This post is part of my 30-day tarot challenge (created by Ree @ Ephemeral Starlight). To see the rest of my posts for this challenge, please check here.
Do you do readings using reversals? Why / why not?
Usually not. To be honest, I feel like I’m still getting familiar with many of the cards, so I don’t feel comfortable trying to interpret a reversal most of the time. Occasionally, I have tried. Especially when I’ve felt motivated to challenge myself. And sometimes it’s okay.
Some decks I have (*ahem*Mary-El*ahem*) that are so giant it’s pretty much impossible for me to shuffle them like I would normally prefer. So I have to resort to swirling them around on a table (or the floor) so that they’re sufficiently mixed up. [As a side note, I don’t like shuffling this way because it is hard to collect them all back into a nice, neat stack without doing damage to the edges of the cards.] When I am forced to shuffle this way, reversed cards are pretty much inevitable.
When this happens, often times I will just ignore the reversal and read the card as if it were upright. Sometimes I will attempt to read the reversal and if I’m having a hard time with it, then I read it as if it were upright. However, I will only do that if I can “undo” all the reversed cards in the reading. Which means, if I’ve already read card 2 as a reversal, then I can’t decide I want to read card 5 as upright even though it is reversed. I’m trying to follow some rules here!