The Dark Side Of The Sun: Tarot Blog Hop: Lammas

It’s not that I hate the sun…Joanne’s blog hop theme just made me look at things a bit differently.

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Joanne asks: So, give us your take on the influence of the Sun and/or Mercury in the Tarot or your favorite oracle deck. Pick a specific themed deck or go for one of the basics, talk astrology, or not, your choice. Tell us about a card or a spread that illustrates the properties associated with these celestial objects. There are various possibilities, particularly with Mercury, but there are also deities in different mythologically themed decks besides the Sun card (although you could also go there) that could shed some light on that symbol as well. Do a little research, consult your intuition, and teach us. 😉

First, welcome to our Tarot Blog Hop. If you want to join us, come find us on Facebook. We’d love to have other community-minded bloggers!

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Joanne’s theme was hard for me. I am going to have to confess something here. I am not a Sun lover. I don’t like summer. I rejoice at Litha because the long hot days are going to be over eventually. Mabon is one of my favorite Sabbats because it is the harbinger of fall. I. Do. Not. Like. Hot.

Except in food, that is. Spicy food makes me happy. 😀 Burned flesh does not. I’ve had 2nd degree burns from the sun due to my Casper like coloring. We joke that I have two colors–white and red. Oh and that lovely in-between peel.

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So the Sun to me is not always a good thing. In Tarot, it tends to be one of those cards that most see in a very positive light. I’m going to turn that around to discuss the dark side of the Sun. Yes, with a spread. 😀

First a few words about these shots of the sun. I took all of these the last days of July and the first days of August 2015. I shot them with an iPhone 6 using the app Hipstamatic. I’m taking an EXCELLENT eCourse with Mellissae Lucia. You should definitely check it out. So much fun and not a bunch of Fstop this etc. Very intuitive stuff. Nest iPhone Image Adventure starts in September. Don’t worry Android users…Vintage is a very fun app for your phones. Someone in this class is doing it with her Droid. I’ll be in the next class too. Join me.

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1. Sunburn: What are you overexposed to right now? What do you need to limit in your life?

2. Burnout: What is taking up too much of your energy right now? What do you need to pay attention to as an energy sinkhole?

3. Drought: Where are you not getting enough “juice” in your life? What do you need to get more of in order to thrive?

4. Solar Flares: Who or what seems to be flaming out of control in your world? Can you do anything about it or do you just need to set firmer boundaries?

5. Heat Exhaustion: What are you doing too much of? This is most likely a physical activity. Or it is something you are not doing enough of.

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It’s not that I hate the sun. I’m just not its biggest fan. Now hop on to the next blog to see what my neighbor has to say.


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Author: TarotByArwen

Arwen is the editor-in-chief and owner of The Cartomancer. This print and digital magazine is devoted to divination. You can learn more here: Arwen is also the author of The Fairy Tale Lenormand, Secrets of the Mystic Grove, Bianca Niero Tarot and more (all USGamesInc publications.) As the past president of the American Tarot Association (2007-2014), Arwen worked with an actively engaged board to rekindle that organization. Her true calling is as a Professional Joy Seeker. She co-creates with her clients to help them find their joy again. "Seek joy, y'all" is her motto.

23 thoughts on “The Dark Side Of The Sun: Tarot Blog Hop: Lammas”

  1. Really like this spread, Arwen – thanks for this. I’ve always been a Sun-worshipper but have always kept in mind the shadow side, so the positions you use here appeal (ouch, no pun intended!) to me.

  2. I got my first sun burn here in Texas. Previously I thought that was impossible with my darker skin but I have a fresh respect of the power of the sun now that I know it can get me too!

    I loooooove this spread!!! I’ve been working with the element of fire with tarot to look at my overwork/overwhelm tendencies and this will be GREAT to work with. You are the master at creating awesome spreads Arwen!

    1. Whoa, you never want to mess with Texas. That’s an unpleasant lesson, I imagine. I’d love to hear about your results with this. Feel free to link me if you do this as a blog post at your fabulous blog.

  3. Oooo, I like your focus on the dark side of the Sun! I will definitely try this spread out. It’s slightly ironic that we live in hot places that people relocate to specifically for the sunshine, yet we enjoy seeing the final rays of summer 🙂 Or maybe it’s not ironic….the summer is hot in the south!

    1. Oh Olivia…I loved living up north. I was in Colorado for nearly 10 years. It got hot but the winters? Magical. 😀

  4. Ooh, you really don’t like the sun, do you! I got quite badly sunburnt as a teenager so I’m wary of it, but it still makes me happeeee when the sun shines 😀 I shall explore the dark side though, thanks for the spread 🙂

  5. What a brilliant read and thank you for sharing such a great spread. I can’t wait to dive into that one the next free evening I have. BB

  6. I used to not love the sun so much too – then I moved to Alaska and 6 months of darkness is pretty brutal on me. Love the tarot spread. Will definitely be trying that one out.

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