|Universal Waite, US Games 1990|
Sandra A Thomson's excellent 'Pictures from the Heart' suggests: 'A major question to ask yourself concerns your personal symbolism of rain. Is this rain a light, healing, renewing, fertilizing shower--the release of tension? Is it about to become a deluge, suggesting a sense of being overwhelmed?' Looking at the card, there isn't a lot of rain actually falling, and the clouds, while ominous, certainly don't appear about to burst. So maybe this 'heartbreak' is needed, or at least temporary. Well. It's certainly temporary, no doubt about it, even if those clouds may actually be about to bring a flood.
The first reaction when you turn this card over is 'Oh no!' because the image is quite striking, and all you can think is-- 'stabbed through the heart'--betrayed. Broken. But when you make a study of it, it's actually quite a cold card, the big valentine heart hanging there in complete isolation in mid-air. It's like an abstract concept rather than a genuine emotion. Hanging in the air, the symbol of thought, pierced by swords, also symbols of the workings of the mind. The valentine heart shape itself a symbol of a kind of emotion that many people consider nebulous and temporary, or at least the result of that fickle old hormone, pitocin--here today and gone tomorrow.
That's enough rambling for this morning, I'm off to work now. May come back and add more later. For me personally, I think this card is about the walk through the rain I am about to have to do get to work this morning! :D