Today, we’ve a good question set by Ree at 78Keys. The question is thus: Do you do readings using reversals? Why or why not? I don’t tend to use reversals, but if by fate, chance or sheer dumb luck, a card comes up in a deck reversed, I do now pay attention. It never used to be that way. Here’s my little story about reversals.
When I was learning, I found that the reversals depressed me. I couldn’t get the hang of the upright meanings, never mind the reversals. When a card that I was pulling for the day was reversed, I got sad, depressed, fed up: angry almost. It took a while to break free of that mentality and it was a comment on the TABI Yahoo! threads that convinced me to take the few decks I had at the time and put them all the “right way up”. This for me, was a Tower moment. The time I cleared away my negativity, the dark clouds.
Now, if and when a reversed card comes up, I do now at least understand what it might mean. The Wildwood though, doesn’t have or wasn’t created with reversals in mind. It’s Shamanistic qualities and meanings make that a little difficult, but it can be done.
So what does a reversed card mean? It can be the opposite of the upright position. It can imply a blockage or a hurdle to jump and overcome. Think of a blockage as sticking your head in the sand and singing the Muppet song, with your rear end very exposed. The Blasted Oak Reversed, for example (since we have that fellow up) would be that you’re not getting out of your comfort zone, that you’re quite comfortable where you are and you’re not going to be affected by things happening around you. How that materialises depends on the cards around this Major, it may be a good thing, if you’re asking about redundancies, or not, if you’re asking about moving house but doing nothing to aid the sale. Each card, whilst they work on their own, work better when they’re telling a story.
That’s what I do: I help you find the answers you need. You however, have the shoes on your feet, the pathways before you: What happens afterwards is up to you!