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The Lovers – Meanings & Interpretation – Major Arcana

The Lovers Meaning In A Tarot Reading

The Lovers card of the Rider Waite tarot deck represents the passionate power of new love, whether of a person, a philosophy, even a new religion.

It represents that time when we first find our passion for something, before it has been tempered by the harsh light of reality.

It’s light side is the power of transformation and the explosion of this wonderful feeling, the dark side is obsession and weakness, a weakening of our usual boundaries in place.

The Lovers Tarot Card Meanings – Upright


the loversThe new light of a new love, inspiration and the charge of creation. The powerful transformative aspects of love and passion. The time when all things to do with your new love are exciting, blissful, and nothing makes it tiresome. Whether you’re learning a new vocation, or mutually falling in love with that someone special, love is in the air!

Past Events:

You have recently found a new love, and all things about it are magnificent! The bloom is coming off the rose, however. This doesn’t mean your affair is over.

It just means that you’re moving into a new stage, this is where the work begins. It won’t be as easy as it has been, but that just represents a deepening of your relationship, keep working!

Present Events:

Have you met a new love? No? You will and soon! Again, this isn’t necessarily romantic love, but whatever it is will be deeply exciting and fulfilling for you.

This does not represent some transitory joy, but a deep sustaining love that will bring a welcome new element to your life. Keep your eyes open and at least peek beneath the clouds every so often, but enjoy the ride!

Future Events:

The train of love is coming, and in this position it’s almost certainly romantic. Keep your eyes open, though it is likely to happen when you aren’t looking. Be prepared for your life to be turned upside down, and to be in a place where you couldn’t be happier this is occurring. Might be time to brush up on your personal care to help things along.

The Lovers Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed


The Lovers tarot card of the Major Arcana in this position signifies the dark side of love, obsession. This represents the sick misrepresentation of love, where it’s riding you like a monkey on your back. It could represent drug addiction, a gambling problem, or a lover in your life that is a deeply unhealthy situation. You may know this, or you may hear it often from your friends, but you can’t quite get away.

the lovers reversedPast Events:

You’ve been in a very dark place, or at the very least dancing with a dangerous partner. You’ve likely heard the voices of concerned partners, or you’ve been keeping it a secret as it’s no secret to you that it’s unhealthy. Its grip on you is firmly in hold, and while the initial obsession has passed, it may have moved on to something darker.

Present Events:

Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? If you haven’t, you may very well be headed that way. In your environment right now are the seeds of a dangerous obsession. The new person you think you’re deeply in love with may wind up being much different than you expect.

This idea that you can’t quite get out of your head may wind up being dangerous. Think over the influences in your life, and keep an eye out for a new one, there’s a bad moon on the rise.

Future Events:

It’s time to start keeping an eye on the love in your life. Whether it be work, a relationship, or a hobby, it’s threatening to take a dark turn. Keep your eyes open for signs of obsession, remember to moderate your current activities. Too much of a good thing is poison, and the joy in your life is threatening to become one.

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