my first lesson in the CC, which holds 13 cards and not the usual 10, is that card 3 is showing hinderance, and therefore always should be read as reversed. where as card 4 is a "golden opportunity card - if only just" and that one should always be read as upright.
but I call it humbug - ignorance and nonsense !!
and that goes for all rules in those books.
oh yea I very much do use reversals, and I use them as they show. if they come first, last, all or just some, I read them the way they hit the table.
Not all that crap about rules, who needs them in tarot anyway.
I've read plenty on the crossing card where it is stated that it should be read upright no matter how it comes up. But I do recall in my very first Tarot book that came with the IJJ Swiss deck, wherein it said that if the first card comes up reversed, to turn it back around and flip the remaining cards top to bottom, which has the same effect as turning the deck around.
Are we reading tarot or solving some great philosophical riddle here ??
Do what feels right, as always, if the books confuses you or make you see red
as they do for me, toss them, make up your own routine. It kicks in when you no longer are looking for a rule to cling to.
happy reversal journey