Poetry of the Tarot: The Lovers

The Lovers

Royal marriage of the alchemist,
where Sol and Luna congregate
to say, “I do” on Life’s open road.
A blending between these deities
creates blissful union and depth
for this poet and inspiring muse.
A journeying towards the soul’s
wise counsel and integrated life.

Through celestial, mercurial air,
conducted by the angel Raphael,
each vow of love rides the wind
as the newlyweds ascend as one.
For only within the relationship
will spirit’s symmetry be found.
She who desires soul excellence.
He who yearns soul completion.

Reversed, your heart will break
with this selfish, grasping lover
who lives in his own dreamland.
As passion is lost in the betrayal,
the deceptive nature of paradise
will be revealed to the sad heart.
Huge inner conflicts are created,
as war is waged against the soul.

Here on the day of the wedding,
in the secret garden of the heart,
enclosed by the two sacred trees,
the great spirits meet each other.
Naked and stripped of their ego,
twin souls come together in love,
inspiring this poet ever closer to
the victorious Chariot with stars.

Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2016

12 thoughts on “Poetry of the Tarot: The Lovers

  1. So beautiful, Deborah. Thank you again for this series. I’m exploring the Sacred Marriage as I revisit grief dreams. I had many erotic dreams after Vic’s death. I believe they were telling me to trust the inner conjunctio after the outer marriage was gone. I don’t get it, but I’m grateful for clues. As Susan Scott mentioned, this feels much like an esoteric reading of Adam and Eve and the alchemical King and Queen. It also reminds me of Inanna and Dumuzi in their early erotic meetings–before he forgot that the Divine Feminine was the One in charge.

    Thank you, too, for the beauty of the images and phrasing of all your poems… “in the secret garden of the heart.” (I will share on twitter, but not on a Saturday night my time when no one pays attention to twitter. I’ll make myself a note to remember on Monday and share this with Monday Blogs.)

    1. Thank you so much Elaine for your wonderful comment! I love all that you say about the Sacred Marriage and trusting the inner conjuctio. Within your reply, I learn much from the hints you offer. Yes, Innana and Dumuzi … I could read that one myth forever! I remember the beautiful stories in your book, “Leaning into Love” of Vic dropping by in your dreams.

      Many thanks for sharing dear friend! Work, and a great love of being outdoors only allows me to follow a dozen or so blogs so please know I am hugely grateful for your continual support and encouragement. Ok, I’m off to finish the Chariot before posting later … after I return from my much-loved women’s Dream Group today. Blessings always, Deborah.

  2. Very depthful Deborah thank you so much! I have to say the picture of The Lovers reminds me firstly of Adam & Eve in the Garden and their expulsion for going against the status quo. Yet, the expulsion propelled them to go outwards into a new Eden where, over the millennia, we’ve learned the value of going inwards – a lovely paradox which shows in my view the reality of life. Also, The Lovers remind me of the Rosarium Philosophorum and the trials undergone to reach this elevated state where two becomes one … and ‘…we come ever closer to the victorious Chariot with stars’. So beautiful, thank you, poet Deborah.

    1. Thank you so much Susan for your wonderful comment on my poem. I agree, Adam and Eve and the naked truth, spring to mind immediately! I love the story of them being thrown out of Paradise, and have read many rich Jungian accounts of this magical myth. Having read many excellent reviews of your first book, “In Praise Of Lilith, Eve And The Serpent In The Garden Of Eden And Other Stories” I would really love to read that one too! Presently I’ve reached Time & Trust in your latest, amazing book, “Aging & Becoming.”

      Re: Rosarium Philosophorum, I nearly fainted in delight the first time I ever saw printed versions of those woodcuts, I just couldn’t believe the stories I was witnessing … having experienced the same reaction to Leonardo da Vinci’s Cartoon. “Swoon” is the perfect word! Aha! There’s a poem waiting in the wings, one to consider once I’ve finished (is that even possible!) my journeying with the Tarot. Blessings always, Deborah.

  3. The lovers, what a beautiful poem. Only in a relationship shall spirit’s symmetry be found… Do you know that I really -unromantically was looking for a man 15 years ago? I felt SO alone… My former relationship was… not really loving. But the yearning in my heart helped me to go out and look for a man, preferably marriage material. I knew what i wanted. And I went after a mate like a marketing campaign. It paid off, i have been happily married for 14 years now with a wonderful man.
    That inner urge, was my soul searching. It was the fuel for my quest. The lovers, you got to love them. Oh and I took my man to the Tarot Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle (start saving money, you will love it there, i bet once you are there you don’t want to leave)

    1. Thank you so much Susanne for your wonderful comment and rich reflections on the Lovers card. Like you I knew someone was out there, someone to whom my soul yearned, a twin flame of sorts … it took until I had just turned forty to find my partner and the wait, and other failed relationships, I’m sure, like yours was worth it! For never have I met a more beautiful, gifted and spiritual person.

      More importantly, that relationship allowed me to love myself deeper than I ever thought possible. And strangely enough, when this relationship comes to an end, my inner knowledge says me that I will never have an outward love relationship again, because it wouldn’t be needed … if that makes any sense. Ever since you first wrote to me of the incredible Tarot Garden, I’ve wanted to visit and have it on my travelling wishing list! Blessings always, Deborah.

  4. I like this card and see it as the coming together of the female and male aspects to create a wholeness, a partnership that helps to guide me on my journey. I also can’t help but feel the love influence of this card not just romantic relationship-wise but also in self love and the healing it can bring. In my deck the Lovers stand in front of a tree – rather than Raphael – yet for me trees are a symbol of healing, nurturing energy and one I can really relate to.

    You have woven your words so well in this poetic description Deborah – for me this is your best yet!

    1. Dear Sophia, Your wonderful response is a gift in so many ways! James Hillman (one of my favourite Jungian writers) wrote an impressive book, “The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other” about how we don’t need to look outside of ourselves to feel whole, rather we need to be looking within, which seems to fit perfectly with your thoughts on self-love. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend you buy this Jungian book.

      Okay back to the Tarot, what I especially love about this particular card, is the individuals’ nakedness, being totally stripped of ego. I agree, standing by the tree/s for me is a deeply healing, almost magical act, and a sacred return to the arms of the Great Mother herself. Blessings always, Deborah.

      1. Thanks for the recommendation on the book – it sounds interesting and I’ll certainly have a look at that. One of the things I enjoy about your blog are the other comments – so much useful information and insights…I must make a visit to the Tarot Garden myself!!

        1. I highly recommend the book, and love others’ wonderful comments … they add such depth and richness to each poem. Warm wishes, Deborah.

  5. I feel like a flower girl at the ceremony, ready to scatter her petals! Your poem leads us to a fork in the road, on the path of love. Beautiful work Deborah.

    1. Ha Ha! Thank you so much Anna for your great comment. Makes so much sense, for as soon as I started writing, wedding vows sprang to mind! Hope the day finds you well. Warm wishes, Deborah.

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