Whether you’re doing a tarot reading yourself or watching as someone reads your tarot for you, you may notice that some cards are reversed when they’re turned over.
When a card is reversed it can have a different meaning to one that is laid down ‘correctly’. A reversed card often suggests that the card’s original meaning is weakened or has an unusual twist. Let’s take a look at how some tarot cards can have different meanings when reversed.
An upright Sun suggests a future of energy, spirit and enlightening. You feel confident and successful and this is your chance to shine. A reversed Sun, however, suggests that although there is the potential for vitality, it’s reduced or limited in some way. You may feel low in enthusiasm and suffer from a lack of energy and zest. Perhaps you’re keen to embark on a new challenge or rewarding path but you’re also feeling worried and as though something is holding you back.
The Three Swords
The Three of Swords represents heartbreak and betrayal. Upright, hurt may be on the horizon. Reversed, negativity and sadness may also be present but at a reduced rate. Perhaps an upsetting event is soothed with the help of a loved one. Or maybe the death of an elderly family member is eased with the birth of a new family member. You still feel grief for the loss of your loved one but you can find comfort in the fact that they made way for new life.
The Three Swords is certainly not a positive card to receive, but if it’s reversed it could be a sign of silver linings to a negative situation. Although there is pain ahead, you’ll be able to deal with it and will come out fighting.
Usually, The Emperor is a respected figure who protects and defends others. He’s wise and willing to share his knowledge while providing those that look up to him with advice. However, a reversed Emperor could suggest that a powerful authority is causing destruction or upset among those around them. The Emperor may be using their power for bad rather than good. In some cases, a reversed Emperor tarot could suggest that this figure has become weakened or is about to fall from their throne and position of power.
The Nine of Cups
The Nine of Cups is traditionally a card of satisfaction and wishes. When reversed it could indicate that you may struggle to make your wishes materialise and may feel disappointed as a result.
However, this certainly isn’t a sign that your dreams won’t come true. Perhaps you’re aiming for unrealistic goals or you’re not working hard enough to pursue the things you want. Rather than taking a reversed Nine of Cups as a negative card, see it as a card of encouragement.
The Fool tarot card is typically representative of potential, new beginnings and innocence. This card can be a suggestion that you have high potential that you’re yet to fill. However, when reversed it suggests you may be behaving in a reckless or irresponsible manner. Perhaps you’re so focussed on living in the moment that you’re failing to plan ahead and prepare for the future. Although being present is certainly important, by completely shying away from forward-thinking, you’re likely to struggle to progress.
Reversed, this card also warns you to be wary of situations where you may be taken advantage of or led astray.
Some people choose not to read reversed tarots and instead simply turn them around to face the same direction as the other cards once. So it’s completely up to you which method you approach. However, you may obtain a more accurate reading if you acknowledge the significance of reverse tarot cards.