Reversed Cards

When you shuffle the tarot cards, they often end up facing in different directions. Now you are ready to learn more about reversed cards and what they have to offer.

Each tarot card symbolizes a particular energy, and a tarot reading shows the collective energies that make up a situation. When you do a reading, your actions and intentions align the energies of the moment with the cards to form a picture.

At any given moment, these energies will be at different levels.

Lesson 17 tarot, tarot lessons, tarot cardsWhen a card is upright, its energy is free to manifest. When a card is reversed, its energy is not fully developed. The qualities of the card are present, at least in potential, but they can't express completely.

The Sun's energy is just what you would imagine - expansive and enlightening. You feel confident and successful. Now is your chance to shine. A reversed Sun shows this same energy is present, but at a lower level.

Lesson 17 tarot, tarot lessons, tarot cardsThe Empress reversed once appeared in a reading for a man who wanted to know if he and his wife might have a child. This card showed that the energy of mothering and birth was present. This pregnancy was blocked.

Lesson 17 tarot, tarot lessons, tarot cardsThe Three of Swords represents the energy of heartbreak and betrayal. If this card is upright, hurtful feelings are a feature of the situation. Reversed, they are also present, but reduced. Perhaps the intensity of a painful episode is fading, or you are feeling lonely, but just a little.

Sometimes a card is reversed even though you are experiencing a high level of its energy.

Lesson 17 tarot, tarot lessons, tarot cardsYou have drawn the Seven of Wands reversed in a reading about being pressured to do something you don't want to do. This card represents defiance. Since you are being pushed against your will, you are probably feeling defiant in this situation. The Seven of Wands reversed suggests that you try to subdue your strong emotions.

Lesson 17 tarot, tarot lessons, tarot cardsThe meaning of a reversed card sometimes comes from a twist in the usual interpretation. In this sense, the Emperor reversed could show a powerful authority figure toppled from his throne. The Ten of Wands reversed might remind you to get out from under burdensome responsibilities. It's surprising how often such meanings apply, but you can't force them. Lesson 17 tarot, tarot lessons, tarot cards

Lesson 17 tarot, tarot lessons, tarot cardsIt's helpful to look at the proportion of reversed and upright cards in a reading. When many cards are upright, all your energies are expressing freely and powerfully. The overall situation is well developed, and your purpose is clear. When many cards are reversed, your energies are low, and the situation is not clearly defined. You may lack direction or feel blocked, discouraged and restricted. Lesson 17 tarot, tarot lessons, tarot cards

I encourage you to try using reversed cards. When you feel ready, state out loud your intention to use them.

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