tarot reversal

Tarot Reversals

Tarot reversals have never felt right on an intuitive level. When shuffling the Rider Waite Tarot deck, if the upside down card appears, I simply note that a little more care is needed in the message of that card – which is dependent on the surrounding cards. Many readers feel this way, but many do not.

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During my early years of readings, browsing through articles and online groups revealed an interesting dilemma, that does not seem as prevalent today. There was definitely a division among readers who read reversals and readers who do not.

Readers who love reading with reversals do so adamantly, and that is fine. Every reader intuitively discovers their own routine. Yet, sometimes, especially in the past, reversal readers (some of them) would attempt to shame non-reversal readers. I get it, change is hard, but no one is asking them to change. Yet the times are changing.

You can imagine how justified I felt, upon discovering an interesting tidbit on the origination of Tarot reversals.  I no longer feel compelled to explain why I do not use them.

Tarot reversals were not part of the original readings. They were added later.

Traditionally reversed card meanings were not used much in Tarot reading until after the ground-breaking Rider-Waite deck incorporated them. Reversals were introduced by Etteilla, who published the first material on cartomancy reversals in 1770 – using a deck of 32 cards, perhaps influencing Madam Lenormand. Reversals are not an option with several decks on this site simply because the artist did not intend for their creation to be read using reversals, so they did not write reversed meanings.   TarotSmith.com/Spreads

As you can see, the original reversals were intended for a smaller deck of only 32 cards, which makes more sense. However, it does make sense that so many readers continue to use them with the Rider Waite deck.


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