Happy New Year! And we have the ten of swords for our first card of the year. Is this a joke? No, it’s not. In fact, it’s a resounding finish to the year that was. It is a visual to an ending in your life–could be a relationship, a job, a cycle of life. A figure lies prone on the ground in his blood with ten swords in his back. It is over; it is complete. What comes next? A strip of golden light appears in the dark sky pointing to a new beginning on the horizon. Time to pick out the good from the bad, acknowledge what has been learned, bless the past and MOVE ON!
A naked man and woman looking very much like Adam and Eve face each other separated by a phallic mountain behind them. They stand on a verdant bank. Behind the woman is the tree of knowledge with a snake circling around the trunk gazing curiously at the woman, perhaps waiting for the right moment to entice her to try one of the delicious apples. Behind the man is a tree with fiery leaves. Passion is his as knowledge is hers. These are the choices for each of them. The man looks at the woman, the woman looks up towards the heavens. What will bring these two together? How will the choose to cross the divide? Choice is the crux of the matter with the Lovers in Tarot. After all they are building a relationship. What kind of relationship will this be? A bright sun shines above. The Angel Gabriel appears out of the clouds in the blue sky with a blessing. He encourages the two to appeal to their higher nature and marry the divine spirit with earthly passion as they make their way on the earthly plane. In this time of crisis when we are faced with a mindset of lack and confusion, we are called to calm ourselves, look within, listen to the still voice of our soul. Be safe. Be healthy. Be strong. Believe. Namaste.
Even though the card is pulled in reversed position the angel still blesses the two young lovers. Perhaps the blessing is needed even more at this time and therefore the accentuation. In fact all things point to the outstretched hands in front of the wings against the radiant rays of a bright sun. The reversal here encourages us to look inwards this week and examine our relationships. What does duality mean to us? How do we relate to others at work, in our family, our love relationships? Are we willing to accept others who are different from us and respect their differences in order to make a union with another? The naked lovers are innocent in their sharing. The Angel Raphael blesses the divine connection and the healing that occurs from it.