Tarot Cards Meanings - Major Arcana - The Lovers - meaning in detail

The Lovers (L'Amoureux) - tarot card meaning in detail

The Lovers The Children of the Voice; The Oracle of the Mighty Gods

Card Number: 6
Key Number: 17
Rulership: Gemini
Hebrew Letter: Zain
Translation: Weapon or Sword
Numerical Value: 12
Astrological Associations: Venus

Full Meaning

The Lovers is a card all about love. Not a shallow love but a very deep intense love, and one that you cannot really do without. It could be a new job, a new house, car, item, pet or person that will suddenly appear in your life, but once you have found that love you will most certainly not want him/her or it to leave. If you already have an established relationship then this card signifies that any obstacles will be overcome in your search for balance, romance and harmony within that union. In terms of a new relationship then the Lovers card suggests that this new romantic opportunity could be a success.

This card is also symbolic of something or someone entirely new entering your life. Once this event has happened, your new set of circumstances may present you with a variety of choices and ultimately may lead to you to having to choose between a series of options. Within the context of career, then this card suggests that you may have outgrown your old role or job position and if it is the appropriate time, then maybe you should move onto something new. Although the choice to be made may prove initially hard to make, this is a card of second sight and intuition and is sure to help you in your quest for true love.

Traditional Symbolism

The sun shines in the zenith, and beneath is a great winged figure with arms extended, pouring down influences. In the foreground are two human figures, male and female, unveiled before each other, as if Adam and Eve when they first occupied the paradise of the earthly body. Behind the man is the Tree of Life, bearing twelve fruits, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is behind the woman; the serpent is twining round it. The figures suggest youth, virginity, innocence and love before it is contaminated by gross material desire. This is in all simplicity the card of human love, here exhibited as part of the way, the truth and the life. It replaces, by recourse to first principles, the old card of marriage, which I have described previously, and the later follies which depicted man between vice and virtue. In a very high sense, the card is a mystery of the Covenant and Sabbath.

The suggestion in respect of the woman is that she signifies that attraction towards the sensitive life which carries within it the idea of the Fall of Man, but she is rather the working of a Secret Law of Providence than a willing and conscious temptress. It is through her imputed lapse that man shall arise ultimately, and only by her can he complete himself. The card is therefore in its way another intimation concerning the great mystery of womanhood. The old meanings fall to pieces of necessity with the old pictures, but even as interpretations of the latter, some of them were of the order of commonplace and others were false in symbolism.

The Lovers summary.

The Lovers Card illustration.

The Major Arcana suit.