The Lovers is a major arcana card that features a great deal of symbolism. In speaks of the uniting of opposites, yin and yang, mind and heart, etc. It can have a more literal and obvious meaning of romantic love, passion, romance, and even lust. Many times however, its meaning is purely symbolic, reminding us to reflect on uniting different aspects of our being.
The Lovers card shows a man and woman together, often facing one another. It suggests the ability to look at both ourselves and others with honesty and acceptance. The Lovers card reminds us that in facing ourselves with honesty we can open up to deeper levels of consciousness. It also reminds us of the importance of not “romanticizing” anything or anyone who is not serving our highest good.
In health related spreads, the Lovers often speaks of the importance of recognizing the mind/body connection and the ways all of our subtle bodies affect one another. A good example is stress and how it negatively impacts physical health. The opposite is also true, those who exercise and use their bodies tend to have less stress and anxiety. When a lovers card comes up the questioner is asked to reflect upon the areas of their life that feed off of one another and to make adjustments accordingly in order to produce harmony.
The Lovers card can show the harmony in any relationship, not merely romantic. At example might be two business partners who are very different, but each bring something vital to the relationship. If one has incredible business savvy and is very highly organized and the other is very outgoing and charming with incredible creative talents, this would be a scenario where a Lovers card may show up – to symbolize the unity of opposites in a way that makes their business whole.
Other times, you may see a Lovers card appear reversed and this is likely pointing to an imbalance, either between two people, or between to “opposing” aspects of yourself. A reversed Lovers card could speak to a battle between the head and heart for example. Have you ever longed for something with all your heart, but then told yourself “No, I can't do that, it's not practical.” This is a type of scenario where your analytical and intuitive nature are at odds, therefore a reversed Lovers may just appear to tell you to find a way to come to a compromise or bring harmony to the situation. Perhaps, at this point it would be wise to break a larger goal you can't quite wrap your mind around into more bite sized pieces. This would be a way to work towards a goal that your heart and mind can both embrace.
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