Svetlana sucks lemons across from me
Joanna Newsom, “This Side of the Blue” (The Milk-Eyed Mender, 2004)
A girl with light yellow hair wearing an orange poncho holds a lemon wedge up to her face. Seven more lemon slices form a circle around her. She sits at the horizon, where light blue water meets a light yellow sky, beneath light blue clouds.
This card brings cool relief and satisfaction. Back in the Four of Batons, the protagonist looked to the sea with an open-ended question. Here there is acceptance instead of worry. Not a border to chafe against, “This Side of the Blue” illuminates the narrator’s place in the world, and fits all pieces together. This card signifies harmony with both the people and landscape that surround you.