As it its name suggests this card represents love and balance between two people in a relationship. Symbols in this card specifically tailored to the characters include the presence of their respective Second Selves - the panther and the wolf. As both characters are were-creatures (Kara being a werewolf and Naomi being a werepanther) their Other Halves look on approvingly as the two are enraptured in an intimate embrace, together guiding them through their journey of self-discovery. The satin sheets around them take on an almost skin-like sheen representing their carnal desires for one another, and the fact that desire and intimacy are endemic to the natures of both characters. The heart in the opened box, while representing the carnivorous nature of their inner beasts, also represents emotion laid bare, honesty and loyalty. This is also embodied in the bloody white rose which precludes romance and sentimentality - the specks of blood implying the possibility of old troubles and bad memories surfacing due to past relationships, both women having suffered loss and, naturally, prejudice throughout their lives.
I tried to avoid masculine symbols in this version of the card. The Lovers may be about a dichotomy or binary, but I made this card in the sense of the characters' own binary - the relationship between Naomi and Kara, who are both very in touch with their own sexual natures and synchronize very well with one another. I don't think the concept of masculinity or femininity really enters into it.
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