VI- The Lovers
Associated Astrology: Gemini
Key words: Choices, Conscience, Duality, Partnerships, Attraction, Head versus Heart, Curiousity, Seduction, Freedom, Principles & Values, Expansion
"Your whole life is a continuum of choices, so the more conscious you are, the greater your life will be" - Deepak Chopra
Welcome to the crossroads of the Lovers Card. Why crossroads? Well, because the significance of choice is paramount to this card. Some say ignorance is bliss, but ignorance is not an option in this card! You are wide awake and engaged with the promise of life.
The association of this card with Adam and Eve is no accident. However, I would say its interpretation is somewhat different in tone from the familiar Christian version. It does, however, indicate a new moral landscape may be coming into view.
The knowledge from the tree is representative of a conscious awakening, almost as if its fruit were a psychedelic substance, and we have been put in touch with an expansive and connected vision of reality. Love under this influence is far more than romantic attachment, but strikes at the heart of our spiritual outlook - it's a broad and infinite concept. This is important, but not nearly as important as what we choose to do with this insight.
Often this card arrives when we face making decisions that could change the course of our lives. We are being asked to carefully consider if the decisions we are drawn to are in alignment with our values and our principles. It is not that we are confused about our version of right and wrong. On the contrary, we are at least momentarily enlightened. However, we may well be sorely tempted to ignore this awareness! Our ego may be wriggling like the proverbial snake, encouraging us not to think too closely about our position.
We must ask ourself what driving force lies behind our choices. If it is curiocity, desire or the reliquishment of our responsibility to ourself and others, then the fruit may not be as sweet as it looks. We will in fact lose more than we gain in accordance with the laws of karma. Those laws are set in motion by our own conscience and not by a higher force that seeks to punish our transgressions. Yet, this is how it may feel to us further down the road, when our questionable decisions could eventually lead to the doorway of The Devil card. it's no accident that the Devil card is often depicted similarly to the Lover's card, but without the freedom and joy!
If, on the other hand, our conscience is in total alignment with the choices we look to make, then we are partaking in wisdom that will nourish and support our journey. It will assist in the growth of our character and deepen our understanding of love as a non-judgmental but vigilant force. Love is principled by its very nature and its strength (See Strength card) is drawn from it's capacity to balance the dual elements of conscious rational thought and emotive intuition. We are in danger of unbalancing every aspect of our life without an equilibrium within our soul.
If faced with indecision, we need to ask "What would Love do?".
Remember that love is much larger than desire. Love provides us with true freedom to make any choice we please, and allows our autonomy to the degree that the repercussions are entirely in keeping with what we require to grow further. Love does not pressure either, but allows us all the time we need to consider our options. Decisions of real import are worth real contemplation.
So step forward in confident awareness, supported by your idea of love, and truly enjoy your Eden for all its bountiful and delicious life experience. For you are the one who has opened your eyes, and Life has rewarded you by meeting your gaze with an inspirational view.