The Lovers will drink wine night and day. They will drink until they can tear away the veils of intellect and melt away the layers of shame and modesty. When in Love, body, mind, heart and soul don't even exist. Become this, fall in Love, and you will not be separated again.
The poet Rumi speaks, in poem after poem of “The Beloved” and becoming a lover. We have come to understand that he is referring to seeking unification with The Divine, Creator, Lifeforce energy, All That Is.
Rumi writes of coming to a place beyond the separation created by the the mind, of truly understanding that we are not separate from the Divine, but eternally connected, and in fact, one with that same stream of consciousness.
The original illusion of separation, created by our birth, being born into a flesh and blood physical body, with an intellect that seeks to differentiate itself, “this is me”, “this is not”, continues to fuel our dualistic ideation.
When we come together with another, with a lover, often we are seeking the ecstatic unification and connection that we may feel to be missing in our lives otherwise- a sense of wholeness.
The Lovers, arcanum VI, speaks of this same work of breaking through the illusion of duality and seeking alignment with our highest purpose, our capacity for connection, both internally and externally experienced.
When we feel a fundamental sense of wholeness and connection, we cease to seek outside of ourselves for someone or something to complete us. From this place we may join ourselves with others, not in an effort to be made whole, but from a place of shared celebration of the ecstasies and mysteries of life.
The Lovers speaks of a choice. Choosing what kind of Lover we will be in the world. Will we see ourselves and others for who we truly are: whole, complete, divine unto ourselves? Or will be project our own lack of connection, our feelings of otherness and separation onto the world and people in our lives, always trying to get something from them that cannot be given by anyone else?