VI. THE LOVERS
Primary principle-Union of opposites
central image of this card is a nude couple. The man and the woman represent
the masculine and feminine energies within an individual as well as the primary
duality inherent in the universe itself. In
its simplest meaning, this card symbolizes the cooperation and coming together
of two people. A guiding solar angel blesses their union and gifts their
marriage with Divine Radiance. He is bringing the Life of the Spirit (the sun)
into their experiences on Earth, indicated by the grass upon which they stand,
the stream that flows gently between them, and the mountain rising up behind.
Thus the conscious, rational, human mind (Gemini) is in constant communication
with Divine Order. This connection to the Higher Self melts the cloud of
unknowing, an illusion temporarily separating them.
couple has many gifts. Behind the woman is "The Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil." It is an apple tree filled with fruit, a serpent coiled
around its trunk. Obviously this is a reference to the biblical story of Adam
and Eve. The woman is given the power to bring life into form through her
fertility (the apples). The snake symbolizes a warning for her not to abuse her
sensual nature. Yet the snake is also a symbol of the great love and wisdom that
result from the rising up of the "kundalini" energy (the "Serpent
Flower") in our spine (the tree trunk). The kundalini is the force of
consciousness that awakens a person to the higher life of the Soul. Once this
takes place, life on Earth becomes incredibly fruitful.
man stands before "The Tree of Life." It is aflame with twelve burning
leaves, each of which stands for one of the twelve signs of the zodiac. Thus the
man holds within himself the understanding of the twelve primary principles
through which human evolution unfolds. This wisdom is his to use, but first he
must overcome his identification with the separatist tendencies of the rational
mind, join with his own female half, and become complete. Humanity's basic
duality (Gemini) can be resolved into a greater sense of wholeness (the sun)
through the awareness of the actions and presence of Spirit. This gift is only
possible through the elevation of consciousness.
Lovers card tells us that the querent is attracted to another person. The
other individual has certain personal and spiritual qualities that may help the
querent find a greater sense of unity within. The querent therefore wishes to
consummate the relationship and merge with the other. Clear communication
between the couple is necessary if such a union is to take place. The attraction
may also be in terms of an idea or ideal. The querent is seeking to refine
herself through the adoption of a certain way of thinking that will bring a
greater sense of inner wholeness. Major dualities in life can be resolved at
this time through right human relationships.
are challenges in relationships. These conflicts are due to disagreements
arising from a lack of proper communication. One or both of the parties involved
is not thinking correctly and thus creating confusion. The cloud of
misunderstanding grows larger. Egocentricity and separation are replacing love
bonds. Seeing the connection between two seeming opposites. Harmony and
bringing all apparent opposites into balanced expression. The marriage of the
feminine (receptive, formative) and masculine (assertive, expressive) facets of
the psyche. The joining of the conscious and subconscious aspects of the mind.