The Meaning of The Lovers [Card 6]


The Meaning of The Lovers Tarot

At a Glance

The Lovers Card #6 represents achievement through collaboration, openness, receptivity, and action motivated by love.

If You Drew This Card…

Tarot cards offer a range of meanings to draw insight from. Both negative and positive aspects of each card can resonate with various aspects of your life.

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Upright

  • Is there someone in your life you are collaborating with on a creative project? If so, consider how to balance your different talents. Or, perhaps you are working on a project yourself; mediate your own output, balancing grounded Adam-energy with your more creative Eve-spirit.
  • Are you on the verge of a new relationship but worried about the challenges that might go along with it? This card suggests that, despite potential challenges in the future, openness is the best posture to adapt in this circumstance; you do not need to constantly watch your back or focus on the negatives.
  • The earth is your canvas; what do you want to create?

Reversed

  • Are you wandering earth naked, overly focused on love in order to avoid responsibilities?
  • Do you assume that conflicts will be taken care of rather than dealing with them yourself?
  • Do you and your lover/partner look past one another, unable to connect or communicate? Consider working independently to gather necessary information and achieve your goals.

Interpreting the Symbols

  • Tree : The fruit of knowledge; life and responsibility.
  • Angel : A guardian or spirit watches over you, urging you to be open and make connections.
  • Figures : Naked vulnerability and openness; truthfulness and fearlessness. Sexuality or sexual urges.
  • Cloud : The cloud casts a shadow – being open can lead to unforeseen consequences.
  • Sun : Go through the unknown or temporary turmoil (clouds/grayness) to reach an epiphany of togetherness (sun).
  • Mountain : The highs and lows of love, eroticism, and collaborations.
  • Snake : Temptation, lust, conniving and manipulation as well as charm and seduction.

Charmaine’s Take

The Lovers, resembling Adam and Eve, stand uninhibited in a pastoral scene, naked and gazing upward and outward. Behind Eve is the legendary apple tree where a green snake coils up the trunk, and behind Adam is an orange-leaved tree where each leaf flares off its stem like a candle flame. At the top of the card is a gigantic yellow sun and a red-winged angel who looks down upon Adam and Eve with tenderness. There is one peaked mountain between them; it looks barren and steep, suggesting the difficult journey ahead.

It is perhaps surprising that the male and female of this card do not look longingly into each other’s eyes; rather, Eve looks up toward the angel and Adam looks out at the unknown landscape. Together, yet through their different inclinations, they populate the creative world we live in. When we think of love we often think of passion and lust: these forces are restrained or balanced in this card. There is fire but it is whittled down to a candle flame. There is sin in the snake, and the snake may even be able to lick Eve’s neck from its position, but the apples continue to grow.

Most remarkable in this scene is the way Adam and Eve’s separate journeys are part of something bigger than each of them individually. Their separate efforts serve everyone and are guided by a benevolent, upward force. Their open postures suggest that love motivates them but also that they are ignorant of what is to come and also the consequences of their actions. Eve looks up and Adam looks ahead; together they can confront whatever challenges may arise, though individually their worldview is partial.

Also in this card is a grand spaciousness, an opportunity to shape and cultivate a not-yet cultivated world.

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