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Reversed Card Interpretations.

Questions often arise about the importance that should be placed when reading "reversed" (upside-down) cards. There are several schools of thought on this matter. Some books dealing with Tarot go into great lengths describing the alternate meanings of a card when it is reversed. Others have a brief mention about them, usually stating simply that the card should be read as being the opposite of it's upright meaning. Still others prefer not to touch on the subject at all, stating as their reasons that reversed cards are either too negative or too trivial a matter. Personally, I use reversed interpretations. Not all reversals are negative, in fact some are rather more desirable than the upright meaning. I think they help to add an extra nuance to the meanings of the cards. The best course of action is to rely on your own judgment or instinct about the situation/querent. This usually works out for the best. Remember that round cards have not only a reverse side, but also a left and a right side. When a card comes up in the reverse, be in tune to your feelings about that card. The most important thing is to try not to let your own desire for a certain answer color your interpretation.


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