Surprise, surprise! The Lovers! I actually chuckled when the first two cards came up. First of all, because of all the love in my cards this week (and this being the third time I've drawn the Lovers card this week). Secondly, they reminded me of an email I sent in jest to a friend yesterday. Using my playing cards, the Love & Marriage cards came up for me yesterday, and they repeated ridiculously, continuously throughout the day. I had emailed my friend with the subject header "I'M GETTING MARRIED!!!" So today when I turned over the Lovers, and Four of Scepters (the card I often deem as the Marriage Card), I had to laugh.
Then the third card brought me back to reality. The Ten of Scepters says I still have some work to do, unloading the heavy resistance I have to the whole idea. I am making progress, but I'm not quite there yet. I like the take on this card. Rather than carrying a bunch of heavy sticks, the woman in this card is being held down by thorny roots, as she struggles to free herself and rise up.
The Four of Scepters is beautiful. The image illustrates the ceremony or ritual that this card signifies. Though the ring encircling her is made of blood, there is a great peace and beauty that exudes from this card. I get the feeling of "everything is all right" when I meditate on this image. And not just a consolation message, but a solid everything is really, truly, completely, undeniably all right. This tells me that I am on the right track, as far as love is concerned. The cards today were a reminder of that, as well as a gentle nudge letting me know I still have a bit farther to go. But the Ten of Scepters is the last numbered card in the suit, so it appears I don't have as far to go as I may have thought!
(The title of my post made me think of the song, Love and Marriage, by Frank Sinatra. Which made me think of the show Married... with Children. Which made me laugh. And laughing is good.)
Deck: The Tarot of Vampyres (by Ian Daniels, published by Llewellyn)
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