During the last Tarot Blog Hop, Maureen Aisling Duffy-Bose shared her thoughts on the topic using our own Haindl Tarot. She kindly gave permission to reblog her entire piece here. You can visit Aisling at her blog: TarotWitchery.
Tarot Blog Hop, Lammas 2015: Shining and Mercurial…Aren’t We All?
Our Wrangler for this Hop, the creative Joanne Sprott, invited us to discuss the influence of Astrology on the interpretations of Tarot. I am vastly intrigued by this topic, because I teach a class combining one’s Astrology sign with the Fool’s Journey, so I have a rather complex interaction with both planetary alignments and tarot trumps. So–Sun, Mercury, Me (and You, too…) Hmmm….let’s chat about it. How do we Be this?
The Sun in my usual interpretation of the Tarot has to do with active energy, male energy, the God, the “power hand”, and other concepts that are related to “shining forth”. We look at the Sun as the harbinger of life, that without which the crops cannot grow, that shining light which cannot and does not conceal itself. We know in our hearts who we Are, and our Sun Sign in the Astrological world is supposed to be a template for that awareness. Our Being is not chained to the esoteric meaning of our Sun Sign in our Birth Chart, but we do see some similarities between the explanation of our Sun’s qualities and some of our own inner impulses on how we choose to express our Selves. In my deck of choice, the Haindl Tarot, the Sun shines over a complex horizon, focusing on the single rose in the foreground, and it seems obvious that the flower’s petals are basking in the light, but no two of them are similar in their angle of orientation, representing the many facets of the illuminated personality.
And sure enough, the very next card after the Zero of the Fool is the One of the Mage, he whose raised finger and focused wand says “I Am”, he who chooses what he shall do, and he who may change reality in accordance with his Will. The Sun is Being, the rising sign is Expression, the Fool is possibility, and Mercury is Communication–and all three of these entities combine in the energy and power of the Mage, who, in the Fool’s Journey, represents self-awareness and claiming of one’s personal Power. He gazes serenely into the future, holding his tools of possibility, grounded in his intention, and fully self-aware that his number, one, is the beginning of Being, his own Being. So it does not surprise me that the astrological sign on the Mage in Haindl’s deck is, indeed, Mercury.
Combine one’s essential personality, the Sun, with one’s choice of self-expression, Mercury, and one’s creation of one’s personal reality, the Rising Sign, and one is looking at the Mage, whose keyword is “I Am, I Said” and who will Be, Do, and Become, what he Will. Male or Female, old or young, right-brain or left-brain, makes no difference to the essential need of all humans to Be, to Become, and to choose their own way of Being. And Mercury and the Sun together. both in astrology and the tarot, produce the energy of the self-aware. focused, and personally empowered Being, who is as s/he chooses to be. And that, my friends, includes every one of us, doesn’t it?