I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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Deck Creator’s Keywords: union, desire, values, joy
Carrie’s Keywords: relationships, harmony, passion
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The Lovers Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
A pair of geese are flying in unison. There is harmony in their parallel wingspans, their parallel necks, and the parallel black and white of their markings. Although they maintain their own separate identities, they also fit together naturally as a pair. This card gives a sense that everything is exactly how it should be.
The geese are effortless in their soaring – they aren’t flapping their wings frantically, they’re simply letting the wind carry them. This is a card of flow, ease, grace. The Lovers are not trying to impress each other, neither of them tries to be anything other than what they are. They value each other as individuals, and they value their unique perspectives even as they cherish the connection they share.
In many depictions of the Lovers, the two face each other. However, in the Wild Unknown, the geese both face forward. There is powerful symbolism here. They are on a journey together, no doubt. But at the same time, each also travels their individual path.
Again, I’m drawn to the use of lines in the Wild Unknown. In the previous card, we saw static vertical lines. In the Lovers, we have radiating lines, giving the card an expansive energy. This is the first card that is significantly different in the first and second editions of this deck. In the first edition, the background is teal and dark blue; colors that show serenity and peace.
In the second edition, pictured above, the background is splashed with all the colors of the rainbow. The presence of all colors here suggests a radiantly passionate energy. This is reminiscent of the boldly colored rays we saw in the Magician, but there are subtle differences here. In the Magician card, the rays emanated from a point off center. In the Lovers, the point is directly above the geese and in the center of the card, showing equilibrium.
All of the design elements come together here to convey a message of harmony, ease and unity.
The Lovers Tarot Card Meanings in General
In many decks, this card shows two naked figures watched over by an angelic being. This imagery suggests that the connection of the lovers is not just about flesh and lust, there is a spiritual energy to the bond. Through experiencing love, we can gain a greater connection to the divine forces of the universe.
The most obvious association of the Lovers is, well, love. But there’s a lot more to this card than first meets the eye. The Lovers is a multifaceted card: it can speak to sexual desire, platonic connections and all sorts of unions. But on another level, this card also speaks to the development of your own personal values.
Especially as the Lovers follows the Hierophant (a card that is associated with external belief systems) the Lovers can show our desire to define our OWN beliefs, to establish our own identity. This may seem paradoxical, but it is through this process of understanding our unique self that we are then able to forge more meaningful connections with others.
In a reading
In a reading, this card may be asking you to consider the relationships in your life. It might be a good time to focus on creating connections that are uplifting, yet still leave space for your unique identity. Beyond relationships, this card can ask you to consider your passions in general. What is currently lighting you up? This card can be a gentle nudge to explore your desires and to go towards the things that make you feel joyful.