Reversed Tarot Cards - Are They Significant in a Tarot Reading

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					Reversed Tarot Cards - Are They Significant in a Tarot Reading?
The tarot is an ancient method of divination, which means divining the
future with predictions. The tarot cards and their meanings have
intrigued and fascinated many people over the centuries.
The tarot consists of 78 cards divided into two sections, the Major and
Minor Arcana. The word Arcana means secret. The cards, therefore, are a
collection of the secrets that can be revealed in a tarot reading. The
cards convey many messages because of the richness of their images and
A tarot reader will interpret the cards based on their meaning in
relation to their position in the spread and the psychic connection with
the subject. The reader will then verbalise these messages to pass onto
others in tarot readings.
When laying out a spread, some cards may be revealed upside down to the
reader. This can happen as if by accident, during the process of
shuffling for example. Some readers purposefully mix the cards in such a
way so as to cause some unknown cards to be reversed.
When learning the tarot, most people begin by learning the traditional
upright meaning for each card. Most are unaware that a reversed card has
a different meaning.
Whether to incorporate reversed tarot meanings is a matter for the
reader. Many choose not to offer reversed tarot meanings and if a card is
reversed will give the traditional upright meaning. Deciding to
incorporate the meanings of reversed tarot cards is entirely down to the
tarot reader.
Many of the most experienced and competent readers do not use reversed
cards at all in their tarot readings. Some believe that 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.
Whether or not to use reversals is a decision you must make for yourself.
But if you are just starting to learn the tarot, it is better to stick
with the traditional upright meaning until you have a good understanding
of the cards.
Once you are confident with the meaning of the cards, you may wish 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
person receiving the reading to cut the pack and decide which half gets
turned upside-down. Or you can simply allow your cards to naturally
reverse themselves, by mixing them face down on the table.
Whatever you decide, using reversed meanings provides an intriguing
aspect to tarot meanings, and readings you provide and conduct.
Alison Yates wrote this article. To learn more about the Tarot, as well
as Crystals, Psychic Abilities, the Seven Secrets, Chakras, Colour
meanings, Herbal Lore, and Magic Spells visit http://www.alizons-psychic-
To download a free course on Reading the Tarot, and Free Psychic Ability
Guide, visit

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