The Significance of Reversed Tarot Cards In Tarot Readings

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The Magician reversed. (Photo credit: jessica mullen)

There tends to be an overall apprehension when interpreting reversed tarot card meanings in Tarot readings. Typically, many Tarot readers and reference books tend to believe reversed card positions are more negative in nature. What people fail to recognize, however, is that reversed cards often provide us with the solutions that we have been seeking. They reveal what behaviors we must become aware of and, in some cases, reference important influences we may not necessarily been conscious of. They always encourage a shift in one’s perspective. 

All of the cards have unique reversed meanings which are subject to interpretations. Some people find this particularly uncomfortable due their off-putting associations. However, more often than not, reversed cards tend to reveal important clues to our current challenges and situations. In Tarot readings, they reveal delays, frustrations, misdirected energy and uncertainty. Discovering why you may be experiencing such obstacles certainly helps you explore the areas you need to change. More importantly, they can help you as a Tarot reader; giving you guidance as to how you might help those you are reading for. They serve as wake up calls and disclose the areas in which someone may need to pay closer attention.


In most Tarot readings, reversed cards tend to also highlight blocked energy. Often they represent the areas in which growth is being prohibited. The true question lies in what one must do to work through these blocks. Energetic blocks tend to come from one’s emotions, psychology, past trauma, or spiritual stagnation. We all have them and they are there to encourage us to find our own inner harmony and balance. Energetic blocks serve a purpose. In some cases they protect us from information we are not ready to process and, in other cases, they are there to protect us from getting hurt. Working through them can be a daunting process, but it always a necessary one. In the end they teach us about our own selves and help us discover who we really are.


Another important aspect to reversed cards is their associations to our pasts. In Tarot readings, reversed cards can reveal past issues that we have not worked through or let go of. This is particular true for Tarot readings that deal with the influences of one’s past. In these cases card reversals tend to reveal where one’s past is hindering their desired outcome. The most common occurrence of such issues is in love tarot readings. Relationships, in general, struggle with the projections of one’s past. When there are card reversals in love Tarot readings, it usually pertains to the influence of one’s experiences from past relationships. Fear is the underlying root for the majority of our relationship issues. Reversed cards can reveal the source of theses fears and can help one overcome their apprehension and defensiveness within their relationships.


Finally, reversed cards can disclose one’s own level of inner conflict. In Tarot readings, reversed cards can emphasize where we feel incongruent. They can also highlight were we have internalized our problems. These issues typically involve the unresolved emotions that we continue to struggle with throughout our life times. By becoming aware of our own inner conflicts, we can discover the areas in our lives that we wish to change or master. We can learn to identify the path of the heart; our sense of purpose and belonging in this world.


Even though reversed cards may appear to have negative connotations, they truly are our beacons of light. They always remind us to look outside of the ordinary. In most cases, reversed cards are the doorways to inner knowledge. They always provide us the answer we need to move beyond our limitations.


About the Author


Carolyn Naiman is a professional Tarot reader and the Webmaster of She has a Masters in Psychology and has been a Tarot advisor since 1998.


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