READING # 5
reply to post by Kram09
I'd like to take a moment here to address a common misconception concerning the Tarot. That being, the biased interpretation which the general public
holds concerning this infamous card. Luckily, it just so happens that the lesson which card XIII: Death teaches us, corresponds very well with your
First, you asked me to read for two different, but related inquiries:
1) Whether or not a friendship you once shared can be mended
2) If your own current path will offer you a relationship
Now, let me first get this out of the way: Arcana XIII: Death does not
foretell bodily death, nor does it suggest injury, disease, or frailty
of any kind. Such impermanent afflictions are covered under a variety of cards which can be drawn from the Pips.
Arcana XIII actually encourages us to look at our lives as a holistic system of overlapping cycles; a collection of interlinking events which move in
periods: rising, cresting, collapsing, and repeating. This theme is found frequently throughout psychology, mythology, and spirituality, and is an
extremely important aspect of life which needs to be acknowledged, but is often ignored.
Since the first half of your inquiry asked about an event which had already reached, and passed, its high-point, and your second inquiry concerns an
event which may only now be rising, I felt that Arcana XIII was a suitable significator to identify where you currently stand in the "Wheel of Life,"
to borrow the Buddhist connotation.
This seems to be an exceptionally poignant card for this thread. You're the third individual for whom I have drawn The Sun as a card in the
The imagery of the card features a brilliant sun rising in the background. Its rays reach in every conceivable direction, causing the Earth to bloom
and grow before it. The foreground features a naked youth upon a prancing white horse, and carrying a blood-red standard. The imagery here suggests
Dawn, sunrise, new light, and innocence. The theme is youthfulness, the beginning of things, and the coming of new possibilities.
In regards to your inquiries the card suggests that time, and space, have separated you from the friend who you seek to make amends with.
Simultaneously, the card infers that a new, fresh, fruitful path is, or will be, opening before you soon enough: one filled with many
The symbolism of this card, called the Lord of Love, features a plethora of occult symbolism, with very interesting histories. I'll do my best to not
let this get too weighty.
The apex of the card features a winged lion's face and mane, mounted upon a Caduceus. This prop descends, ending between two golden cups, being passed
in a clockwise manner between a man and a woman crowned with laurel wreaths.
The winged-lion is called a Kerubim, and it originates in Babylon. From there it was adapted into Judeo-Christian spirituality as the Cherubim, a
class of angels. During the Renaissance the Cherubim were often painted as naked babies, winged-cupids, who inspired love and passion among human
beings. Although the Kerubim-Cherubim connection has been misconstrued with time, the meaning is still present: an inspired, passionate love.
The Caduceus is another ancient symbol of medicinal and spiritual purpose. The serpents represent the twin forces of Light and Dark; life and death;
love and hate; positive and negative. They are coiled around the Pole Star, or the Maypole, the "center of the self." The message here being that the
inspired passion of the Kerubim is both pleasant and painful to be had.
The man and woman holding cups, obviously, represent the recipients of the inspired love. They pass their cups clockwise, because it is the direction
of growth, activity, and solidarity. The passion of the Kerubim, with its dualistic nature, as seen in the Caduceus, is calmed and contained by
continual motion between the two lovers.
There, see, that wasn't so bad... I hope.
In regards to your readings, this card is in the Ascendant. As such, it suggests that a very passionate relationship is headed toward you. It may not
necessarily be an "easy catch," though. There will be work involved. You, and possibly the other, will need to work together if there's going to be
hope of keeping the relationship from petering out in a brilliant, but temporary, flash of desire.
edit on 9/4/13 by Wandering Scribe because: added some quotation marks