Upright, The Lovers and The Lover indicate qualities important to making well-balanced choices and decisions. In the Major Arcana The Lovers VI and The Lover VI relate to making choices that reflect our deepest yearnings; who and what to love. We can be passionate about a course of learning or study; a vocation or avocation; about relationships and/or people; travel; settling down; or our health and well-being. Situations that arise from what we choose to devote ourselves to are almost limitless.
In The Lovers VI an Archangel with huge, red-orange wings is positioned before an intense golden-yellow sun. The Angel and Sun give us a clear signal that divine inspiration, guidance from our higher self, is foremost when making decisions about our true needs. The Angel is an expression of the blessings, love, joy and protection we feel when choices are made in harmony with our heartfelt wishes.
Below the Angel we see a man and a woman who also symbolise the feminine and masculine qualities, common to everyone. The woman looks directly at the Archangel for insightful advice. The man looks to the woman perhaps seeking to bond with her; or with his own feminine intuition. The man and woman stand with their feet placed firmly on the ground; they are uncovered and their open body language indicates they are ready to receive guidance. They physically mirror each other giving a sense of unison and agreement. The mature trees behind each figure provide balance, complementarity and structure and at the same time emphasising the important differences between them; the woman’s earthy abundance and fertility and the man’s burning passion. The mountain is in the far distance; a divisive obstacle or challenge which the two have overcome together.
In The Lover we see Cupid, a mythical symbol of love and union hovering high in the sky with his bow and arrow pulled and poised; the arrow ready to pierce the heart of the lover.
Cupid also, is framed by magnificent and radiant Sun to indicate his power and success in matters of mortal love and romance. Just below him, a young man and woman appear to be in animated discussion with an older woman. The young woman is devoted (predominantly deep-blue cape) and her intention is pure (white sleeves); her body-language suggests that she is making her own desires known and understood. The older woman’s facial expression indicates disapproval; and her hand on the man’s shoulder indicates her influence over him. All three figures (the male and two females) remain connected through touch. Even while man’s torso moves in the direction of the young woman, his body leans into the older woman. And, his feet indicate some ambivalence; each foot points towards one of the women showing he has an important decision to make.
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