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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 08 Jul 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.



hyperborea  08 Jul 2002 
Hello to every body on using this site,

i am new to the tarot reading. My mother is being doing it for sometime now and she passed the interest on to me. But I want to figure everything out myself.

The main question I have is how do you interpret the reversed cards - I use the Marseille tartot and I flip the cards, rather than turn - this is how is feel. and thay many times come reversed.

I have two books at home and they both interpret the reversed meaning as something bad. I know from numerology and astrology that every coin has two sides - so i presume is the same with each card.

grateful for your reply.

by the way - the description of the tarot i found on this web is excellent - really makes sense- a real spiritual development.

greetings

hyperborea 


Starfish  08 Jul 2002 
Welcome to Aeclectic! This is a wonderful place to be and you will learn so much.

This is a great book about reversals (The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals)http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1567182852/ref=nosim/aeclectic/ - I totally recommend it.

:T9C Starfish 


Lee  08 Jul 2002 
Hi Hyperborea, welcome to the Aeclectic Forums! :)

There's a lot of variety in how reversed cards are interpreted. Many readers don't use them at all. Some readers interpret them negatively, as you mention. Some interpret them as not necessarily negative, but simply as the opposite of the upright card. For example, if the Empress means an emotional approach, the Empress reversed might mean an intellectual approach.

Mary Greer has just written a book called "Tarot Reversals," in which she outlines many, many different ways of looking at reversals. Sometimes it can mean you simply need to pay more attention to the card or view it from a different perspective. Or it might mean you're experiencing the card's energy in an inner, private or subconscious way. Greer suggests that before you start a reading, you decide how you'll view reversals which occur in that reading. Or, you can use your intuition and, each time a reversed card comes up, decide what reversal method you'll use for that card.

This can all seem very complicated, but it needn't be -- it can be as simple or as complicated as you wish. Personally, I feel that regarding all reversed cards as negative only makes sense if all upright cards are positive. Otherwise, if some of the upright cards and all the reversed cards are negative, then you will always have negative readings because the majority of the cards will be negative.

If you wanted to keep it simple, you might try considering all reversed cards as simply the opposite of the upright card. But definitely try different ways and see what works best for you.

-- Lee 


tigerlily  08 Jul 2002 
Personally, I interpret reversed card as the 4 R's: "repressed, regressed, rejected or restricted".

Repressed means that the quality of the card can't be accepted by the person; repression is not a conscious act, so the person is not aware that that quality resides within herself. Usually it is projected and acted out by other persons (friends, colleagues, etc.)

Rejected is almost the same, only this time the person is aware of that quality within her and suppresses it consciously. The result is a constant struggle against "temptation", a mounting energy level and instability and regular "blowing up" - when the urge/energy gets too strong, it manifests excessively and unexpectedly.

Regressed means that the quality is acted out in immature or primitive ways or is just weaker than usual.

Restricted means the energy is blocked by the unconscious and can't be accessed at all or only in a limited way. 


hyperborea  09 Jul 2002 
Dear Tigerlily,

first of all your atomatic signature put an enormous smile on my face yesterday!

ok, I like you explanation of the reversed meaning - but how do you destinguish which one to use.

thank you to all others as well. I would really like to purchase that book but i am reluctant to place orders via e-mail. I will see if I can buy it somewhere.

I have to practice and then I will see. It is difficult to use the opposit meaning always- for example with court cards- page means news - so does reversed mean NO news or bad news? Or some very postitive cards like the world or Ace of pentacles- I hate to see them reversed...

In a way I would rather see the reversed meaning meant nothing.

In one spread I use the reversed for NO and up right as yes- here this comes handy.

greetings

Hyperborea 


Starfish  09 Jul 2002 
Tigerlily -

Wonderful explanations on reversed cards. I've printed your post off and included it in my journal.

Thank you for sharing your information.

:TSTAR Starfish 


Dark Inquisitor  09 Jul 2002 
Reversals are always a puzzle, often their interpretation depends on the surrounding cards.

Here is my list:

--The opposite of the upright meaning.

--A lessening of the upright meaning.

--The qualities of the card are inner instead of outwardly directed.In that case ,for example, the 5 of Wands would mean an inner conflict instead of a dispute with others.

--Qualities of the card's energy are blocked or denied.

--The card's meaning is exaggerated, for example, instead of reversed Strength meaning weakness, it could mean being overbearing, coming on too strong. Things taken to extreme.

-- A court or major arcana card of a person reversed could stand for upset, possibly directed at the querent.

Very confusing-
Tarotphelia 


Geenius at Wrok  09 Jul 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by tigerlily
Personally, I interpret reversed card as the 4 R's: "repressed, regressed, rejected or restricted."
Outstanding summary. Did you read that somewhere or devise it yourself? 


tigerlily  09 Jul 2002 
Hyperborea: finally someone who comments on my super signature :D - perhaps it's really old, I don't know... but I chuckle everytime I read it, hehe.
To know which reversed meaning to use - well, that's partly intuition and partly cross-correlating the reversed card with other cards: the whole spread has to make a consistent story, so one or more options usually make more sense than the others. When I'm reading for myself, I usually know which one fits best, and when I read for others, I simply give them all four possible variations and ask which one makes the most sense to them. Sometimes I don't have to ask, because I simply know; I don't know then why I am so sure, I just am I think this comes with practice.

Genius: I came up with this one day when I was really frustrated with the dozens of possible interpretations for reversed cards. I thought that it should be possible to reduce them to only a few common causes, and derive the secondary manifestations (such as instability) from those. I came up with the four "R's" as a memory aid and now I'm rather proud of myself :D Thanks to all who complimented me on this :D

And let me say that I really love your new avatar! 


the hermit  09 Jul 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by tigerlily
I came up with the four "R's" as a memory aid and now I'm rather proud of myself :D Thanks to all who complimented me on this :D

And let me say that I really love your new avatar!


tigerlily:
Add my compliments to your list and stand PROUD!
Though a long time Tarot-o-holic, I've always had trouble with reversed cards.
Your solution makes great sense.
I've also ordered Mary Greer's new book on reversals.
Between the two, maybe I can get past my reversal-phobia.

Geenius:
Is that Mr. Peabody I see under the Hierophant's hat?
OR is it just... the Pope's nose?
Sorry... couldn't resist that one...
BAD HERMIT... NO Biscuit! 


Starfish  09 Jul 2002 
Hermit -

I thought that was Mr. Peabody that is Geenius' new avatar too! Yikes, are we showing our ages or what ;)?

:TSTAR Starfish 


the hermit  09 Jul 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by Starfish
Hermit -

I thought that was Mr. Peabody that is Geenius' new avatar too! Yikes, are we showing our ages or what ;)?

:TSTAR Starfish


I'm not sure if it's good or bad that we can remember these things, Starfish!
I can't remember whether or not I wrote a check or paid cash yesterday, but I can remember Mr. Peabody... it's scary some times!
:) 


hyperborea  10 Jul 2002 
Hello,

it makes so much more sense now. I feel that each reversed card has a different meaning. You all gave me some useful tools to use! at the end I will allow my 6th sense to do the work.

I wish you all very successful and blissful day.

greetings

Hyperborea 


Elmcarra  04 Mar 2005 
I have seen mary greer's tarot reversal book referenced in various threads.

I bought it at the book store last week and although I havent sat down to read it, I have picked it up for a few interpretations.

So far, its all that everyone is saying. Very helpful, even for a novice.

take good care,
elm 


SunChariot  05 Mar 2005 
hyperborea wrote:
Hello to every body on using this site,

i am new to the tarot reading. My mother is being doing it for sometime now and she passed the interest on to me. But I want to figure everything out myself.

The main question I have is how do you interpret the reversed cards - I use the Marseille tartot and I flip the cards, rather than turn - this is how is feel. and thay many times come reversed.

I have two books at home and they both interpret the reversed meaning as something bad. I know from numerology and astrology that every coin has two sides - so i presume is the same with each card.

grateful for your reply.

by the way - the description of the tarot i found on this web is excellent - really makes sense- a real spiritual development.

greetings

hyperborea



Greetings hyperborea.

In answer to your quetsion, first of all I do not believe there are any bad cards. Every message they give us to help us, to learn and become our best selves.

As for the reversed cards, this is what I was taught to do and what I still use: When a card comes up reversed it means to me that the same energy is there as in the upright card, and it will manifest itself eventually but there will be a delay before it happens, you will have to wait a little while first. Also, reversed card usually means to me that what is represented in the upright card is trying to happen but there is a blockage, usually in you, that you need to work on fixing before it can take place. Once you remove the block what is shown in the upright card will be free to manifest itself again.

Hope this makes sense and that it helps,

Bar 


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