Called the Children of the Voice and Oracle of the Mighty Gods, The Lovers card is ruled by Gemini and represents the reconciliation of opposites, decisions and choices to be made.
On a basic level, The Lovers card refers to a new love turning up in your life, someone different, exciting and somehow familiar - like falling into the arms of a Soul Mate it is one of those experiences that many long for and rarely find.
And once found, how can you guarantee that this new relationship will stay the same and have the same depth of passion that it had in the beginning? Often it is an illusion, and yet the romance and persuasion of the state of being in love is irresistible to most.
There is an element of making a difficult choice in a relationship, something must be surrendered in order to gain what one perceives as more valuable. The choice is not an easy one, and how can you know if it will be the right one in the end?
Of course the opportunity with this card is to discover, through the vehicle of Love, more about your own relationship with yourself. Are you loveable? Do you deserve the happiness and fulfillment that is found in true love? Many people fear that the answer to both questions is no, and yet they couldn't be more wrong. By developing a respectful and loving relationship with yourself, you will then attract its mirror out there, so you can then see the reflection of your self-love in the eyes of the Other.
The Lovers is yet one of many cards in the Tarot that refer to our dual nature, the dark and light, the saint and sinner, the beauty and the beast that resides within us all. Learning to accept each side of this coin is the key to passing beyond the mundane meaning of the card - and find the real meaning of true love.
It is time for you to open your heart, first to yourself, and then to the world.
Image from "Favole Tarot" © Victoria Frances