Tarot

To Reverse or Not to Reverse Tarot Cards

As all we know, a Tarot deck consists of 78 cards. These are split into the 22 cards of the Major Arcana and the 56 cards of the Minor Arcana.

The course of the life is reflected in these 78 cards. The range is from major life events such as birth, adolescence and even death, to all events of life as the love, the family, health, spirituality and finances.

The Major Arcana can be viewed as a path, starting in childhood and ending with final illumination and revelation at the end of the life. An alternative view of the Major Arcana, popular in times past, regards it as the complete view of life and the society where we live.

Every card can be viewed as having a positive or a negative significance and a card should be read as part of a spread to provide an depth picture.
I do not read reversed cards as negative or the opposite of its traditional meaning as I think that the deck is perfectly balanced as it is.

The position is already a way to know the negative or positive aspect of the arcana has to be read.

As you lay out the cards, if some of them come up reversed, simply turn them right side up and continue with the reading.

Reversed cards add a point of confussion to the largest spreads. How do you interprete the Hanged Man inverse? What do you read on a Celtic Cross with a lot of reversal cards? I read the cards as pages of a great book, the book of the life.

How do you read the page of a book reversed? Can you do it?

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