The Artist's Concept
I always felt that this card usually portrayed the Lovers very stiff and very formal. This card should be a happier and more lighthearted card than most decks show, as love is about learning who you are and enjoying life. I don't believe the images used, such as the Rider-Waite, really conveyed its meaning. When I see this card I feel that it should contain a sense of love and joining of two to become one, but not losing any of yourself in the union.
In this card the two dolphins are joined in a heart that is made up of two halves that survive on their own but were destined to join and create a complete heart. They are coming up from the dark kelp into enlightenment. Each dolphin is releasing air bubbles that float up to the surface illustrating that two separate people can come together and become whole. These dolphins will travel up and down into the light and darkness and may occasionally separate and explore different areas but always return to each other to join and create a whole that is larger and stronger than two separate dolphins. Also, the fact that the dolphin images are gender-neutral allows the reader to free themselves from any one sexual orientation of the couple.
The Lovers is all about coming together and creating a whole that is greater than its parts. This card is about passion and fun, being sexual and opening yourself to others. They are open and intimate and are finding out what they care about. They are learning to choose right over wrong. Establishing personal opinions and beliefs and working together through differences to become one. This card is about finding your place in a relationship.
Reversed meaning: You are at moral or ethical crossroads but will often make a correct choice. Do not always look for the correct choices to have a happy ending: some will be a learning experience.
Acrylics on canvas. Original painting measures 10.75 inches by 14 inches.
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