The Lovers Tarot

What is the Lovers Tarot

The Lovers (VI) is the sixth card in a suit of twenty-two cards, called the trumps or the Major Arcana in a traditional 78-card tarot deck. It is used in game playing as well as in divination. Its ruling planet is Mercury and element is air.

How are the Lovers in the Tarot Card Depicted

A naked couple stands in a beautiful garden with mountains in the distance. Behind the man is a tree of flames, and at the woman’s back is a fruit tree entwined by a snake. There is a billowing cloud between them and upon it appears the top half of an angel, wearing a purple cloak, and having a hand raised. Its hair of flames endows a golden yellow glow to its face in tune with the endless rays of the sun shining brightly in a blue sky.

What Do the Lovers Mean in the Tarot Card

Ruled by the Twins, the sign of Gemini, the Lovers symbolize the choices you need to make in life to progress and attain a higher self-awareness. You may be compelled to take a decision at any point, hence these life choices pertain to every relationship, be it between couples or business partners. The couple here, Adam and Eve, represents relationship, balance, and union and it is further stressed in the contrast lying between the phallic mountains and the fertile valley.

The twelve burning flames of “The Tree of Life” behind the man reflect his overbearing passions, while both the serpent and the tempting red apples of “The Tree of Knowledge” at the woman’s back stand for the lure of earthly sensual objects. Guarding and protecting them is Raphael, the Angel of Air, embodying the refinement of earthly desires. The man’s steady look into the woman’s eyes and hers to the angel signifies the path taken by the conscious to the subconscious, and further to the superconscious. It may also symbolize the ascent from physical desires to emotional pursuits to spiritual concerns.

The Lovers as a Person (Signifier)

The card stands for someone who is good in forming connections, responding with emotion, figuring out the values that matter to ultimately decide what’s right or wrong.

The Lovers Tarot Card Meaning: Upright

The Lovers Tarot

Symbolism: Falling in love, partnerships, union, commitment, and choices

Interpretation: In a tarot reading, it indicates that you share a strong and intimate bond based on mutual trust and attractiveness.

On a personal level, it seeks to highlight your desire to establish a value system that would eventually guide you to take the right stand on facing challenges.

The card advices you to deeply analyze your feelings, motives as well the options available before choosing a path. You may also take higher guidance.

In Love Reading

Symbolism: Admiration, affection, and marriage

Interpretation: If you are single and looking for love, you would very soon meet someone, who would help to make the romance grow.

Those in a stable relationship would find their bond growing deeper and stronger, thereby showering your life with happiness.

Lovers Tarot Card Readings in Other Conditions

Career and Work: The card looks forward to a choice regarding work options and urges you to thoroughly analyze all necessary facts before taking a decision. Also, you need to be cautious about allowing romance to mingle with your work sphere.

Business and Finance: A partnership is going to be mutually beneficial and also seeking financial opportunities would bring in good fortune. However, you need to keep track of your actions, lest you be distracted by overindulgence in romantic associations.

Health and Wellness: The card urges you to evaluate your current conceptions about health and fitness in case you are facing any challenges. Also, the right person to aid you in getting over your ailment would come to you.

Reversed Lovers Tarot Meaning

The Lovers Tarot Card Reversed

Symbolism: Imbalance, infidelity, disharmony, and separation

Interpretation: In an upside down position it reflects your disinclination to face the consequences of your decisions.

It may also reveal the conflict within you resulted due to your uncertainty in understanding where your life is heading.

You must learn from your mistakes and move forward with a positive bent of mind. Stop blaming others and be accountable for your faults.

In Love Reading

Symbolism: Imbalances, disappointments, and breakdown in a relation

Interpretation: Though your relationship had seemed great initially, now you feel that there are differences in ideas, hopes, and beliefs, ultimately leading to insecurity and misunderstandings.

Look for the reasons and dissolve whatever issue there might be for it may only be a slight problem. So, get things under control to harmonize your union as before.

The Lovers in Different Positions in a Tarot Spread

Past: The card depicts a past love that has been enriching and is a defining factor of your identity.

Present: You are overflowing with adoration for your partner and naturally, your relationship is going great. However, you might have to face a conflict whereby you would have to make the right choice to progress.

Future: By thinking hard about what you require in your bond, you would be able to understand it more and consequently discern ways of finding harmony and peace. Those single must open their heart and souls to get in touch with their perfect partners.

Lovers Tarot Meaning in Combination with Other Cards

The Fool  Reflects your high ambitions that may not fulfill
The Magician  Suggests either interference or help in your relation
The High Priestess  Highlights your tendency to ignore major obstacles
The Empress  Signifies that your relationship would be sanctioned by your elders
The Emperor  Stands for practical matters in your relationship such as parental pressures
The Hierophant  Symbolizes the exchange of vows between you and your partner during the marriage.
The Chariot  Seeks to test your commitments in the relationship
The Strength  Implies a strong bond
The Hermit  Symbolizes great power if you are engaged in spiritual matters.
The Wheel of Fortune  May highlight a weakness in your bond and trigger you to get support
The Justice  Mirrors your wish to stay together
The Hanged Man  Stresses the sacrifices you make while in love
The Death  May indicate the physical death of a loved one
The Temperance  Highlights the moment when you are about to take a major decision
The Devil  Symbolizes the effort you put in the bond
The Tower  Stands for the perfection, you achieve even when you are drawn physically or the precise moment of conception in the womb
The Star  Reflects your gentleness
The Moon  Embodies growth in your relationship
The Sun  Symbolizes lifelong partnership
The Judgement Mirrors your devotion towards partner even after her death
The World  Focuses on your planning before marriage
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