Love & Romance Tarot Card Combinations

The Lovers from the Faerie Tarot by Nathalie Hertz

Doing a love reading for yourself or a friend and not quite sure what to look for? It’s easy to get lost in the many different interpretations for each card, so I decided to put together this Top 5 Love Tarot Cards Guide to simplify your love readings.

Top Soulmate Card: The 6 of Cups. When you meet someone under the auspice of the 6 of Cups you are likely to bond instantly and have the feeling of already knowing this person. That feeling is there for a reason. You have journeyed together in a past life. Look for combinations with the Ace of Cups, Knight of Cups and Wheel of Fortune for incoming soulmates. Soulmate love always promotes growth but can be difficult depending on your karma and may or may not last.

Top New Love Card: The Ace of Cups. In a love reading, the Ace of Cups is the card that tells you to keep your heart open to welcome new love in. Look for combinations with Court cards (also known as ‘people cards’), the 2 of Cups, The Lovers and The Knight of Cups. A court card next to the Ace of Cups might tell you a bit about the personality of your new love. If the Court card happens to be the Knight of Cups, you can expect him to fall head over heels in love with you.

Top Great Date Card: The Three of Cups. Communication will flow and joyful emotional bonding should be a doddle. Be warned though, as this card could easily end up with a ‘Your place or mine?’ scenario. Make your mind up whether or not this would be cool before stepping out and avoid over consumption of alcohol if you want to keep your head clear.

Top Reciprocal Love Cards: 2 of Cups & The Lovers. Look for combinations with The Empress and the Knight of Cups.

Top Commitment Cards: The Hierophant for wedding bells. The Four of Wands for moving in together. The World for lasting love. The Sun and the 10 of Cups for relationship happiness. The 10 of Pentacles for telling your grandchildren about how you first met. Look for combinations with all of the cards mentioned above.

Additional cards you may want to look out for: As usual, the 9 of Cups and The Star signify luck and getting your wish granted.

The Other Knights: The Knight of Pentacles signifies steadfastness and reliability but may be a tad dull. The Knight of Swords will most likely end up hurting you. He may look like your Knight in Shining Armour but he’s not able to care deeply for another. The Knight of Wands is often an incurable flirt – fun while it lasts but don’t count on him popping the question.

Tarot Love Magick: Just as these cards are the best ones for guiding you on your path to a wonderful love relationship, they are also the best for manifesting true love and relationship happiness. Watch this space for future Tarot Love Magick posts!

Hopefully this key to love readings will help you to quickly get an overview of any main relationship theme but don’t get stuck in formulas and always trust your own intuition.

Angel Blessings


Comments 71

  1. Anna

    Dear Lisa, I would like to say that I love your website. It has helped me understand tarot on a whole different level. However I would like to ask an advice on a tarot reading I did for myself this morning, as it was fairly unusual combination and I don’t quite know what could it mean. I asked my angels and the tarot to give me a guidance about my relationship with the man I have been seeing. Literary, what is it that I needed to know about my relationship…any insights.
    I pulled The Empress in recent past, Ace of Cups in my position, Ace of Pentacles in his position, 6 of Cups in the middle of the two aces (which stands what is between us now) and Ace of Wands outcome. Does this mean pregnancy? Or a reconciliation with new beginnings of a whole different level? (We had an argument and were “broken up” for like thousands times now)

    1. admin

      New beginnings for sure with three aces in the mix, and yes pregnancy is possible. However, if you feel you may be too emotionally attached to read on this yourself, I recommend getting a professional reading. Blessings

  2. Anneli

    Hi, I have been practising Tarot spreads for some time now and for the first time I did past life reading about my and another person´s karmic connections. Somehow, a lot of Pentacles did turn out as for past (Karmic meaning of relationship – ten of Pentacles, Querent´s karmic inheritance – nine of Pentacles, the partner´s karmic inheritance – Ace of Pentacles) and even for the karmic future together – page of Pentacles. Four out of 11 cards. Are there any general meanings about having so many pentacles in karmic spread? It is an Earth and material suit I know and I tend to think it hits there are issues from the past or unfinished business we have to work on. Interestingly, present situation shows Lovers and two of Cups which are love cards – how does this relate to past?

  3. Jen

    Hi, doing a love reading for myself ( Capricorn) & my ex ( Leo) we are living apart in two separate locations . please, onsite please…
    Five cards layed out in a line : king of wands, Justice, The emporer, 2 of wands and The Empress.

    1. admin

      Hi Jen, I need your question, spread used (positional meanings) and your own interpretation. This is not a free reading service but I’m happy to help if you get stuck with your reading. Blessings

    1. admin

      You can’t interpret the meaning without the focus of a question… so what question did you ask of the cards? Did you use a Tarot spread? Were there positional meanings?

        1. admin

          And the third card was…? It’s really important to know all three of a three card draw to know the correct meaning of the combo. On this card depends if the 6 of Swords means he will return only as a friend or if you will move on together romantically.

          1. admin

            you already mentioned the 6 of Swords… and the 9 of Cups… what’s the third card in this three card reading? you’ve only given me two.

          2. tee83

            Thank you i really appreciate the time you take to respond. Thank you very much and i enjoy reading your post.

  4. Marjorie

    Hi…firstly, thanks for your site. Learning tarot and this is really helpful…
    Did a Celtic Cross spread and have 2 of cups in my environment position…can u pls help me interpret that? Thanks

    1. admin

      You’re welcome, Marjori! 🙂 This means that a loving supportive relationship is available to you. It doesn’t have to be of a romantic nature – the 2 of Cups can signify a close friendship as well. Blessings

  5. Asha

    I meditated and pulled out three cards and got 2 of cups, lover and knight of cups. I understand that probably 2 of cups stands for attraction and lovers if the choice we have but for the knight of cups I was confused. Does it mean that he will offer a committment?

    What is your take on these three cards Lisa?

    Love and blessings xxx

    1. admin

      I assume you did an intuitive three card draw rather than used a spread wit positional meanings…? If so (and provided this isn’t just one of many readings on the same question) then yes, he is likely to want to commit.

      1. Asha

        Yes, I did do an intuitive three card draw. I find it very difficult to do spreads but find it easier to connect to angelic voices. And no I haven’t pulled out cards for the same question in many months actually but felt like I should pull out cards when I was meditating. I hope so that he is ready to commit 🙂

        Thank you Lisa for your reply. You are a superb earth angel, always promt with your replies and always putting up amazing posts, always guiding and helping us who come to you. May you be blessed.

  6. Rachel Bloom

    Hi Lisa, I asked where my new love interest is at right now when it comes to me, and I got the empress… What do you think that means?

  7. leda

    Hello, i just love this page :* i have three cards 5 of wands, 6 of cups and king of pentacles, i just meet sb who is a virgo….can we say is a good combination for a relationship…or could it be a relationship in future or around the corners?

      1. admin

        Hi Leda, In that case I would take it as a ‘no’ due to basic emotional incompatibility. The King of Pentacles is the Virgo King and the fact that he shows up next to the 6 of Cups could be a good sign… if it weren’t for the 5 of Wands, which points to conflict/romantic incompatibility. Blessings

        1. leda

          i’m trying to learn tarot that’s why i use frequently tarots.
          i got king of swords , the hierophant , 8 of pentacles all upright . So i interpret as i have some hard work ahead, but the results will be even better than i could imagine. so i guess yes

          How coud you interpret it? it is for the same thing just i did another spread…help me Lisa

  8. shorna

    I hope you can help. I did a soul mate spread from a site I found. Its three card. I am a bit confused on it. the first, which is the type of person I am going to attract was death. The second information on how and where was the sun and the last was a timing was the knight of wands. Any help would be great. Thanks

    1. admin

      Hi there, Shorna. I would say a Scorpio for Death, or someone intense with other Scorpio traits… and it looks like this Summer (Sun) in the time of Leo (Knight of Wands)… so very soon!

  9. cathysbrtrp

    Hi Lisa!

    I need your advice 🙂 In my reading I get The Empress, Knight of pentacles and page of cups reversed as someone’s feelings for me. I kind of get the empress with the knight but with the page of cups, it gets confusing. What’s my cards actually telling me?

    Thank you so much!! Love your blog <3

  10. cathysbrtrp

    Hi Lisa!

    I need your advice, in my reading I get The Empress, Knight of Pentacles and Page of Cups reversed as someone’s feelings for me. I kind of get the Empress and knight, but with the page of cups, it gets confusing.

    Thank you so much!! (Love your blog)

  11. Mathilda

    Hi Lisa,
    I did the “Nikky Mackay’s 15 Card Relationship Spread” for a relationhip that is fairly new (we were dating 6 months ago, it fizzled out, and now we started dating again), and I got the devil on ‘what I am bringing to the relationship’ and death for ‘where I am standing now, in relation to him’. I am a bit confused (as I am practicing my tarot-skills and trying to learn), but I can’t really work it out. The rest of the cards are fairly positive, with the sun, 10 of cups, 4 of wands, the stars, 9 of cups (as final card), the empress and so on. Also, the tower came up when asking about external influences for me. Any suggestions? Many thanks, Mathilda

    1. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

      Hi Mathilda, the Devil could be about physical attraction. Death could simply denote a strong desire to transfrom the relationship and move it forward. Please try not to look at the cards as ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ – they all contain the full spectrum of Shadow and Light.

      1. Mathilda

        Thanks you so much Lisa! great website (found it yesterday!). Are you Swedish? Isådanafall, tack för en grymt bra och lättläst blogg (för nybörjare som jag) 🙂 Kram

  12. Ad

    I absoultey love your website, it has helped me so much in my readings! I recently did a reading for myself about my exsisting relationship and where it was going and I had many of these cards including the hierophant (central) , knight of cups (cc), the sun( future) two of cups ( outcome) and lovers and 10 of pentacles (last cards pulled to confirm). I tried to figure out what these combos meant and then found your site. From this I feel like things are moving in the right direction and things will start to get more committed. I hope! Am I interpreting these combos right?

    1. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

      Thanks Ad, glad you like the site!

      In answer to your question… If this is the only reading you have done about the future of this relationship recently, and not just the one you chose because it showed you the most positive cards… then yes… 😀

      1. Ad

        Thanks Lisa!!

        It was the only reading and not with my normal deck either, i wanted it untainted by the deck i handle often, instead I used RW. The last time I did reading was when we first stated dating and I had star , nine of cups , three of pentacles in the future and 10 of cups outcome. I wanted to wait a while before I read again, and the cards from above came up. I was a bit confused about the two of cups outcome as we were already in a relationship but I think it just means a deepening of the relationship.

  13. Kim

    Hi Lisa

    I asked in a 7 card reading if a past love interest would come back. I got

    Past: 3 Wands Rx – Timing off

    Present: 2 Wands – Possibly still interested and thinking about??

    Future: Emperor – Listen to our own wisdom.

    Answer: Ace Wands – New beginning needs to be initiated.

    Surrounding Energy: Moon Rx – Listen to own gut feelings

    Hopes & Fears: Strength Rx – Have strength

    Outcome: Empress – Possible grounded relationship (as it appears with Emperor)

    Just wondering if I have interpreted this correctly or have I missed an underlying message.

    Thank you


    1. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

      Hi Kim, I don’t read with reversals – I want to use the full spectrum of meanings and possibilities and tune in by connecting the cards to each other and the question instead. I wouldn’t read the 3 of Wands as a timing issues necessarily but I suppose it can be since it didn’t work out. It could indicate involvement of a third party – especially with The Moon Present. Surrounding energy? What does that mean? Outside influences? Other People? That’s such a vague label for a position! The hopes and fears position wouldn’t tell you to ‘have’ anything – it would tell you to look closely at your hopes and fears. With the reversal here, I would guess that you feel you may not have enough pulling power to get him back. Be honest about your fears and you’ll have a better chance of overcoming them! The Emperor in the future would signal to me that any future development may be more on his terms… but yes, The Empress might balance that influence and does look positive for a reunion. The Ace of Wands can act as a torch against the obscuring influence of the Moon here… You do need more information before you can take action!

  14. Melanie

    I’m doing the readings on 3 card love spread, so don’t know how reliable these Internet sites are – a few times the four of wands has come up – but the 9 of swords was also in the reading – which I know means I’m worrying too much about the situation – I’m still learning all the tarot meanings at the moment so am a bit of a novice

    1. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

      Melanie, it is pretty much impossible to read for yourself if you are attached to the outcome… (whether online or not) If you are a novice and laying the cards out over and over without understanding what you are looking at the only result you can expect is confusion. Even very seasoned readers struggle with reading for themselves about love. Please get a reading.

  15. Melanie

    I keep getting the four of wands and the empress when asking about my ex, whom I still love – is this a positive sign or should I just move on

    1. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

      Melanie. If you keep asking the same question over and over, the answer you’re getting from the cards is not likely to be very reliable. Also, what other cards are you getting? Or do you always pull two cards? No spread?

  16. Lisa

    I have a question about the five of wands. I ran into my ex earlier this week, after our conversation with a lot of mixed signals, i wondered if I should pursue him. In my reading I got the two of cups, the five of wands and the six of cups. It looks positive to me, but the five of wands. I love your interpretations of cards, what do you think?

    1. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

      Did you only pull three cards? What were the card positions? Which spread did you use? How do you normally read – With our without reversals? Which deck did you use? What was your own immediate impression of these cards? Without knowing the answers to those question, my impression is that the cards are basically mirroring that there still is an emotional attachment and that this is why you are getting mixed signals.

      1. Lisa

        Yes, I only pulled three cards. The two of cups, the five of wands and the six of cups in that order and none were reversed. It was a past, present, future reading. I do use reversals and it was the gilded tarot. My first impression, was a yes, I should pursue him. The two of cups showed me there was love and the six of cups was a return to that love, but the five of wands to me is a battle. The problem is, he is in another relationship and I do believe in karma, so maybe that is why the five of wands showed up. It was seeing that you had the six of cups under soul mates that made me stop and ask the question.
        Follow up, he has reached out to me in the past two days, and you are absolutely correct, there is a huge emotional attachment on both sides, but also confusion.

        1. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

          The Karmic cards are fund in the Majors – Judgement in particular. If you are soul mates then yes, there may be karmic issues to work through but the 5 of Wands is not usually an indication of working through karmic stuff. YES, It’s conflict… but more of measuring each other’s strength and deciding on the best approach. In love, I call it ‘the tango card.’

  17. Lisa lP

    Ok im soo confused on this combo,,lol I asked how can I win over this person, get attention , ectect..And the first card I pulled was the knight of cups and the second card I pulled was the hierophant.. I only pull two cards second one acting as a filter..over the first..The hierophant always confusses me..

      1. Lisa lP

        What I meant by the energy around the first card, almost like celtic cross spread the first two cards in that layout, if that makes sense.

      2. Lisa lP

        So the first card was knight of cups and the second card was the hierphant that I place over it… and the qustion I asked was how do I win over ectect get this persons attention or pay attention and notice me…and I am not dating this person, it is a male more of a distant aquatcian, sorry about misspell lol

      3. Lisa lP

        oh ok…well I always thought of it as energy around the situation of the first card….So how would you read these two together as a meaning?

        1. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

          Well, the Knight should be pretty self-explanatory but I still can’t help with the Hierophant since I have no clue how you read the ‘filter’… What does ‘energy around the situation’ mean… to you? I think the real problem here is your own definitions of the card positions. Perhaps you could work on bringing them into sharper focus? Sorry to be a pain in the butt, but I hope you understand I’m actually trying to help you think.

          1. Lisa lP

            Well hes a king of wands looks and im guessing the knight of cups would mean more about feelings, and perhaps I need to control my feelings with the hierphant.. But that does not make sense…

          2. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

            Again, what the Knight of Cups means depends on what issue he is addressing. You never answered my question: Is the Knight of Cups the action you need to take to win his heart? You need more focus both for the question and the card positions!

          3. Lisa lP

            Okay lets see… If they where side by side..and first card drawn is knight of cups..he would be the action card and the hierphant would be the challenge card…im not use to thinking action position and challenge position.. Maybe thats why I can not figure out the two …thank you for takibg the time to answer me.

          4. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

            If the Knight of Cups is the action to take, it means turn the romance ON! The challenge would be to not get stuck in conventional/traditional ways of behaving in this situation. But I’d get more info from the visual clues if I were you!

          5. Lisa lP

            Lol,,,ok visual clues,,i chat with him once every week or so but its only online right now, and I have such ahard time relating to the knight of cups,,im super conservitive and shy. He likes attention,,from the ladys,,,very out going, So I guess I should look up more on the knight of cups,,,hes a libra, so I guess now thinking about it that would make sense.

  18. Ana

    Dear Lisa, can you enlighten me? When I ask the tarot what are his feelings for me, I get always the same card: the World. Can you help me to understand this?

    1. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

      The cards may be reacting to you asking the same question over and over again. Unless you resonate with the idea that you ‘mean the world’ to him then this could be the cards’ way of telling you to stop asking the same question.

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