Occasionally we meet someone and instantly ‘know’ this person will be significant to us. And sometimes this person is and sometimes they aren’t. But the potential is there for something bigger than both of you to begin. Your friendship may be about work, or play, romance, or a new close friend.
While the numbered cards of each suit tend to represent the everyday world, this card seems to stretch beyond the mundane dimension with the caduceus spiraling between the cups like the DNA strands foreshadowing of new life forming. The caduceus is topped by the red lion’s head of Alchemical transmogrification.
That’s right, it is a real lead-into-gold moment between two people where the co-joining becomes something bigger than either might have been with simple math. It is the start of something exponential.
There is a formality between the two that belies their enthusiasm for the rendezvous. It almost looks like a courtly dance. Appearances must be upheld, the order of courtship observed and unhurried. A glance, a smile, a touch, permissions sought and granted. Anything can go wrong in the first three dates and it just may.
Easy? No (notice the roller-coaster terrain of their home in the distance). Simple? It almost looks that way – except they are so formal, the scene seems well-rehearsed as if they are actors upon a stage. And despite the rehearsal, or perhaps because of it, they are able to perform the seeming impossible together. An ordinary and everyday meeting of the hearts becomes something sacred and magical.
But when was it ever not?
On the Shadow: Nothing but blue skies, the people are lovely… what could go wrong? Sometimes, a new friendship fizzles despite – or perhaps because of -our expectations. Her red slippers, his rosy crown of thorns and the giant red winged lion’s head above hint at some pretty lively flights of desire and imagination. Following the proper steps of the dance help ensure no one gets ahead of the music.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.