(also known as Maturity Pink)
This fluorescent pink with warm touches of red and orange, is typical of deep pink shades you will find on clouds during sunset and sunrise. The sun setting at the end of the day and the sun rising at the beginning of a new day remind us of the cyclical nature of life with new beginnings always following endings. In some ways, this card is related to Void Blue, with its connotations of death, chaos, magic and the subconscious realms of night. Sunrise-Sunset provides us with a doorway into and out of the Void of night and the magic of unlimited possibilities. Only when we end something can we truly be set free from Who We Have Been in order to be-come someone new. The new self could be anything, simply because we have been liberated from the defining constraints of the old forms and identities of the old self. In the magic of night, we have been stripped bare and can dance naked under the moonlight in search of new possibilities. Once found, these new possibilities may be donned as new clothing with which to greet the dawning of a new day, a new chapter in ones life. In the light of day, we are seen with our new identity and we become what we wear for a time, until another ending, another sunset liberates us to dance amongst the stars of infinite possibility once more.
So as in the tradition of old, endings are presented by the wisdom of the colour as the opportunity to be set free from the past so you may step forth into a new sense of self. We always have choices when it comes to responding to change. With every change there is loss and these losses are sometimes quite naturally grieved. Sunset-sunrise simply reminds you to raise your head and gaze at the beauty of the sunset because it will remind you of the sunrise soon to come. Sunsets can be so bittersweet, with a sense of loss slipping through your fingers into the unknown, much like the sun sinking into the sea or being swallowed by the twilight landscape. The nighttime of the Void helps us adjust to loss in our own personal ways. Some retreat into sleep or depression, dreaming and numbing their grief with darkness. Some withdraw into the depths of the creative universe within them in search of a new sense of self. Some reach out to kindred stars for the comfort of shared light in darkness, still others hide behind the façade of busy-ness and automated functions, pretending to be ‘awake’ while the light in their soul has blinked out temporarily.
It is natural to have an adjustment period when stepping through gateways from one world into another. We all find our own ways to release the past so that we can accept our present and face the future. Hopefully, the beauty of the sunset will remind you that the coming sunrise will be equally as beautiful. We all go through different chapters, phases and stories in our lives, with each adding new depths to our soul and greater colour to the overall picture of our lives. Have courage to honour change and bless the sun as it goes down, carrying beauty out of your life as it does so. Be thankful for the beauty that passes and understand that beauty comes in many different forms. Sometimes, with sunset-sunrise blessing our aura’s, we need to readjust our ideals our what brings beauty into our lives and what beauty is. Our values usually need to change with the turning of the sun through the themes of our lives. What was a blessing for your old life often ceases to be relevant in the light of a new day. The time between sunset and sunrise is a valuable period of reorientation; a remoulding of self, values and life.
Many people attempt to avoid the setting of the sun and the temporary darkness it brings because they are overly attached to their familiar comfort zones and they are afraid to encounter the great unknown. This colour teaches us not to be afraid of the void (the unknown), because it is a magical place of possibility, adventure, re-creation and imagination. A new future is unfolding behind every sunset, if you will only allow your sense of wonder to be engaged by the mystery. Choose excitement rather than fear.
Traditionally, these times of day have been considered magical. Dusk and dawn are times when the earthly realms open up to the magic of imagination, magical realms and magical beings. Think of sunset and sunrise and doorways into and out of, the Void. The Void is a place of magic, mystery and all possibility, so why should it not engage the imagination and lead you into other realms? These times of day are powerful for magical acts, ceremonies and communion with magical beings and magical places. Sunset is particular useful for releasing the old and for entering into the Void so that you may travel where you will. Surise is useful for intending the new and re-entering the light of day with magical intent drawn from the myriad of possibilities available from the Void.
This is a powerful time for dreaming and dream-recall as the two realms of consciousness and subconscious entwine like lovers before parting.
INVOCATION USES: Primarily, this energy is used to assist you in making the transition from one phase of your life to another. If you are struggling with change and loss, sunset-sunrise can help you adjust with greater ease and grace.