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Life and “The Lover’s” Card

Brad Tesh

    The word Love carries an Energy signature that embodies emotional depth, comfort and unity. A tarot card presents itself as a pictorial world, full of wonder, magic and knowledge. In the Lovers Card we are pulled into a landscape of intrigue, depth, love and fonder. While every tarot Card is a fountain of knowledge, able to stand on its own, the cards form a bond and duality which comprise the Rider Waite Tarot deck of 78 cards.

Now, let’s take an Adventure into the “The Lovers” card and explore it’s intrinsic possibilities. I could tell you the traditional meanings associated with this card but I’m not going to capitalize on that. Rather, I want to try to bring the card to Life for you, illuminating its imagery and showcasing it’s correlation to real life. In this card two figures stand naked and exposed. Above them the archangel Raphael hovers, with his arms spread open. A cloud floats between the three figures, and a snake wraps itself around a tree, peering over the woman’s head. The colors that stand out in this card most predominately are red and green. If a person were to look at life through the eyes of the Lover’s card, they may find they have the ability to view it in an entirely different, more effervescent way. This card relates to love, attraction, connections, relationships and sexuality, yes this is very true, but let’s delve deeper within its parameters.

The two figures in the card, who appear completely naked, may cause a persons mind to spin with many questions. Why are these figures nude? What purpose does it serve? To be exposed is not only to be naked physically; it is to express fully the Divinity of you, metaphorically speaking. This card asks us to explore the many facets of ourselves. Who are we really? What do we stand for? Do we recognize our spiritual connectivities? Do we allow ourselves to be “free”, stripped down to the core? How do we feel about our sexual self?  If a person really asked themselves these questions, they may find this card holds a vast array of knowledge, far more than to confirm the possibility of a relationship in a Tarot reading. If this card had a voice it may ask you, What do you love?  Does music, art, or laughter bring you happiness? Does helping other people, uplifting their spirits, flow love forth to and from you?  As we go about our day to day lives, The Lover’s card asks us to look deeper and reminds us to give and receive Love.

The Archangel Raphael hovers over the two figures, as if connecting them together. There is a correlation that can be seen between our spiritual selves and our human nature. Raphael is the archangel associated with healing and the color emerald green, which corresponds to the heart chakra. A chakra is the energetic “wheel” of the human body as seen from a metaphysical perspective; each has a various color, location and name. This particular archangel is associated with healing and rejuvenation. Therein is something very intrinsic to ponder; why is this Archangel such an integral part of this card? In my opinion, he is here to remind us of what healing is and what many of us seek as human beings. That is Love, acceptance and oneness with our true self. Many metaphysical books teach our true self is our Spirit, Higher self or Soul. All this may be quite true, yet could the true self also be termed “Love and Joy”? In a moment of Love or Joy does our heart not sing? Do we not feel “lighter” more attuned to a higher frequency or vibration? In those moments of happiness, are we are connected to the Divine self, basking in the totality of our “naked” selves.

Another part of this card, noteworthy of discussing, are the colors. Red is seen on the Angels wings and corresponds to passion and love. In this way “The Lover’s” asks you to consider what your passions are. What makes you feel like you are in love with life?  Can you find a certain essence of passion and love in any relationship, not just an intimate one? There is an underlying spiritual connection between most people, whether they choose to acknowledge it or not. This card asks you to look deeper within yourself for that burning passion that brings you joy and allow it a way to flow forth, giving it “wings” to fly.

While most attributes of this particular card are uplifting and positive, there is one facet that brings  an awareness to the dichotomy of human nature, and that is the snake. In the card it wraps itself around a tree and peers over the man and woman. The snake reminds us to be “aware” of the “other” side of our human nature. Life is not always a bed of roses; and remember those too have thorns. Snakes, although possessing a grandeurs beauty, can be venomous. Acknowledging our awareness to our negative nature also helps us acknowledge our positive nature, noticing when we may feel in or out of balance. The snake is not a bad omen of this card, nor is it’s message a negative one. Rather the snake’s presence makes us aware to protect our emotions and ourselves, when we sense certain uneasiness or have a strong intuition that we need to be aware of.  Snakes have an innate ability to shed their skin, metaphorically speaking could the snake also be sending us a message to “let go” of that which no longer serves us?

I see “The Lovers” card as a message to EN-JOY life, to Love, to give, to acknowledge unity, and to be aware. We are dreamers, we are lovers, and we are truth seekers. In Reaching for our passions we uncover who we are, and by living in the moment we enjoy the very breath of life itself. If we stop to view life through the eyes of the Lover’s, we experience a greater understanding of who we are and what we stand for. This card reminds me to stay true to my self, to love, to let go and to celebrate Life. “The Lovers” speak to me, telling me to Express the “real” me that lies within, whether people accept it or not, permitting myself to be free. In doing so, I allow myself to experience life and feel alive, truly living from my joy and heart. Our connectivities far outweigh our differences, and actually enhance our lives, if we let them. When we open ourselves up and embrace life with open arms, like the Angel in the card, we breathe new life into our body, mind, and spirit. We become “The Lovers” that we are.

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© Jarrett Tesh January 2013

Readings: Guidance into the Soul

©2013 Brad Tesh and Caroline Centa  

Since the beginning of time, humans have been able to communicate. It’s part of the package of being a social species. With communication, comes thought. Not just a primal instinctive thought that allows you to hunt effectively, find the plants that are suited to your body and to know how to find your mate, but a deeper level of thought that allows for reflection, foresight and future planning. With this, however, also comes the overwhelm and confusion that is built when there is a lot to think about. As we get older, we gain more knowledge and experience, which influences our thoughts, stress levels and desires. So how can readings help us with those things?    A tarot or oracle card reading is a mystical and spiritual methodology, that can help to bring guidance, insight and illumination to your life.  A “reader” is a person who reads the cards for the querent – or the client. The reader, more than likely is someone who is spiritual and intuitive. Readers usually have an invested interest in the metaphysical and spiritual arts.

Essentially, a reader’s job is to interpret the meaning of the cards for their client and guide them, providing insight about how to navigate life’s roadblocks. The client may ask specific or non-specific questions to the reader during a reading. It is usually up to the discretion of the reader as to if they answer specifics or read more generally. Either type of reading can provide constructive, enlightening and meaningful information. So what is all this “reading” business about, and why would you want to get a reading?

From the moment we are born, we begin to learn the communication process. We begin to understand how we fit into the community in which we live – how to interact and effectively; how to think. We start to make plans for our future paths, from “What shall I wear today?” to “What do I want to be when I get older?”, as time passes, we reflect on that which we have learned – “Ow, that was hot, I am not touching that again.” These thoughts become increasingly more complex and we begin to develop them with a more spiritual focus – “Why am I here? What is the purpose of life?”.

As it all became increasingly complex, we begin to look for outside sources to help us make sense of it all, and once again, communication comes into play. Talking to others helps us clarify our thoughts and helps us make sense of what is out there. It helps us pull apart our experiences to discover the lesson and it helps us think of things laterally, as others give their own opinions and thoughts based on their own experiences; all putting together pieces of the same puzzle and helping us grow that little bit more.

Readings can help us with many things. They provide insights you may have never thought about, and they open your mind to new ideas, acting as a gateway to solving a specific problem. In effect, they provide a pictorial analysis of your question. Cards can be interpreted pictorially and traditionally from almost any type of deck. In a reading each card can “speak” on its own, that is, it has its own story to tell. A card is an embodiment of Spirit, and carries its own energy signature, meaning and intrinsic knowledge. The “make-up”  of a card or the picture it represents gives profound and subtle knowledge to the reader.

Each reader interprets cards in a slightly different manner, and there is nothing wrong with that. Going by the traditional meaning of the card can provide concrete and fundamental knowledge. That in itself is enough valuable information to base an entire reading on. Let’s say you had a career question and the card chosen for you said “New Path” or meant that. The reader would cite the traditional meaning and all that was associated or written about that card in the deck. They might talk about going a new direction, looking into careers that make you happy or following your own unique path in regards to career choices. This would provide you with bases of knowledge about your question and give you new ideas, insights and divine inspiration about your career. This is technique is the traditional way to read a card and brings clarity to your question. These types of readings can be done for clients, friends or even for yourself utilizing the deck on your own.

Readings are a form of communication. While we can use them to communicate with others (as in the case of a client-reader situation) they can also help us communicate with ourselves. They give us a means to analyze our own thoughts and experiences to extract the lessons and give us guidance for the future.

Which brings us to another component; beliefs. This is such a personal concept.  How can one person tell another that their beliefs are wrong or not real? One person may believe the universe was created by one supreme being and that we all owe a debt to him and no other. That all things supernatural are the work of the evil counterpart used to turn us away from him. The next person might believe that the universe was a matter of self combustion and only exists through a chain of scientific reactions that by pure chance resulted in what exists today. And yet another could believe that a group of higher order beings, complete with their own set of imperfections, have created the world, which has evolved over time and created the intricacy that we are.

And at the end of the day, who can confirm which belief is true? Whilst there may be plausible evidence for one path, at the end of the day it doesn’t tell us the exactness of what happened, and without a time machine or that kind of ‘privy’ knowledge, we’ll never know. And instead, we have to accept that there are as many beliefs as there are minds and that together they might help us all gain an understanding of how we all fit together. Tolerance and acceptance being a greater concern, in my opinion, than who is right.

Now, lets take some time to explore the intuitive aspects of the cards. Intuitively the cards have much to tell us. The reader can interpret for their client what the cards “Speak”. That is, their colors, symbols, and spiritual meanings. Intuitively the cards have a tale to tell. The idea here is to let them “talk”. We can gain much insight when we examine a tarot or oracle card in an intuitive way. Reading the picture brings the card to life, as it unto itself is a story, a vastness of knowledge and spiritual symbol. Seeing or “reading” into this picture opens our intuition and provides a bases by which we can interpret a message from spirit. The aim here is to see intuitively into the figures, the landscape, the colors, and what is actually happening pictorially in the card itself. Readers are able to relate these things to their client or “read” them in a way that helps answer their questions and provide them with a deeper understanding of the card and what knowledge it has to share.

Our intuition is the spiritual part of our psyche. When we open to the Divine knowledge that is available to us, we open ourselves to a connection with our soul. Spirit and our intuition have much to share with us, when we allow this unfolding. Look at the word “intuitive” it can be broken down as “In, I or You” meaning intuition is you and I! It literally can mean going into our thoughts, feelings and soul, letting them guide us and converse with us.

When you get a reading, listen to your intuition during the reading and after the cards are read. At some point during your reading you might want to express what you see in the cards and relate it to the reader, as this can deepen your understanding of the cards. Speaking about what you and the reader see in the cards, can help reinforce the fundamental aspects of the session and bring you new insights. No matter which methodology is used, traditional, intuitive or a combination of both, there is much valuable knowledge available at the conclusion. You can meditate on the information presented to you, and absorb it over time. Allow it to inform you and make the murky waters clearer, so to speak. By allowing the information some time to settle in your thoughts and soul, you can begin to figure things out. The cards have a very comical and witty way of showing up in your life, after they are discussed in a reading. Take note of the cards that came to you, and pay attention to how the energy of these cards might show up in your life, for they can help you fit together pieces of the puzzle.

What you gain from a reading has to do with many facets, such as how open and receptive you are to the reading and the quality and professionalism of the reader. You may want to check and make sure the reader you plan to work with has some sort of training or experience. Many readers may be intuitively gifted and have little to no training, while others may be professionally trained by schools or have taken numerous classes. The level of education is not so much the concern here, but professionalism is. Try to feel for yourself who you want to work with and pick a reader that you feel comfortable working with that suites your interests. Readings are fun, and a great way to tap into spiritual guidance. So the purpose of this article is not to tell you what to believe, nor are the readings given to you from your light-worker/reader. What you take from them is up to you.

Useful resources that contributed to the development of the article:

Bartlett, Sarah. (2010) “Working with the Tarot: Unlock the secrets of your destiny with the Tarot”. Octopus Publishing Group: Great Britain    Spring Wolf. (1997-2012) “The Pagan’s Path: Metaphysics 101 – The History of Divination.” [accessed online 22 March 2013: http://www.paganspath.com/meta/divinationhistory.htm]

Authors’ Websites:

Brad Tesh. Freelance Writer and Intuitive Coach. http://www.awakeninglite.com/

Caroline Centa. Guidance Reader. http://www.readingsbycaroline.net/

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