I have been working with the above deck (Mythic Tarot) for several years, I just can not give it up, its tethered( as you can see in the above image) and worn all way around but it has been the most effective deck for myself. It also depicts the best example of what the lovers card actually represents opposed to many tarot decks out there.
After meeting his spiritual self in the #5 Major arcana card, The fool is now ready to meet himself in others and build relationships of all kinds.
The interesting thing about this card is it claims to be about ” the lovers” but oddly enough it has everything to do with our relationship with ourselves first. This card becomes the fools first lesson in choosing his partnerships. This card is crucially important as it has more to teach than choosing the best lover, It reflects our values and mirrors the type of person we wish to become, therefore we must choose wisely in all our relationships because it is a reflection of who we are as well, and that is the overall lesson we will find within this card. In the above image we see a man holding an apple in front of three very tempting woman. Here we meet the Trojan prince Paris who was commanded by Zeuz to hold a beauty contest between three goddesses Hera, Aphrodite and Athene. Paris first refused such a request knowing that he would have to let down those who were not chosen. Paris than offered to offer the apple in threes, for he could not choose from such great goddesses. Hermes was sent by the king of Gods to explain that this was not acceptable either. He had to choose. The three goddesses than paraded in front of this dashing young prince. Hera offered ruler ship of the world, Athene offered to make Paris the mightiest of warriors, and Aphrodite simply opened her robes and offered her cup of love.
Paris being so young and unaware of his inner values choose Aphrodite without any hesitations. His reward was Helen Queen of Sparta, Hera and Athene smiled and promised his choice would not be held against him, they walked off plotting the downfall of Troy. This was the spark that ignited the Trojan War because of Paris’s anger with his choice and ended with the entire royal city being burned down to the ground. Paris, because of his sexual needs that drives him he can not make a mature decision in his relationships and therefore his choice is made by desires instead and had to pay for that decision by seeing his city burned to nothing.
The lovers is just as important as the rest of the major arcana lessons because as we grow it is necessary to make the wrong choices in order to realize what we truly want and need in our partnerships. The more we self reflect the better the chances are of finding that which resides within us through others.
When this card shows itself in readings it suggests a choice of some kind whether it be between two lovers or even a lover and your family or a friend. Even a creative endeavor you wish to pursue other than your business routines. It is through this card that The fool will meet his own responsibility from his choices just as we all do in life. Through learning who is right or wrong for us is a process we all go through, let’s just hope we learn from this process instead of repeating this lesson, which can be very hurtful and trying at times. Remember, sometimes it takes time to meet the one’s who are “right” for us because it all goes back to how we view ourselves and that reflection will always bounce back to us.
With this card, it is also about keeping our relationships balanced and wanting to grow with another in a mutual way.:) It is two people choosing to be together and are ready to fight for their love for one another. It is about the journey we share with someone that makes up this card as well because we are constantly learning about ourselves and changing, as long as both partners can grow together it becomes more than just a relationship, it is a true bond of acceptance, work, understanding, trust and love. The key is be true to each other and respect one another, and never give up.:) Because the only way of knowing is trying. Always remember why you fell in love in the first place.
I would like to share a video, hope you all don’t mind its just a pretty song I think relates well with this card and is extremely positive.
Key words positive and negative- unions, defining your relationships, A major decision, Choice in affairs, learning to love yourself through your reflection of others, attraction, temptation, being put to the test, a mutual choice, reflection on important relationships, healing, sharing, TRUST, choosing one of two divergent paths, thoughts of love and marriage, the power of love, failing a test, the ending of love, not being able to commit, True love where it develops over time, Being true to oneself, a troubled relationship, divorce, the beginning of something that will last through hard work together, working through problems with one another, fickleness, infidelity, hurt feelings, feeling cut off from another, ” you don’t care for me anymore”, love em and leave em, irresponsibility, not trusting yourself or the situation, isolation, illness, sex without love, until death do us part, love is blind.
key words people positive and negative- Lovers, couples, business partners, twins, someone who can’t decide through a dilemma, healers, good friends, Romeo & Juliet, Those that put their trust in themselves and reap the rewards from others, those that fear commitment, those faced with a delicate yet impossible choice, seeking expert advice, those that fear living alone, those involved in unhealthy relationships, separated persons, those that choose wisely in all relationships, sexual deviants, opponents, those that challenge us in matters of the heart, those that wear their hearts on their sleeves,” I am unable to give you all my love”, ” I do not know what love is”, ” my heart has been broken why should I give you mine completely”? those that know the love inside of them and continue to give it freely, those that love themselves and know their own worth, Don Juan.