Hello!! I'm new to the path and I would like to know if anyone knows when you do any spread in the tarot if reverse and upright layout makes a difference and why?

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The teacher I have doesn't believe in reversed readings, and as a lightworker I prefer to just turn them right side up and read in a positive reading. ..... just another opinion:)

Reversals will only make a difference to your reading if you choose that they will prior to laying out your cards. Why? Because the cards are an extension of you and if you don't recognize a part of yourself, you will only be confused by it when you discover it.

I believe that the major arcana have no reversals. The minor do. Kabbalistically speaking, the major arcana represent the Spheres on the Tree of Life. The Spheres are stagnant. They don't change. They just are what they are. The minor arcana represent the paths on the Tree of Life, and those paths are always changing. That's why you'll notice that in a lot of books, there are no reversals for the major arcana. Of course, this is just if you use a traditional deck. With oracle decks or non-traditional decks, I would go with your intuition. Rather than go into the Kabbalistic aspects in detail here, read this, if you like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot. You'll find more information about what I'm referring to under Occult Tarot Decks in the link. If you really understand the Qabalah, you can discover more depth of meaning in modern decks just by looking at color. The Tree of Life is a map of the universe, so, the idea is that you can look at the forces of the universe by consulting the tarot. We're part of the universe, of course, and a microcosm of it ... but that's what we are. A microcosm. Not all of it. Just my opinion though :) 

Thanks both of you for the info.

Thank you!! i'll have to find info regarding the kabbala!

Pier said:

I believe that the major arcana have no reversals. The minor do. Kabbalistically speaking, the major arcana represent the Spheres on the Tree of Life. The Spheres are stagnant. They don't change. They just are what they are. The minor arcana represent the paths on the Tree of Life, and those paths are always changing. That's why you'll notice that in a lot of books, there are no reversals for the major arcana. Of course, this is just if you use a traditional deck. With oracle decks or non-traditional decks, I would go with your intuition. Rather than go into the Kabbalistic aspects in detail here, read this, if you like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot. You'll find more information about what I'm referring to under Occult Tarot Decks in the link. If you really understand the Qabalah, you can discover more depth of meaning in modern decks just by looking at color. The Tree of Life is a map of the universe, so, the idea is that you can look at the forces of the universe by consulting the tarot. We're part of the universe, of course, and a microcosm of it ... but that's what we are. A microcosm. Not all of it. Just my opinion though :) 



Pier said:

I believe that the major arcana have no reversals.  

Like books about wicca, the stale, oft retold same three ideas tirelessly repeated over and over and over and over, the author attempting to cast new insight upon that which has been previously beaten to death...

All cards have reversal values. Do not think that a reversal is an opposite, think of it rather as how the card is approached. Never think empirically, nor accept information that is offered that way, rather think for yourself and allow what feels right to stick to you while rejecting the rest.

That is why I said that was just my opinion. The same way that all cards having reversal values is another person's opinion. I didn't mean to imply, although it does read that way, that you shouldn't use your intuition *in addition* to a strong knowledge base. Yes, there is intuition, but there are also patterns that repeat. It just seems if you are only reading from the book OR only reading from intuition, then you're leaving one large part out. I don't know how to teach someone to use their intuition with readings in a quick message like this, but I do know how to direct to a knowledge base. The more you read, the more you understand how to use your intuition to read effectively, imho. I am really not trying to tell anyone how to think, empirically or otherwise. I'm most definitely not trying to cast new insight on this stuff. It's the same old thing. But intuition is the same old thing, too. It's all just a place to start.

As a side note: most books on Wicca only reach to Gardner, or else there would be more ideas. But that's a pretty stale idea too ....

I think that the tarot course I wrote and published is in the download database here. It is not end all, be all, but it may cast some ideas on card interpretation.

Personally, I believe reversed cards in a spread (upside down) means a delay in the outcome, rather than the opposite of the usual card meaning.  A deviation in the route.  An unexpected complication.  Arriving by means un-anticipated.  Surprize.  Duplicity.  Something hidden and not as it appears to be.  Distraction.  Deviation.  Extra time taken to achieve that which is normally achieved quickly.  Extra cost involved with the price is usually cheap.  And so on...

For me, any and all spreads in tarot are liable for reversals. I am used to reversals and it is my personal preference to read cards in reversals (if they come out that way) because I feel that it is right to me.

Reversals mean that the energy/potential of the card is 'blocked' or something is keeping it from reaching to the full potential (which would be uprights). I would usually read it as the querent having to think deeply about undoing a block in their life or to take into account a potential threat if they continue the same behavior (for example, a reversed Ten of Swords may be interpreted as blooming into full potential, or turning upright, if my querent continues in a behavior that would put in them a dangerous spot in his life - say, drinking their finances away). As is my core belief, tarot is a tool - and not a layout set in stone.

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