Father Sun

“Divine Light embraces humanity with all its imperfections and tries to illumine human ignorance
so that human life can be elevated into 
the divine life.” 
 ~ Sri Chinmoy

The Sixth Direction

Tarot Sun

Over the ages Father Sun has been worshiped and held sacred in many guises as:

Egyptians called him Ra 
To the Greeks He was Helios
The Romans, borrowing from the Greeks, called Him Apollo
Baldur or Odin were His Norse appellations
Ancient Irish traditions referred to Him as Dagda
Persian culture called Him Mithras 
In the Anglo-Celtic mythos He was the Oak or Holly King, and of course,
Native Americans called Him, perhaps most directly, Father Sun.

The sacred symbolism of a perfect Circle with the (root) point
in the center was universal. Sun Symbol

To the Plains Indians, for example, the sun was regarded as a mighty power, though not the mightiest; he was the first and greatest of the intermediaries who brought the power of Creator down to earth, but not the actual Creator itself, who they called “Great Mystery.”

Father Sun

They recognized that without Father Sun’s light and energy, showered upon Mother Earth in so many mysterious ways, that She could not give birth to all her children.  She would be barren. 

So it is that, in one guise or another and throughout all traditions, Father Sun came to symbolize:
The Source of DIVINE LIGHT

The Procreative Energy of LOVE
The Projection of INTENT
Limitless Creative POWER
The Archetype of the HERO who, like the Sun, always rises and,
The SOURCE of all “local” MATTER, for we are all the stuff of stars.”

Qualities, Aspects and Traditions

His Color is DEEP SKY BLUE which honors the sky home of Father Sun and represents the hottest Blue color of the flame which burns out all impurities.  The Part of the Plant which is ascribed to Him is the SEED – from which all must grow and its Plant Totemquite naturally, is the SUNFLOWER.

His Element, of course, is FIRE but, unlike the Fire of the East, His is the eternal Flame of Spirit that burns within.  The Spirit Guides that he has been associated with are the HIGHER SELF, OUR ELDER BROTHER and the INNER SUN.  His Minerals are CARNELIAN and the OPEN GEODE and His Lessons are those of ACTION, POSITIVE ENERGY and an understanding of the MASCULINE PRINCIPLE.

As with the preceding Directions, you may claim the attributes and powers of Father Sun as elements of the whole of the Medicine Wheel that YOU are.

Embrace Him in your heart, feel His warmth within, and say: AM/WE ARE FATHER SUN!


 For a rather longish but thorough discussion of the historicity of Father/Brother Sun, please see this informative reprint from the Theosophical University Press.  

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