Card Type: Major Arcana
Card Number: 6
Star Sign: Gemini
Crystal: Rose Quartz
Other Names: Eros, Cupid, The Two Paths
Key Meaning: Passion
The Lovers Tarot card means you are feeling passionate about someone or something. This may be a romantic relationship, but it could also refer to work, study or another area of your life.
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The Lovers Keywords
🥰 Upright: Falling in love, choice, passion
😒 Reversed: Relationship problems, breakup, indecision
The Lovers Tarot Card Description
This description is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. Our two lovers are depicted here as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The nudity of the couple represents ‘bearing all’ and being honest with one another. Eve stands in front of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. There is a serpent wrapped around its trunk. This symbolizes the need to make good decisions because once taken, there is no turning back. That is why this card is also linked to being at a crossroads and making a decision. Older versions of this card depicted a couple about to get married. In a time where divorce was not easy, marriage was considered final, and thus you did not want to make the wrong decision.
In the card, Eve gazes up at Archangel Raphael. Raphael’s name means God Heals, which suggests that love has the power to cure all. Eve, represents feminine energy, which is what one draws on to connect with angels. She is our means of communication with angels. Adam represents male energy, and he looks towards Eve for guidance.
Other keywords associated with this card: attraction, childhood ends, channelling Higher Powers, networking, moral choice and feeling at a crossroads.
What Zodiac Sign is The Lovers Tarot Card?
Gemini is the star sign assigned to the Hierophant card. The Gemini glyph is the twins, which suggests the Lovers are twin flames. Communication, flirtation and curiosity are the strengths of Gemini, and also as it happens, the ingredients for a good relationship.
Mercury is the planet assigned to the Lovers card. Mercury is the planet of speed which is why the Romans named it after their swift-footed messenger god Mercurius. It is the planet of the mind, and rules how we make sense of the world and our place in it.
In astrology, Mercury rules the third house of communication.
The Lovers card corresponds to the element Air.
Romance: What does The Lovers Mean when You Ask About Love?
When the Lovers turns up in a love reading, the meaning will depend on your question. For example, if you asked:
💖 Will I find love? Yes, you will fall in love in the future. It may even be love at first sight.
💖 Does he or she like me? Yes, they see you as a potential soulmate. This is the card of passion, attraction and soul connection.
💖 What is the future of our relationship? There is enough love here for your relationship to survive.
💖 The Lovers can sometimes represent a rite of passage, from childhood into adulthood. For example, falling in love for the first time or losing your virginity.
💖 Someone is trying to decide if they should propose, or accept a marriage proposal.
CAREER: What does This Card Signify when You Ask About Work?
If your question relates to work, business, career or study and you receive the Lovers, then here is your guidance:
⭕You have a decision to make: stay where you are, or pursue your dreams.
⭕This is a good time to pursue a job, business, project or study which excites you.
⭕Working with others or a business partnership turns out well.
⭕You meet your soulmate through work.
Careers associated with this card include: Primarily, doing anything you love! Also: Relationship counselor, sales, publishing, advertising and market research.
If you are considering hiring a candidate and this card appears, it means:
You liked the candidate and connected well, which means you will get on well together in the workplace. They are the type of person who will be inspired by the company vision, products and ethics.
MONEY: What is the Meaning of The Lovers Tarot Card in a Money Reading?
If you asked the Tarot about money and finances, and you receive the Lovers, it can mean:
💲 Joint ventures can be quite profitable. If you are waiting for an investor to back you, you will get the green light soon.
💲 Your partner earns good money or comes from a family with money. If you don’t have a partner, it refers to someone you will marry in the future.
Tarot Card Combination Meanings
“Lovers combined with King of Wands” – Falling in love with a Fire sign
“Combined with Ace of Wands” – Pursue your passion project
“Lovers combined with 10 of Pentacles” – Your partner inherits money
HEALTH: What does This Card Mean when You Ask About Health?
In a health reading, the Lovers generally signifies good health. It can also mean receiving support from your partner when it comes to dealing with a health condition or health goals. For example, if you want to lose weight, they may agree to eat the same food or exercise with you.
Health conditions associated with this card include: colds, flus, asthma, COPD and pneumonia. The Lovers rule: chest area, so throat and lungs. Also the nervous system.
YES/NO: Does The Lovers Tarot Card Mean Yes or No in a Reading?
❓ When you ask a Yes or No question and this Tarot card turns up, then the answer is not clear. This card is associated with making a choice, so you must trust yourself.
TIMING: Does The Lovers Predict any Particular Timeframe?
🕔 This card is only a timing indication when you specifically asked a timeframe question. For example, if you want to know if something will happen, and when, then you need to draw two separate cards. These are in fact, two separate questions. This is a fundamental principle to understand if you want an accurate tarot reading – and it is core to my teaching in my book Tarot in 5 Minutes.
🕔 The Lovers Tarot card represents May 22 to June 21. If the card is reversed, timing will be longer – perhaps up to a year later, same date.
Karina’s Timing Method:
I am using a traditional major arcana timing method here, based on the zodiac sign assigned to each card.
What is the Meaning of The Lovers Tarot Card Reversed?
When the Lovers is upside down then our couple are thrown and disorientated. This can mean:
✔️Relationship difficulties or breakup. It can also signify cheating, or temptation to cheat.
✔️You and your lover are separated by distance or circumstances.
✔️You keep making poor choices in love, ignoring the red flags.
✔️Problems with a colleague at work or partner in business.
✔️Other keywords associated a reversal include: envy, infidelity, living elsewhere, regret, temptation and superficiality.
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