The subject of trump VI is Love, a light and effortless feeling, like a kite carried on wind or a boat on waves. The image is the archetypal mother and child pair. Venus and Cupid, Mary and Jesus, mythological heroes or simply one’s own friends – all converge into one in this card. There is no single original, but the image recurs. The mother and child are at the center, but the love and loyalty represented by the bulldog is not limited to blood kinship. The song “Esme” encompasses all changing human relationships.
The thorns of the blackberry and the blood drops on the mother’s gown are reminders of pain and sacrifice, but the overall effect is wonder, at the mother emerging from Earth and the child from Air. “Ties and rails fall into line bearing kindness.” While some force or machine must be there to build the railroad, the only concern in this card is to be carried along, grateful for the protection and the generosity: the guardian bear of the boat and the ghostly hand that holds the kite-string.