The Fool and The Lovers compared
Both the Fool and the Lovers cards are Major Arcana cards. Because Major Arcana cards generally reference important or philosophical issues — this pair is typically a significant one. When two Major Arcana cards appear together, it's a sign that there's an interplay between two major forces or major life-concepts at work.
The meanings of the The Fool and The Lovers cards
The Fool means
The simplest way to think about the Fool is that it points to: Beginnings, a free-spirit, innocence and optimism
Summary meaning of the Fool:
Youthful naivety. Showing optimism. One who rushes in to new things and embraces new ideas very easily. The beginning of a new process or journey. Youthful idealism.
(For a more detailed description of the Fool visit the Fool tarot card interpretation page.)
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The Lovers means
The simplest way to think about the Lovers is that it points to: Love, union, relationships, synergy and choices
Summary meaning of the Lovers:
Harmony and interpersonal relationships are at work here. The ties between people are referenced. Choices that affect not just the decision-maker, but others too.
(For a more detailed description of the Lovers visit the Lovers tarot card interpretation page.)
Shared Symbols on
The Fool and The Lovers
Aside from the overall meanings of each card, The Fool and The Lovers have 2 symbols in common which appear on both cards.
Both The Fool and The Lovers cards also feature mountains:
NOTE: The young man appearing on The Fool Tarot card is surrounded by looming mountains, symbolizing not only challenges but his potential downfall. The inattentive youth is utterly unaware of the challenges and potential danger before him — and is lost in his own thoughts and emotions.
NOTE: The fire-colored mountain on the horizon of The Lovers card is interesting: For a card representing bliss and harmony, the presence of any mountains at all may seem puzzling. The volcano depicted here, like the depiction of the serpent in the tree, remind us that even here in a state of happiness and simplicity, tests and trials exist. The firey passion of creation is not without its challenges — and even in Eden there are tests to overcome.
Yes or No meanings of the Fool and the Lovers together
The Yes or No meaning of the Fool is "yes", while the Yes or No meaning of the Lovers is "maybe".
The mixed affirmative / maybe meaning of this combination makes for an answer that leans slightly towards a Yes answer — but not strongly.
NOTE: While there is a general consensus on Yes or No tarot meanings, the truth is there is no universally accepted Yes or No meaning of every tarot card. iFate uses the most generally accepted Yes or No values, but different systems exist which may conflict with this one.
Astrological comparison of The Fool and The Lovers tarot cards
According to the Golden Dawn system of connecting tarot cards with astrological correspondences, the Fool is associated with the primary element Air.
The Lovers on the other hand, is connected with the zodiac sign Gemini, and not directly associated with a primary element like the Fool.
However, while not a direct association, both of these cards share a connection to the primary element Air via their generally accepted elemental associations..
The primary element of Air represents intelligence, communication and versatility.
The season associated with the element of Air is the spring. In astrology, Air is the element which governs the "Air signs" Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Air signs are known for their intelligence, adherence to logic and their charm.
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