The eclipsed Sun of Arcanum XVIII is now revealed, and happy days are here again!   A man and a woman hold hands within a circle of flowers.   They are obviously in love and as happy as they would be on their wedding day. The Sun represents happiness and spiritual growth through conjugal union and the resulting offspring. 

In the Waite deck, instead we see the couple’s child.  Wearing a feather in his cap and riding a white horse, he’s really having a good time.  He seems to be saying, “Look, Mom, no hands!” His look-at-me pose is very appropriate for natives of The Sun’s ruling sign of Leo. Leos are the entertainers of the horoscope and enjoy the limelight, whether it’s in show business, at a dinner party, or in any other social setting.  The sign of Leo rules the 5th House of entertainment, family, speculation, theater, games, romance and courtship.

From The Sacred Tarot, Zain writes  “…spiritual progress depends upon love, unselfishness, and the refinement of the thoughts and emotions, and nothing develops these soul qualities faster than the love and care of a parent for children.  The love of parents for their offspring is often the saving grace of their lives…” The image of the card in the Brotherhood of Light deck focuses on the parents rather than the child, and corresponds not only to the idea that unselfish parental love is a fast track to spiritual development, but also symbolizes the Hermetic concept of soul mates.

To explain this concept of soul mates, the following quotes are excepts from Zain’s description of the Brotherhood of Light Emblem:  “Tradition teaches that the androgynous Ego, or Spark of Deity at the core of each soul, existed in an unconscious and blissful state of Edenic purity but was tempted to undergo involution into material form for the sake of acquiring consciousness through knowledge of the Tree of Good and Evil.  Descending into material realms the deific ego split into twin souls, male and female…After attaining self conscious awareness in the human form, the twin souls reunite in the spiritual realm.  In doing so, they partake of the Tree of Life and complete their return to the celestial plane.”  C.C. Zain further writes in the Sacred Tarot “The real union of soul-mates…is purely spiritual, and does not of necessity require carnal contact…. Yet once this bond is formed, its power is never lost, and ultimately the two become conscious of the bond, either in this world or the next, and they begin to function then as a single system.”

The key words and phrases for this card are:  happiness and joy, inspiration, universal love through familial love, romance, the result of romance, entertainment, entertaining, a wedding, love, courtship, wonderful marriage or relationship, spiritual growth through love and child-rearing.

The Sun expresses in the spiritual world as the supreme heaven, in the intellectual world as true happiness, and in the physical world as sacred union. The spiritual message of The Sun is:

Remember, then, son of earth, that the light of the mysteries is a redoubtable fluid, put by nature at the service of the will.  She lights those who know how to direct her; she strikes down with a thunderbolt those who ignore her power or who abuse it.  If Arcanum XIX should appear in the prophetic signs of thy horoscope, happiness awaits thee in domestic life if thou knowest how to strengthen the conjugal circle and guard its sacredness in the sanctuary of the heart.”  __C.C. Zain, The Sacred Tarot

For more information about the 21 Brotherhood of Light lessons, the Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot, or its companion book, The Sacred Tarot, browse to


About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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