The Hermetic Tarot called me today, and I threw The Sun reversed and the Two of Swords.
The Sun corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), our Sun (the inner core of a person or situation), Resh (the face; reason), and the Path between Yesod (the place where patterns and images emerge that may manifest in the physical world) and Hod (provides analysis and communication), and it tells of a time of enlightenment and peace that comes after the completion of some ordeal.
The Hermetic Tarot Sun card image contains a hugely brilliant sun, roses, and two joyously dancing maidens. For a black-and-white image, this one is filled with golden light. The flowers represent the blossoming of the solar influence (and being an avid gardener, I understand the connection between perfect blossoms and the sun), the maidens are young, innocent and shameless (for they are also pure of heart). My Sun card is reversed today, which tells of loneliness, possibly broken engagements or no-show clients, or unhappiness.
The Two of Swords (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) represents a time of not looking or of shutting out the world. A bit of disconnect from the world can be helpful today because it allows me to achieve a pure inner focus. This card can also tell of being self-sufficient, or of not needing input from outside sources. represents a time of not looking or of shutting out the world. A bit of disconnect from the world can be helpful today because it allows me to achieve a pure inner focus. In the end, the serenity created through this disconnect could allow the reconciliation of differences or cross-purposes.
The Hermetic version of the Two of Swords shows two crossed swords with a perfect rose at their juncture. That rose is destroyed on the Three of Swords, but that is a card for another day (and not in the near future, hopefully). This card also hints at illumination of some kind, as there are rays emanating from that rose; the symbol for the Moon is also found in the image, telling of another, more subtle and reflective illumination. The name of the card is “Lord of Peace Restored,” and it tells of peace that comes after suffering or pain, sympathy for those in trouble, truce, and the conflicting characteristics that are to be found in the same nature.
Even with the reversed Sun card, my solitude today might have a silver lining. There is peace to be had from spending time alone, and the Moon’s silvery light can be a relief to the eyes from the brilliance of the sun. However, the Moon would be dark without the sun’s light, and even though it is reversed, my Sun card reminds me that a new dawn will come eventually. Peace will be restored and a restful pause will occur; then I will be ready to face the new day.