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Reversed Cards in Tarot: Understanding the Hidden Meanings

A reversed Tarot card is a card that is drawn in the "face-down" position during a tarot reading, as opposed to the traditional "face-up" position. It's meaning is often interpreted as opposite or more challenging than the upright position. The interpretation of a reversed card is somewhat different from an upright card, but it is important to take the card's position into consideration when interpreting the reading. Some Tarot readers use reversed cards and others don't, it depends on the reader's preference.

Reversed cards in Tarot can add a new layer of depth and meaning to your readings. 

A reversed card can indicate that the energy represented by the card is being blocked or hindered in some way. It can indicate an obstacle or a challenge that needs to be overcome in order to manifest the card's energy. For example, the reversed Tower card can indicate that the querent is facing a major upheaval or crisis, but they are not yet ready to accept the change or transformation that is being offered.

the magician tarot card in reverse on a black background with flames reaching up

Reversed Tarot cards can also indicate an internal struggle or a lack of balance in the querent's life. For example, the reversed Lovers card can indicate that the querent is having difficulty in making a decision or in committing to a relationship. The reversed Hermit card can indicate that the querent is having difficulty in finding inner peace or in connecting with their intuition.

The reversed Emperor card can indicate that the querent is having difficulty in taking control of their life or in asserting their authority. The reversed Star card can indicate that the querent is having difficulty in having faith and trust in themselves and the universe.

It's important to keep in mind that reversed cards aren't always negative, they may indicate a different aspect of the card, or that the energy is being internalized. As always, it's important to use the cards in conjunction with other forms of self-exploration, such as journaling, therapy, or meditation and to remember that the Tarot is a tool for guidance and self-reflection, and the meaning of the cards can vary depending on the context of the reading and the individual reader.

As a reader, it's important to be aware of reversed cards, and to interpret them in context with the whole reading and the question asked by the querent.

Do you read reversed Tarot cards? Why/ why not? How do you interpret them? Let us know in the comments section below. We would love to hear your thoughts!

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