The Year of the Lovers

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Numerologically, 2013 is a 6 year (2 + 0 + 1 + 3 = 6), so the tarot card for this year is Trump 6, the Lovers. The year card indicates common themes that will play out throughout this twelve-month period. I hesitate to make sweeping generalizations based on such simple numerology, but when you look at the year card as a general backdrop against which all the variety of life’s events play out, it can give shape and context to the year.
To make this process more personalized, you can determine your personal year card. To do that, add the month and date of your birth, plus the current year: month + date + 2 + 0 + 1 + 3. If you were born on Jan 1 (regardless of the year of your birth), you would add 1 + 1 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 3 = 8, so your personal year card would be Trump 8, Strength. Always reduce the sum to a number between 1 and 22 to find your tarot card (22 is the Fool). So someone born December 31 would add 12 + 31 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 3 = 49, 4 + 9 = 13, which is between 1 and 22, and indicates Trump 13, Death, the card of endings and transformation. Your personal year card indicates your unique themes for the year. Reading the general year card and your personal year card together provides more specific information.

The Year of the Lovers

The first thing that usually comes to mind for the Lovers card is its most literal interpretation: love and sexuality. Other cards that represent love include Temperance, Ace of Cups, Two of Cups, Six of Cups and the Cups court cards. Other cards that represent sexuality include Temperance, the Devil, Knight of Swords and the Ace of Wands. Temperance, like the Lovers, can represent both love and sex, but solely from a spiritual perspective: the mixing of two souls. The symbolism of the Lovers includes the meaning of a deeper spiritual connection, but this card starts with the basics — carnal pleasure. But unlike the Devil card, which can allow physical pleasure to descend into control and manipulation, the Lovers represents the kind of chemistry between two people that includes tenderness and affection and which can derive from love or can grow into love. The card also indicates the development of love and sexuality into a deeper spiritual connection.


The Lovers card is a positive indicator for relationships. During a Lovers year, romantic relationships will become stronger and can move to the next level. Friends might become lovers, lovers will connect on deeper levels of affection and intimacy, true love quickens into the profound unity of a soul deep connection. Relationships that are not a good match will be free to dissolve amicably this year (depending on your personal year card) allowing new opportunities for deeper connections to be pursued.
Those looking for romance will be successful, although those looking for no strings attached relationships might be surprised by the deeper connection that they forge with their partner.
Non-romantic relationships including friendships and familial relationships will experience a period of closeness this year. A deeper sense of intimacy and connection will develop.


When the Lovers card comes up in a career question, it generally represents finding a work situation that is a perfect match for your skills and talents and that is enjoyable. The general meaning of partnership expressed in the symbolism of the card indicates that this is a good year for connecting with a partner. Combining forces, business partnerships, joint ventures, any connection that involves an equal balance of power and a pleasurable personal interaction will be indicated.


The theme of partnerships and connections will play out in the world of finances. Depending on your personal year card, this can be a great year for finding a pleasant and easy to work with financial advisor. This is a year for generosity in helping loved ones financially, and for receiving windfalls from loved ones. Major expenditures might include travel to be with good friends or family. This is not a year for autocratic decisions about money, but a time for getting input from all involved. Money invested in your children’s future will show a good return.


Devotional practices will provide an excellent way to connect on a deep personal level with Spirit. Partnerships, both on the physical plane, such as a spiritual mentor, or astral, such as spirit guides, can help you achieve deeper spiritual understanding. Bringing compassion to painful feelings of loss and separation will allow for healing. Non-spiritual relationships and pleasurable experiences can spur you to seek spirituality or deeper meaning.
Have a happy 2013!

Joy Vernon is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader and Reiki Teacher in Denver, Colorado. Her specialty is the Empyrean Key Transformational Guidance, which combines energetic and esoteric modalities to help her clients break through blocks and align themselves with their higher purpose. For information on upcoming classes or to schedule an appointment, please visit
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Joy Vernon
Joy Vernon is widely recognized as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty-five years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup grew into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Now Joy runs the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher in Burien, Washington. To learn more, please visit
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