Daily Draw - Two of Cups, Hanged Man, Seven of Swords
The things we do for love...
When we make a sacred agreement we think we mean it in the moment. We probably do. Sometimes that agreement includes the words, "For better or for worse" when what we usually mean is "For as long as you still satisfy me sexually and we don't have any money troubles and I feel safe and secure and we don't argue and our kids are perfect angels and no one better looking or with more money comes along". But then one or more of those things don't happen, and what do we do?
These cards to me look like when push comes to shove after our word has been given, what do we do? Tough it out, nailed to the letter of our word, no matter the price, or slinking off into distance, telling ourselves whatever we need to hear to make our betrayal palatable to our own tastes? And is there anything in between those two extremes when we find promises are more easily given than kept?
These cards, in that interpretation, aren't about me and my marriage, at least not today. We are crazy happy together, warts and all. But I have not always been real successful at the through thick and thin part of any relationship. They are a glimpse at what could be, though, and a reminder to myself that in every moment I get to choose who I am, how I react, where I go, and how I comport myself.
Update: These cards ended up being not about my marriage today, but another intense and love filled relationship, in which I had to make a really hard choice, one that hurt me deeply, and will for a long time, and one which the other person who is in the relationship likely feels is an act of betrayal. It wasn't, it was intense love, although of the tough variety, and I hope that it looks like that when we come out on the other side of this.
These cards are from the Prairie Tarot by Robin Ator, available here.
I am not a visual artist. The creators of the decks I use are. I try very hard to give proper credit to the artist when I use an image.
My most oft used deck on this blog is the Deviant Moon Tarot, created by Patrick Valenza and published by U.S. Games Systems, Incorporated. Check out his site to buy some fantastic Deviant Moon stuff, or a deck of your own!
A lovely, but digital only, Rider Waite Smith clone deck is the Aquatic by Andreas Schroter. You are allowed to downlaod and use the images.
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