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taj
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posted March 31, 2003 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for taj     Edit/Delete Message
How do you interpret reversed cards in a reading?
Not many are in agreement about it.

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moth
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posted March 31, 2003 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moth     Edit/Delete Message
...the action/event will be delayed, slowed, don't push it and if it is a person, that person is trickier, maybe not to be trusted, another side.

These are just MY personal interpretations of a reversed card. There are probably as many variations in opinions on this as there are cards!

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Aselzion
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posted March 31, 2003 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aselzion     Edit/Delete Message
Hello there taj...

Reversals... an interesting question and one I think that is handled differently by every Tarot reader.

Personally, I have a different meaning for almost every card... in some cases the reversal does just that, it Re-verses the meaning. In other cases, the reversal amplifies the upright meaning, and in some cases the reversal means the same thing, but is different by a matter of degree.

I think you must look at the PICTURE on your particular deck, and see what it LOOKS like when it is upright... now, what does it LOOK like reversed? Does this change the feeling you get from the card?

I know some readers that get good results, and never read with a reversed meaning... I just personally feel that if a card means one thing UPRIGHT, it should take on a different meaning when reversed... it gives more information, in my mind than simply reading the cards upright.

What do you other knowflakes think?

Blessings...
A

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moth
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posted March 31, 2003 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moth     Edit/Delete Message
Hello, me again. I agree that reversed cards should be read, that they do provide additional information, as you said. It's EASIER to read all upright cards, but in the past when I tried this, a reversed card would always slip in there from time to time anyway--telling me that reversed cards are supposed to occur, so deal with it. Consequently, I read them as they fall (upright, reversed, falling out of the deck, flying across the room, etc.).

I'm not an expert on reversed cards and don't remember every single written interpretation, so I basically do as you have mentioned, knowing what the upright card signifies, what does the card in reverse look and "feel" like --and I go from there. Since the tarot has so much symbolism in the card pictures, I find you almost have to go with that "feeling" a lot of the time in order to interpret the story of the cards.

I've been reading for several years and I'm STILL learning.

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shamrock227
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posted March 31, 2003 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for shamrock227     Edit/Delete Message
Personally, I try to read without reversals. The tarot comes so well equipped with positive and negative meanings already that I find it is not necessary (and, easier for me). Sometimes, cards do get in there reversed and I do read them as they fall (i.e. I read them reversed, i don't flip them over). I figure if they took the trouble to flip over, they mean it

Same goes for anyone who jumps out of the deck while I'm shuffling. They mean it So I read them as a part of the overall reading.

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taj
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posted April 01, 2003 02:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for taj     Edit/Delete Message
hello all,
your responses are very helpful, thanks.

conclusion:
a different meaning from upright= they sever, veer (away)
should be read because they might provide additional info = they serve
for what's it worth, they REV things up

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Aphrodite
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posted April 02, 2003 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aphrodite     Edit/Delete Message
i read reversals in context with what other cards are in the reading. i do not practice fixed definitions.

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