Whether to use reversals in tarot
Reversals basically have their own discourse amongst readers. Some readers use them and some don’t, some use them with certain provisions (such as only using them with decks where the back of the tarot cards have a reversible design). Some readers interpret reversals as a negative or opposite meaning, some interpret reversals entirely differently. Some decks are designed for them and some are not.
I’ve found the discussion interesting even though I don’t use reversals and don’t aim to, except for with the tarot app on my phone that seems to factor in reversals in its daily draws whether I turn them off or not. My reason is twofold: because I don’t reliably turn over cards in a consistent direction or shuffle them consistently enough that I can feel the reversal has meaning, and because I gather the info on whether a card should be read negatively or with some other special emphasis via intuition instead of by whether it’s reversed. I’m always interested in how others read and how they use their tools and intuition.
Whether someone uses reversals in their readings seems to boil down to two factors:
- Do reversals increase the versatility of their decks?
- Do reversals add meaning to the reading?
If the answer to one or both is yes, you’ll probably connect well with reversals. If the answer is no, probably not. It can change from deck to deck or reading to reading. Sometimes I see people treating this issue like it’s some sort of ideological divide or they’re emotionally invested like it’s a hometown sports match, but it is really not a big deal so don’t feel pressured that you have to take a side.