Artist: Roxana Paul
A man, sitting on the carpet in the palace chamber together with two beautiful women, is Hammurabi himself, king of Babylon, reigning from 1792 BC to 1750 BC. Like the Lovers card in the Marseille Tarot deck, this card shows the situation of choice and the challenges of choosing a right partner.
Hammurabi introduced the famous Code, the set of laws to regulate the primary spheres of social life in Babylon, including marriage and related subjects. The sacred prostitution of women at the temples of several gods and goddess, purchase of wives and polygamy were permitted in Babylon, but within the framework written in cuneiforms – legal contracts. The wives held real powers and high social status. The secondary wives were ranking as subordinates to the first wives.
The Lovers card represents a force that attracts to each other not only people, but also ideas, events, and other entities, creating at the same time a situation of choice. This force can unite entities, resulting in commitment, partnership or cooperation. As regards love, besides love affairs there are such concepts as choice, openness, and responsibility. It is a difficult choice, and a life-altering decision to find a new life balance together.
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