Tarot Card Meanings I Comparing Decks: The Lovers

Let's face it. Tarot readers love buying new decks. Some do it almost compulsively. To the outside observer, this might seem superfluous. You may ask if all decks say the same thing.


In my new blog series comparing decks, I'll show you how each deck foregrounds a unique aspect of a card's energy. For the first installment, I chose an all-time favorite: the Lovers.

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1) The Radiant Rider-Waite
This card presents the most traditional imagery. It's quite biblical, evoking Adam and Eve with the serpent in the tree. There's potential danger, yet the couple receives a benediction from an angel. The universe backs this relationship. In it, each individual can grow to be more than they are alone. This isn't a fling. It's the real deal.

2) The Wild Unknown Tarot
Bless Kim Krans for this radiant, genderless manifestation of the Lovers. As a queer person, I'm quickly exhausted by blatantly heteronormative depictions of the Lovers. Everyone should be able to see themselves in the Tarot. That being said, the Wild Unknown version of the Lovers also allows a less literal interpretation. We can see that the relationship in question may not necessarily be romantic; it could refer to a creative endeavor in which you find passion, harmony, and truth.

3) The Goddess Tarot
Being the first deck I ever bought, Kris Waldherr's Goddess Tarot is closest to my heart. In this deck, Venus embodies beauty, contentment, and luxury. Because she sits alone, we're able to see that the lovers may ask us to turn inward to examine our relationship with ourselves. How do we demonstrate self love? How do we give and receive beauty? Don't ignore this aspect of the Lovers. In the immortal words of RuPaul, "If you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love someone else?"

Each of these cards is profoundly different, yet each offers a deeper insight into the Lovers. The next time this card pops up for you, I encourage you to sit with it and see which meanings rise to the surface.

Does one of these cards resonate with you? What cards are you curious about? Tell me in the comments!