The Lovers is the tarot card that personifies love, passion, and trust; it is generally a sign that a new relationship is beckoning us. This need not be an amorous liaison, it could also indicate a bond with friends and family. This card stresses that we should take time out for our closest relationships, and inject them with trust, respect, compatibility, and commitment. We could be holding ourselves back from getting deeply involved in a relationship, because we are afraid of commitment. The Lovers card indicates that passion alone is not enough to sustain love, and relationships truly evolve when they involve mutual respect and space. In a scenario where partners are able to understand each others’ subtle expressions, they can let go of inhibitions, and be their true selves. This card symbolizes a situation of complete trust, where we are comfortable with letting down our guard, purely for the sake of love. This card could also stand for a moral crossroads, where we are forced to choose between the path our heart desires and the path our head advises; this is a test of our personal ethics code.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.