The Lovers card is the number six of the Major Arcana cards and mainly represents love, relationships, and major decisions. It’s about getting clear about your own values and finding harmony within yourself. Here you can find a detailed description of the Lovers tarot card including keywords, upright, and reversed card meanings.
Lovers Key Words
- Upright: love, harmony, partnerships, choices, values alignment
- Reversed: disbalance, one-sidedness, disharmony, self-love
Lovers Tarot Card Description
The Lovers tarot card shows a naked man and woman resembling the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The man and woman are standing beneath the angel of air Raphael whose name means “God heals”, symbolizing physical and emotional healing. The element of air of Raphael is also associated with communication, the foundation for healthy relationships. Raphael blesses the man and woman and reminds them of their balance and agreement.
Behind the man, there is a tree of flames, which represents the man’s fiery passion that shapes his destiny. The twelve flames stand for the twelve zodiac signs, the symbol of time and eternity. Behind the woman stands an apple tree with a snake wrapped around the trunk. This symbolizes humanity’s fall into temptation and into the realm of flesh and sensuality. This may take one’s focus away from the Divine. In the background we see a mountain — a phallic symbol — and a river, which represents femininity.
The Lover tarot card shows the union of two opposing forces, as well as the short pleasure of a moment before it is corrupted. This functions as symbolism for all affairs – the initial phase of being committed to someone seems perfect and blissful. Later on, we will see imperfections that might have been undesirable when we first met them.
Upright Lovers Tarot Card Meaning
The main meaning of the upright Lovers tarot card is (pretty obvious) love, as well as romance, attraction, and perfect harmony. If you’re single, hang on tight because this card tells you that a red-hot romance is on its way. If you are in a relationship, this card indicates a beautiful, soul-honoring connection with a loved one that is literally and figuratively in the cards. This interpretation can be stretched a bit, and can also include committed partnerships in business, friendship, and more.
The card can also imply that you have major life-changing choices to make or are faced with a dilemma. Temptation is often part of that choice or dilemma. You may feel unsure about what direction you should take or who to trust. Or you may have to choose between contradicting and equally unifying options. The Lovers card advises you to don’t automatically go for the easy road (temptation). First, gather the information you need to make the right decision. If you face the problem and contemplate about it wisely, it will lead you on to greater things.
The Lovers tarot card indicates desirability and harmony between people who are in love with each other.
Besides romance and love, the Lover card also represents the growth of your own subjective principles and beliefs, irrespective of what society dictates as norms. It’s about getting clear about your own values and finding harmony within yourself. After the indoctrination of the Hierophant, it is now time to set your belief system and decide what’s important to you. In the beginning, you may feel a little bit torn between your old thinking and new perspective gained as you learn from your experience. Stay true to your core and be authentic to the people and situations you encounter along the way.
Reversed Lovers Tarot Card Meaning
Where the upright Lovers card indicates love and harmony, the reversed Lovers card stands for breakups, conflicts, missed connections, power struggles, and personal fears about commitment. If you’re in a relationship, the card can indicate that you’re not on the same page anymore. The relationship started with you both feeling deeply connected on many levels but you don’t feel as close as you used to.
Are you having a lot of arguments or are you no longer sharing the same values? Do you disrespect each other pretty often? If so, the Lovers card advises you to consider if you still love the other person and to think about the positive and negative aspects of your relationship. You may realize that your relationship is still worth fighting for or that the two of you have grown apart and that it’s time to separate and let go. In both cases, hold on to your personal belief and do what is best for you both. Self-love and respect are also what the reversed Lovers card stand for. Accept who you are and try to see the value you offer in this world.
The Lovers card reversed can indicate that you are dealing with internal or external conflicts.
The reversed Lovers card can also specify that you have been escaping accountability for your own actions. You may have made a choice that was based on your wish for instant fulfillment but are now blaming others for the consequences that are happening to you. The card advises you to be accountable, learn from your mistakes and let go. Focus on your personal belief systems and values, and develop a deeper understanding of your true self. This will help you to make better choices and avoid making the same mistakes in the future.
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