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6. The Lovers

Sometimes displayed as VI The Lovers, it is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck that make up the Major Arcana or Trump Cards. It is also the sixth Trump of the 22 Trump cards in most decks.




 0 The Fool

 1 The Magician

 2 The High Priestess

 3 The Empress

 4 The Emperor

 5 The Hierophant

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

Ace of Cups

Ace of Wands

Ace  of Pentacles

Ace of Swords




The Lovers - Meaning of the Symbols.

The Lovers tarot card The tarot Lovers card tells us decisions must be made. Behind the man stands the tree of life which symbolizes our desires, behind the woman stands the tree of knowledge which symbolizes truth. The winged angel brings these forces together through physical love while the snake symbolizes hidden wisdom. Will you use your knowledge and wisdom to make a wise decision or will you let your desires dictate your choice.

When it comes to Tarot reading, there appearance of the Lovers tarot card often brings excitement as its meaning often pertains to unions and romantic partnerships. In fact, the Lovers tarot card can refer to marriages, true love and the experience of finding one’s soul mate. However there is much more to the Lovers tarot card than just the concept of love. The Love tarot card also references duality, healing and individuation. It is the card of choices forever reminding us that we must apply spiritual principles in our own lives to help us determine the right from the wrong.

Tarot Symbolism of the Tree of Knowledge, the Snake and the Garden of Eden

In the traditional tarot deck, the Lovers tarot card depicts a nude man and female standing below an angel. Behind the woman is a tree containing a serpent. It’s not hard to associate this imagery with the Tree if Knowledge and the Garden of Eden. This reference confirms the Lovers tarot card’s association to the choices or decisions we make in our own lives. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge they learned how to discern what is good and what is evil. In this process, their own innocence was sacrificed. They no longer had the opportunity to live as children. They were forced to take responsibility for their own selves. Thus, the Lovers tarot card denotes the need to become an adult and make decisions based on clear thinking. The goal is always to choose wisely.

The Tree of knowledge can also be interpreted as the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life connects all life and is a symbol for God’s wisdom. It is also associated to the Kabbalah and represents esoteric knowledge and the laws of nature. The Tree of Life contains the spiritual spheres of God’s great design and discloses how he implemented these spiritual spheres to create the world.

It’s important to note, that the symbolism of the serpent does not refer to the Devil. Rather, it is symbolic of the Rod of Asdepius. Asdepius was the son of Apollo and was skilled in the practice of medicine. In the case of the Lovers tarot card, the snake represents healing, medicine, and rejuvenation. Thus, the Lovers tarot card can refer to healing, particularly in relationships.

The Tarot Symbolism of The Angel Raphael, Mountain and The 12 Flames

Above the man and woman is the Angel Raphael who is a symbol of truth and healing. Here the Lovers tarot card references the concept of duality and wholeness. The Angel Raphael can communicate to the female through her intuitive awareness. The female is a symbol of the feminine parts of our psychic. She is the intuitive subconscious. The female then communicates to the male who represents the conscious and male parts of our psyche. She prepares him to go out into the world and act in accordance to the spiritual principles they have been encouraged to live by. In essence, the female, our intuitive self, is the messenger of divine inspiration. The union between the male/female parts of our psyches represents wholeness and the integration of our psyches or personalities.

Between the man and woman rests a large mountain. The mountain is a symbol of path to achievement, integration and the spiritual challenges we are confronted with in our lives. Behind the man is a burning bush with 12 flames that represent the 12 months of the Zodiac.

In summary, the Lovers tarot card helps us make important decisions in our lives. The female parts of our psyche, or inner self, help us connect to divine intervention and insight. The male, or conscious part of the psyche, looks to the female or intuitive self to help guide him in the world. The Lovers tarot card depicts the need to establish a communication between the unconscious and conscious. When this relationship is harmonious, there is balance and objectivity. With this one then has the ability to make the right choices for their own lives.









  The Lovers Correspondences and Associations.



Defining Keywords
Duality. Attraction. Temptation. Decision. Choice. Risk.

The Lovers Meaning.
Allow your heart, not your head, to guide you. A change of attitude will bring happier times.

The Lovers Reversed.
Recognize the true nature of your situation or relationship, do not take the easy option.



Communication, Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable

The Sun is in Gemini between about 21st May and 20th June.

So your Sun is in Gemini? You're sure? You're not in two minds about this? OK then, but you know you can be first one thing and then another.You're friendly, quick-witted, and love playing with words. You're likely to be found clowning around or talking on the phone for hours on end. You can stay up with friends till all hours, or you'll try to find out about and understand the latest scientific discovery. Then, when you're tired of that, you'll move on to the next thing.

If your Rising Sign is Gemini, you walk out there with an urge to find out where it's all happening, what's going on, and why. If it's there, you want to know about it. Then you'll tell everyone else. You're not really after a great romance, but your friends will invite you to their parties and know you'll keep everyone amused.



6 Kenaz: (K: Beacon or torch.) Vision, revelation, knowledge, creativity, inspiration, technical ability. Vital fire of life, harnessed power, fire of transformation and regeneration. Power to create your own reality, the power of light. Open to new strength, energy, and power now. Passion, sexual love. Kenaz Reversed or Merkstave: Disease, breakup, instability, lack of creativity. Nakedness, exposure, loss of illusion and false hope.

6. Kenaz: This is the Rune of creation, symbolizing light breaking through to dispel the clouds. It is the fire of inspiration and creativity, of the hearth, the forge and the altar. This Rune can symbolize an artist, or crafts person. Through awareness of the fire’s light, understanding comes to you and enables you to spread light and understanding to others. This can portend a change, a transformation, perhaps a child.











More examples of the Lovers tarot cards with different artist interpretations
















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