Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: The Lover (6)

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Visual Card Description:  A couple is embracing each other and looking at one another, as if they were about to kiss.  The female is on the left and the male is on the right.  To the right of the male there are some hieroglyphs.  At leg level, there is a flying vulture with a sun disk on her head who is holding an ankh with her feet.  This may be Nekhbet, who was associated with mothers and childbirth among her other associations.

Free Association:  Passion Fate, Commitment, Deep Connection, Feeding of the Ka

Rider-Waite/Traditional AssociationsThe Lovers is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini, "The Twins." It almost always points to partnerships with just one other person; generally, and not surprisingly, this indicates a romantic partnership, but of course this is not always the case. Less frequently, it points to the duality that all of us have inwardly – between male/female, yin/yang, approach/avoidance, and the like.

It’s possible when this card appears that you are feeling ambivalent about a relationship or situation in your life. It could be that your heart is telling you one thing, and your head, another. In general, the thing to do is (within the bounds of your morality) to follow your heart. Some people say there are only two modes that any of us are operating under at any time; and that’s "fear" or "love." When you can: choose love.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Trial, exam, attempt.  Important choice in both the love or professional sphere.  A decision that cannot be put off.

My interpretation:  The lovers have made a commitment to each other that is as strong as the bonds of family; those who decide to marry call each other “brother and sister” as a term of endearment.*  The act of embracing someone feeds their Ka.*  It is as important to feed the Ka as it is to eat, drink and breathe.  This card urges one to consider one’s choices carefully, because once they are made, they can’t always be unmade, and even may become a bond.  Yet if this decision incites your passion, it can feed your Ka with Ma’at- all that is good and right.

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Written by Bastemhet

May 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

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