Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Love and Death
The reason I chose it, though, was due to the quote on this card. This strikes me in two very different ways, depending on the perspective from which I take it. One is the idea that we keep alive our dead loved ones through our loving memories of them. This certainly fits well with attachment theory's view of mourning, where the suggestion is that we never completely let go of someone we have loved, but that we create a new attachment to the memories of them, and that this is perfectly healthy. This is as opposed to Freud's view that we must "kill" the dead and detach ourselves from them entirely!
The other idea that springs to my mind is of people who feel deadened, numb, detached from life. The suggestion then would be that it is through love that they can once again feel alive. The question this raises is whether they must love, be loved, or both. My guess would be that any experience of love would work.
So, how does all of this relate to traditional interpretations of the Judgement card? I often see Judgement representing hearing a calling of some kind - vocational, or spiritual - to make changes in our lives. However, the fact that the one doing the calling is often an angel with a trumpet also raises the notion of angelic love.
Whether we find love through the divine, or through a passionate interest in something or someone, this love makes us feel more alive, and can take us to a different dimension of life.
I am grateful for the love in my life.
I am thankful that I feel passionate about much that I do.