The Sun: Light, Life, and Awareness

"In the older cultures, the visible sun and its light were and are worshipped and concentrated upon for the sake of physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual transformation. As such, the sun is viewed as a kind of icon, a living symbol in the universe for the Divine Sun or Prior Light that is Creative relative to the world. However, such practices, as well as their more esoteric counterparts, which conceive of the Sun within and subtly above for the same purpose, are expressions of a view of the world and of conscious existence in which Light (the Sun itself) is acknowledged as Truth and its emanations (sunlight) exploited as a method or way to Truth. 

. . . Although the Principle of Light may be senior to the Principle of Life, it is itself secondary to the Principle of the Awareness of both Life and Light. And all three of these Principles, which together form the foundation of every kind of esoteric and extraordinary knowledge, are fundamentals of the World-Process". 

--Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"Light Is A Great Temptation",
Conscious Exercise and the Transcendental Sun, p. 225

Ace of Spades Synchronicities

Last week, my fiancé got a new Tarot deck and was testing it out. She spread the cards out and asked me to choose one. I drew and turned it over--The Sun! She picked up all the cards and shuffled them, and then asked me to draw again. I picked the Sun card again! It felt like the message was loud and clear, so I did not draw any more cards after that. 

Later in the day, I was feeling like I should check my Year Spread to see when I'll be running a new card. It turns out I was starting a new card the very next day--and this synchronicity of checking my Year Spread a day before I start a new card has happened now 4 times in a row. What is more interesting though is the card I was starting the next day: Ace of Spades, the Sun card! It seemed like the Tarot reading earlier in the day was just an omen of what was to come. 

The Ace of Spades is the "key" card for the Spades suit, because Spades are the first suit and Ace is the first card. Ace of Spades is agni, the creative fire that is the foundation of all life. The Ace of Spades thus carries all the astrological connotations of the Sun: foundation, steadfastness, reliability, creativity, inspiration, the manifestation of light. The Spades suit represents the tree, that which grows toward the Sun. We can see how the Spade resembles the tree, but we can also see how the Spade resembles a flame. 

I've been running the Ace of Spades for a week now and I've observed several synchronicities:

1. The day I started the Ace of Spades is the day I started teaching my first introductory course on Ayurveda and Astrology. 

2. I spontaneously began intensifying my intake of raw green foods. I also started doing more yoga and going for longer walks every day. 

3. The start of this card coincided with some really beautiful sunny days here. I was noticing my desire to be outside to soak up the sunshine and how good it felt. On one day, Nicole and I even sat outside on our porch and had lunch under the full sun, enjoying its warmth and vitality. I did not even realize the connection between these activities and the Ace of Spades until a few days later. 

4. I started harmonizing with the natural cycle of the Sun. I am waking up to meditate before sunrise. I noticed that when I start my morning routine of Suyra Namaskar now, I am actually greeting the rising Sun, without planning to. 

The theme of this card, as I am experiencing it, is purification and re-vitalization. Indeed, these are the two functions of fire: the burning of toxins and the radiance of vitality. Since starting this card, I have been feeling a level of physical and energetic vitality I have not felt in a long time. Psychologically, I feel radiant, stable, inspired, and creative. What I am feeling is the harmony between the physical and etheric bodies (annamayakosha and pranamayakosha). According to Adi Da, the harmonious conjunction of these two bodies is the principle of all healing. Adi Da also describes how the hierarchy of manifest existence can be perceived through yogic vision as a mandala of lights. He describes the physical body (and gross dimension) as "red" and the etheric body (and energetic dimension) as "yellow". In "Conductivity Healing", Adi Da writes: 

"The physical is the red realm, and the etheric is the yellow realm. Healing is a matter of keeping the conjunction between yellow and red in balance, and flowing. . . ".

When red and yellow are harmoniously integrated, we have the image of a flame. This is the true secret of agni. If we can understand what it means for the physical and etheric bodies to enjoy a harmonious integration, then we can begin to understand what the ancient healers meant when they asserted that agni was the foundation of health. The truly balanced agni is not only the fire of physical digestion, but the ignited flame of the physical and energetic bodies when they are in resonance. The "yellow-red conjunction" is a deeper meaning of agni as the "flame" that keeps us vitalized. 

We all have to be more like trees--green and growing in the light of the Sun. This is the meaning of the Spade. Eventually, the leaves of the tree fall to the ground to nourish the Earth and the seeds of new life. This is the meaning of the Diamond, the crystals forged by fire. 

I am consistently amazed at the "magic" of the cards, the depth of their meaning, and how well the patterns they indicate are seen in life. I know others who are familiar with the Cards of Truth who have observed similar synchronicities. If so, comment and share your experience! 

"The Law of life is sacrifice, or unqualified relationship, and the Instrumental Source of life is the Transcendental Sun or Light, the Vibratory Radiance or Current felt to permeate body, mind, and world with its all-pervading Presence, Spirit, or Breath". 

--Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Conscious Exercise and the Transcendental Sun

Ace of Spades card photo is from a Cards of Truth deck designed by Carmina-Adelina Amza.