It is the start of Gemini season, so I decided to do a blog post on The Lovers. As you can see the illustration of The Lovers by Matt Hughes is different to Pamela Colman Smiths.
- The lovers embrace
- No Sun
- No Angel
- No erupting volcano
- No trees
- No snake
Upright: Unification, choices, harmony, relationships
Reversed: Separation, imbalance, conflict, disconnection
How romantic is this illustration? Am I right? This couple look like they just can’t get enough of each other and their embrace is so gentle. They want to be with each other because they love each other, not because of lust, they don’t look like they are about to tear one an others clothes off.
The roses are perfect, not one of them is withered or dying, they have been tended to with care and love so that they can bloom. Just like a loving relationship when both people care and want to be with the other. They have chosen to be together.
There is no harm meant in this illustration, there aren’t even thorns on the rose stems.
Instead of having the couple looking up at the Angel wanting help, they are being looked upon by Angels as depicted in the gold wings in the top corners of the card. I really love this illustration and even though it is so different to Pamela Colman Smiths I still read it the same way.
When I reverse the card I see the couple being forced together, falling into the archway, the roses petals fall off and the angel wings get ruffled, it all falls apart. The love story is no longer.