Tarot reversals are one of those tricky subjects when it comes to reading. You either like them or you don’t. Some use them and some prefer not. Ultimately whether used or not is a personal decision based on what resonates with the individual and their reading strengths. For many, however, there is a certain stigma that reversals are negative or dark. There is a common assumption that a reversed Tarot card automatically means the opposite of the upright position. Each of these may hold certain truths but they are far from universal.
In my readings I have always employed reversals as I feel that they add dimension and depth to a reading. They give a full picture reading, something I feel is my job to do with each client. I am going to go through my top three reasons why using reversals in a reading is a beneficial practice.
Not all reversals are negative.
The assumption that a reversal is dark or dreary is one that I wish to dispel first and foremost. In many cases a reversal can tell us when a tough time is ending. For example seeing the Tower reversed indicates that a foundation was shaken but not destroyed. The three of swords reversed indicates that a painful time is slowly coming to a close and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps one of my favorite is the five of pentacles reversed. This card when upright is actually a very dreary and upsetting card for many but when reversed it indicates a time when tough times are coming to a close and things are beginning to look better and better! Though there are certainly some reversals which can indicate a tough time ahead in many cases reversals can act as an empowering guide to keep moving forward as tough times are nearly over!
There are two sides to every story.
Not using reversals, to my, is tantamount to giving only half a reading. Precious little in life is singular or one sided. When giving a reading that only uses upright cards we miss out on an even deeper awareness fostered when we take a look at the other side of the coin. For example a client came to as she was looking for insight on how to best progress towards new love. In the advice position of the reading was the King of Pentacles reversed. This particular position/card combination was exceptionally telling when employing the reversed position the card naturally came in. It told me that she was feeling stuck in a rut, that life had become more about what needs to be done than what she would like to do. Her chuckle told me that I was spot on in my interpretation but imagine if I had not used that reversal! Upright it’s all about sticking with the tried and true and taking a pragmatic approach. In this case the reversal told us exactly what was needed for her to get new love-get out of her rut! The upright position would have been quite inaccurate.
Life is not all sunshine and rainbows.
I understand that delivering not so happy news is a difficult task; but it’s not our job to fill client’s heads with fantasy of utopia. It is our job to guide them and help prepare them. I’m not sure about you but life is a tad unpredictable at times. There are ups and downs and a certain ebb and flow to all of life. Dealing with unfortunate events and potential obstacles comes with the territory of living and in my opinion the territory of reading. Reversals may sometimes portend events that a client may not wish to go through or encounter but what is more beneficial? That they are filled with a pretty packaged half-truth of what is ahead or that they understand the full scope and thus are better able to prepare themselves? To be foretold is to be forewarned; whether that is maintaining a path towards a desirable outcome or shifting one to avert an undesirable outcome. A client is not able to prepare themselves or to make educated decisions within their lives if they are spoon fed fantasy of everything coming up roses at all times.
Reversals have been a very valuable tool in my career as a professional Tarot reader. While some may continue to feel uncomfortable with their use it’s important to understand the value that they can bring to a session for both reader and client. These are just a few of the reasons why I use reversals but I encourage you to explore them on your own. While you may not necessarily adopt using them in your readings you could certainly find that there is something to gain for you personally through delving into their wonderful energies.