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Join Date: 28 Mar 2008
Location: BC Canada
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the sun

Hello Rede Seeker.
Well, this was an interesting card for me too, I struggled with it, and even painted it twice,(one of the very few i re-painted) but both times the same images came, so I just had to "let go" and "let it be" what it is. It was a big lesson for me in the whole painting process.

Caeli also had some difficulty in writing for this card as well, so you are not alone, I realize it isn't the typical Sun card. I burned the "other" painting to return it to the sun's flames and heat.

The overall sense I had for the Sun was that of celebrating creativity, the creative spirit and the urge to create, thus the pottery, paint brushes and puppets, for these are all things that I, as an artist have spent years creating.

But why can I do this, and have such a need to be creative when others don't? Where does the creative inspiration come from, and how does it get from that source, through me to the canvas, and eventually to you?

I realized, especially through this painting, that , though I did not feel "manipulated", I (me my Ego) was not in "control" of the painting, that it came through me from somewhere else, and so I let go of trying to control this painting, or any of the rest after. I quit struggling, (fighting with my Ego) trying to make it right, and just accepted it as it came. I just trusted that the images would be right for the deck. You see I wanted this card to "be" someone else, but both times it was the same person, and I could not make it into someone else it was not my call.

I see the Sun as a card of celebration of the creative spirit, that is in everyone. The suns rays are radiating out, inspiring, enchanting, and challenging. The two roses mean creative energy, the hand raising a glass mean celebration, the good luck charms mean good luck... and the the vine represents growth.

This card, to me, shows that we should celebrate the creative spirit. How does the creative spirit move you? The plainess of the sticks indicates that this really is simple, you don't need anything fancy or elaborate to connect with it.

The concept of the puppets, is that the woman is "animating" them is using her life force "through the strings and sticks", so they appear to be alive, but it is her life force that is animating them, not their own. In turn, the woman's life force, also comes from "somewhere else" the universe the divine, which I feel is the "animating force" - in all things. I didn't consider that she might be manipulating the next generation, I saw it more that she was on stage entertaining the next generation, with her creativity, which comes from beyond her, through her. Celebrating life. Radiating like the sun.

We often see ourselves as detatched from the divine, but in my experiences,I feel that we are "one with it all". So the strings to the "other hands" represent the connection we all have to the divine creative spirit, it does not mean we are puppets or do not have free will, it just means that when we feel connected to it, are "one with it" the force is able to come through us, to create in the here and now through our hands.

I still had the "free will" to choose whether or not to accept this image and keep painting on this journey, which I obviously decided to continue but I also realized that it wasn't my call what came.

The mask, though I never thought of it as Klingon... (ugh) is another aspect of creativity, costume and drama. I used the mask to add to the costume of the woman, so she could be "on stage" with her puppets, and not behind the scenes.

I have found through my dramatic experiences that when we wear a mask, we have the opportunity to not be seen as ourselves and have the opportunity to become or embody someone else. Sometimes wearing a mask allows us to show parts of ourselves that we would not otherwise do. I found, that behind masks people can let go of their ego's (or public selves) and feel free to let go and "act out" speak out, in ways that they might not otherwise, in a sense it gives one freedom to be/portray someone else and let go of the ego if only for a while.

So to me, the freedom of the Sun, is in letting the warmth of the creative spirit move you and come through you warming your soul, inspiring you to create and inspire others along your way.

I love and live by the Rasta saying "I am in all and all is in I."

I am open to your comments...
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