The Lovers


Small (16.4" x 23.2")

Anna Shaw

Westgate on Sea, United Kingdom

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Small 16.4" x 23.2"
Medium 23.4" x 33.1"
Large 33.1" x 46.9"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


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  • Printed on 185 gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut - refer to size chart for finished measurements
  • 0.19 inch / 0.5 cm white border to assist in framing

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On 30/04/2010 this image has had 1317 views, 92 favourites and and 255 comments.

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Do listen to this beautiful and haunting song by the wonderful Eva cassidy – ‘You Take My Breath Away’

The Lovers

On your journey to self enlightenment, you have gained strength from The Emperor, and wisdom from The Heirophant. You now know where you are going and what you want to achieve.
Suddenly, on this path you come across your ‘Other’ the person you have been searching for, for ever. You feel as though you have just been shot in the heart with cupid’s arrow, so shocking, so painful is your “recognition” of this person.

As you speak together, the feeling intensifies; like finding a missing part of yourself. You finish each others sentences, think the same thoughts. It is as if an angel above has introduced your souls to each other.

Though it was your plan to follow the path of the flowering tree, you know you dare not leave this person behind. Like the fruit tree, the other will fulfill you . No matter how divergent from your original intent, your future is together and you head down a whole new road.

Originally, this card was called just LOVE. And that’s actually more apt than “Lovers.” Love follows in this sequence of growth and maturity. And, coming after the Emperor, who is about control, it is a radical change in perspective. LOVE is a force that makes you choose and decide for reasons you often can’t understand; it makes you surrender control to a higher power. And that is what this card is all about. Finding something or someone who is so much a part of yourself, so perfectly attuned to you and you to them, that you cannot, dare not resist. In interpretation, the card indicates that you have come across, or will come across a person, career, challenge or thing that they will fall in love with. You will know instinctively that you must have this, even if it means diverging from their chosen path. No matter the difficulties, without it they will never be complete.

In my 2010 Tarot, we know that the path of true love does not always prove to be an easy one, so I have added symbolic pieces to the image to suggest cracks and difficulties along the way. This card also says that we have to work very hard once we find true love – to keep it safe from harm. I wanted the sex of the lovers to be slightly ambiguous, but also to try and show that they are very much together, not quite clear where one begins and the other ends.

Created totally in Photoshop CS4. I started by blending several textures together and then overlaying these with the background you can see. The models were overlaid with tree bark textures as I wanted them to have an organic, earthy feel. All the individual components added in and blended. Colour fill layers finally to unite it all together.

I am indebted to the following artists for their generous gift of stock:

Models from the fabulous M.J.Ranum
This wonderful poem, was written by the very talented
Brenda Dow in response to this image. I think it is an incredible and powerful piece of writing.

Questing Lovers , Our World

Drawn into your world
by thoughts
of consuming
the power of you
I dare not move
recklessly or
answer the call
of the deep motion
appearing before me.
wisdom thrown to the wind
I hold you
in my heart
my soul
my world.
Where will this lead
as I twist before
your embrace
to touch
to feel
to know that you are all mine
If I want…..
I cannot think
an image of wrong
of weakness
appears somewhere
in my mind
I will not search to find it
I will succumb
to the magic
the power….
to the joining of our world.

The others in The Tarot series are…

The Fool

The Magician

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