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HAs anyone noticed the letter "j" written next the two sun faces at the top. Just like the letter J standing for the J and the B on the High priestess card on the pillars. Both initials standing for the biblical names of the great temple which solomon built
I don't know if it is a "J" or not. There is a design to the right of the right-hand sun that looks somewhat J-like, but if you look to the left of the left-hand sun, there appears to be the mirror image of the design. It's easier to see on the left. I'm more interested in the contrast between the sunset clearly visible in the back, and the light streaming down from directly above that casts a shadow underneath the horse.
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I don't know if it is a "J" or not. There is a design to the right of the right-hand sun that looks somewhat J-like, but if you look to the left of the left-hand sun, there appears to be the mirror image of the design.
Go to the website, and zoom in on the picture. There are frilly "brackets"--raised reliefs around the suns. Imagine a "bracket": ] Put a break between the top and bottom of that bracket there and the bottom part will look like a "J." If you look at the suns you'll see that they're "bracketed" all around.

So, it's not a "J" as in a deliberate "J" but it is an accidental pattern that looks like a "J." Whether the artists meant that or not I don't know. I certainly have no objection to seeing it there myself. It takes us back to the typical Rider-Waite HPS card with the J & B pillars. J is the White Pillar. And that would certain suit the Sun card which tends to go all toward the one side of Light, reason, logic, etc.
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No one has mentioned the connection between this image and the usual meaning of the Sun. Here's a quote from the typical RW meaning:"...coming out from the walled garden of the sensitive life...the transit from the manifest light of this world, represented by the glorious sun of earth, to the light of the world to come, which goes before aspiration and is typified by the heart of a child." Thus, we have a connection between the life-giving light of the Sun and the vitality and life of children, also the clear true sight, wisdom and optimism of the Sun and that of children, etc.

As usual, the Bohemian-Gothic does a wonderful job of putting a twisted spin on this card. In the typical RW image, the child on the white pony waves a red banner--here he wears red, which we know is a dangerous color in this deck And the garden of "life" is dark and barren. His expression isn't innocent so much as naughty. The movie "The Innocents" comes to mind--from the Henry James novel "The Turn of the Screw." Also the "Bad Seed." Stories of innocent children who are not so innocent, and/or adults who are led to bad ends by putting too much faith in childhood innocence. Where will this particular child on the pony lead us?

Logic, reason, optimism, innocence are good things for fighting the darkness; sunlight, after all, kills vampires and sends ghosts and such back to their graves. But we also know very well that the character who says, "Pish-posh! There's no such thing as _________" is going to die quickly from the very thing he/she is dismissing as nonsense. We also know that the path to hell is lined with good intentions and that we can as easily be blinded by too much light as enlightened by it. Hence, this card tells us that too much reliance on light and reason can trap and imperil us. Looking only at the beautiful child in the light means we miss seeing what might be hidden in the shadows or the fact that he came from a barren garden. You can't defeat the darkness by ignoring it's existence.
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Logic, reason, optimism, innocence are good things for fighting the darkness; sunlight, after all, kills vampires and sends ghosts and such back to their graves. But we also know very well that the character who says, "Pish-posh! There's no such thing as _________" is going to die quickly from the very thing he/she is dismissing as nonsense. We also know that the path to hell is lined with good intentions and that we can as easily be blinded by too much light as enlightened by it. Hence, this card tells us that too much reliance on light and reason can trap and imperil us. Looking only at the beautiful child in the light means we miss seeing what might be hidden in the shadows or the fact that he came from a barren garden. You can't defeat the darkness by ignoring it's existence.
What a wonderful experience, to read your beautiful conclusion of "the Sun", Thirteen...
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Actually Baba did mention what Alex was going for when he did this card (in the huge BG thread I think). ...
I'm curious as to where the "the huge BG thread" is? I don't think I know about that. Does anyone know that might see this?
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