Sunday, October 14, 2012

VI The Lovers

VI The Lovers

Keywords:  Acknowledging kinship, Balance, Beauty, Being intimate, Being sexual, Beliefs, Blessings between two people, Bonds, Choices between right & wrong, Comfort & luxury, Connections, Desire, Determining values, Divine guidance, Emotional control, Ends do not justify the means, Establishing bonds, Establishing personal beliefs, Ethical & moral choices, Experiencing desire, Feeling a physical attraction, Feeling love, Figuring out where you stand, Finding out what you care about, Follow your own path, Forming a union or marriage, Friends, Getting closer, Harmony, Intimacy, Kinship, Look beneath the surface, Love making, Loving emotions, Making a connection, Making love, Making up your own mind, Moral crossroads, Opening to another, Passion, Personal beliefs, Physical attraction, Polarity, Questioning opinions, Refusing to let ends justify means, Relating to others, Relationships, Responding with passion, Romance, Seeking union, Setting your own standards & philosophy, Sexuality, Staying true to yourself, Struggling with temptation, Sympathizing with another, Sympathy, "Take the high road or low road?", Tapping inner energy, Temptations, Union or marriage, Values

The Lovers is one card that is easy to remember. Love and sex are riveting subjects, and, as you'd expect, this card represents both. The urge for union is powerful, and, in its highest form, takes us beyond ourselves. That is why an angel is blessing the bond between the man and woman on this card.

In readings, Card 6 often refers to a relationship that is based on deep love - the strongest force of all. The relationship may not be sexual, although it often is or could be. More generally, the Lovers can represent the attractive force that draws any two entities together in a relationship - whether people, ideas, events, movements or groups.

Card 6 can also stand for tough value choices and the questioning that goes with them. In some decks, the Lovers shows a man torn between two women - a virgin and a temptress. This rather old-fashioned triangle symbolizes the larger dilemmas we face when we are tempted between right and wrong.

The Lovers can indicate a moral or ethical crossroads - a decision point where you must choose between the high road or the low road. This card can also represent your personal beliefs because to make such a decision you must know where you stand. Following your own path can mean going against those who are urging you in a direction that is wrong for you.

This card also evokes the picture of love and relationships.  In any creative relationship the principle of the union of male and female and the birth of the new creation applies.  A physical union gives birth to a new child; an emotional union gives birth to the soul of the relationship.

The Lovers card presents challenges that will be experienced that include the conflict and emotion of a relationship between lovers.  It also includes the conflict between the thinking, analysing mind and the spiritual journey of acceptance and surrender.  The archetype of The Lovers is ‘I think” and that is where the challenge will really be felt.  The rational masculine principle employs the thinking mind and the sensitive feminine principle feels.  It is to find a balance between the thinking and the feeling aspects of oneself.

Passion is a source of power, and power energizes. A lack of passion makes you weak. By loving life and the people around you, it will empower you.

Outside relationships. Friends surround you.

Choices to make, make them wisely & firmly, the outcome of which is of vital importance. Look beneath surface appearances. Being faced with choices, at a crossroads. Stick to your resolutions by making firm a decision. Take a strong stand.

Become aware of the roles of your logical rational mind as well as the role that feelings play in your journey.  Do you allow your mind and its habitual thinking patterns to override your ‘gut’ feelings? Or do you ignore what your mind tells you completely and only live life based solely on your intuition?  It is to find a balance within and experience the power of synchronised attraction and manifestation.

Seek spiritual values; control your emotions and select your path with care. Seek Divine guidance.

Intensity in relationships. Resist sensualism by stabilizing your emotions.

Good internal flow, effort well-placed, possibly following difficulties, a road opened up ahead.

Love of ease, comfort and/or luxury. A possible unfaithful affectionate nature.

Attract synchronicity into your life and be able to manifest that which you desire.

Reinforcing Dignities:
Empress - sexual fulfillment, pleasure
Two of Cups - union, marriage, connection
Nine of Cups - sexual pleasure
Ten of Cups - family relationships, bonding
Ten of Pentacles - permanent unions, family ties

Opposing Dignities:
Hierophant - established beliefs
Hermit - being alone, not relating, less sexuality
Five of Cups - loss in relationships
Three of Swords - rejection, separation

Use this card for magick works for any situation where a relationship is concerned, usually love, but it could also just be romance, lust & sex, or even a new activity or work that you love to do.

Perform a simple candle ritual with the card placed in front of the candle dressed with herbs & oil(s) appropriate to the situation you are doing the work for.

Carry the card with you during the day, keeping it close so its energies will influence you and your surroundings. 

Place the card where it can be seen & contemplated upon during the day.

Use a pendulum to divine the sort of creative energy you're needing or wanting.

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