Journey of “The Lovers” – Major Arcana VII

Article by Darshan.S

Card Symbology

The card depicts a man and a woman standing in a lush green garden indicating a biblical reference to the story of Adam and Eve. Behind them stands a Mountain pointing upward and in the open blue sky on a cloud that fills the distance between the man and the woman an angel is seen overlooking these individuals. A snake is seen slithering on the branches of an orange fruit bearing tree that stands behind the woman. Behind the man stands a tree not as lush but its leaves look like fiery flames. The Sun behind angel shines in its glory, illuminating the entire scene as the angel blesses the two individuals

Work with ‘The Lovers’ archetype to strengthen the following traits:

• Ability to communicate and work effectively with others
• Analysing different outcome
• Becoming clear about our own values
• Harmony
• Igniting passion
• Increased intimacy
• Receiving guidance on important decisions
• Romantic communion
• Seeking true love
• Strengthening relationships
• Strengthening your ability to trust
• Understanding self and knowing your qualities

Signs that you lack the archetypical energy of ‘The Lovers’

• Affairs and treachery in relationships
• Caving to temptations
• Confusion about self-identity
• Constantly making bad decisions
• Disharmony
• Fear and lack of trust in a relationship
• Indecisiveness
• Insecurities disguised as passion
• Internal conflict
• No clear value system
• Sense of attraction only on the physical level
• Sense of loneliness and disconnect

Journey of "The Lovers" - Major Arcana VII

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‘The Lovers’: The Art of Communion

We as human beings have this fundamental need to connect and share with other human beings. It is something that allows us to experience life more fully. The act of interacting and sharing with others amplifies our joys and dissipates our sorrows. We have always been social animals. Living in tribes and communities that share common understandings and ways of life has been a part of our survival mechanism.

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Apart from physical survival communion with others also allowed us to develop culturally and spiritually. Our relation with others gave us a mirror that reflected parts of us that we would otherwise have been oblivious to. We learned more about our own selves through others. Every individual gave us a new vantage point and a new understanding.

We not just connected with others, we also connected to what was within us (internal world) and what was around us (external world).

Here are some of the most important connections that we must strengthen in our lives:

Communion with Self

With the most important of all communions because without the sense of self we wouldn’t be able to operate in this physical world. Our idea or understanding of the self, allows us to function in the here and now. If we did not have a sense of self we would not be able to differentiate one from another. There would be nothing that makes us unique in terms of what we bring to…

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