Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person
is essential to your own. ~Robert Heinlein
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
The Lovers card illuminates the choices we make in relationships. There are other cards in the tarot deck that speak more to physical passions or romantic confessions – this card describes commitments and contracts. It is the sober, thoughtful part of love. It appears when it’s time to choose, when a union requires description and confirmation, when moving forward goes hand in hand with determining boundaries and affirming shared goals. To a large extent, it describes Who You Are and Who You Can Be by Who You Choose. It also limits alternative options and narrows your focus. It’s The Talk, or The Proposal or The Nuptials.
(And also note: in non-romantic situations, this card can describe any sort of contract – employment, professional union, amateur hobby association – anything you commit to that also helps to define and anchor you.)