KEYWORDS: Alignment, Bonds, Passion, Unions, Relationships, Sexuality, Harmony
CARD DEFINITION: This is the time to understand and give a meaning to your relationships. Develop those that you feel need to be nurtured and cut off those relationships which are useless. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. There is optimism and freshness in the air.
REVERSE DEFINITION: You may have to face some problems in you relationships. Things may not be as harmonious as you would like it to be. You may have to face infidelity, frustration, deception and doubt. Do not be in a hurry and rush into things.
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Interpreting The Lovers
The Lovers card is the seventh card in the sequence of the tarot deck. The image of the Lovers, like the collection of concepts they represent, is a multi-faceted one. On one hand, they do represent the obvious concepts of sexuality and love itself. However, on the other hand, they are also representative of divine love, the potential duality of love, and all the intricacies of a close relationship between any two beings.
As previous figures in the tarot sequence have been closely linked to the concepts of mind, body, and spirit, the Lovers can be said to be in synch with the realm of emotion. Love, of course, is the most powerful and mercurial emotion of all, and as such, it covers much varied ground and can lead to a variety of different results in the grand scheme of a story. While pure, divine, or devoted love can be a driving force that adds purpose and beauty to any life, there are of course, forbidden or dark breeds of love to consider as well. Such things can quickly lead to disaster and downfall. For this reason, the Lovers card can also be said to be about choices, morality, and trust as well as love and emotion.
The tarot image of the Lovers features two human figures as the main focus. Traditionally they are naked to invoke the memory of the very first couple - Adam and Eve - but Lovers cards that feature clothed figures certainly exist as well. Each figure stands in front of a tree - the woman in front of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the man before the Tree of Life. A serpent is often depicted within the branches of the Tree of Knowledge as well, suggesting the lovers we see are as yet in their purest form - innocence before the fall and the subsequent corruption. In the background, the sun shines behind a beneficent, angelic figure who looks down upon the scene unfolding below.
The figures of the Lovers are not simply stand-ins for the idea of various forms of love. They are also heavily associated with choices of a moral character. This is highlighted by the way the figures are seemingly mediated by the angelic figure in the middle even as they each stand in front of trees that represent truly life-changing choices. The choice involved could be seen as a simple choice between something positive and something more sinister. It could also be choice that will prove a great test to one's principles or higher ideals.
When the Lovers make an appearance in a tarot reading, they can certainly be said to represent an actual couple depending on their position. This can either be a couple in a very straight-forward sense - two people in a close relationship… probably a sexual relationship, but not necessarily. The Lovers can also appear when representing a duality within the self of some sort. The surrounding cards will offer much more information as to the specifics of what type of pairing is most likely.
When not standing in for a coupling, the Lovers quite often suggest a choice of some sort - most likely a choice that carries moral undertones. The most common interpretation is a choice between a spouse and a lover, but the choice could also be between rational sense and emotion, what's best for the querent and what's best for his or her family, and so forth.