Welcome to another blog hop, where writers from around the world come together to create a circle of posts all on the same topic, yet each from our own perspective. For this round of the Tarot Blog Hop, our wrangler, Joanne Sprott of Cosmic Whispers Tarot, challenged us to write about the Sun and/or Mercury's presence in the cards.
The first thing that came to my mind was the Sun card itself, and the interesting fact that the Lenormand interpretations are pretty much the same as the Tarot meanings. This isn't the case for any of the other cards which have the same symbols/title! In fact, these could almost be described as mercurial in their differences between the two systems :D
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Coming back to the Sun, in both systems this is a card of joy, success, energy, and enlightenment. You might say that this is because the Sun is so simple and clear in its effect on our lives, so how could it be seen differently. However, looking around the world, that isn't so.
For example, in countries where droughts are an issue, the sun is not seen just as a happy harbinger of good harvests. Instead, it is a fierce challenger, sucking the life out of both land and people. Even the energetic, dynamic aspect of the Sun is not as clear cut as you might think. While in the English language, there is a tendency to see these characteristics as male, and while that is echoed in the Roman languages - le soleil (French), il sole (Italian), el sol (Spanish) - in German the sun is female (die Sonne). In Japan, the Sun is associated with the Goddess Amaterasu, linked to beauty, royalty and creativity.
Hope you've enjoyed this little exploration of the Sun, and the mercurial variations between Tarot and Lenormand symbolism :)
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