by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.
Love, Attachment, Friendship, Sincerity, Affection.
Crossed desires, Obstacles, Opposition, Hindrance.
by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.
A youth and maiden are pledging one another, and above their cups rises the Caduceus of Hermes, between the great wings of which there appears a lion’s head. It is a variant of a sign which is found in a few old examples of this card. Some curious emblematical meanings are attached to it, but they do not concern us in this place.
Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sympathy, the interrelation of the sexes, and—as a suggestion apart from all offices of divination—that desire which is not in Nature, but by which Nature is sanctified.
[None given by Waite]
by A. E. Thierens, originally published 1930.
Love, passion, inclination, sympathy, attraction, concord, friendship, the inter-relation of the sexes;
Reversed: Lust, cupidity, jealousy, wish, desire, but the card may also give, says W., “that desire which is not in nature, but by which nature is sanctified.”
Theory & Astrological Associations¶
The Water of the soul on the house of Capricorn, the Tenth house of the act, the deed, manifestation. The two souls find each other here in an act, which of course must be that of meeting in the body. Soul-union, ending in bodily attraction. So the traditional rendering appears once more to be fairly correct. It is the outcome of idealism, indicated by the ace, shared by two souls. It is anyhow not the sex-element as a curse, but as a blessing in practical life. The card may further denote any sort of friendly act and sympathetic encounter. We should say, as regards ‘love,’ it is to be rather defined as love-making, courting.
Love-making, passion, friendship, attraction, concord, good action, hospitable meeting or reception, the interrelation of the sexes, desire. In the weaker aspect: lust, cupidity, ‘cupboard’ love.