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But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about.
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
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Love and God and Passion and Art.

What better, more fated card to pull than The Lovers? Or, perhaps, what worse, more painful card?

Regardless of your relationship status, when you flip over The Lovers in a reading, you have no choice but to feel the warmth that comes hand-in-hand with the archetype represented by these two lovebirds, and which is most closely linked with sexual union.

You know: that panty-dropping, logic-destroying, melty, soothing warmness of Love.

Before we link together the messages from the two cards the Universe has to share with you this month, take a moment to feel into that feeling. Perhaps you’ll first need to link it to a person or a place or a situation you’ve lived that most vividly bubbles it up. Or, maybe you’ll need to push down the mental images that form of lovers past, lovers lost, lovers misunderstood, in order to more clearly feel the warmth. Regardless of the pleasure, or the pain, this month as the heat rises and the days start to feel endless, the Universe is begging us all to infuse our lives - private and collective - with more Love.

Beyond first glance and the feelings that stir up in our collective kitten tummies, looking closer at the card we see the symbolism of The Fall (the snake and the apple tree), the symbolism of being ignited by passion rather than logic (the flames behind the man who gazes lustily upon the woman), the symbolism of our higher purpose (the woman gazing lovingly and openly up at the angel).

Transforming our suffering into love into the pursuit of one's higher purpose is the message for you from the Universe this month.

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
— Leo Tolstoy
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Paired with the Knight of Wands, we can think about being forward-moving in our creative pursuits (what else is new?)

The Knight of Wands drives forward with passion, enthusiasm, boundless energy and excitement.

Will he crash and burn? Eventually. Does he deny the feelings of others in pursuit of personal gain? Sometimes. Does his temper flare up at the first sign of difficulty and he throw himself to the floor in a rage? Absolutely. 

Since we know the path this Knight beats across the land to be a pot-hole-filled-ride of emotions, we must call upon our Lovers to help transmute our anxiety and rage into a more even-keeled openness.

This month the Universe gives you permission to go within and consider what your higher purpose is calling you to.

Do not let the anxiety of your relationship with others detract from your relationship with the Divine. The Universe knows that the feelings are there, they're potent, they can even feel crippling, but rather than letting yourself get carried away with flights of fancy or lust, this July do your best to re-route your energy towards your practice - whatever that may be.