Today let’s look at the tarot card from the Major Arcana that’s traditionally (well, in the tradition I follow!) associated with Gemini - The Lovers. With Gemini symbolized by the twins, Castor and Pollux, this association isn’t perhaps that surprising – twins, duality, a couple.
|The Lovers - Druidcraft (detail)|
These lovers have chosen to unite, and have also chosen to rest together afterwards, luxuriating in that choice. Some decks include an angel, but here we have a hind in the background, watching them. The hind, in the Druid Animal Oracle, symbolizes subtlety, grace, and the feminine, and represents the call to the heart of things, beyond the material level. That too implies making a choice, to let go of the superficial and to be willing to go deeper and explore other options. The ivy wrapped around the man’s head represents death and rebirth, a reminder that when we make choices, we often have to let go of something else. Ivy berries are poisonous, causing intoxication – and what greater intoxication is there than having the ability to choose, regardless of whether it’s physical, emotional, or spiritual in nature.
Druidcraft Tarot created by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections. 1988The Druid Animal Oracle created by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections. 1996
Pollack, Rachel. The Kabbalah Tree, Llewellyn Publications US, 2004.