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.

Click on 2 for the LOVERS Practical Exercises

Donald, Bernie, Ben And The Others

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.
– Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Political Abuses And Outsiders Rise

What is happening in US politics today is nothing less than a revolution. Agreeing or not with any of the outsiders programs is secondary to the fact that we are in the middle of an ongoing political, financial and social paradigm change.

The following illustration about the capitalist system pyramid was created in 1912. One century later, nothing has changed. It shows the same trickle down societal powers and could very well have been designed today. Revolutions start when abuses from the top become unbearable to the bottom. Some revolutions are violent some are more democratic, but none are ever peaceful.

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During electoral campaigns, politicians have always taken money from the rich to buy votes from the poor promising the ones to protect them from the others. After being elected they had to lie to the people in order to explain why they were unable to deliver on their promises. This was working as long as lies could distract the population from the growing class gap and keep politicians pseudo credibility alive.

Things are changing when the class gap is becoming so important that nobody believe the lies anymore. When this happens, a significant majority suffers from a total disconnection with political leaders. When a large part of the population feels angry and abandoned by the system, they turn to outsiders who are their only hope for financial and existential security as well as national identity and freedom. This is what is happening today in the US, where this feeling of abandonment explains the rise of new presidential candidates such as Trump to the right, Sanders to the left and Carson (now siding with Trump) to the middle.

The last sixteen years of US disastrous domestic and foreign policies not only destroyed the country economy and image as a superpower, but also enriched the top 1% and impoverished the other 99%. These people have reached their tolerance limit and are now seeking new hopeful voices. This explains the rise of Donald, Bernie and Ben whose combined supporters represents their party majority opposed to the abusive political cronyism.

Imperialism Collapse And Establishment Dissolution

Empires have fallen before and it never was the end of the world. The UK lost its world superpower role in 1950 and is still around today as a meaningful nation. Written in 1838 by Victor Hugo, “Ruy Blas” story takes place in 17th century Spain during Charles II reign. Below is an excerpt about the monarchy collapse and its nobility dissolution. History repeats itself. That story could have been written today and reflects what is happening now. All powers collapse are following similar patterns.

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Original “Ruy Blas” page in French written in 1838 Click to enlarge

… At the time when a monarchy is about to collapse, several phenomena can be observed. At first the nobility tends to dissolve. By dissolving it divides, here’s how:
The kingdom falters, the dynasty dies out, the law falls into ruins; the political unity crumbles to the plot agony; the top of society bastardizes and degenerates; a fatal weakness is felt as much outside as within; great things of the state fell, only small are standing, sad public spectacle; no more police, no more military, no more finances, each guesses the end is coming. Hence, in all minds there is yesterday’s trouble, tomorrow’s fear, distrust of all men, discouragement in all things, profound disgust. As the state disease is coming from the top, the nobility in the front line is the first to be attacked. What becomes of it then?
Part of the gentlemen, the least honest and least generous, remains in the royal court. Everything will be swallowed up, time is short, one must haste, one must enrich, expand, and take advantage of circumstances. One only think for oneself. Each, without any pity for the country, is making a small private fortune at the cost of the great public misfortune.
One is a courtier, one is a minister, one hurries to be happy and powerful. One has wit, one becomes depraved, and one succeeds. The state’s orders, dignities, places, money, one takes everything, one wants everything, one plunders everything. One only lives by ambition and greed

Not much has changed. Hugo’s nobility is today’s establishment. Their actions are causing reactions, giving rise to anti-establishment leaders. This is normal and has happened in other times or other countries. For instance in France, yesterday’s Leon Blum (“Popular Front”) could be compared to Bernie Sanders and today’s Marine Le Pen (“National Front”) to Donald Trump. Revolutionaries are needed to bring the light of hope. However, as they are unable to heal the nation advanced deterioration, their power usually erode fast. This was true historically yesterday and will likely be true today.

Established politicians will fight toes and nails to remain in power, as for them losing their political clout would mean the end of their self-serving abuses. For them, political fall would be equal to death.

Over the last decades, the Western Empire collapsing life was artificially extended. Today it has reached the end of the rope. Lies are no longer believed and the harsh reality is claiming its rights. All tricks were used to defer the day of reckoning and there is very little road left to kick the can on. Yesterday is gone forever and tomorrow’s new normality is not there yet. The revolutionaries are providing hope to a population in disarray, which is critical for survival during desperate times.

The Love Of Power And The Power Of Love

600x600-lovers-chariotFrom a tarot perspective, the Feeling LOVERS arcanum (6) and its sequentially next Conquering CHARIOT arcanum (7) reflects the dialectic between the power of love and the love of power.

From the Astro Tarology perspective, the Feeling LOVERS arcanum corresponds to the link between the Moon (unconscious) and the Heart, and the Conquering CHARIOT to the link between the Moon (unconscious) and Mercury (the head). In a nutshell, there is an inner conflict between compassion and self-protection, between the heart and the head. Jung’s road to individuation suggests to hold both heart and head without making choices. The analysis of the LOVERS (6) and CHARIOT (7) arcana will be detailed in the Astro Tarology course Module 2 (arcana 6 to 10). In the meantime, we wish you good work with Module 1 (arcana 0 to 5) available in its totality online for free. Click to see the course program.

When an imperial cycle ends, a new one will follow. It never happens differently in nature. A good storm clears the air and the weather always restart with a new blue sky after. Donald, Bernie and Ben are today’s revolutionaries. We may not like any of their programs, but they deserve our thanks for turning the US political table over. This has long been overdue. Victor Hugo gave us a glimpse as to what will happen to the nobility. Regardless of the US presidential race outcome, the political establishment power has already been seriously defied. The US political scene will never be the same and that is an excellent news!!