The Lovers (6)
“This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is sort of a Divine accident.” ~ Horace Walpole
The Rider-Waite deck portrays a man and woman standing nude beneath a great winged figure hovering above them. Behind the man is the Tree of Life bearing twelve leaves. Behind the woman is the Tree of Knowledge, which enables one to distinguish between Good and Evil; the serpent is entwined around the tree’s trunk.
Man and Woman: Masculine and feminine, metaphor for opposites
Nudity: Honesty, openness
Angel: Higher Self
Tree of Life: Creation, completion
Tree of Knowledge: Discernment, free will, the secret of mortality
Serpent: Wisdom, knowledge of self
Relationships, Sexuality, Personal Beliefs, Values, Choices
The Fool continues his journey with growing energy, confidence, and purpose. Coming to a crossroad, he encounters a woman there who awakens within him a sense of sexuality and the desire for a loving relationship. The Fool is now faced with a choice. He must decide if he would like to continue on his original path alone or embark on a new path with the woman. He must examine his personal beliefs and values to make the right decision. After much thought, he chooses her, and for a while they create a new future together.
To learn how to love ourselves and others unconditionally, while maintaining our values and personal beliefs.
We can learn a great deal about ourselves through other people. In close relationships we are given the unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of who we are. The parts of ourselves that we deny or repress, or are simply unaware exist, are often mirrored in our partners. When these unknown aspects of our nature are reflected back to us, we are able to increase our self-awareness. Such exploration can help us reinforce or recreate our values and personal beliefs.
The Lovers card can appear when our choices are about to be put to the test. It can foretell a poignant adventure that may require an emotional trial or crucial decision. Sometimes we must leave something equally important behind to achieve our hearts desire. In such instances, careful consideration of what one stands to gain and lose is required before reaching a conclusion.
In readings, the Lovers card can also signify a powerful relationship based on love, attraction, commitment, and/or sexual passion. In its highest form, deep emotional connections can take us beyond ourselves into new and exciting frontiers. Likewise, this same type of union can be experienced in nonsexual relationships, taking its form in people, ideas, events, actions, and groups.