Saturday, 14 July 2012

Bad Romance?

©Raffaele De Angelis
This week, I decided to do my daily draws with two "dark" decks: the recently released Dark Fairytale Tarot by Raffaele De Angelis (Lo Scarabeo, 2012) and the Dark Angels Tarot by Luca Russo (Lo Scarabeo, 2010).

The first card to make an appearance seems a good omen - the Two of Cups!  Looks like there could be a new romance in sight ;)  Whether it's us falling in love with these decks, or something about how their energies will combine, we'll just have to wait and see.

In the Dark Fairytale Tarot an angel clasps a woman to his chest.  Each of them holds a cup in their left hand, and they face away from each other.  In the background, the sun pours its golden light through autumnal trees, largely bare-branched.  The pink hues that blend up into lilac closer to the top of the card speak of love and eros. 

It feels like this couple don't need to be constantly gazing at one another, they know the other is there, and that's the most important part.  Or could it be that he holds her possessively, controlling her because he is winged, while she hangs in his grasp, feeling she has no control?

©Luca Russo
The Dark Angels Tarot version is rather darker.  Not just in the black wings of the two characters, and their black clothes, but also in the fiery background, and the stone engraved with a lion's head on which they seem to stand.  Although these two dark angels have their bodies turned to each other, he looks out at us, while she looks down to where their two cups touch. 

To me, they seem far less intimate than the couple in the Dark Fairytale image.  It feels like they cling together out of habit, out of desperation, rather than out of love.  Or maybe he is staring us down, daring us to come closer, willing to defend her at any cost, while she has eyes for no-one else, focusing on their relationship represented by the cups?

In both cards, the sense that comes through most strongly is one of "It's complicated!"  As in life, so in the cards :)

Not much coupley time on my horizon today - we have a friend of Big Boy's visiting in the morning, and then his grandma coming for the afternoon.  Still, perhaps I need to take some time to tell my Dear One I love him, and think of a concrete example to back it up.  Relationships aren't just complicated, they also take work!

I am grateful for a loving relationship, even if I have to work at it.

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