Meaning of Reversed Cards in Tarot
"Do reversed cards have negative meaning? How do you read a card in a reverse position?"
Thanks Madhu, for this excellent question.
The subject of interpreting Tarot reversals offers a heated debate, with only one conclusion: How to handle reversed cards is up to the reader.
Every reader will have his/her own preference on how to interpret a reversed card, or whether he/she wishes to even acknowledge Tarot reversals.
If you decide to lend merit to reversals, here are some suggestions on how to interpret them:
To read reversals or not to read reversals?
It's your call. Every reader has to make that choice for his or herself. I'm not convinced there is a "right" or "wrong" in any aspect of the Tarot, much less reversals.
What do I do?
I read what I'm lead to read. I interpret a large energetic picture in the cards. Sometimes the reversals speak to me, sometimes they don't, and I read accordingly.
Last word on handling reversed cards in the Tarot:
Outside the reading arena, take your favorite deck and contemplate the cards up-side-down. Let go of the reins of your mind, and just let the horsepower of imagination run wild. Let your psychic eyes roll over just the imagery - don't identify what you are seeing . Just loosely recognize vague shapes, shadows, hues and nuance.
This exercise expands the intuition into a non-interpretive state. I know, that seems like a paradox, part of our job as readers is to interpret. But far too often the conscious mind gets too literal, and takes interpretation to an extreme. Shifting our perspectives by playing with the cards OUT of familiar context (NOT congruent, not upright) causes our mind to bend the rules. That's ultimately what we want - a bendy mind. Free-associating with reversals can enhance that malleable state we want to coax out a fluid, high-class reading.
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