Saturday, March 31, 2007


TODAY'S CARD IS The Lovers (VI). This version is from The Native American Tarot by Laura Tuan and Sergio Tisselli (published by LoScarabeo):

For comparison, here's The Lovers in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE LOVERS: in this beautiful Native American Tarot (there is at least one other, older Native American Tarot deck) is rather unusual. But a little online research helped me understand it's mythology and, in so doing, it expanded my sense of The Lovers as a card in general. The standing figure is said to be a Goddess who is encouraging romance that will lead to new life. The other two figures are twins who create and nourish all the earth's forms. (One reviewer noted that their being twins means they cannot be lovers. However, it is not unheard of in mythology that siblings are lovers.) As I thought on this I recalled that one of the main meanings for VI is "choice." So I hear that we, all the sisters and brothers of the earth, are entrusted with the choice to help create and nurture all our planet's forms, including each other. I also recalled the psychologist Jung's idea that twins in a dream represent something new about to emerge in the psyche, and this would certainly fit with making the choice to be creative and/or nurturing of new life, in some form.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE LOVERS (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Fear of making a choice because you might succeed; you would rather stay in an uncommitted place.

Not choosing because you want the best of both worlds. Therefore, causing anxiety and disruption for both yourself and others.

A time that is very trying, as if you are being tested.

Another's choices/issues may offer you something you need to hear, especially if they upset you unreasonably or turn you off inexplicably.

A tendency to over-involve yourself emotionally in others' life choices/issues.

An intensely empathic person; a situation that requires deep empathy.

This choice you have made is only the first of many; it is not an ending of anything, but a beginning.

This relationship or way of understanding another or yourself can be a haven for now.

Inner sense of completion and harmony; all the pieces seem to have clicked into place.

And lastly, a more usual intepretation of VI: can refer to a romance or a wedding.

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Resource: Tarot Deck Collection on Passages, with reviews and sample images.

‘til next time, keep creating and nurturing, and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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