The Magickal Title of this card is Children of the Voice Divine, the Oracles of the Mighty Gods. The path of the Lovers connects Tiphareth, the Solar Center of the Higher Self, to Binah, the Great Sea of the Super Conscious. It is "The Understanding of Beauty as well as the Production of Beauty and Sovereignty. Saturn acting through Gemini upon Sol." The affection between the Lovers is not sexual in nature ... rather it is the Divine Love of the twins of Gemini for each other. This is the uniting of the Sun (male) and Moon (female) energies or polarities within the Initiate. They are the conscious and the subconscious; mirror images which join together and are absorbed back into the mirror... the great Sea of Binah. This card is a picture of the reconstruction of the Garden of Eden. It is the joining of the two great contending Forces in the spiritual body of the Initiate for the purpose of Divine Union.
In this card the figure of a woman is shown chained to a rock and about to be devoured by a sea monster. She is Andromeda of Greek mythology. From the sky, the hero Perseus descends to rescue the maiden. Andromeda here represents the Lower Self or Personality shackled to the rock of Mortality, and the Material Realm. The warrior Perseus acts as the Higher Self who frees the Personality through integration, for it is the descent of the Higher Self which liberates and illuminates. The hero has a shield constructed from the three Mother Letters. The Hebrew letter attributed to this card is Zayin, which means sword. (In this case it is the liberating sword of Victory.) Its number is seven, which also refers to Netzach, and to Venus, goddess of love. The sword of Perseus is a weapon of the Will, showing that this is a fiery, active and calculated path that is not undertaken by accident. The Lower and Higher Selves willfully fuse together to plunge across the Abyss, a kind of Lover's Leap, into the Greater Glory of the One Source of All. (Of course it is not possible to fully comprehend this path and still live.)
The sea monster has three heads which allude to Binah. The dragon threatens yet also initiates and brings about the Divine Marriage of the Lovers. The background color is orange, the color of the letter Zayin.
Interpretation in a Tarot Reading
Inspiration (passive and in some cases mediumistic). Motive, Power and action, arising from Inspiration and Impulse.
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