The Sun card in Tarot foresees sunny weather at its most literal. It’s respite from care, the gift of the moment, childhood and sometimes the imminence of birth. It’s also travel, particularly to hot places. It is the return of the sun after the winter solstice. It is the zenith of the sun in the summer solstice. It is glory.
Reversed it’s the setting sun, delays and lesser joys, the passing away of childhood, nostalgia, beautiful, bittersweet twilight. It may mean getting something less than you hoped for, but what you get is still something to be happy for.
The Star card on the other hand, can and often has indicated a recovery from depression, sickness and despair, a guiding light. Someone can sees a way ahead now, they couldn’t see before.
Klytie was a figure in Ancient Greek mythology who fell in love with the sun god, Apollo. Each day she would watch him cross the sky in his chariot of fire. He could not come closer without destroying her, but when she died, he changed her into a sunflower so she could watch him forever, and understand that his love was constant, and he would never desert her absolutely.
The fire of the sun can also be cruel, savage when ‘reversed,’ and then we need cool, dark night or rain.
But we’re all sunflowers…looking for the sun by day and the stars by night.
Venus, ‘The Evening star’, is also ‘The Morning star’.
Klytie stands and tracks the sun From dawn until Apollo’s gone A patient and a hopeful eye In contemplation of the sky Her days are rooted, quiet, spent In upward focus, still, intent With other suns of earthly gold Arms outstretched for light’s sure hold And rich with cargo, every one Built strong with sugar from the sun.
She’s etched with frosts and winds of loss But comfort comes with Hesperus The Morning Star’s deliverance Alone she stands in fields of fellowship Hands asking to receive But with no strength to grip Yet keeping faith and trusting to the light The faintest and the coldest star Still promises Apollo from afar A spark to resurrect a phoenix in the night.