the unconscious, the wild, brooding dreaming mind, the Sun is full awareness and cohesion of thought. The Yang to the Moon’s Yin. It is bright, open, cheerful, and sings of victory and accomplishment, science and philosophy. Who better to represent this card than the first true Eston king, Diamant Silverkin. Proud as the sun itself, this is the man whose name became synonymous with the god of summer and fire, Dinmora.

The Sun has always stood for triumph, especially over the illusions of the unconscious, and of the rigors of a rough patch of life. In the classical card, there is no specific symbol for this, but here, King Silverkin’s circlet acts as a symbol of authority and victory in the hard-fought battle that earned him the throne. He wears the triskele necklace that eventually gets handed down through the Silverkin line, a symbol of hope, the same pattern of which is depicted on the banner that flutters in the wind. This symbol, the triple spiral, is one of motion, energy, and forward momentum. The mountains in the far background represent the trials that Diamant has overcome to get to this place of hope and peace. Also in the background are four sunflowers, representing the four suits of the Minor Arcana, as well as the four elements, a blooming spirit, and the perseverance of life.

In both this and the Rider-Waite card, the main figure is depicted riding a white horse without the use of saddle or reins. The horse itself is a symbol of purity, and strength of spirit. The fact that it is being controlled without the use of riding equipment suggests perfect integration between the conscious mind – the rider – and the subconscious mind – the horse. Also, the fact that Diamant wears no armor, like we might expect a King to do, echoes the message that the naked child holds in the Rider-Waite Sun: he has nothing to hide, and bears with him none of the damage to innocence that would cause him to be wearing armor.

The color orange is an important one to this card, orange being a color of action and vitality. The color appears in the classical Sun card in the banner that the child carries, and here is found in Diamant’s hair, vest, boots, and flag. In his hair, it is a signal of longevity and youth, despite the wrinkles around his eyes that suggest he’s been through a number of harsh years. In the banner, it represents energy and action, which is made doubly clear by the three rays that stripe down the flag from the triskele symbol. The straight ray in the center indicates action taken, getting from point A to point B in a timely fashion, and the two wavy rays represent the energy needed to take action, and the vibration of that energy. In an obscure way, it also references the peculiar ability of light to take on both the qualities of a particle(the straight ray) or a wave(the other rays) depending on the observer.

The rune for this card is Sowelo, which literally means, “the sun.” It is a rune of cataclysmic moments of awakening, and sudden bursts of awareness. It brings light to the darkest of places, like a lightning bolt in the dead of night, and dances with the fire of Spirit. It shatters the walls that hold back imagination and the flow of thought, and pulses with the energy of a supernova. It is strong and flamboyant, but not vicious. It is a rune that brings with it the best and worst qualities of the Sun, and of Diamant Silverkin himself.

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