The Lovers

On a barren landscape stand two trees, one green and lush with ripe fruit, another leafless with fruit appearing to be on fire. A snake is wound around the lush tree and before it stands a naked woman who is looking up at an apparition in the sky. A naked man stands before the leafless tree but his attention is on the woman. In the far background between the trees is a lone mountain peak, looking much like a dormant volcano. Above the trees is a barrier of clouds, from which emerges a winged angel. The wings appear to be feathered with flame, and the angel’s hair is also aflame. They raise their hands as if in proclamation. Above the angel the sun dominates the sky, with straight beams emanating from the orb.

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to remind the Querent there is a choice to be made, and a role to take up. As a symbol of union, the Lovers can represent the Querent dedicating themselves to an ideal, a spouse, a change in occupation, or a change in a personal role. How deeply the Querent cleaves themselves to their choice is dependent on what the choice is about, but usually the Lovers indicate a commitment (not necessarily marriage.) Such commitment need not mean the destruction of the individual. It more often means what the Querent has taken up will be a complement and assist instead of a whole replacement. The card can also indicate success and a positive outcome for whatever shenanigans plans the Querent has in place.

Ill-dignified, what was joined together falls apart. Sometimes gently, sometimes forcefully. Perhaps the Querent was ready but the complement was not. Perhaps the circumstances was right, but the Querent failed to follow through. Perhaps the plans were not as well planned as was thought, and now the Querent has to pay the price. How smooth or burred is the path back to solitude is dependent on the dignifying cards and the context of the query.