The Lovers symbolises our power to make independent choices. When we reach sexual maturity our sexual urge drives us to break away from the family unit, pushing us on to form intimate relationships with other people. It is through this experience we find unity with a parter of choice, which forges a deeper meaning of life. In a reading the Lovers represents a sexual relationship but it can also point to important independent choices.
Adam was ruled by reason, whereas Eve was controlled by desire. Reason controls and contains, whereas passion tends to break down all limits. The symbolism of the mountain in the card raises our senses through passion and desire, and sexual passion allows us to transcend isolation momentarily. The lovers can reflect the choice between something that is respectable and dull, or something that is desired but seen as morally improper.