This month in Wolverine and the X-Men #24, Storm and Wolverine celebrated their close friendship with a kiss (the cover above was drawn by Ramon Perez and colored by Laura Martin)! What this will lead to is anyone’s guess, but this isn’t the first time these heroes have locked lips. I would not be surprised if these two strong willed individuals kept things to a “friends with benefits” situation. They certainly have a strong chemistry together. This issue also debuted the return of Storm’s mohawk as a symbol of her independence from her recently annulled marriage to Black Panther (see the image below from the same issue as drawn by David Lopez and Alvard Lopez). This issue was a great reminder that the X-Men are the most fun to read about when following a soap opera format (even if a lot of the pairings never made sense to me). After all the dazzling powers and battles to save the world, it is the personal relationships and moral and emotional dramas that ground us in connecting with these characters. It is exciting to see writer Jason Aaron capitalize on Storm and Wolverine’s rich history and breathe new life into it. I am looking forward to seeing where he (and other writers) take it.
This issue led me to think about Valentine’s Day and how much I have always loved it even when I was not dating anyone (and that was most of my life). I guess one could say I have always been in love with love. I like the idea of love at first sight, “Cupid’s Span” is my favorite public sculpture in San Francisco, and I worship at the altar of Aphrodite, Isis and Oshun. In Dante’s Commedia, he describes the moment when he first saw his Beatrice:
She was wearing a beautiful delicate crimson robe tied with a belt and the moment I saw her I say in all truth the the spirit that loves me in the innermost depths of my heart began to tremble in such a way that it overtook my whole being…the beginning and end of my life’s happiness had been revealed to me.
He later wrote that when he first saw her he mistook her for an angel that had come to visit the mortal realm. I believe that this was not simply a poetic description. He was enraptured in something both erotically physical and spiritually mystical.
The Sufi poet has a beautiful take on this idea. He is quoted as saying:
The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
This Valentine’s Day why not give yourself or a loved one a Heroic Tarot reading to discover how better to give, receive and be love? If you are in a relationship, consider having a couple’s reading for the two of you! A reading provides insight and reflection and is certain to have more lasting impact on your partnership than cards or candy (although those are nice as well). Tarot can be a powerful tool in creating clarity and unlocking your potential! In person readings as well as phone readings (via Skype) are also available. Contact me today!