06 The Feeling LOVERS

The opposite of love is power … not hatred.

– Carl Jung

PART 1 – THE LOVERS SYMBOLISM

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The feeling LOVERS & the conquering CHARIOT

In this post, the Feeling LOVERS arcanum (6) is associated with the power of love. In the next post, the Conquering CHARIOT arcanum (7) will be associated with the love of power.

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Lunar cycle and the unconscious arcana

In the post about Yin-Yang, Lunar Cycle and Solar Cycle, we defined the ten-major arcana lunar (unconscious) set (1 to 10) and within it the first five-arcana (1 to 5) subset (yang, incarnation). They were
(1) The Initiating MAGICIAN
(2) The Incubating HIGH PRIESTESS
(3) The Seducing EMPRESS
(4) The Commanding EMPEROR
(5) The Mediating HIGH PRIEST
The latter (5) synthesizes the four previous arcana (1 to 4) and prepares for the second five-arcana (6 to 10) subset (yin, perception) starting with the Feeling LOVERS arcanum (6, this post) and the Conquering CHARIOT arcanum (7, the next post).

900x600-cupidMythologically associated with the High Priest (arcana 5), the Centaur’s bow was aiming to the sky and the arrow was linking earth to heaven. With the Lovers (this arcana 6), it is now the opposite. Cupid’s bow is aiming from the sky and the arrow is linking heaven to the earth.

The Lovers arcana and Astro Tarology “Flower of Life”

Before detailing the “Lovers” symbols in the four previously selected tarot decks, let’s look at its arcanum position in the Astro Tarology “Flower of Life”. While we selected the Tarot de Marseille (TDM) arcana, the structure works for almost all tarot decks major arcana.

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The Lovers represents the link between the Moon (dreams and reflections) and the Heart (love and beauty). The Moon gives the Lovers their unconscious attraction and the Heart their longing to the original celestial unity. Let’s note that the Lovers (6) share the central Heart with the High Priestess (3) and the High Priest (5).

Let’s now observe the four different Lovers arcana.

Tarot de Marseille (TDM)

The TDM Lovers is the first arcanum to show more than one actual persons, with not two but four characters: (1) a young man (inexperience) who is solicited by (2) an older woman (experience) and (3) a younger woman (innocence) (all three terrestrial) while pointed at by an arrow (link sky-earth) aimed by (4) an angelic (celestial) Cupid (love messenger). What is the relationship between them? A young man seeking his mother’s blessing to marry the young woman? A young woman asking her mother to marry the young man? Is there harmony or disagreement between them? Are the three in the middle of a conflict? Is the young woman pregnant? Are they involved in a trio or any other projection? Regardless of their relationships, it looks like being in the middle and aimed by Cupid, the young man is the one who must make a choice.

(1) Cupid is the middle of a white (purity) circle with red (life) and yellow (spiritual) rays (warm cosmic love), (2) all four have yellow hair (spiritual antennas), (3) the younger woman has flowers (nature heart) in her hair while the older wears a laurel crown (winner), (4) the older woman, the young woman and Cupid have some blue sky (celestial divinity) parts while the young man doesn’t have any yet (spiritual immaturity), (5) the older woman has her left (receptivity) hand on his shoulder (authority, protection) and her right (activity) hand index finger directed towards the ground (reason), (6) the young woman has her right (activity) hand on his heart (love), (7) while, not immediately clear, the hand on her belly (baby) belongs to his left (receptivity) hand (shape + identical left and right blue-yellow forearms.)

To reach a higher awareness level, the TDM Lovers needs to transform conflicts to peace.

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot (RWS)

In the RWS Lovers arcana, there are no longer four characters but three: a man (Adam), a woman (Eve) and an overwhelming angel (messenger of God). (1) Irradiated by the huge solar light (divine emanation), (2) the angel (unconscious love feelings) is blessing the couple, (3) with open arms (preaching for their union). (4) In the Garden of Eden, Eve is standing next to the apple tree (knowledge of good and evil), (5) swirled by the serpent (receptive Eve seducer), and (6) Adam is standing next to a tree with leaves of fire (male active principle). (7) Both Adam and Eve are naked (innocence) with both arms wide open down (vulnerability). (8) In her right hand Eve holds an apple (forbidden fruit) and (9) looks at the angel (imploring for its blessing). (10) Adam looks at Eve (ready for her decision). (11) The clouds are darkening the sky (announcing bad news). (12) The lovers will eat the apple and be expelled from heaven (end of their easy life). (13) The garden ground and the mountain are unexpectedly bare (lost Paradise). (14) From there on, the couple and all its successors will have to live with terrestrial hardships.

To reach a higher awareness level, the RWS Lovers needs to follow their hearts wisdom.

Mythic Tarot (MT)

This Greek mythology scene shows a beauty contest between the Olympus three most beautiful goddesses: older Hera (goddess of all gods), seductive Aphrodite (goddess of love and sex) and serious Athena (goddess of justice). The contest imposed by Zeus is to be judged (against his will) by young womanizer Prince Paris (son of King Priam of Troy), who will award the winner with the golden apple. The MT arcana shows the following details. To influence his decision, each goddess is promising Paris a different power (bribery): (1) Hera holding an earth globe (world authority) in her left hand (receptive), (2) Aphrodite a golden cup (physical love) with both hands (receptive and active), and (3) Athena a sword (cutting-edge mental abilities) with her left hand (receptive). (4) In his left hand (receptive) Paris holds the golden apple (winner prize) and in his right (active) hand a shepherd staff (primary instinct). (5) The landscape has green fields and mountains (fertile nature), and (6) the sky is blue (love is in the air).

Not ready for a mature choice and listening to his youth sexual impulses, Paris doesn’t think twice and choose Aphrodite as the winner.

To reach a higher awareness level, the MT Lovers needs to listen to their instincts.

More about  “Paris Judgment”

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Peter-Paul Rubens – Judgment of Paris

In agreement with her promise, Aphrodite offered Helen of Sparta to Paris. The good news was that she was considered as the world most beautiful woman. The bad news was that she was already married to Greek king Menelaus. Accepting Aphrodite’s gift, Paris awarded her with the golden apple. The two runner ups, Hera and Athena, didn’t hold Paris choice against him, but secretly rejoiced at plotting Troy downfall. The Greeks’ expedition to retrieve Helen from Paris in Troy is the Trojan War mythological basis.

Symbolon Tarot (ST)

375x600-lovers-symbolonThe ST arcana, titled “Eros”, shows three characters: a naked couple holding hands in a physical communion. Their connection is blessed by a little Cupid aiming at them with a bow. The man and the woman are gazing at each other with pure love in their look. An arch (glory) with purple (spirituality) flowers (natural beauty), red and yellow pillows (life and spiritual pleasures), fruits (nature sweet gifts), wine (divine beverage) and lush vegetation (nature gift to the union) symbolize a sensual union harmony. The sky is blue. Physical love is in the air and nature is giving its utmost blessing.

To reach a higher awareness level, the ST Lovers needs to acknowledge their sensuality.

In a summary, we can say that to reach a higher awareness level, the Lovers needs to (1) transform conflicts to peace, (2) follow their hearts wisdom, (3) listen to their instincts and (4) acknowledge their sensuality.

As a practical simple advice, your inner Lovers recommends that you follow your instincts with your soulmate.

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The Zodiac & You In One Single Image

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Astro Tarology, Zodiac Signs and Archetypal Cards

The following image includes (1) the 12 zodiac signs and their respective ruling planets, (2) the 12 corresponding archetypal cards and their respective names as well as (3) the 12 life houses in the center. Find your sun sign and focus on the corresponding card. Enjoy !!

The Warrior, Mars, Aries The Lover, Venus, Taurus The Mediator, Mercury, Gemini The Mother, Moon, Cancer The Ego, Sun, Leo The Servant, Mercury, Virgo The Partner, Venus, Libra The Seducer, Pluto, Scorpio The Preacher, Jupiter, Sagittarius The Master, Saturn, Capricorn The Jester, Uranus, Aquarius The Angel, Neptune, Pisces
The zodiac and you. Cards by Symbolon. Click to enlarge

The Zodiac Signs, Extraversion, Introversion and You

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

ARIES: Begining, Impulse, Creation Personality: Energetic, enterprising, impulsive, full of enthusiasm and impulses Extravert: Look outward, conqueror of the material and spacial world Introvert: Look inward, conqueror of the spiritual and intellectual world

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

TAURUS: Receptivity, Flair, Creativity Personality: Enormous capacity for work, perseverance, stubborness, slow starter Extravert: The fighting bull, expansive, confident, hypermotivated, active, optimistic Introvert: The peaceful bull, someone slow who thinks things over, phlegmatic, taciturn

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

GEMINI: Duality, Mobility, Instinct Personality: Impulsive, spontaneous, quick in response, immediate and unstudied actions Extravert: Pollux-type, overactive, soulless, under-emotional, animated, curious, ironic Introvert: Castor-type, under-active, unstable feelings, emotional, excitable, endless moves

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

CANCER: Birth, Mother, Past Personality: Importance of heredity, family, childhood, native country, religious tradition Extravert: Excitable, moody, capricious, emotional vagrant, unfaithful, humorous Introvert: Sentimental, moral considerations, self-torture, deep meditation, remembrances

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

LEO: Ego, Radiance, Sex Personality: Desire for material things, selfish, basic instincts, single light source Extravert: Helios-type, realistic, combative, materialist, seeks to exert great influence Introvert: Apollo-type, idealist, champion of honor, seeks beauty, perfection, inner sun

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

VIRGO: Virgin, Feminine, Servant Personality: Power of understanding, Virgin Mother, servant of universal knowledge Extravert: Anal-expulsive, instinctive, undisciplined,rebel, disorganised, sadistic Introvert: Anal-retentive, retract within oneself, reserved, shy, mania for details

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

LIBRA: Balance, Sentiment, Taste Personality: Weighs, measures, compares like a scale, balance the yin and yang, pre-rational Extravert: Sentimental-type, radiates warmth, pleasant, makes friends easily, congenial Introvert: Inner sentimental-type, withdrawn into oneself, reserved, silent, calm, anxious

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

SCORPIO: Death, Rebirth, Mystery Personality: Explorers of the occult, feels strongly energies from the invisible world Extravert: Investigate and reveal the unseen mysteries, lucidity and critical judgment Introvert: Master of his inner demons, becomes the wise man, alchemist, clairvoyant, medium

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

SAGITTARIUS: Link, Attachment, Aspiration Personality: Relationships, aims at the level of absolute, to reach the greatest heights Extravert: Conformist, loves the good life, expansive, euphoric, loves prestige and honors Introvert: Rebellious,fiercely independent, audacious, lives through series of crises

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

CAPRICORN: Ascension, Infinite, Purification Personality: Perpetual reflection, ascension towards infinite goals and pure evolution Extravert: The ambitious, seeks to attain power and dominance, lucid, yearns to succeed Introvert: The detached, takes the road of privation, moral ambition, spiritual ascension

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

AQUARIUS: Expanse, Knowledge, Freedom Personality: Feels as if he is a stranger on Earth, in exile he wonders about his mission Extravert: The adventurer, misfit, original, eccentric, very independent, likes revolution Introvert: The wise, disengages from material things, frees himself towards spiritual goals

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

PISCES: Eternity, Synthesis, Cosmos Personality: Enlightened consciousness, fusion with the universal, feels the cosmic divinity Extravert: Outer-type, oblative, generous, goodness, humaneness, self-forgetfulness Introvert: Inner-type, mystical, metaphysical, seeks a communication with the divine spirit

Astro Tarology & Head-Heart Dilemmas

 Head and Heart Dilemmas

In our dilemmas, one part of us says one thing while another part says something else. Number of our inner dualities happen between our heart and our head. For instance on the issue of freedom and security, our heart may be moved by compassion (more freedom) while at the same time our head be moved by self-protection (more security).

Anyone who was not a liberal at 20 years of age had no heart, while anyone who was still a liberal at 40 had no head.
– Winston Churchill

One Personality Has Multiple Facets

Our inner life is a stage with a great number of characters in the play. Each characters has its own acting role and individual identity. Our personality has multiple facets. It is normal to show a different personality facet when we are talking to a love one (i.e. your mother) than to a stranger (i.e. a tax auditor). One should not confuse a personality multiple facets with a multiple personality disorder. The first is normal while the second is pathologic. Sun the ego, Mercury the head and Venus the heart are the three leading characters among our personality facets. Only the latter two will be analyzed in this post.

Mercury and Venus Complex Relations

Mercury and Venus are the only two planets orbiting between the sun and the earth. As a result, they are also the solar system fastest two planets. As closest to the sun, quick Mercury correlates to our fast mental abilities. As closest to the earth, magnetic Venus correlates to our attractive connecting abilities. This explains why Mercury and Venus are respectively associated with our head and our heart. Understanding Mercury and Venus roles in our psyche will help us understanding dilemmas between our head and our heart.

If acting as leading characters wasn’t enough for Mercury and Venus, they also happen to play two roles each: one terrestrial (earth) and one celestial (air). Venus and Mercury four archetypal roles are associated with the four zodiac signs they are ruling upon. They are (1) Venus earth = Taurus, (2) Mercury air = Gemini, (3) Mercury earth = Virgo and (4) Venus air = Libra. All theater characters interact with each other, and our inner play is not different. Leading characters have complex interactions and so do Venus and Mercury in our inner life.

As the plot builds on harmonious and tense relationships between characters, conflicts develop. Dilemmas intensity produce engaging scripts and so it does in our inner lives. The good news is that Mercury and Venus never reach the 90 and 180 degrees hard angles. As a result, it is possible to hold them both without having to necessarily make a choice. Not having to choose between our head and our heart may lead to find a third way, a growing step in our personal identity that Carl Jung calls the road to individuation.

By analogy, the cast of characters relates to all planets, signs, houses and aspects in a natal chart. Their relations can become complicated. For now, only Venus and Mercury leading roles will be analyzed. An image being worth 1000 words, visual illustrations of those inner characters would help. This is where the Symbolon deck of cards is becoming in. It includes 78 astrologically related cards. All are associated with our inner characters and designed in scenes with people. Their historic settings draw our unconscious to the past and help some old memories to surface. Not only the cards artworks are superb, but each one will resonate deeply in the forgotten, repressed or hidden unconscious part of our psyche.

Relations between Venus the heart and Mercury the head can be linked to no less than ten correlations represented by ten Symbolon cards as organized in the following spread.

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Head-Heart – Mercury-Venus – Symbolon – Click to enlarge

Let’s imagine an horizontal and a vertical line crossing in the center, they will divide the spread in four quadrants. Above the horizontal line (horizon) is the sky and below the earth. To the left of the vertical line is the side dominated by Venus and to the right by Mercury.

The four zodiac signs ruled by Venus and Mercury

The rulers of the 12 zodiac signs represent the 12 basic archetypal characters and to each correspond one Symbolon card. Then each of the remaining cards (78-12=66) will be associated with all possible 66 different pairs of signs (12×11/2=66). Below are the four Venus and Mercury corresponding zodiac signs and cards.

(1) TAURUS (Earth sign ruled by Venus) – Card “The Lover”
      Love – SENSUAL LIFE –Sensation
(2) GEMINI (Air sign ruled by Mercury) – Card “The Mediator”
      Intelligence – SPIRITUAL LIFE – Thinking
(3) VIRGO (Earth sign ruled by Mercury) – Card “The Assistant”
      Help – PRACTICAL LIFE –Feeling
(4) LIBRA (Air sign ruled by Venus) – Card “The Partner”
      Beauty – SENTIMENTAL LIFE – Intuition

Note that those four signs correspond also to Carl Jung four functions: two Venus “Perception” (Sensation and Intuition) and two Mercury “Judgment” (Thinking and Feeling).

The two pairs of Venus and Mercury with themselves

Yes, there is only one planet Venus and one planet Mercury in the solar system, but as rulers of the zodiac signs, Venus and Mercury are appearing twice.

(5) TAURUS-LIBRA (Venus Earth-Venus Air) – Card “The Gilded Cage”
      Jealousy – CONJUGAL LIFE
(6) GEMINI-VIRGO (Mercury Air-Mercury Earth) – Card “The Strategist”
      Strategy – MENTAL LIFE

The two pairs of Venus and Mercury with the same elements

(7) TAURUS-VIRGO (Venus Earth-Mercury Earth) – Card “Clinging”
      Greed – MATERIAL LIFE
(8) LIBRA-GEMINI (Venus Air-Mercury Air) – Card “Vanity fair”
      Appearance – SOCIAL LIFE

The two pairs of Venus and Mercury with opposite elements

(9) TAURUS-GEMINI (Venus earth-Mercury Air) – Card “The Golden Girl”
Insecurity – PERSONAL LIFE
(10) LIBRA-VIRGO (Venus Air-Mercury Earth) – Card “Everyday in the Relationship”- Dullness – REAL LIFE

Would we not be limited by this post scope, each card would receive an in-depth analysis. Nevertheless, there may already be one card or more which is questioning your inner self. Observe that card in all its details, keep it in the back of your mind and wait for old memories to surface. Sometimes they may come as painful revelations, but the character role awareness will always bring some relief. The corresponding unconscious blocking will no longer affect your conscious actions.

Astro Tarology “Flower of Life” and Symbolon Cards

On one end, the Astro tarology “Flower of Life” is an original organization of the Tarot 22 Major Arcana. On the other, the Symbolon deck 78 cards is an astrological imagery representing the 12 zodiac signs rulers and 66 planets pairs. There is a predictable imperfect correlation between the Tarot 22 Major Arcana and the 22 selected Symbolon cards. The following illustration results from overlaying the 22 Symbolon cards over the Astro Tarology “Flower of Life” 22 Tarot Arcana. As they are based on totally different sets of assumptions, trying to force the two systems to coincide would have required one or both system mutilations, which would have been inappropriate. The mechanically created illustration though, produced a meaningful self-contained new representation. By analogy, it is like taking a song (A) and then assembling a newly created music (A1) and newly created lyrics (A2) of that song (A) into a new song (B=A1+A2) !!

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Astro Tarology “Flower of Life” – Major Tarot Arcana – Symbolon Cards – Click to enlarge