The Lovers Tarot card has one of the most complex meanings in the Tarot deck. The Lovers symbolizes opposites that complement each other. One of the themes of this card is the doctrine of Original Sin, yet this card suggests that it was not an error. Instead, it was the secret plan of Providence.
Thanks to this plan, individuals will once again occupy the Garden of Eden. This time, when they do, they will endow it with a consciousness that they would never have achieved otherwise, learning to love one another. Adam and Eve represent lost innocence. This is because the snake coiled in the apple tree deceived them into disobedience and desire.
Later on in our journey, we will see that lost innocence in its fullest expression in the Major Arcana, The Devil. For now, it is merely an adventure experienced by The Lovers through their conscious and unconscious desires.
In this article, we will look at the symbolism of The Lovers Tarot card that is found in the Rider-Waite deck. We will also look at how to interpret it when it appears in a spread, upright and reversed.
Keywords for The Lovers Tarot Card
- Proposal of Marriage
- Lack of trust
Imagery and Symbolism of The Lovers Tarot Card
The Lovers Tarot card shows a man and a woman naked. There is a tree on fire behind the man and a fruit tree with a snake around it behind the woman. A mountain rises in the distance between them under a blue sky.
In the center of the card appears a cloud on which rests the upper half of an angel with crimson wings. The angel wears a purple cape and raises his hands in the air. The angel is the Archangel Raphael, whose name means, “God heals.” According to the famous Rennaissance astrologer, William Lilly, Raphael is associated with the planet Mercury, who is the ruler of Gemini.
This scene comes from the Book of Genesis in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and the couple is Adam and Eve. God created them and placed them in the Garden of Eden with the Tree of Knowledge. The fruit from this tree would give them the knowledge of good and evil. God gave them permission to eat of any fruit in the garden, except for the fruit of that tree, which was forbidden.
However, curiosity won. The Devil, in the guise of a snake, seduced Eve to take a bite of the forbidden fruit. She convinced Adam to eat as well, and they would suffer God’s punishment together.
Lessons of The Lovers Tarot Card
The Lovers are closely related to three other cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot: The Hierophant, The Devil and The Tower of Destruction. This is because two people form part of the story in all three of these cards. On The Hierophant card, two monks donning the traditional hairstyle of Medieval clergy appear, and they are bowing to their appointed leader. Similarly, the Devil card depicts a couple chained beneath The Devil. Finally, The Tower shows a tower destroyed by lightning with two people being expelled to an abyss, reminiscent of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.
These cards teach us that every decision we make either brings us closer to our spiritual awareness or takes us away from it.
Cupid’s error: A decision to be made
We find the whole dimension of love, attraction, desire, and sexuality on The Lovers Tarot card. This card causes us to reflect on the people we feel attracted to and the people we attract. This Major Arcana is the expression of two opposing beings who desire each other, and it helps us observe our problems in the field of love and sexuality.
Many people lead dissatisfied lives because they ignore the sacrifices that are necessary to find love. Many times, we are afraid to take risks for fear of hurting another person’s feelings. We have to be willing to pay the price if we want to experience what this card has to offer.
Eve’s first act was to take that which was denied to her, and Adam followed her lead. This act cost them their stay in paradise, but it opened the doors of the world to them. Everything we experience in our lives requires some level of sacrifice.
Our partners are expressions of our angels … and our demons. Each breakup, each new beginning is also an opportunity to embark on an inward journey.
This trip will help us to understand our nature, achieve enlightenment, and create our reality.
How to Interpret The Lovers Tarot Card in a Reading
When The Lover’s Tarot card appears in a spread, it usually refers to the topic of relationships. What kind of relationship do you want in your life? One that takes you to the deepest abyss, or one that elevates you to the heavens? A change in the relationship is inevitable, but the direction is in our hands. The apple has already been bitten.
Lovers Tarot Card Upright Meaning:
This a very positive card, especially for love. For singles, it announces an encounter with a potential soulmate. This could be the beginning of a relationship that will lead to a long-term commitment or to marriage.
When this card appears in a spread, you could be falling in love. Alternatively, you could be making decisions or starting projects that involve another. Another possibility is that you are faced with a choice between two or more equally attractive and fascinating people. This card can also remind you that you need to renew your emotional commitments or stop neglecting a loved one.
Another interpretation of The Lovers is that you need to make a big decision. There may be an easy option available, but you will have to ask yourself whether this is the right path for you in the long term. Often, it is the hardest path that will bring you the most benefit, especially on a deeper and more emotional level.
On a more personal level, The Lovers Tarot card can represent the establishment of a personal belief system and an increasing awareness of one’s values.
On a spiritual level, you may be at a moral crossroads where you are close to surrendering to temptation. If so, you must consider all the consequences before acting.
- Healthy relationships
- Wedding announcements
- For singles, it indicates the appearance of a new relationship full of love and passion
- Take your vitamins and eat healthily
- This is the time to go into business with your family members or your spouse
- Good time for business or small investments.
Lovers Tarot Card Reversed Meaning:
The Lovers Tarot card, when reversed, indicates that you have trouble taking responsibility for your current situation. Stop making decisions based on immediate reward and pleasure. It is time to accept the consequences for your actions and to stop blaming others. Do everything possible to repair the damage you’ve caused. Learn your lesson and make better decisions in the future.
This card in the reversed position can also indicate internal conflicts. You may be punishing yourself for something that you have done or that you feel responsible for.
To overcome this situation, focus on your beliefs and personal values. By doing this, you will develop new strategies and tools to address problems in a healthier, productive way.
- A small crisis or a misunderstanding
- Couple stagnation
- Need to make healthier choices about your diet
- Business problems, particularly when working with your spouse or significant other
- The possibility of losing money at home
- Control expenses because unforeseen expenses may arise
The Lovers Tarot Card and Numerology
Each Tarot card has a number, and this number has deep metaphysical significance. The number of The Lovers Tarot card is 6. 6 is 3 x 2, or Divinity (3) multiplied by Duality (2). 6 is the number of harmony and of balance. The Lovers represent the union between the masculine and the feminine. They also bring opposing forces into balance.
The Lovers Tarot card is also closely linked to the zodiac sign, Gemini. The constellation associated with Gemini is The Twins, and The Twins are usually portrayed as one being masculine and the other feminine.
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems.