The Lovers

The Lovers is an Old Energy Archetype from the Masonic Tarot Deck. In the Book of Slavery, the archetype is typically used to enforce gender stereotypes. In the Book of Power, it is used to instruct on the power Formation, archetypes, and ideas.

Lovers Tarot Card Freemason's Deck

List of Old Energy Archetypes from the Masonic Tarot

Chariot, Death (archetype), Hermit, Hierophant, High Priestess, Judgement, Justice, Star, Strength, Sun (archetype), Temperance, The Devil, The Emperor, The Empress, The Fool, The Hanged Man, The Lovers, The Magician, The Moon, The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The World (old energy)

List of Old Energy Archetypal Constellations

Binary Gender, Excuse and Justification, Fool in School, Good versus Evil, Judge and Punish/Reward, Only the Chosen, Secrets, Submission

Related Terms

Old Energy Archetypes > Book of Power, Book of Slavery, Creation Template


Very confused trump card.

Book of Power

Initiation, choice, loyalty, testing: "The Lover, or the Initiate of the first degree undergoing the trial on which his increase in salary depends.) The learned man does what he wants, he chooses the direction which it suits him to follow. If in the full knowledge of the facts, he decides to dedicate himself to the Work of the Constructors, he will not be able to go back on his undertaking. The oath which he pronounces determines his future. Final commitment."[1]

BOP: Elitism. "The future of the young man depends upon the road which he chooses, whether he becomes one of the Initiates, the Mage of the 1st arcanum (the spiritual ו), or the rash thunder-stricken personage of the 16th arcanum (the ע)."[2]

Book of Slavery

Sexist stereotypes: "The male figure in the card is the mind and rationality. The female figure is the heart and emotion."[3]

Fool in school "The Lovers card may also be understood alongside key ideas from the philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard: we face an existential choice between two life paths, either one willfully hedonistic or one grounded in our sense of ethical duty."[4]


Pollack suggests the card is about a choice between light and dark, variously defined as the choice between giving in to "dark" urges, and leading a more proper life, a choice between an "outer path" (exoteric) and inner path of the occultist. A choice between developmental stagnation and independent development. Pollack also points to individuation.

"Therefore, the traditional version of trump 6 represents adoles­cence. Not only does sexuality emerge at this time but also intellectual and moral independence. Cards 3, 4 and 5 represented us as shaped by the great forces of nature, society, and parents. In card 6 the individual emerges, a true personality with its own ideas and purposes, able to make important choices based, not on parental orders, but on its own assessment of desires and responsibilities." [5]


  1. Oswald Wirth, Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot (San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990).p. 170.
  2. Papus, The Tarot of the Bohemians (Wilshire Book Co, 1978),
  3. Wen, Benebell. Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2015.
  4. Wen, Benebell. Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2015.
  5. Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 60.