I have always seen this particular version of The Lovers being super negative about romantic relationships. They seem to be bloodied with conflict and entangled and masking their true intentions and trying desperately to get free.
But now I look at it and wonder—what if it’s not their blood? What if it’s the blood of their enemies?
But seriously, what if the blood represents all of the trauma and pain of trying to be a person in this world, and these two people are facing that together?
Maybe they are allowing their past hurts to polish and strengthen them. Maybe they are weaving their bodies, their material conditions, their tangible care together. Maybe the crossed fingers aren’t a lie, but hope for good luck, because they know their labor and connection may not be enough to sustain their relationship--that life will keep happening. Maybe the scissors are a commitment to maintaining their individuality in the midst of deep connection; a promise to choose themselves while also choosing each other.
"love--romantic, familial, political, communal--all of it is messy and risky and full of possibility. how is love transforming you?" -tiny lantern tarot
At the bottom of the card, their hair is like tree roots; their connection digging deep into the earth and sustaining them.