The Sun (Tarot card)
A. E. Waite suggested that this card is associated with attained knowledge. 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.
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A. E. Waite was a key figure in the development of modern Tarot interpretations. However, not all Tarot interpreters subscribe to his methods or views.
Some frequent keywords used by tarot readers include:
- Optimism—Expansion—Being radiant—Positive feelings
- Assurance—Energy—Personal power—Happiness
- Splendor—Brilliance—Joy —Enthusiasm
This card is generally considered positive. It is said to reflect happiness and contentment, vitality, self-confidence and success. Sometimes referred to as the best card in Tarot, it represents good things and positive outcomes to current struggles.
- In the Mythic Tarot deck, the Sun is depicted by Apollo.
- In Persona 3, Akinari Kamiki, a young man dying from a terminal illness, is the Sun social link. In Persona 4, the Sun is correlated with various creatures with similar qualities, most involving fire. Some include Gdon, Phoenix, and Cu Sith. It also includes two people associated with the sun card, and the one you meet depends on whether the protagonist joins the drama club (Yumi Ozawa) or the band (Ayane Matsunaga). Ironically, despite the overwhelmingly positive outlook of the Sun Arcana, those associated with it tend to be going through a life changing hardship.
- In the rail shooter The House of the Dead III, a giant flower-based boss-like mutation is named after this tarot card. All bosses in the series are named after the Major Arcana cards.
- Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, the Sun was a minor enemy stand, being quickly defeated.
- In Episode 2 of the anime series "Kuroshitsuji II" (sequel to "Kuroshitsuji"), the Sun card is featured during the intermission slides. Ciel Phantomhive holds the card right side up, while Sebastian Michaelis holds it upside down.
- In the SNES video game Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, the Sun Tarot card depicts a swimsuit-clad woman and a nearly-nude man standing back-to-back raising and extending their arms toward the sun, with the woman facing toward the camera. On drawing the card after liberation of one of the towns, it changes the time of day to noon, and also heavily damages all characters in both units who have very low alignment while slaying the undead when used in battle.
- In the popular Indie Game The Binding of Isaac, all of the Major Arcana/Minor Arcana Tarot cards can be found and used during gameplay. The Sun, when used, will heal the player fully, damage all enemies, and reveal all the rooms in the current level.
- this card is used as a symbol for the production company that makes Mad Men
- This card represents the main protagonist Akari Taiyō in the anime series Gen'ei o Kakeru Taiyō.
- Waite, Arthur (1911). The Pictorial Key to the Tarot. London: W. Rider.
- Wood, Juliette (1998). "The Celtic Tarot and the Secret Tradition: A Study in Modern Legend Making". Folklore 109: 15–24.
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