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Term: Lovers

DEFINITIONS

Lovers: One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered VI. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Vav. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Lovers corresponds to the Hebrew letter Zayin and the astrological sign of Gemini.

Lovers:

The 6th Major Arcanum of the Tarot

Image: a young couple (with a serpent present) blessed by an angel, or the chained maiden rescued by the hero

Hebrew letter: Zayin

Divinatory meaning: release, inspiration, new start

Path on the Tree of Life: the 17th path connecting Tiphareth to Binah.

Qabalistic Description. The 6th Key, the 17th Path. Children of the Voice Divine, Oracles of he Mighty Gods. This Path connects Tiphareth (the Solar Center of the Higher Self) to Binah (the Great Sea of Superconsciousness). This is the uniting of the Sun (male) and the Moon (female) energies within the initiate. Zayin means sword, the weapon of the Will

Card Description. The impact of inspiration on intuition, resulting in illumination and liberation—the sword striking off the fetters of habit and materialism, Perseus (acting as the Higher Self) rescues Andromeda (the Personality) from the Dragon of fear and the waters of stagnation. (Incidentally note that this is the design of the Order [of the Golden Dawn] card. Andromeda is shown manacled to a rock, the dragon rising from the waters at her feet. Perseus is depicted flying through the air to her assistance, with unsheathed sword. The design is wholly different from that of the Waite pack.—Israel Regardie)

The colors are orange, violet, purplish grey and pearl grey. The flashing color of orange gives deep vivid blue while the flashing color for violet is golden yellow. The flashing colors may always be introduced if they bring out the essential color meaning more clearly. In practice this card usually signifies sympathetic understanding.

Interpretation. Inspiration (passive and in some cases mediumistic, thus differing from that of the Hierophant and Magician and Prophet.) Motive, power, and action, arising from Inspiration and Impulse.

Psychological Value. This Arcanum should be used when you feel the need to do some tidying up in your mind, to sort what is best among all the ideas you have stored there. It can help you make balanced choices that promote harmony. It also helps in developing acute intelligence and quick thinking. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Apollo;  Greek Letter: Kappa.)


source: Llewellyn's Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment, by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke & Joe H. Slate (Llewellyn Publications) - Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Also See: L'Amoureux

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Review of The Robin Wood Tarot
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Hebrew Language and Alphabet
Hebrew is sometimes referred to as the "sacred" language of the West and compared with Sanskrit for the East. There are no vowels per se in Hebrew, only diacritical marks over the consonants performing that function. In addition, there are no ...
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Review of the Golden Tarot of Klimt
Summary: More than an art deck recreating some of Gustav Klimt’s styles and techniques, the Golden Tarot of Klimt is executed with taste and the judicious and delicious use of gold stamping. It is close enough to the Rider-Waite-Smith for ease in ...
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Review of the Egyptian Tarot
Summary: A unique and beautiful simulation of ancient Egyptian art combining traditional Tarot concepts and the mysticism of Egypt as described by Jean Baptiste Pitois ("Paul Christian") in his fantastic and romanticized book, The History and ...
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The Well Worn Path Review
Summary: A deck that is specifically directed toward Pagans, Witches and Wiccans. Not a Tarot, the forty cards represent foundational Pagan concepts. While not for Rider-Waite-Smith purists, this deck is well-suited to the many tens of thousands of ...
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Astral Projection Story #4 - Astral Guides
While you are traveling on the astral plane, you will not necessarily always be traveling alone. You may meet other astral travelers, perhaps friends or lovers whom you have arranged to meet there. You may also meet (as we shall see a bit later) ...
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Review of the Michelangelo Tarot Deck
Summary The Michelangelo Tarot makes spectacular use of Michelangelo's techniques and body of work to create a stunning deck faithful to the Rider-Waite-Smith model. It is a beautiful and readable deck for anyone who loves the works of this ...
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