The Lovers Imagery
A wedding ceremony between a Prince and Princess. The Princess holds a chalice filled with light, the Prince holds a lancet. Lilith and Eve, Cain and Able, Lion and Eagle are in attendance. Eros (Cupid) points the arrow at no one. Swords line the arch behind the priest. The Egg at the bottom of the card is wrapped by the serpent.
The Lovers Associations
- Tree of Life Path: #17—Binah to Tipareth
- Zodiacal Trump: Gemini
- Hebrew Letter: Zain (“Sword”)
Path #17: Binah to Tipareth
Binah “Understanding” (pet name: Form) to Tipareth “beauty” (pet name: Transmutation). Understanding beauty requires listening and contemplating. To put something in words is to give it limits and boundaries; and so, much like a shape has edges it is these boundaries that define the shape as what it is. To comprehend beauty things must be approached from every angle simultaneously—there is much contradiction, but there is also assimilation.
The Lovers Interpretations
The name THE LOVERS is a symbol, not a statement. I guarantee that no Tarot card is meant to be interpreted literally by its own name (but it’s a good place to start when reading them).
Each of us are fragments. Emotionally, spiritually, and even physically we are missing pieces to our puzzle. When we are attracted to a person and in a successful partnership, that other individual possesses some or most of the fragments you need to be “completed”. This completion is obtained by forming a union, but realistically the individuals will always remain separate (separate minds of separate bodies). This is the bond that connects the Gemini twins: together their personality is one, but are in fact divided in two. We also see ourselves in others, either as a reflection of who we are, who we aim to be, and even our past self. THE LOVERS means finding yourself. You can very easily assemble the puzzle within yourself, unlocking doors and opening paths to self-discovery, without the dependency of another.
Here’s a twist: The individual them self is a representation of the macrocosm (the entire universe), and so they are actually already complete; It is an illusion of humanity and a limitation of our mortality, that makes us appear fragmented. I feel that this is the deeper meaning of THE LOVERS. Connecting and sharing with others is probably the best way to discover aspects of yourself.
Communication (in all its forms) is key in a relationship. Willpower and intent flow from one individual to another in various forms: Written and spoken word, body language, use of the 5 senses, etc. Cells communicate by sharing fluids, and insects communicate by dancing. Communication in it’s most basic form is passing intent from one microcosm to another. Communication in all its forms are essential in strengthening the bond between individuals. Communication is a primary trait of Gemini (and Mercury its ruler), and therefore is an aspect of this card.
When this card appears: What of your connection to others and your inner-self? What is the state of unification (contra: disconnection) within the proposed subjects? If the card were to show up in the future, it could indicate a person or event that will help you learn about yourself. It could indicate love, yes, but that could be love for a family member or close friend that brings you together to feel less fragmented as an individual.
“Openness to inspiration, intuition, intelligence, second sight, childishness, frivolity, thoughtfulness divorced from practical consideration, indecision, self-contradiction, triviality, the ‘high-brow’.” 6
“Openness to inspiration. Intuition. Intelligence. Childishness. Attraction. Beauty. Love. Ill-dignified: Self-contradiction. Instability. Indecision. Union in a shallow degree with others. Superficiality.” 5
“This specifically alchemical card is a symbol of procreation, the swords drawing attention to the process of division which actually takes place. Cain and Abel represent the refusal of God to hear the children of Eve until blood is shed. This seems to be the symbolisation of external religion. It was by means of the shedding of blood and of external religions that Cain was able to have contact with his fellow men. In that sense the meaning of the card is the giving of science to mankind, since the murder symbolises analysis and the subsequent contact, synthesis.” 5
“Gemini. Zain. This is an alchemical card illustrating the marriage or union of two opposites, thus we have the prince and princess holding the wand and the cup. Cain and Abel, Lilith and Eve. The swords at the back suggest the intellectual process in the uniting of two elements. The figure of the Creator blesses this deliberate synthesis. The alchemical white eagle of salt and the red eagle of sulphur, the Egg of wisdom and the winged wand of Osiris are at the bottom of the card.” 5
Axank’s Dream Recall
January 04-05, 2015
I stayed at my grandparent’s house for the night. Grandpa went to bed, I stayed up drinking both red and white wine with my Grandma. We watched TV shows and got comfortable for the night; I passed the Sacrament without hesitation. It was a little weird at first, but some of my brothers were there to. I also thought in the back of my mind how I shouldn’t be doing it, but that everyone was expecting me to.
Two different places that I have been a part of in two parts of my life. Two glasses of different wine…