A description and interpretation of the role of The Lovers in the Tarot
In a nutshell...
lack of balance
The Lover, arcana VI in the Tarot, stands out visually from the previous cards because of the complexity of the scene it presents. It shows a main character, placed in the center of the image, flanked by two women of very different appearance. Over the Lover, a young man with long blonde hair, a cherub is preparing to shoot his arrow. The cherub is superimposed over a white sun with blue, yellow and red rays.
The Lover is quite obviously hesitating. His gaze is clearly turned to the right while his body leans to the left. Another sign of hesitation and indecision is that one of his feet points to each of the women. His bare legs testify to the sincerity of his approach but also reveal his indecision. The two women on either side of him are easily differentiated. The first, on his right, is well advanced in years. She is dressed in a predominantly red dress, a color that symbolizes energy and action. The young woman standing on the Lover's left is wearing a blue garment, which symbolizes her great intuition and the gentleness of her feelings. The cherub overlooking the scene is of course the personification of Love. The single arrow it is preparing to shoot has an extremely strong symbolic power: once fired, it's impossible to get it back. It reflects the consequences that must be accepted once a decision is made.
Man may be jaded, cured of all enthusiasms, no longer able to rise to anger, but there is still a nugget of eternal youth. Love is an adventure that is always attractive.
from an emotional viewpoint
The Lover is a card that is all about hesitation, it brings the seeker face to face with the responsibilities they must accept to move forward on their life path. In particular, it may appear at a pivotal moment in the seeker's life, when their heart is undecided between two contenders or when faced with a very important choice. The card testifies to an unstable situation, which would greatly benefit from being resolved. The seeker's decision is likely to have significant consequences for the rest of their life, having to make a choice is crippling them.
from a career viewpoint
The same logic of indecision applies in the professional field. The Lover thus testifies to a complex situation that can't just be solved with the click of a finger. This could, for example, be over the choice of career, the acceptance or not of a new position or a professional move. Sometimes this card reveals that this decision depends entirely on a member of the hierarchy. Which can leave the seeker with an unpleasant feeling of powerlessness.
from a life path viewpoint
In a Tarot draw, the Lover reminds us of the danger of indecision and how it is necessary to stick to your decisions. This is the only way possible for those who would like to make progress and avoid psychological stalemate. It is wrongly believed that this card only exerts influence over the emotional sphere. In fact its action can be felt in every aspect of the seeker's life, whether it be their love life, work life or financial situation.
In the short term, the Lover highlights the existence of a significant internal conflict. It will be a matter of solving this so that you can look at your future with more serenity. Your heart may be attracted by two different people. Or maybe it's a professional situation that is paralyzing you at the moment? Take the time to analyze it in more detail, define what you really need and listen to your instinct.
In the long term, the Lover reminds you of how important desire and feeling are to your personal development. Ultimately, your well-being is the result of decisions that have been patiently matured, by weighing the pros and cons of each situation. You are the only captain on board and exercising your freewill will help you continue to make progress.
Interpretation of The Lovers upright
Interpretation of The Lovers reversed