Interpreting Reversed Cards Like A Pro

Interpreting Reversed Cards

The dreaded reversed cards! 

For some reason or another, there seems to be a dark cloud hovering over the reversed cards. They’ve picked up this negative association through no fault of their own. We’ve all felt it. We’ve turned over a card in our readings, seen that it’s reversed and all of a sudden we’re overcome with a feeling of dread. So, why is that?

It could be that many people interpret reversed cards to mean the polar opposite of the uprights. It could be that many people interpret reversed cards as the negative counterpart to the upright cards. Or, is our fear of pulling reversed cards down to the fact that they’re a little harder to interpret than the upright cards?

We’re all familiar with upright cards, we know how to interpret them. Reversed cards are a little more difficult to decipher. 

But, that shouldn’t stop you from using them. Reversed cards can bring diversity and an extra level of insight into your readings, and this can make all the difference. Don’t be scared to pull those upside down cards. Embrace them! 

I’m going to show how to overcome the fear of reversed cards and use them to your advantage instead! 

 

Too Much Energy

During a tarot reading, the cards will pick up on any energy that you’re handing out. And when your energy is on over-drive and is unbalanced the cards can tell instantly. One way to look at upright cards is that they represent a balance in your energy. This means that reversed cards represent an imbalance in your energy. The cards in reversed can indicate that there is too much energy coursing through your body, and you know what they say, too much of a good thing is often bad.

For example, the Fool card in reverse can indicate a need for new beginnings that have caused you to become reckless and impulsive on your choices - too much energy.

So, whereas the card meaning remains the same as the upright meaning, the reversed card suggests that the queer thing is going a bit overboard and taking things a little too far. 

How To Interpet

When you next draw a reversed card, study it carefully and see what comes through. Now, ask yourself ‘am I applying too much energy into this? Have I been acting recklessly or without abandon?’

To summarise, upright cards are about balanced energy in your life, but reversed cards focus on an imbalance, especially when it comes to overdoing it.

 

Too Little Energy  

This interpretation works very similar to the above, just with little energy rather than a lot of energy. Whereas upright cards represent a balance in your energy, the reversed cards can indicate that there is not enough energy being applied to certain situation or coursing through your body at all. This can cause lack of achievement and success, and can also cause psychological damage in the short term.

For example, the Fool card in reverse can indicate a need for new beginnings but you have a tendency to lack commitment and give up on projects without carrying them through to the end - lack of energy.

So, whereas the card meaning remains the same as the upright meaning, the reversed card suggests that the querent is not putting enough energy into their tasks and personal growth.  

How To Interpet

When you next draw a reversed card, study it carefully and see what comes through. Now, ask yourself ‘am I applying enough energy into this? Have I been lazy or preoccupied?’

To summarise, upright cards are about balanced energy in your life, but reversed cards focus on an imbalance, especially when it comes to not doing enough.

 

 

Internal/External Energy

Tarot cards embody the different energies within and around us. For example, the intuitive energy of the High Priestess, the abundant energy of the Empress and the destructive energy of the Devil.  

When a tarot card is in its upright position, it represents external energy. This is energy that we express outwardly. It’s the energy that we put out into the world through communication, actions or vibrations. This energy affects our external life - our relationships, work, situations and surrounding environment. 

When a tarot card is in a reversed position, it represents internal energy. This is energy that is within us. It’s the energy that we keep inside us, without communication or expression. It’s hidden to the outside world. This energy only affects our internal life - thoughts and emotions.

How To Interpret 

When you next draw a reversed card, turn it around and study it. Don’t think about it as a reversed card, just study it as you usually would and see what comes through. Now, turn that meaning around on yourself. Instead of thinking about how it affects you externally, think of how that card affects you internally. 

To summarise, upright cards are about what’s going on around you, but reversed cards focus entirely on you and what’s going on within you. 

 

Blocked Energy

We all know about blockages within ourselves and how they can affect our progress through the journey of life. When our energy is blocked it can hold us back from expressing ourselves the way we want and need to. 

Reversed cards in your tarot reading can indicate blockages in your energy and give you the appropriate guidance to overcome those blockages by bringing awareness and pointing you in the right direction. It can often be difficult to know where the blockage is coming from, therefore it can be difficult to deal with the problem. A reversed card will give you more insight into this blockage and give you the necessary advice to overcome it. 

For example, the Fool in reverse can indicate that you are looking for a fresh start, a new adventure in your life but there’s currently something blocking you from finding that new beginning. 

If you’re finding it difficult to understand where the blockage is coming from with that card, draw another one. Ask the tarot ‘what is currently blocking me from experiencing new things?’. The next card should give you a better idea of what’s going on. 

 How To Interpret

When you next draw a reversed card, turn it around and study it. Don’t think about it as a reversed card, just study it as you usually would and see what comes through. Ask your intuition what blockages it may be hinting at. Think about the upright meaning and ask yourself what is standing in the way of reaching that meaning. 

To summarise, upright cards are about flowing energy, but reversed cards focus on energy blockages.


I hope this post helps you understand reversed cards a little better and improves your interpretation of reversed cards! What methods do you use to interpret reversed cards? Please let me know in the comments below!

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