The most powerful, most transformative emotion is love. It removes obstacles and opens doors. It is a force of nature that brings people together, it connects us to the world and all of its inhabitants. We are inspired by it, desire it, and at times frightened by it - Love is at the center of who we are.
The crow of the Seven of Wands stands ready to defend its position - a position that it holds on to with sheer will and desire.
In the past position, the Seven of Wands represents an independent spirit. You were able to go it alone, take on those who opposed you or the naysayers and was victorious in achieving your goal at the time. Perhaps it was a need to create your own place in the world, one that was in conflict with your family tradition, at some point in your life you defined what it was you wanted in this lifetime in regards to relationships. Because the choices you made in the past reflected this strong personal viewpoint - where you are today is a direct result of decisions made around this area.
At the center of this reading, at the heart of the matter - is Love.
The crows of the Lovers drink from the same heart, fortifying their union. Theirs is a karmic relationship - one that goes beyond a casual fling. With lifetimes of history, they come together stronger as with every new life encounter the bond grows deeper and over time - together their energy becomes more radiant and dynamic.
In the present position, the Lovers brings an energy to the surface of connecting with a soul-mate. If you are in a relationship, during this time you will feel a stronger bond with your partner - making this a good time to work together on life goals as your relationship moves into a new phase. It is during this time that you will discover new qualities that you love in this person, things that seemed to have gone unnoticed in the past will now brighten your day or give you a fresh new thing to "just love about them."
For those who are single, the energy at this time will support you in connecting with someone who will become a romantic partner, one who will prove to be more than a summer romance. In the present position - this indicates that the energy is moving quickly and this person may be someone you already know but will now see in a different light. The Lovers marks a turning point as a result of a major decision. Once you have made a commitment to proceed with the relationship - there will be a distinct difference between life before this person and life after your coupling.
The blindfolded crow has lost all desire to move - it is stuck in a cage of its own making, one that this bird could very easily escape from if it would only see the situation for what it is.
In the future position, the Eight of Swords brings a stark warning of losing passion and falling into a trap of stagnation - where days become long and dull and any excitement that once circled around you has all but vanished. It may be the result of not allowing yourself the freedom to love again or a fear of being vulnerable with someone in order to form a relationship - however you end up in the cage - it is of your own making and you have the ability to free yourself from it.
The Eight of Swords does not set an event in stone - it only shows what can happen in the event of inaction or indecision. There is a free-will at play here - the choice is yours.
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” ~Anais Nin