Check out the original version of this card at http://goldentarot.com/v1malove.htm
In fact at goldentarot,com there are early versions of most, if not all, the cards. This one in particular has a huge contrast between the two versions. I canít tell which version I like better, too. The earlier version is more formal, and denotes to me a more permanent or structured relationship like a marriage or legal arraignment.
The final version has more of a ďsoul mateĒ connotation. I donít believe in soul mates as most people use the term, but I do believe that there are relationships you are set-up to have. I married my high school boyfriend after we dated for almost 10 years, and people always tell me how lucky I am to have met my soul mate so early on (at least single people do) and that throws me because I donít feel like a soul mate, or some cosmic relationship, I feel like we worked things out early on. Maybe that is what it is a relationship you are set to have, so that you can work things out, if you donít you will have to in the next life, or purgatory or whatever you think happens next.
Anyway, the bird, and the angel are both symbols of a divine message, a blessing on the relationship that this is correct as the book says ďdeeper and more significant than previous relationships.
My only other note is that while these people are surrounded by nature, they seem one with it, they are naked for crying out loud, but there are no signs of fertility, like we see with the Empress. There is not fruit on the trees, or any flowers. Things are just green and alive.
Another note it seems that there is a misprint in the book because it mentions an eagle touching her head, when in fact it is a woodpecker (talk about trying to get a message through knock, knock, knock) over her head, and a finch at her feet (look carefully)
Could the greyhound be the foolís dog? I canít quite figure how he fits inÖ