I am your lover, come to my side, I will open the gate to your love.
Come settle with me, let us be neighbors to the stars.
You have been hiding so long, endlessly drifting in the sea of my love.
Even so, you have always been connected to me.
Concealed, revealed, in the unknown, in the un-manifest.
I am life itself. You have been a prisoner of a little pond,
I am the ocean and its turbulent flood. Come merge with me,
leave this world of ignorance. Be with me, I will open the gate to your love.
This is a card that I don’t believe has ever turned up in our Card of the Week. On the surface, The Lovers often has to do with a romantic love relationship. But this important card of the Major Arcana is more truly about making choices. In fact, on some decks, such as the Tarot of Marseilles, the Lovers depicts a man standing between two women, evidently deciding whether he will succumb to darker temptations, or choose a more respectable (but perhaps less spicy) relationship.
In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, there is no dark temptress, but a more mystical scene, suggesting the choice made in the Garden of Eden. Presiding over this moment is an angel, sometimes identified as Raphael, but (based on what we know of the Order of the Golden Dawn’s rituals), it is probably the solar fire angel, Michael. Thus, the R-W-S deck broadens the message of the Lovers to be not only choices about a particular relationship or social situation, but how, who, and why we love.
In my experience, the understanding of who and what we feel passionately about offers a clear indication of what Ayn Rand calls our sense of life.
For instance, in the Tarot, the opposite card of the Lovers is The Devil. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck you will notice that it is the same couple in both cards. The Devil enslaves the couple through choices they have made from fear. The Lovers couple is free, and is blessed.
This week, the Universe offers you a very important choice. It may be about a relationship, or something else that you care deeply about.
To choose wisely, ask yourself honestly – do the people in your life behave as if they truly value the love that you give? To what or whom do you give yourself without fear or reservations? What would you choose to do if you had no fear, and simply a heart overflowing with joy and trust? What would you do if you knew you could not fail? And who returns this deep love to you equally, without qualification or conditions?
For you deserve no less that what you offer with all your splendid, loving heart.