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This Reversed Tarot Card page is part of the Tarot Meanings section.
Using reversed Tarot cards when reading the cards is a matter of choice for the Tarot Reader. If you want to Read the cards for yourself or for others it is something you may need to think about. You can choose to include reversals in your Tarot Readings if you wish but please remember that many of the most experienced and competent Readers do not use reversed cards at all in their Tarot Readings. Whether or not to use reversals is a decision you must make for yourself.
It can be quite overwhelming to use both upright and reversed meanings when you are beginning to use the Tarot, so it is usually best to learn the upright cards first until you have a firm understanding of the numerous layers and dimensions of any one card. It is also useful to remember the many facets of that card in different positions and different spreads. This allows you to add your own meaning to the card through your experience, rather than simply following the ‘text book’ meanings from a Tarot book.
There has been plenty written both for and against using reversals with many Tarot Readers stating there is no need to use reversals since the entire spectrum of emotion and action is already covered in the 78 cards. Others maintain that a reversed card signals that the energy of the upright card is blocked or may be delayed in some way.
Others still, believe that a reversed card has the same meaning as an upright card but special attention should be paid to it.
If you feel fully confident in using upright meanings you can, if you choose go on to introduce reversed cards to your Tarot spreads. There are numerous ways you can introduce reversed cards to your Tarot deck. Firstly, you can shuffle, then split the deck in two and turn one half upside-down. Continue doing this until you are satisfied the cards are well reversed. When doing Readings, you can also use this method to ensure that different cards get reversed for different readings. You can also ask the Querant themselves to cut the pack and decide which half gets turned upside-down. Or you can simply allow your cards to naturally reverse themselves.
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