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Reversal yes or no?

Postby lunabloodrose » Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:22 pm

Hi. I just wanted to ask. If you draw a Tarot card and it is upside down does it mean the opposite of what the card means right side up? I have read Tarot books some say yes, others say no, and then some don't mention it. I was just wondering. I have this new deck that I am getting personalized with and the book doesn't mention reversal meanings...but I have a Rider-Waite deck that does. Just wondering. Thank you
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby -Dark-Moon- » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:35 pm

No it doesn't always mean the opposite, but it can. it usually just modifies the meaning, as do any adjacent cards. It's up to you to look to the theme coming through from the whole spread to divine the meaning. For in depth description of meanings I use the website trulyteachmetarot.com. Check them out, they are very comprehensive.
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby lunabloodrose » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:36 pm

thank you so much this helps a lot
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby syngerin » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:34 am

The reversal may point to different things, it often depends on the general reading (as Dark Moon wisely wrote). Sometimes it could mean that the energy of that card is deep in the subconscious mind and still not accessible to you (in the sense that you would have to dig deep to access it), or perhaps there is too little or too much of that card's energy (for example, the Sun reversed may say that you have little energy or that you are burning too much energy). Sometimes the card's energy is blocked or delayed, or it may have belonged to the past (the Nine of Swords reversed could be telling that you have left your nightmares behind you). As already said, the other cards can usually point you in the right direction when interpreting reversals.
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby -Dark-Moon- » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:13 am

Synergin, I really like what you wrote about the energy of the card perhaps being blocked when reversed, and I think that's a really accurate way of conceptualising it. Thanks.
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby lunabloodrose » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:48 am

Thank ya'll so much this is a big help :) Definitely gives me a lot to think about!!
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby starlady » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:47 pm

i was taught to ignore reverse?and see what all the cards are? few have two or three meanings to them ?so it depends what cards are before them? and after them? im still learning though,i only know the basic meanings of tarot,i get a warm feeling from the cards just not senceing what they are trying to tell me has yet
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby lunabloodrose » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:49 pm

thank you
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby starlady » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:05 am

Your welcome I have the rider Waite cards with writing on too, it has reversed meanings on it as well, I was taught they are good ones to learn with? But to ignore the meanings on them and taught how the medium learnt and taught us in a group.im trying to hear and see what they tell me? But I'm not picking spiritual messages as yet but I'm trying the oracle cosmic cards now? I'm doing the tips I'm read on this group and odd times I am getting little bits from them , my pendulums told me to work with them more. I'm learning a lot from reading in the group I talk to them more and keep them in a lovely purple velvet bag and under my pillow a few nights too, I hope you get on well with your cards as well :)
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby lunabloodrose » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:58 am

thank you
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby starlady » Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:38 am

your welcome,we never stop learning things hey?im always reading books,and online,maybe to much at times lol.but things interest me and we do learn by reading and trying things too :)
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby lunabloodrose » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:04 pm

yea!!!
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby creatrix » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:23 pm

Reversals are tricky because many books contradict one another on their meanings. That is why I don't always use them. Sometimes I feel compelled to use them though. Some people feel that a reversal of 9 Swords, for example, makes the meaning more intense (depression/nightmares) whereas others would see it as emerging from a dark tunnel and finding optimism. You can decide to stick to a book's meaning for a particular deck or you can decide what feels right for you. I agree that the surrounding cards can aid in the insight of the reversed card.
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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby Falcon_Heart27 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:15 pm

This is an older thread, but I have yet another point of view that I could add to this...you may want to consider.

With my deck (Mystic Faerie Tarot), reversed cards are cards that are especially significant in the reading. Not opposite meaning, just extra potent. Something to think about.


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Re: Reversal yes or no?

Postby Xiao Rong » Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:59 am

I tend not to use reversals in my tarot readings. I feel like there's already plenty going on with 78 different card meanings. I can usually let my intuition fill in the rest -- as I try to create a coherent narrative out of a spread, I generally can tell whether this card is something in development, or partially inhibited. I like having a little bit of latitude when I'm writing up the interpretation!
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