Visual Description of The Lovers:
The Lovers, a male and female, stand naked in front of a mountain of passion. They are attracted to one another, but the symbolism of the card speaks of more than just the physical passion burning in the man’s loins, represented by the burning bush behind him. He looks to the woman. Behind her, reminiscent of the Garden of Eden, is an apple tree with a snake tempting her to follow the thrills of physical passion, but her head is turned to the sky where Archangel Gabriel, the Angel of Healing watches over them. He serves as a reminder that love can heal on a physical, emotional and Spiritual plane if passions are curbed and the Divine nature of true love is upheld.
Divinatory Meaning of The Lovers:
Upright Meaning of The Lovers Tarot Card:
The Lovers are not necessarily an omen of romantic love in the querent’s life. As the symbolism in the card suggests the card is more concerned with morality and choice than physical passion. The querent has reached a point where healing can occur if they let go of physical desires and focus on their emotional and Spiritual selves. That being said, romance can also be indicated.
‘You’re seeing things differently. There is a stirring inside you and you don’t quite know what it is. You feel naked and see the vulnerability of those around you. This stirs a deep connection between yourself and others. It is in this connection that you find beauty and healing. Everything is flowing harmoniously and choices are easy to make as long as you follow your Spiritual flame.
You feel optimistic about the future. Everything is looking beautiful. You find it easy to turn your back on temptation and focus on the Divine nature of being human. With this feeling of connection healing will take place easily and on a deep level. All is well in the Garden of Eden you are creating.’
The querent is at a point where they are at peace with who they are and they know what they want out of life. Everyday temptations are easy to turn away from and their focus is on a higher power and a longer lasting gratification.
Reversed Meaning of The Lovers Tarot Card:
Reversed, The Lovers suggests disconnect instead of harmony. There is a difference of opinion or involvement between the querent and someone close to them. Their personal relationships are falling apart. At worst it can indicate a failed relationship as one of the people in the relationship succumbed to temptation.
‘You feel out of sync with the world. The connection between you and others is faltering. You are frustrated that you can’t seem to get through to your loved one or ones, and this is causing an array of negative emotions for you. Your emotions could cause you or someone you love to act rashly and make a bad choice out of resentment or anger.
Don’t lose hope, this disconnect will not last forever, but now is the time to choose whether what you desire is worth the effort or whether you should try something else. Weigh your options carefully though, rash decisions made at this time will only lead to failure.’
The querent is advised to remain as objective as possible during this trying time. If the situation in a relationship becomes unbearable it is best to take some space while the individuals work on their own to overcome the inner conflict that is causing external friction. This is true for any relationship, romantic or otherwise. The querent is urged to focus on healing themselves before attempting to build a connection with others.