The Lovers



Rider-Waite Lovers


This card is metamorphic across packs.

They stand together as one
Intent on a future
They would make present,
Blessed by a woman standing aside
Or hovering above like a guardian angel.

Mercurial, the meeting of minds,
The singular meeting of bodies
Fluidly bound like
The binding snakes of the caduceus
Around the winged staff.

There may be trees, echoing
The tale of Eden; or Eros
Kindling the fires of passion.
This is a story with many beginnings
But only one ending.





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Mercury
                and Rosmerta
Mercury holding caduceus with Rosmerta
(Romano-British relief from Gloucester)