The Heart naturally represents love, but also deep feelings like happiness and fulfillment. It’s very positive and delivers hopes and desired outcomes unless contradicted by negative cards. It characterizes events, places, and people, as happy and joyful.
Despite its immediate association with all things passionate and romantic, the Heart is not necessarily about love. Also, it doesn’t necessarily imply commitment, which is better symbolized by the Ring. It can mean friendship, understanding between people, compassion, and just plain joy. The Heart can be negatively influenced by nearby cards to suggest heartbreaks, upsets, or disappointments.
IN THE PORTRAIT & GRAND TABLEAU
In the first or central position of the nine-card portrait, the Heart indicates that love is at hand or that we’re appreciated by others. Opening our heart to give and receive love in its many forms is key. It also advises us to be optimistic and to look for the good things in life and people. In the face of heartaches, we must have compassion with ourselves and others and give ourselves permission to experience our emotions and vulnerability fully and fearlessly.
In the Tableau, the Heart near the significator indicates a love relationship around the corner. When far, love can be platonic or just be a friendship, albeit a strong one. Either way, it brings joy and happiness, but nearby cards must also be considered as the Heart is not immune to negative influence, whether near or far.
The Heart invites us to be open to love and be kind to others. Self-love and appreciation are also highlighted, so if we’d been neglecting our feelings, we must have compassion for ourselves.
THE COMBINATION MEANS...
The big love, an important love affair.
Worry, anxiety, tension.
Unrevealed feelings of love and appreciation.
Thinking of love, might be unrequited depending on nearby cards.
Being single, loneliness, missing someone, yearning.
Soulmate, or a relationship with deep lessons. Possibly regret with additional challenging cards.
Romance, flirting, dating, love unfolds beautifully.
Half-hearted, a lover keeping secrets, possible dishonesty.
A love affair unfolding, possibly with someone at work.
A serious love, a relationship taken to the next level.