• Category: Sun Clipart
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  • Date: December 16, 2017

The daytime star is naturally the most prominent of all heavenly phenomena. Countless religions associate a sky god with the sun, and there are countless names that designate this sun god as the destroyer of DARKNESS. (In one Babylonian formulation, the sun god is addressed as you who illuminate darkness, light up the heavens, and annihilate evil above and below .... All princes are gladdened when they behold you all the gods rejoice in you.) The solar cult of the Egyptian god Amon-Re was transformed by the pharaoh Amenhotep IV (Ekhnaton, 1365-1348 B. c.) to a monotheistic system. (So beautiful do you appear at the heavenly locus of light, O living sun, who first began to live. . . .) Only in the Old Testament is the sun considered to be merely one of two great lights [Genesis 1: 16] placed by God in the firmament-a dramatic contrast to the solar cult of the pagans. In Christian iconography the sun, rising over and over again in the East, symbolizes immortality and resurrection. There are fourth-century mosaics showing Christ as a Helios-like figure in a solar CHARIOT surrounded by sunbeams, or surrounded by a solar NIMBUS. Since Christ is also triumphant over time (chronocrator) , he is frequently associated with the sun (which measures out the length of each day) in Romanesque art. Graphic symbols for the sun include both the still-current CIRCLE surrounded by beams and the earlier basic form, the solar wheel: a circle with a point at its center and perpendicular lines dividing into quadrants. In ALCHEMY the sun is associated with glittering GOLD (the earth's sun, the KING of metals) in ASTROLOGY, with the LION. In patriarchal societies the sun is usually thought of as masculine (although the German language, with its feminine die Sonne, is an exception), as is the sun deity (with the exception of the Japanese sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami-who, nevertheless, was created by the sky god Isanagi). In regions subject to the threat of drought, the sun, with its heat, can take on ambivalent or negative aspects, or it must be fortified for its course across the sky with the BLOOD of human sacrifices, as in ancient Mexico. See also CHARIOT, BALL, and KING. The most striking example of sun worship in an ancient culture was in Peru, where the sun was believed to be the divine ancestor of the Inca nation. The Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1539-1616) describes the sun temple of the capital Cuzco as follows: All four walls were covered from top to bottom with gold sheets and bars. Toward the front was what we would call the principal altar this is where the figure of the sun stood, consisting of a sheet of gold twice as thick as the sheets that covered the walls. This figure, with its round face surrounded by darting flames, was made from a single sheet of gold, and looked just the same as in paintings. It was so big that it took up the entire forward part of the temple, extending all the way across from side to side. . . . On each side of the figure of the sun were its 'children': the bodies of the dead kings, embalmed (however this was accomplished) so that they looked as if they were still alive. They sat on their accustomed golden thrones, which were positioned on golden girders. . . . The temple gates were gilded like portals. On the exterior of the temple was a golden cornice, made of planks more than a yard in width, which surrounded the entire temple like a crown. The association of sun and gold was apparently nowhere so persistently realized as in the Andes, and the symbolic linking of the immutable noble elements with mummification is equally striking: in the ancient Peruvian Temple of the MOON, the female ancestors of the ruling family were preserved and revered in surroundings made of SILVER. Japan is actually named for the sun. The Japanese word for Japan, Nihon, is made up of elements meaning sun (ni) and source (hon) thus the country is often called the Land of the Rising Sun. In astrology, as in classical antiquity, the sun is spoken of as one of the PLANETS, because of its apparent revolutions around the earth (which determine the length of our years) . The sun is one of the principal lights {like the moon}, and it is frequently referred to as masculine, dominant, hot. The sign of the zodiac in which the sun is located at the time of a person's birth determines the birth sign. The sun is said to rule the sign Leo (see LION) in Aries it is exalted, and Aquarius is the sign of its detriment. Its color is reddish orange the PRECIOUS stones associated with it are DIAMOND, RUBY, topaz, chrysolite, and hyacinth. Traditionally, the sun is associated symbolically with KINGS, paternal authority, worldly status, fame, victory, life force, and force of will. The sun and the moon 2.re referred to in the symbolism of FREEMASONR l as the two great lights of the physical world, the images of the first and second supervisors or foremen they signify the obligation of every good Freemason to seek the true light, day and night, and never linger in the darkness of vice [BaurnjopelJ. In iconography the sun is usually portrayed either as the sun god crowned with sunbeams, or as the solar disk, with a human face, surrounded by beams. Prehistoric Asian cave drawings often show human figures with a solar wheel surrounded by spikes in place of the head the wheel is divided into quadrants, each containing points (possibly indicating a division of the year into quarters and months or weeks). Prehistoric northern African art includes images of sun BULLS and sun RAMS (not unlike later religious images found in Egypt), each with a disk on its head. In coats of arms the sun (with or without a face) is usually drawn surrounded by alternating tickmarks and flaming darts.

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