• Julie Embleton

2022: The year of The Lovers

2022 is the year of The Lovers, Key number 6 of the Major Arcana in tarot. Calculated by adding the digits of the year 2+0+2+2 = 6, this method of assigning a Major Arcana to the year ahead gives us valuable insight into major themes coming over the next 12 months.




The Lovers. Shadowscape Tarot
The Lovers. Shadowscapes Tarot (Llewelyn) Stephanie Pui-Mun Law & Barbara Moore

The Hierophant (Key number 5) guided us through 2021, a year where spiritual growth came under the spotlight. Some may have found themselves questioning their faith, moving towards or away from an establishment, or maybe even seeking out a mentor as they took a deep dive into belief systems. After moving through this indoctrination, new or updated faith practices may now be in place, with a readiness to move forward with a more authentic and genuine mindset. With all that in mind, for many, 2021 proved an engaging, transformative year.

So what about 2022 and the influence of The Lovers? This card brings themes of love, of course, but also choice, unity, healing, and independence. Mutual attraction and harmony flow too, enveloping 2022 in a warm, fuzzy glow. Now we’ve become clearer about our values, we’re more open to intense, expansive connections, and that’s what The Lovers embody.



The Lovers. Heaven & Earth Tarot
The Lovers. Heaven & Earth Tarot (Lo Scarabeo) Jack Sephiroth & Jaymi Elford

Throughout 2022, expect authentic, honest communication. A new attitude towards the relationships and connections in your life, greater harmony within you, and a sense of healing from past traumas. With The Lovers influence, choices will be made to align with compassion, unity, and love.

You may find yourself facing significant decisions in 2022. Don’t assume the easy path is the right one. Take time to consider your options with integrity, and of course, love for yourself and others. If 2021 saw you connecting with a mentor or someone similar, you may find yourself turning to them for guidance. Be honest with yourself, don’t take things at face value. Instead, go within, to the heart of the matter where you can examine how your decision will sit with your emotions and personal values.



In Relationships and Love, The Lovers indicate positive relationships built on mutual understanding, shared values, and a strong sexual connection. For those not in a relationship, it can indicate the start of a new romance, but often, that special relationship is one we develop with ourselves first. The Lovers bring healing, and bringing that healing energy into your own life, and in turn allowing you to love you before anyone else, lays a solid foundation for future partnerships.

With the theme of choice, The Lovers can also suggest a difficult decision surrounding a current relationship. Approach the decision with compassion and love for both yourself and your partner. The end of a relationship can be fraught with high emotion, so strive for kindness.



The Lovers. Samiramay Tarot by Vera Petruk
The Lovers. Samiramay Tarot by Vera Petruk

The Lovers bring the possibility of significant decisions around Work, Career & Finances for 2022. You may feel unfulfilled in a current role, and sense a path that serves your greater good awaits. Again, you will need to consider your options carefully. The obvious choice may not be the right one.

If you face work issues with colleagues, try to resolve them with love and compassion. Reduce negativity by coming from a place of harmony.

Financially, The Lovers suggests a partnership in investments or financial projects. It could be a business based opportunity, or something on a smaller scale, such as a joint bank account, or a shared investment.



The Lovers. Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarot
The Lovers. Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarot (US Games) Matt Hughes

Harmony is the key-word for the aspects of Spirituality, Well-being & Health. In relation to well-being, you may find yourself drawn to treatments that bring balance into your life, such as reiki, massage, reflexology, or acupuncture. Consider how compassionate your diet and exercise routine is to your body. If changes need to be made, do so with love. Don’t force a rigid routine upon yourself, otherwise you’ll push against it and end up frustrated. A harmonious lifestyle reflects in your health, so introduce changes with kindness. A slow, compassionate approach will serve far better in the long run.

In terms of spirituality, 2022 continues your journey with establishing your own belief system. There may be a greater confidence about you now, allowing you to heed your intuition and not blindly follow other’s beliefs. You’ll find yourself using discernment a lot more, as you take what works and leave aside the rest when it comes to taking in new knowledge. With The Lovers influencing heartfelt connections, you may find yourself connecting with a mentor.

Without a doubt, The Lovers bring a benevolent energy to 2022. For many of us, dealing with the pandemic over the last two years has prompted decision making from a place of fear. As we move into a new year, The Lovers will help to break that cycle, encouraging us to act from the heart.






If you work with crystals, the following will help magnify the loving vibes and bring even more peace and harmony your way in 2022.


Rose quartz, lapis lazuli, garnet, rhodochrosite, pink tourmaline, green aventurine, and moonstone.


You can keep one of more of the crystals in your pocket, wear as jewellery, or pop under your pillow at night. Consider mantras as part of your daily practice too such as; ‘I am loving and loved’ or ‘I make heart-centred, compassionate choices’.