Inverted Lovers

Interpretation

The Inverted LoversLook to the cards on either side of the Inverted Lovers, to see how Cupid missed his mark. This is the card of love gone wrong or stalled. Occasionally it points to divorce, but more often than not, the relationship hasn’t made it to marriage.

If this card shows itself in your reading, look at your own part in the romance. What do you want from this relationship? How much of that are you actually getting? Of the things you are getting out of the relationship, how many are satisfying? The near miss of a relationship happens when we realize we aren’t as satisfied as we want to be. The relationship might not match our ideal, or we might sense our window of opportunity closing and settle for less. Look to the cards on either side for guidance, and choose. There is a great deal of power in choice.

Interactions

In a spread, the Lovers either speaks to romance and marriage, or indecision. In a spread, look at the cards on either side of the Lovers. The Lovers will often show a connection between those two cards. Those cards will be attracted to, or balance each other.

Major Arcana

Magician: If the Lovers comes before the Magician (Cobbler or Magus in other decks), it signifies indecision in starting something new.
Hierophant: If the Lovers shows up in a spread with the Hierophant, it can indicate a marriage.
Chariot: If the Lovers comes before the Chariot, it indicates a betrayal. If the Lovers comes after the Chariot, a sudden departure will end a romance.
Death: If the Lovers comes before Death, it indicates the end of a romance.
Temperance: When Temperance is next to the Lovers, it indicates indecision.

Minor Arcana

Four of Wands (Clubs, Rods, Staves): If the Lovers shows up in a spread with the Four of Wands (Clubs, Rods, or Staves in other decks), it can indicate romantic love or marriage.
Two of Cups (Hearts): If the Lovers shows up in a spread with the Two of Cups (Hearts in other decks), it can indicate romantic love or marriage.
Ten of Cups (Hearts): If the Lovers shows up in a spread with the Ten of Cups (Hearts in other decks), it can indicate romantic love or marriage.
The Suit of Swords (Spades): If the Lovers shows up in a spread with any of the Swords (Spades in other decks), it indicates the end of a relationship.

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.

The Number — 6

Six is a number of knowledge, perfection, and exchange.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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