To Reverse or Not Reverse – That is the Question?!
Added at 15:52 on 17 February 2022
What should you do with reversed cards if you just don't understand it all?
The issue of reversing Tarot cards can greatly confuse those new to Tarot, as well as those more experienced.
It is worth noting that when Tarot started, they simply were not an issue, and using reversed cards is not needed. Once you have a grasp on the cards you can then see that they stand up well on their own upright. So, using reversed cards is a matter of choice.
I advise those new or those who are confused by reversed cards to just leave them be. If a card gets turned upside down, just pop it up the right way. I never went near reversed cards for a decade, there is no rush.
If you imagine going to a party where you need to get to know and understand every person there, and there are 78 people! how long do you think it will take? Each person needs a relationship built with them to understand who they are and at the start, you may only be able to remember one thing about them or connect a single word to them – such as the one with the green eyes, blue top, new shoes, the weird one etc ... yet even that will take time … now imagine 156 people. Too much right?!
If you use reversed cards, you will have 156 relationships to build. If you are struggling, confused, or just not getting to grips with the tarot and you’re trying to use reversed cards, just leave that aspect to one side. You can always come back to it later.
Confusion with such issues can lead students to leave Tarot behind.
Don’t overload your senses, focus on the 78 relationships within the upright, you will lose nothing from doing so, but you may gain some confidence.
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Understanding Tarot by Pam Richards