The Sun Card #19 represents leaving paradise to face the real world, courageousness, and readiness to mature.
Tarot cards offer a range of meanings to draw insight from. Both negative and positive aspects of each card can resonate with various aspects of your life.
A crowned and naked child sits on a white horse with arms outstretched. The white horse’s nose is turned down in a show of humility and loyalty. Behind them a red flag unfurls, and behind that, sunflowers peek and stretch over a wall. At the very top, the sun looks straight out of the card with rays reaching to the edge, encompassing all. A feather shoots through the child’s crown, mimicking the red flag. Red is the color of radiance and strength. It is the color of blood, lifeblood; this is not blood shed by war or through pain. It is blood that is in use, pumping to the heart and fortifying the body.
All the images and colors in The Sun card are encouraging and alive except for the wall. What is the gray wall doing there, separating the child and horse from the garden of sunflowers and even from the sun? Why is the child’s back to the sun, and what does the sun mean by its unreadable expression - not happy or sad, but calmly watchful like a mother? The sunflowers peeking over the wall also face the child as if to see him go. Where is the child going? What is he leaving behind? What will be his fate?
In tales about the Buddha, Siddhartha, he is said to have left the beautiful palace where he was brought up in order to face the real world, with all its kinks and peculiarities. In this card we can see the same scenario taking place. The child, in order to grow up, must leave the garden where he was born and venture out into the unfamiliar world. Sometimes the world will be gray and unloving like the gray wall separating him from the garden. However, whatever the child comes up against, he will have within him the strength, radiance, love, and courage imbued in his veins by the sun and sunflowers. Now that the garden is within the child, as represented by the red flag and flower crown, he can soar without it, bringing it with him wherever he goes.
Because the child’s arms are outstretched, he is open to seeing the world, even the darker aspects of it. This new sight will allow him to grow and mature; it will also test his strength.
The King of Cups is a Royal Arcane Tarot card that speaks of noble leadership and negotiation. It also carries respect for and knowledge of religion and spiritual matters, science and philosophy.