The Lovers – Tarot card meaning

The Lovers is the first card to feature more than one character, and is the sixth card in the Major Arcana. There are a number of meanings that can be interpreted at face value; male and female, balance, love, emotion, co-operation. The Lovers is overall a generally good card to draw.

The Lovers can represent the perfect couple, emanating harmony and understanding. When you draw the Lovers in a tarot spread, it will likely represent your own relationship, or be in reference to someone you know who is in one.

The Lovers can also represent duality; a couple is essentially one entity shared by two people; therefore we can interpret the Lovers as two lives or experiences within one.

You should also take into account your first impression and feeling when drawing The Lovers. As opposed to the previous card, The Lovers can be a bit of an easier tarot card to interpret within a spread.

Card meanings

Past

The Lovers in the past position will likely represent a past relationship. This could be a good relationship from your past, one which has ended on good terms. The Lovers can also represent the relationship of your parents. Perhaps it was solid, and from them you knew what true love could be.

A solid foundation in any aspect of our life can truly set us up for the future; it’s likely whether positive or negative that your past relationships will affect you. Even if they ended badly, think of them all as lessons.

Have you learnt all that you have from your past? The Lovers suggests that you have the potential for passion in future. If you look to your past, you should be able to learn from your past crushes, connections and relationships.

Present

The Lovers is a good card to draw in the present position. If you are in a relationship currently, then it is very likely that The Lovers is representing this. You should be in a strong, healthy relationship.

The duality of the card can draw up questions about choices; do you have to make a choice soon? Think about the conflicts within your life and how best to work towards your priorities. For once, consider your emotions on an equal level to your logical thought. If your relationship isn’t going well, don’t give up.

Things might be more trivial than they seem, and you shouldn’t over-react to what is simply a minor issue. Have some time alone before confronting your partner.

Future

In the future position, The Lovers is a good card to draw if you’re either single or in a relationship. In either case, it’s likely that your future will not be a lonely one.

The Lovers in the future position can represent your current relationship growing into a perfect union; something you’ve been seeking for a while now.

The Lovers in future can remind you to take solace in the future; things will get better with time, even if this is a slow process. Reach out to others, work with others, aim to have more meaningful human interactions.

Work, careers and education

Co-operation is the key to getting ahead. Work to your strengths, and complement the strengths of others.

An upcoming choice should be seen as a major branch in your life. Be careful when considering your options, whether this is a choice of school, or a choice between job offers you may receive.

The Lovers isn’t as clear an interpretation when it comes to work as compared to other aspects of life. Consider working in pairs if the opportunity presents itself. You may need somebody right now simply to bounce ideas off.

Love and Relationships

The Lovers is a good card to draw for relationships, love and romance. Take the rest of the card into consideration; The Lovers can represent the perfect relationship, but the perfect relationship will still have conflict and choice.

Sometimes it can feel like you and your partner against the world. This can be great for bonding, but realise that you can’t rest on this feeling forever.

Without conflict, you can tell that one person is always overruling the other. Balance is key. Are you too overbearing? Is your partner?You have to balance each other out for things to work and for you to both be happy. If you’re single, look for this imbalance in yourself.

Are you working on one aspect of your life to the detriment of another? The Lovers can represent the balance you need.

Wealth

The balance aspect of The Lovers is clear when it comes to thinking about your finances. Try not to get carried away with a passion right now, especially if it is an expensive one.

Any purchases you make will affect others, so think carefully and be sure you’re making the right decision. Try not to get caught up in the idea of something or the rush of a brand new shiny thing.

Now isn’t the time to take risks; play it safe and keep some emergency money tucked away. Also consider the meanings of the other wealth cards in your spread for a fuller picture of your finances.

Health and well-being

Being around friends or a partner can greatly help us out of a tough spot. Don’t let one aspect of your life overshadow another; you need balance. Don’t push yourself over any limits for now.

If you are in a committed relationship, The Lovers in regards to health can show that you should act as if you are one half of the same person.

Treat the needs of your partner as of the same importance to your own. If one of you is unwell, then the other should make it their priority to nurse them back to good health.

The Lovers suggests it’s a good time to look to the future; to any choices you need to make. Think about them a little now and act if you can so there aren’t any surprises down the road.

Other associations

Element: Air

Astrology: Mercury, Gemini

As a Yes or No question:  Yes.

Keywords

Love, balance, duality, friendship, commitment, couple