Partnership, truth, sense of self, dedication
THE CARD’S STORY BY: JESSICA DOUGLAS
I was given the “Lovers” card because of my daughter Charlotte Sego. Athena and Aphrodite were the two figures I chose for the lovers. In part because my daughter is female, in part because she is also gay, and I wanted to show that I supported her in who she loves. Athena represents many things, but I focused on war and wisdom. Steadfast thought and planning, as well as cunning and intelligence. With Aphrodite I took her to a more youthful and carefree state. She’s about love, and passion. Following the heart and diving head first into things. She’s tempestuous and willful and reacts on instinct more so than planning. Each woman is represented by a bird. Athena with the owl and Aphrodite with the dove. Here we find balance as well in predator and prey, nocturnal and diurnal.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Athena looks on, fondly, at Aphrodite as she lounges. They are a pair of opposites, one carefree and untamed, one organised and restrained, but they work well together. Above them, golden apples, signs of discord linger, but they are content. Being true to yourself is essential in any relationship. Be it with a lover, a friend, or yourself. It’s something you learn through a balance of emotion and wisdom. Take the risk of caring for another, but do not lose yourself – make sure you have, and keep, freedom to make decisions you can live with. You always have a choice, so don’t bow to external pressures.
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: APHRODITE & ATHENA
Aphrodite is the goddess of love, passion and pleasure in ancient Greek mythology. She was a flighty character prone to procrastination and infidelity, but she was also renowned for creating something beautiful out of the ordinary through the power of love. By contrast, Athena is the goddess of wisdom, war, courage and civilisation, known to be a ruthless warrior when needed. But for all her logic and strategic ability, she was also compassionate, a goddess of inspiration, the arts and craft s. Th ere are obvious differences between these goddesses, but also areas of similarity between them in terms of passion and remaining true to themselves, and as such we felt that these were fantastic characters for Mythical Lovers.
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