The Lovers card speaks of companionship, relationships, marriage, and sharing our lives with others. These are its most well known interpretations. We can expand our lives in many meaningful and enriching ways through coming together in loving relationships. These relationships are wonderful opportunities for personal growth. They teach us about sharing, cooperating, and learning to listen and respond to the needs of others.
Looking even more deeply, The Lovers card presents us with a quest to balance the opposing forces that exist within each of us. It is important to recognize our inner duality and strive for balance, with the hope of expressing our more integrated, true nature. We label such opposing aspects within ourselves as passive and active, yin and yang, dark and light, and conscious and unconscious. Contemplation of the Lovers just might bring us closer to integration, and the ability to express divine aspects in our lives.
Within nature and the creation of form, we see many opposing forces at work too. The forces of nature are always coming together and interacting to achieve balance. This is the great mystery of the polarities of creation, as opposing forces transmute into primal unity, and emerge as life on the planet.
The images on this card include the intertwined Red-striped and Blue-striped Garter Snakes. They represent the masculine and feminine, as well as the air/fire and earth/water elements. Entwined, they depict the unification of the life energies, coming together to give birth to creativity and transformation.
The flowering plant on the card is Chinese Wisteria. It is a symbol of love, expansion, beauty, honor, and respect. It creates a lovely foundation for the work at hand when presented with The Lovers.
The Thousand Petal Lotus is pictured above the snakes. It is a symbol representing the crown chakra, the spiritual center located at the top of the head. When this center is open, it is a channel for divine forces to flow through the physical being. This imagery suggests the potential for achieving unity with the Divine.