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The Lover's Card Tarot Meaning



The Lovers Card is usually presented as the sixth card of the Major Arcana of most Tarot Decks.

In the Rider Waite deck introduced in 1910, the illustration on the card was different from the usual depictions of a couple being blessed by a noble person. Instead, the card shows a couple, generally agreed upon to be Adam and Eve, standing in the Garden of Eden, with a mountain in the background. An angel is blessing them; most people consider this angel to be the Archangel Raphael, the patron of unions and matchmaking.

The name “Raphael” literally means “God has healed” in Hebrew. The Archangel appears out of the clouds, with the Sun above him at its zenith, the radiant source of life.

He has beautiful crimson wings and his purple tunic is symbolic of his wisdom. A messenger, a mediator, and a protector of human beings, his presence adds a mystifying atmosphere to the card. Perhaps he conveys the message that love is the cure for the ailments of the soul.

Beside Eve, we can see the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, bearing the forbidden fruit. A snake is coiled around the tree, which represents temptation but can also be regarded as Kundalini, the life force, a dormant spiritual and sexual energy. On Adam’s side stands the Tree of Life, which has 12 small flames on its branches instead of fruit.

Clouds connect the man and woman, suggesting a spiritual bond and not just a physical one. There is also a mountain between the couple, meaning that even in a blessed union with full transparency and honesty, there still are obstacles in communication. Nevertheless, the Lovers card portrays a scene of immense beauty and grace.

The symbolism on the card is often understood to denote choices and irrevocable decisions. Eve eating the apple offered by the serpent propels humanity into a binding downward spiral, forever losing the innocence shared with Adam in utopian Eden.

By disobeying the order of God, the first humans to be created attained knowledge of both good and evil, becoming aware of shame, guilt, and lust. After this, they were banished from the Garden to prevent them from eating the fruit of the Tree of Life that would grant them immortality.


Even so, the angel of the Lovers card watches over them, for one need not be punished for decisions made from a place of love. As Milton delicately wrote in his Paradise Lost,so hand in hand they passed, the loveliest pair that ever since in love’s embraces met.

Thus, the Sun still shines upon them, even after their fall from grace. That is one of the main concepts of the Lovers card – boundless unconditional love. It is loving and caring for others, accepting them as they are with all their flaws and vulnerabilities.

We are born from the same Earth, under the same Sun. When we realize this, there is no self and no other. With just a little faith in the world as it is, one can move mountains.

After the Hierophant, who points to the heavens above, we witness a true marvel; Heaven and Earth unite, offering their blessings so we can start doing what we love and loving what we do.

However, it is incorrect to assume that the Lovers card refers to only love and the union of two people. Apart from attraction and crucial choices, the card also refers to beauty, harmony, sensitivity, and social life in general.

In this guide, we take a more in-depth look at all the connotations of the Lovers card showing up in your tarot reading.



What does the Lovers Tarot card mean?

No matter what the Lovers card’s position in the reading may be, the overall meaning of the Lovers card upright is a favorable one.

The Lovers card represents union, harmony, relationships, and also points to irreversible choices and making crucial decisions. The Lovers symbolizes that there might be approaching judgments to be made in a relationship; the relationship may or may not be romantic.

The Lovers card generally mean that a relationship may soon pose a challenge or a question that will involve some decision making.


The card shows a couple not wearing any clothes. This symbolism expresses transparency and that there is nothing to conceal between them.

If applied to a reading, this could translate as having a clear mind and the facts in front of you, so that the decision you take is correct. This decision mustn’t be taken lightly, because it will be binding and a life-altering choice in one way or another.

The serpent coiled around the Tree of Knowledge denotes that there could be certain influences in the situation that might encourage you down the wrong path. It is up to you to trust in your gut and make a decision that will prove to be the best solution.


The Lovers Tarot Card Upright

In the upright position, the Lovers Card means everything in harmony and peace within your relationship. It denotes love and trust between partners, with each partner giving strength to the other. Furthermore, the card might refer to friendships, making choices, as well as socializing and the joy of being alive.

It shows the possibility of a mutually beneficial relationship in your life.

The position of the Higher figure over the couple on the Lover card shows a higher entity operating behind the scenes. The decision to be taken might be made from your subconscious or higher self instead of your conscious mind.

In terms of self-development and self-reliance, the Lovers in an upright position could mean that as an individual, you need to figure out what you stand for in the situation. With both the serpent and the higher entity, you need to take a stand for what you believe in.

Whether it is a decision about who you want as a friend by your side, a potential lover, or simply to take a walk in the sun, the underlying meaning of the Lovers card is that almost every time we choose, we express our preference for something over something else.

Perhaps the consequences won’t be as dramatic as the events that took place in the Garden of Eden. However, this card in your reading suggests that you have to make a choice for your own good. Setting morality aside, any spontaneous or calculated choice is better than indecision and brooding. It is less about right or wrong, and more about what is right and true for you, based on your values and virtues as a human being.


What Does the Lovers Tarot card mean Reversed?

In reverse, the Lovers denote problems in communication that affect your social and emotional life.

The Lovers card in reverse points to some sort of conflict or tension in your life. This conflict might be with your inner self or with another individual (s). It shows disharmony, stress, and in some cases, double standards and the refusal to own up to them.

When the Lovers card shows up in reverse, it generally means that there is stress or anxiety within a relationship. This tension might have an adverse effect on your mental and physical health.You (or the person you are doing the reading for) might be feeling detached and unable to open up, questioning your choices and trying to hide your vulnerabilities.

The Lovers in reverse also reveals a breakdown in talks or communication within a partnership that may or may not be romantic. Communication is the foundation of a healthy relationship, and the Lovers in reverse may indicate that the very foundation of the relationship in question, is shaky and unstable.

In terms of introspection and self-analysis, the Lovers in reverse indicates double standards that you may display in a specific situation. You may have taken a decision based on your needs but are looking to avoid accountability when the results did not go according to your plan.

Try not to blame others for your own choices, but don’t be too hard on yourself either. What’s done is done. Shame and guilt rarely helped anyone.

You may also be in a current or approaching situation that causes disbalance in your life or within yourself.

The Lovers Tarot Card Keywords in Reverse

  • Disharmony

  • Stress

  • Double Standards

  • Instability

  • No Communication

  • Cold Behavior

  • Indifference

  • Anxiety

  • Divided Paths

  • Unspoken Facts

  • Bitterness

  • Displeasure

  • Trust Issues

  • Dilemma

  • Fear of Intimacy

  • Shame

The Lovers Tarot Card as How Someone (He/She) Sees You

Many a time in many a reading, the reader proclaims a Lovers card’s appearance as an indicator of a romantic relationship. While this is one way to look at the card, it is not the only meaning of the Lovers.

If you have someone specific in mind and the Lovers card shows up in your reading, in the upright position, it generally means favorable things. This person, romantic or not, views you as someone trustworthy and deserving of respect, and perhaps beautiful.

There is a spark and a mutually felt connection with this person. The person views you as someone commendable, someone with whom they can form a long-lasting bond. Whether this is a romantic relationship or even a work colleague, they trust you enough to make it work.


While it may not mean a union, it says that this person wants you around. When they look at you, they certainly see a trustworthy, friendly fellow. The Lovers card indicates that they feel comfortable to communicate and open up to you. In plain words, they like what they see!


The Lovers Card in Reverse as How Someone (He/She) Sees You

In reverse, the Lovers card as to how someone sees you means that they don’t exactly like you. Something that you said or did has created an ill-disposed impression in their mind.

When the Lovers card appears in a reversed position, it shows that the person or situation you did the reading for, does not seem to be committed to working on a solution. The situation will not have any stability and may not be worth your time and energy.


The Lovers card has a lot more to do with choices than with unconditional romantic love. Hence, the Lovers in reverse would mean a decision that will not be benefiting anyone in the situation. There may be a lot of distrust between the participants of the situation in question and the atmosphere might be the opposite of friendly.

As far as how they see you, there might be information that has been kept from you or them; this breeds hostility in the connection between you and them.

Well, it isn’t possible for everyone to like you; sometimes it’s no more complicated than that. If all attempts at communication seem to fail, then you might not be able to change the image they have of you, whether it is true or biased.


What Does the Lovers Tarot Mean in Love?

In an existing romantic relationship or a situation that might point to possible love, the Lovers card in an upright position is very positive. It may very well appear when you feel like you have found your ideal partner!

The Lovers card upright, in a love reading, shows the possibility of the relationship being a success with immense love and harmony shared between the two of you. There will be a secure connection within the relationship, with a “soulmate” bond.



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