The Lovers Tarot Card

Traditional Meaning – The Lovers card represents the union  of opposites.

The following positive keywords are associated with this card:

  • Commitment
  • Desire
  • Love
  • New lover
  • Physical attraction
  • Relationships
  • Sex

It can also be associated with the following negative keywords:

  • Emotional loss
  • Failed love affair
  • Indecision
  • Lust
  • Moral lapse
  • Separation
  • Temptation

Variations:  Attraction or a romantic relationship may be involved.

The Lovers signifies a new love (not necessarily pertaining to a person) that will surprise the client in the near future. It could also represent “an important decision” that could significantly affect their life. The card also symbolizes choosing between what needs to be done (duty) and what the client wants to do (desires of their heart) – if they take the risk, it could result in emotional fulfillment and happiness; on the other hand, following their duty could result in their life to stay the same.

Unfortunately, The Lovers can also symbolize an unhappy relationship or love affair, but the client is not yet sure as to what choice to make in relation to their situation. The card could also be a warning of a possible intense temptation and unfaithfulness to their morals.

A Deeper Look: This card seldom represents what it looks like it represents. Most commonly, The Lovers is about a choice, usually between something that you know you should not be doing (but looks like fun) and what you know you really should do (but could be boring). The sacred and the profane love are at odds with one another. In most decks, this card depicts a male/female pair cuddling in front of trees bearing the Biblical fruit of the knowledge of good and evil with an ominous-looking angel overseeing their actions. The message in this card is “someone is watching, so make sure that your choices reflect integrity and discipline.”

The client should be very careful of any indiscretions in choices made now and must always lean toward the proper. Employing actions that are fair and responsible will avoid a great deal of pain, as well as wasted time and energy. The client would do well to avoid situations where they feel they are getting away with something. They will not escape the situation unscathed unless they act with tremendous integrity.

When this card appears in a reading, the client may be on the verge of making a decision and could cost them dearly. There may be an attempt to “have your cake and eat it too” and if they do not back up and do what they know is right, things could get ugly very quickly. Usually, the querent knows what they should be doing and feels shame over not doing that. The encouragement of this card is to avoid investing energy into remorse, but to instead focus on taking corrective action right away and work to restore dignity and honor to the situation.

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Association: Associated with Gemini.

Keyword: Choices

General Meanings: Artificial relationships. Marriage without passion. The structure put first. Duality instead of unity.

Love: Commitment if single – if in a committed relationship there may be problems.

Health: The arms, lungs.

Money: Choices to make – don’t sit on the fence.

Spirit: Make spirit a part of your life.


The Hermit Tarot Card

Traditional Meaning – The Hermit symbolizes a need to minimize distractions in order to think and evaluate circumstances.

Some of the positive associations with this card are as follows:

  • Advice
  • Guidance
  • Introspection
  • Patience
  • Solitude

It can also be associated with the following negative keywords:

  • Arrogance
  • Fear
  • Folly
  • Impatience
  • Obstinacy
  • Suspiciousness

Variations: If the Hermit is present in a reading, it could indicate that the person should carefully consider the decisions that they will make on a certain issue. It also suggests the desire of a person for peace and solitude. The Hermit is a warning that a person should not be hasty with their decisions, and that they should also consider the advice of people before they make up their minds. On health concerns, the card also represents a time for rest and recovery.

However, The Hermit can also be attributed with arrogance and stubbornness, being suspicious, and refusing to implement the advice of others even if it is helpful for them. Other negative attributions with this card include impatience (which leads to making bad decisions) and loneliness.

A Deeper Look: I always feel a little sorry for The Hermit. He lit and lifted his lantern to find his way in the darkness and to seek out his own path through life. Unfortunately, every little moth within a thousand miles saw the light and thought that because The Hermit could see the path, he knew where he was going, so they all came flying. Sometimes, so many moths flock to the light that they block out the light itself so he can no longer see. That is where the wisdom of the Hermit card really takes hold. His counsel is quite simple: “Illuminate the world using your own light from within!” His counsel to providers and teachers is that they should balance their energy to allow time for their own pursuits and journeys as well as guiding those of others. If they give too much, they will no longer be able to see their own path anymore.

While the Hermit is quite mature, experienced, wise, and certainly qualified to teach others, he knows that the answers we all seek must come from our own spirits. All a mentor can offer is guidance. Ultimately, we must make our own choices and remain accountable for the outcomes we create. This means that it is important to know ourselves and “to thine own self be true.” We must be completely and brutally honest with ourselves about the nature of our circumstances, our own level of accountability, and be clear about our motivations and intentions. The lesson of the Hermit is to seek out wise advice, but then retreat into quiet contemplation to make the best decision possible. The client should take time from the hectic rush of life and go within. There, they will find the answers they seek.

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Association: Associated with Virgo.

Keyword: Seeker

General Meanings: Retirement from the world or isolation. Seeking knowledge inside oneself. Guiding by virtue of doing one’s own will. By silence comes inspiration.

Love: Being alone.

Health: Stomach.

Money: Only follow own advice.

Spirit: Retreat – meditate.


Further Resources

The Lovers (Tarot card) at Wikipedia

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The Hermit (Tarot card) at Wikipedia

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The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings at Tarot Wikipedia