The cards respond to your intentions and so will work whether you use reversed cards or not. For years I did not read upsidedown cards, but turned them all upright, and was perfectly happy doing so. For short readings at fairs I still often read the cards upright. However, I have come to find reversals very significant, only not according to the fixed interpretations in books, which are often negative and judgmental. I think beginners can benefit by using only upright cards until they know and understand the fundamental meanings and subtle nuances of the cards.
I think of reversed cards as "tagged," showing me that they are not operating as usual. It is as if they were saying, "pay attention here -- I'm not doing the obvious thing." First I turn the card upright and suggest some basic interpretations, or I have the client simply describe the card. Then I try out several of the following modifications until something begins to make sense -- that "ah-ha" feeling:
Several, or all, of the above options may be functioning in any one reversed card. We are not talking about simple solutions here. Look to see if a particular point of view is supported by other cards. For instance, the Hanged Man could support the idea of delay. Ask the client what seems most likely.
Make a list of other reversed card concepts until you find ones that make the most sense. Look for what will add the greatest depth and insight to your readings.
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