Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
— Kahlil Gibran
What a beautiful view of this week’s Summer Solstice energy, for it is all about heart to heart connections, and true love. In fact, this gentle card echoes the Lovers Trump card in many ways. Like the angel that oversees the man and woman in the Lovers, the winged lion gazes down upon this couple as they exchange cups. While the lion usually represents sexuality, its wings indicate spirituality as well, and so their relationship is a balance of both. Below the lion is the caduceus of Hermes, symbol of wisdom and healing, indicating that this union is a divine gift to each.
This card may represent the beginning of love, for it acknowledges the sexual drive that often first brings people together. Yet, the gentle energy of the exchanged Cups shows a tenderness and respect that is not simple sensuality. In addition, this card can represent how, often, there are wonderful friendships in our lives that may have an undercurrent of attraction, but they remain chaste, for any number of reasons.
This week, honor the relationships in your life where you meet on common ground with others of opposite, but complimentary natures. Enjoy your friendships and savor their sweetness. Cultivate friendship with your lover, as well. And consider being open to a new relationship, perhaps romantic, perhaps not. May it be as loving and tender as this card portends.