Day #17 & 18
Questions: Do you read cards in reversals and do you feel a connection to the cards?
Reading cards in reversal means that the card would be upside down at the time it lands in the spread, and there would be a different meaning of it as a result. Tarot cards originated as a card game similar to bridge in Northern Italy, and there may have been cards in reversal in the game.
As a teacher, I like to present visual materials that are right side up. As a professional reader, I avoid complicated verbal interpretations. Therefore, I am not a fan of reading reversals. During a professional reading, some Tarot readers are purely psychic and it does not matter in what direction the cards fall nor even if the client looks at the cards. This would decrease the need for the cards to be upright.
I prefer to throw the cards upright and then encourage the client to remember the image of the card as they work on the meaning of it after the reading is over. There is a lot of value in the client’s taking some inner work home with them.
About “connection,” I do feel that my deck has become a magical object that is attuned to my development, both as a person and as a reader for others.