The more I study this picture, the more amazed I become at the
richness of the image's symbolism. Naturally, the couple and their
wedding embody the traditional meaning of this card as a joyful
celebration of unity, stability and accomplishments. Also to be found
in the image are:
- Celtic Cross, with the maypole and outstretched ribbons
forming the cross, and the dance binding it all with the circle.
- "Hermetic Cross" symbolizing God above, Nature or Earth below,
and Man and Woman between. It is said God created Man from Earth,
then created Woman from Man. Why from his rib? So she would stand
at his side.
- God, and Nature, and Man, and Woman all join in the center,
towards which the dance pulls us. (Even if we *are* going in
- To Native Americans, Pythegoreans, Navigators, etc., the pole
indicates the directions above and below, and the dance--bound to
and with the pole as its axis--includes the other four, or 360,
- The spiral itself is a powerful symbol, and powerfully
connected to the Four of Wands, as rites are repeated through
generations. Double helix, intertwining old and new. With the
maypole, it creates the cadaceus, and a nice connection to the
Rider Waite Two of Cups. = D
- The white canopies are the "Chuppah," representing the home
which the couple establishes together. It is customarily held up
by friends. In this image, three canopies are shown and I was
informed by the bride that the fourth is represented in the
assembled witnesses. Unity, community. Traditions old and new.
The mystery of life is not a problem to
be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Meditations from Bifrost Eyrie, Buddislamic Text
Photo courtesy of the
Magpie Nest; image text by Van Morrison; end text
by Frank Herbert.
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