What Does it Mean When Tarot Cards are Reversed?

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oracle-cards-437688_960_720This is a question that many people ask upon seeking a Tarot card reading for the first time. While there are countless different types of Tarot decks, most consist of 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana cards, for a grand total of 78 cards. When the deck is shuffled, some of the cards will be faced upright, while others will be faced down — or reversed. So, what does it mean the majority of Tarot cards are reversed during a reading?

Tarot Cards and Energy

Before we go into the meaning behind reversed Tarot cards, it’s important to note that all Tarot cards — reversed or not — symbolize energy. All forms of life consist of energy, from microscopic bacteria to large mammals. Tarot readings are intended to reveal the collective energy in a situation or event. This event may have already occurred, it may be occurring, or it may occur at some point in the future. Regardless, a Tarot reading reveals the energy about a particular situation.

During a Tarot reading, the client’s life force is imprinted on the cards, as the cards capture his or her energy levels as they correspond to the event. Reversed Tarot cards are unique because they have a contrasting meaning when compared to normal, upright cards.

Reversed Cards: What You Should Know

When Tarot cards are upright, it represents free-flowing energy, which is a good thing! Energy that’s allowed to flow freely and unrestricted promotes good health and well-being. But when energy becomes stagnant, it can lead to negative forces. Reversed cards are indicative of either negative energy or energy that’s not developed to its fullest extent. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a reading in which the majority of Tarot cards are reversed is a bad omen, but rather the energy hasn’t evolved to its full form.

Should you be concerned when reversed cards emerge during a Tarot reading? Not necessarily, as you need to identify the overall meaning behind the reading. The up-or-down position of the Tarot cards simply represents energy levels. It doesn’t reveal true meaning of the reading.

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