Tarot Readings – Should You Include Reversed Cards?

There is a continual debate in the Tarot community as to whether reversed cards should be used in a reading. Primarily, the concern is for the seeker: reversed cards can appear negative or unsettling and may lead to unnecessary trains of thought. However, the key to deciding whether or not they should be used has much to do with the abilities of the interpreter.

Energy Flows

The cards themselves are used to highlight the flows of energy from and to the seeker. The cards of the Major Arcana represent the grand themes of our lives and how we interact with them, while the cards of the Minor Arcana focus those energies and make them pertinent to specific situations. Reversed cards can suggest that an energy-flow is stunted or that certain energies are working in opposition to their normal routes. For interpreters, this can mean that the meaning behind the card focuses on an area of the seeker that needs to grow or be worked on.

In many ways, explaining the meaning behind a reversed card is a question of ‘packaging’ and attitude. If you are one of those people who believes that all choices in life are simply different and each come with their own positives and negatives, then you will be able to explain the meaning in positive terms; a card may suggest that there are negative energies at play, but the decision to turn them into something positive is part of the path to inner harmony. However, there are those who believe that negative energies are malign and an explanation may only serve to worry the seeker.

The Importance of Intuition

The cards aside, the greatest gift a reader has in deciding whether or not to use reversed cards is his intuition. If you are able to form strong psychic bonds quickly, then you will be able to discern whether or not your client will respond positively to information that could be perceived as negative. If your abilities suggest that they will embrace all knowledge as a way to achieving a state of inner grace, then keep them informed. If, however, they seem to be the sort of person who might dwell or worry, then ensure that they focus only on the positive aspects of a reading.

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