Reversed Tarot Cards

Note: This is a guest post by Tarot reader Cher Green. Enjoy!

Reversed Tarot Cards
By Cher Green

To achieve a full reading, it is important to include the meanings of reversed cards that appear. It is just as important to ensure the possible appearance of these reversed cards. These additional meanings will bring more depth and knowledge to your reading.

To ensure their appearance, simply do so during the shuffling process. One way is to divide the cards into three stacks and to reverse one. This will also allow for previously reversed cards to become upright for the reading in progress.

Before beginning, you should be clear as to how you will interpret the reversed tarot card. There are a number of ways to do so.

One is to interpret the card as a delay to the upright meaning. In this process, if the upright interpretation of the Three of Cups is a celebration or coming together of friends, then the reversed meaning could be a delay in the intended party.

Another is the opposite of the upright meaning. With the Three of Cups, the reversed might mean an argument among friends, a possible third interference.

A blocked energy is another method. The reversed meaning would become the ability to enjoy others company but not allowing oneself to do so.

There are many other ways, but the important factor is to decide upon your method and to continue using the same method.

Do you use reversed meanings in your readings? What method do you use?

Cher Green is a fiction writer and tarot reader. You can find her at Tarot Guidance, where readings are available, and at Footsteps of a Writer.

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5 comments on “Reversed Tarot Cards

  1. chergreen says:

    Bonnie,

    Thank you for having me on you blog. It was a pleasure.

    Cher

  2. Cher –

    You are more than welcome. It was a pleasure to have you here, and for my readers to hear another voice! 🙂

    Blessings,
    Bonnie

  3. digiacom says:

    Lovely and straightforward post about Reversals.

    While I teach them to students, I do not personally read reversals for people, using judgment and context to help me see if an energy is blocked.

    I especially appreciate your method of being very intentional adding upside down cards to your deck. It ensures you don’t have absurd, 50% reversed spreads to deal with – which is my primary argument against reversals. I will experiment with this idea and pass it onto students.

    Good advice in both interpreting reversals and introducing them intelligently into a reading! Thank you!

  4. I do not use reversals myself. This is a guest blog, and I think Cher presented the case for using them – if a reader wishes to – well. 🙂

    Blessings,
    Bonnie

  5. chergreen says:

    digiacom,

    I’m glad you found the article useful.

    I’ve only recently began using reversals, and it has added a new dimension to my readings.

    Which as long as you know you are not going to use reversals, I’m sure the cards need for the reading will find their way to the layout.

    Cher

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