3 Tarot Articles
Reversed Cards
Readings Are Like Roadmaps
14 Steps For Interpreting the -BIG PICTURE
                      by James A. Hamilton

Personally I generally try to avoid using reversed cards if at all possible. Before each reading I make sure that the cards are all upright, if a card appears reversed during the course of my reading as sometimes they inevitably it will I may interpret it as an energy blockage but I usually disregard it. This as with anything concerning the Tarot is a matter of personal preference. Just remember that reversed cards are not simply the opposite meaning of its upright interpretation as some references seem to indicate. It is better compared to the retrograde motion of a Planet in Astrology, the influences of this Planet (card) are often turned inwards thus the outward expression tends to be somewhat awkward. A reversed card is not fully expressing itself to its greatest potential.

A method that you can employ to interpret reversed cards is to lay another card over the reversed card to reveal how the energy can be allowed to flow freely. This will determine what characteristics need to be developed to overcome the blockage or perhaps the blockage itself. If the reversed card is The Tower for instance it could indicate that you are suffering from a powerfully internal transformation. Your inner foundations are crumbling and your values are being challenged slain and overcome. This is in contrast to its upright position where it could indicate external transformation. You could then do another reading to see how this inner conflict could best be resolved and what qualities are required to overcome the adversity.

Remember that reversed cards often represent that we are unable to deal with the energies of the card and thus it is manifests internally. Spiritual readers may also see this to be representative of karmic challenges resulting from previous reincarnations. Reversed cards can also be viewed as a stalemate point of soul growth that must be worked through in order to evolve to your next challenges.


(Explaining to the querent)

"Before we get started I'd like to explain what it is I do. I'll be using my Tarot cards & my psychic abilities to tune into you. I will be focusing primarily on the next 30 days of your life -(using 12 house Astrology spread)- to see where you'll be heading if you continue to travel along the path that you are currently on. My reading of the cards is similar to having powerful binoculars which enables me to see the road miles ahead to check for potential obstacles and road blocks. In this way we can suggest & prepare alternative solutions to reroute you on to a side road thus circumventing any potential conflicts.

Naturally, there are problems in your life right now everyone has them to some extent...some major.. most minor. The minor issues can be likened to a slow leak in your car's tire. You realize that the problem exists & to temporarily fix it you occasionally pull into the gas station to fill it with air. Soon you'll probably get it repaired or replaced...not a huge worry but more of an aggravation. Then there are the major issues like job & relationship security which can be likened to driving along & suddenly BANG!

You've just blown the tire. If you elect to keep driving you'll ruin your axle & damage your car...& possibly your life & the life of the car's occupants. Ignoring the problem tends to only makes matters worse. If you choose to pull off to the side of the road to seek assistance & repair in the end it will save you a great deal of time, money, & frustration. This reading is such assistance...on the road of life you've chosen to pull over to ask for directions rather than blindly following the traffic. You want to take personal responsibility for your future. Now that you've found me....I can show you the map but you must make the journey. Alright, let us begin, please relax your mind with me as I tune into you.

14 Steps For Interpreting- THE BIG PICTURE

I'm having trouble interpreting my readings as a whole picture. How can I break the various cards down into a cohesive overview? I'm interested in the combining of contradictory influences."

Most would agree that this is the most difficult aspect of Tarot reading. Before you can form a big picture you will first have to be very familiar with all of the basic card meanings. Once that has been accomplished then you must be very comfortable with the Tarot spread you are using. The cards tell a story, they really do relate to each other and their meanings are ultimately linked to the final outcome. To understand the what the your reading is conveying ask yourself the following questions. For those of you who are experience with the Tarot you will find this process occurring intuitively on a subconscious level.

1. Is the card strongly placed?
2. How does the position itself affect the card meaning?
3. How does this card affect & interact with the other cards?
4. What is the major element present? (fire, earth, air, water)
5. What does this element alone say about the reading?
6. If there are court cards present who might they represent?
7. Are there any Major Arcana cards present? Any numbers of significance?

8. What do the cards have in common?
9. What does the common theme seem to be at this point?
10. If there are contradictory influences which are confusing you weigh them out. Which is the stronger influence?
11. Every story has a beginning, climax, end. Can you find these parts in your story?
12. Does the reading provide a clear statement? If so then what is the statement?
13. What needs to be done to accomplish the outcome?
14. What is the overall probable outcome?

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