I went back to my Haindl Tarot today, and threw The Lovers and the Eight of Wands reversed. Hmmm . . . again with the Eight of Wands reversed.
The Lovers (Air, hot/separates and wet/adapts, quick and animated, intellectual, problems or challenges; Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, sociable, dual; Zayin, double-edged sword; and the Path between Tiphareth, the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify, and Binah, female receptive energy and the origin of form and structure) tells of duality, union, and personal choices. This card is about love, but it is also about our personal values and how they affect our choices, and the promises we make to others. The traditional image on The Lovers offers three people: a man, and two women (one representing virtue and one representing sensuality). The Lovers presents the two halves that when united with balance are greater than the sum of their parts; in other words, The Lovers is about a unity that is necessary for fertility and creativity to have an effect.
The Haindl Lovers card is chock full of symbolism: a red rose (love) superimposed with the Star of David (as above, so below and the four elements), with each point of the star adorned with a leaf (element of Earth, fertility, Nature); a spear (Wands, element of Fire) pointed down (ownership), and a unicorn (purity, innocence and enchantment). There is a tree on either side of the couple, reminding us of the Garden of Eden and the Trees of Life and Knowledge found there. The most important symbol in my opinion is the fact that the two Lovers hold each other’s hands behind a golden Cup, telling us that while we have many important personal choices in our lives, choices that can affect our physical environment as well as our emotional and mental selves, love is in front of it all.
The Eight of Wands (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, skill, communication, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, adventurous, blundering) is a card of action, of quick developments, and of pulling it all together so things can be completed. The energies of this card are fast and strong and sudden, and while the dust will surely fly, the end result should be balance. This one is kind of a Minor Arcana version of The Wheel, and its sudden eruption of energies that we can’t control; all we can control is our reaction to the manifestation of those energies.
The Haindl Eight of Wands shows eight arrows tipped with flames, shooting upward out of red fire (or blood!) at the lower left corner of the image and upward toward a blue sky. The Haindle Eight of Wands presents the concept of many smaller energies moving in unison toward a particular goal or more pure level, an interesting take on this card!
Choices and lover are important today, and neither of them may be easy to manifest. I do need to remember that my personal choices will have power, and they will attempt to manifest once I make them. The difficulty lies in that reversed Eight of Wands, which tells me that there may be chaotic effects buffeting those choices as they manifest. I won’t be able to direct that chaos, or erase it (or increase its power in order to control it), so I should stay alert.