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- Symbolism: Lovers or union of opposites.
- Element: Air (see Tarot Elements)
What I See:
I like that this card doesn’t scream Adam and Eve to me. Yet the couple definitely feels like they are in the honeymoon stage of their relationship. I get a peaceful feeling of new beginnings from this card. An airy feeling even with all the birds. The doves give me a sense of hope. And wasn’t Aphrodite represented by the swan? Or had a swan? (Note to self, look up Aphrodite.) I also get a sense she is Mother Earth with her green dress while he’s Father Sun in his yellow shirt, I’m not entirely sure what that means.
Light (upright) Reading:
The Lovers often appear when a choice needs to be made.
- Keywords: Union, Sharing, Trust, and Attraction.
Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:
Beware of isolation, of not being able to give or receive love, due to disappointment.
- Keywords: Inconsistency, Impatience, Hedonism, and Wonder-lust.
Perhaps a coming-of-age story, from the ideal of childhood to taking responsibility for themselves. Soul-mates, twins, or some other spiritual connection between two people could be the basis of your story. How about a retelling of the Aphrodite myth?
The number six symbolizes the sixth sense, or psychic ability, how about exploring that in your story? Perhaps look into the six directions of space: left, right, forward, backward, up, and down. Hmm, that might lead to a space opera. Or maybe even time-travel.
- Themes: Passion, Choice, Sexuality, Union of Opposites, Balance, Sacred Marriage, Self-love, or Interdependence.
The Lovers embody the sweetness and the sting of passion.
- Archetype: Beloved, Paradise, or Choice.
But on a deeper psychological level [Threshold Guardians] stand for our internal demons: the neuroses, emotional scars, vices, dependencies, and self-limitations that hold back our growth and progress. It seems that every time you try to make a major change in your life, these inner demons rise up to their full force, not necessarily to stop you, but to test if you are really determined to accept the challenge of change. ~The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler
- Mythical Figures: Adam & Eve, Isis & Osiris, Eros & Psyche, and Shiva & Shakti.
The personality enneagram, a nine-pointed array of personality types, might also be a useful reference for character building.
The Lovers is E6: Devil’s Advocate, Loyalist, Troubleshooter, and/or Guardian.
- Self Image — I do my duty
- Passion — Fear
- Virtue — Courage
- Narcissistic Trap — Security
- Avoids — Deviance
- Speaking Style — Warning or Limiting
E6 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.
Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.
When you sit down to write, direct your energy toward just one person — your ideal reader. That way, you’ll be one of two people in communication with each other, like the Lovers in the cards. ~Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner
Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide