Emerald Gypsy

Shuvani Wisdom and Celtic Magic

Behind the Tarot – The Lovers



Card number six of the Major Arcana, The Lovers stands as a unique example of deeper meanings.  One of the few cards in the deck often disputed over, The Lovers is symbology at its best, the more dense roots of divination becoming clear only to those who open their minds to see.

When we talk about the meaning of the tarot or the symbols they “should” allow the card reader to see, in the beginning when you first start out, it’s best to begin with instinct.  Let your psyche connect to the deck you choose before ever attempting to learn the book meanings. This way, you know your connection to the cards has not been swayed by the author’s signified interpretation of them.  Although there is usually a consistent across-the-board meaning for the deck, many authors delve into their own experiences with them, enriching our complete picture even more fully.  

Considering that the Tarot began in our known history of it (incomplete though it may be) as a card game, somewhere along the line, people began using it as a tool for divination.  Although many use a regular deck of playing cards these days, perhaps someday, humans will look on the hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds as revered in the area of psychic work.  I know more than a few readers who love using a basic deck of cards. With the regular decks being four suits like the Minor Arcana of the Tarot, many feel there is no question of the decks being related somewhere in history, the Tarot likely coming first, considering its four suits.

Many of the more common meanings for this card include – “The struggle between sacred love and profane harmony. Refers to love, relationships and marriage. Sexual urge and desire.” and  “lovers, marriage, union…” and the male representing conscious mind, while the female holds symbology over the subconscious mind. 

Many interpretations leave out the connection between the Head and the Heart in this card’s meanings. Usually favoring the more direct approach of a union of minds, hearts and paths, many readers neglect to mention the really apparent connections and disconnections between our Logical Brain and our Emotional Brain. While each has its valued contributions to our lives, The Lovers is directly telling us that we need to stop, take a look at what’s going on in our life and take a moment to listen to our inner voice, to see with our inner sight.

As a reader, let your client know that drawing The Lovers is a sign of good roads ahead, good choices to be made and love received, if one uses their heart and head with equal force.  To have an imbalance between the two steers us into unbalanced relationships and partnerships (this can also mean financial partnership) and thus leave us feeling unfulfilled.

Let The Lovers card talk to you as though it had voice.  Let it show you the elements it shadows so well.  With the standardized Rider-Waite deck you’ll see the symbols of woman looking at the messenger of God, man looking at woman and you’ll hear different interpretations.  This however, perfectly illustrates why the Tarot should be taken at meaning rather than picture.  The Morgan Greer deck shows the Lovers entwined in each other’s arms.  When I read, I read the different cards in the same way, but if you were to be of the belief that the angel presents a significant symbol in the one, yet is missing in the other, then you will read different decks differently.  Not a bad thing, but it can present a confusion for readers of little experience.

With Orange ruling this card and Gemini associated, we can’t help but think of passion and love (orange being the color of the sex chakra), yet when you read, keep in mind the more subtle energies of The Lovers card and let those subtleties flow from you to enhance your readings.

© J. Thompson

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Born With A Caul


Once in a while, a baby is born with a caul, or veil on its head or encased in it. This is a natural membrane, but has folklore and beliefs attached to the occurrence. My own great uncle was born with a caul and spent his nearly ninety years telling of this feeling or that and was usually right.

Many believe that the child in the caul will have unusually strong powers of psychic abilit and be naturally empathic by nature. The caul, or veil, is supposed to keep contained, the energy and memories of previous existence and ability. Most babies born without the caul are said to have lost those memories and abilities during the birth process and regain them sometimes, in their lives.

During the centuries of the middle ages, a caul bearer was seen as a very good sign of luck. Villages felt blessed to have a bearer among them and often looked for indications from the bearer about crops, and markets, etc.

A caul was gathered with clean unbleached cotton cloth, dried in the sun and wrapped up for the mother to keep. Many mothers sold their baby’s caul to sailors as it was considered a charm to ward off drowning.

In the Victorian era, a small bit was tucked into a hair locket or petite pointe embroidery and carried as a momentum, especially if the child succumbed in child birth in a time when the infant mortality rate was so high.

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Pleasant Dreams


To Stop Nightmares:

Lemon Verbena ( Lippia citriodora )

Place this herb in a pouch and place it under your pillow or place some in your pillowcase to hinder the dream process

Betony ( Betonica officinalis )

Place Betony in a pouch under your pillow while you sleep or inside your pillowcase to block nightmares.

Anise ( Pimpinella anisum )

Place herb in a pouch and hang it on your headboard. Also place some in your pillowcase and under your pillow to halt bad dreams and nightmares

Flax ( Linum usitatissimum ) mixed with Mustard ( Brassica spp. )

Mix a handful of flax with a handful of mustard together and place some seeds on your night stand. Place the rest in a pouch and lay it under your pillow or in your pillowcase

To Catch Fish


To Catch A Fish

Keep the scales from the best catch so far and dry them.  Sprinkle some on the surface of the water you’re fishing.  

They will draw fish to your line. 

Mending a Fence


On Mending A Fence

Wrap grape vine soaked in lemon juice around each join of the weakened fence.  This will strengthen the fence to last until more a permanent fix can be applied.




Nothing like a big bowl of flavorful Paprikash with fresh dark breads and a cool beverage….mmmmm



1 lb. chicken
1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tbsp. flour
1/2 pt. sour cream
1 tsp. oil
1 med. onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. paprika

Cook onions and oil together for a few minutes. Add paprika, meat and salt. Add 1/2 cup water. Put lid on pan; cook slowly approximately an hour. Add 1 1/2 tablespoon flour – sprinkle over meat and add sour cream.



1 1/2 c. flour
1 egg
Pinch of salt

Warm water

Mix ingredients with enough warm water to medium-thick consistency. Put on plate and drop off small pieces into boiling water. Cook 5 to 10 minutes. Drain. Serve chicken over noodles.