June 2013

How to Read Tarot Cards Reversed (in a way that really rocks your readings!)

I confess – I don’t usually read Tarot cards reversed. I always shuffle my deck so that all cards remain upright and if by chance a card happens to be reversed, I turn it right side up.

Why? Because I feel that incorporating reversals often adds unnecessary messiness and confusion. It’s like watching a foreign movie that’s dubbed and then trying to read lips and translate the other language and compare it with the language you heard to see how it matches up. Arrrgghhh!

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Hanson-Roberts Tarot

Maybe that’s a bad analogy…but you get my drift! You don’t want to make extra work for yourself if you don’t have to. But having said that….

A few Tarot pros – namely Mary K. Greer and Radleigh Valentine – have inspired me to try reading with reversals. And you know what? It’s FUN!!!

So why read Tarot cards reversed? For starters, it adds a new dimension to your readings and it spices things up. It’s like adding a pinch of cayenne to your reading (or a red lacy thong).

When should you read with reversals?  Only when you are totally bored of reading your Tarot cards upright. When that no longer feels challenging for you, its time to consider incorporating reversals. However, if you are just learning Tarot or still find it challenging enough, don’t bother with reversals, it will just make your head hurt!

Okay, so here’s the BIG question: How do I read a reversed Tarot card?

In 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, Mary K. Greer describes 13 different ways to read Tarot reversals. Such as seeing a reversed tarot card as blocked, unavailable, unconscious, overturned or changing direction (to name a few).

So there isn’t just ONE way to read a reversal. You can experiment and see what fits best (and I will be writing more about this in future blog posts).

But if you are brand-new to reading Tarot reversals, its best to start with a simple approach so you don’t drive yourself bat-shit crazy.

When I was at Doreen Virtue’s Certified Angel Card Reader workshop in April, co-teacher Radleigh Valentine explained reversals this way:

When a Tarot card is reversed, it simply means that you need to pay extra attention to that card. The card’s message is just that much stronger. So if you do a reading and one or two cards are reversed, you would give special emphasis to those reversed Tarot cards.

For example, lets say you get The Empress upright in your reading. The message may be that your sense of creativity and abundance is at an all time high. Yay! But if you get The Empress reversed it means holy shit! You need to pay attention to your creative yearnings because this is IMPORTANT!!!!

So by now you might be thinking well which is it? Do I read reversals as “blocks” or do I read them with “emphasis”?! Give me something solid I can go on here.

Here’s a super-juicy secret about reading Tarot cards:

You communicate to your deck how you will read with it, not the other way around.

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Next time you do a reading, shuffle the deck so that at least 1/4 of the cards are reversed. Hold your deck in your hands, close your eyes and mentally tell your deck that you intend to read the reversed Tarot cards in the same way you would if they were upright, only with a stronger emphasis.

Now your deck knows what language to use when communicating to you.

So you don’t need to worry that you are wrongly interpreting the reversed cards. If you intend to interpret them that way, you are doing it right. So don’t be thinking “but what if it is actually indicating a block?” It isn’t. Unless you intend that all reversed cards symbolize blocks.

So once you’ve got your reversed card (or cards) in front of you, try reading it upright first and then reversing it again. Notice how reversing it changes the vibe or meaning for you.

In the comments below, tell me what reversed Tarot cards you got when you tried this. How did it deepen the reading for you? Do you normally read reversed cards? If so, what is your method?

The Hanged Man: Live in the Now, Silly! (Friday)

Guest Post by Veronica Noir…

hanged man
The Cosmic Tarot

The Hanged Man symbolizes the enlightenment that comes when you stop striving and trying so hard to get somewhere.

It also symbolizes the great ideas that come to you when you hang yourself upside down for an extended period of time. I haven’t tried this myself, but apparently it increases blood flow to the brain and makes you more intelligent. Who knew?

Have you been feeling bored or restless with your life lately? I sure have. And I noticed that when I put my full attention on what I was doing (for example, eating or an afternoon shag), a mundane event became a riveting feast for the senses! No joke!

So today, instead of trying to make something of yourself and move forward in life, let yourself be perfectly still. Enter the NOW! Allow the present moment to exist without condemning it as “boring” and not worthy of your full attention. Oh, and you may have to take a hammer to that shitty iphone to do this properly….just a suggestion 😉

Today’s Tarot reading was a guest post by The Daily Tarot Girl’s evil twin, Veronica Noir – lover of Tarot, cats and men in their early 20’s. Veronica spends her days eating coffee cheesecake, spying on neighbors and just being her fabulous self!

Four of Pentacles – Stop Keeping Your Greatness to Yourself! (Thursday)

The following reading is by Veronica Noir…

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Intuitive Tarot by Cilla Conway

What are you holding onto so tightly? The Four of Pentacles is here to say loosen your grip already and don’t be so stingy, you cheapskate!

This isn’t so much about money as it is about talent and unique gifts. If you hoard your skills and amazing-ness and don’t share it with the world out of fear, then what the f*ck are you here for?

You are not here to follow orders or do what everyone else is doing, so do some deep diving and figure out what it is you are afraid of exactly?

When you think about speaking your truth, doing what you want and expressing your talents, what fears pop up for you? Write them down and ponder the shit out of them! They are what stand between you and a life of passion and fireworks.

Today’s reading is a guest post by the Daily Tarot Girl’s evil twin Veronica Noir – lover of Tarot, cats and men in their early 20’s. Veronica spends her days sipping Vanilla-Raspberry Rooibos tea, writing erotic fiction and creating subversive artwork.

Queen of Wands = One Badass Bitch! (Wednesday)

Author’s note: I am turning my daily readings over to my evil twin Veronica for the remainder of this week as I put the finishing touches on my new e-course (The Art of Reading a Negative Card in a Positive Light). I will return next week 🙂

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Paulina Tarot by Paulina Cassidy

The Queen of Wands! Such a badass bitch! This Queen is my favorite of all, as she has the perfect combo of male and female energies – not like a hermaphrodite, but more like a phallus-wielding dominatrix.

This lady isn’t afraid to make shit happen and she has a ball the entire time. Think of a workaholic, but minus all the crappy, unlikeable personality traits. That’s the Queen of Wands for you!

Is that a whip she’s holding, or a wand with flowers on it? I hope its a whip. Anyhow, she’s leaning against a very huge, very nonchalant cat, which pretty much sums it all up – this Queen is beyond awesome.

But what does it all mean for you?

Well, it means that it’s high time you started acting like this goddess and channeling your inner Queen of Wands! Don’t stand for any whining from others today, it will only slow you down. Also, remember that success, productivity and achievement can be delicious, sexy and fun 🙂

Ten of Pentacles: Smart Business Advice (Tuesday)

10 of pentacles
Fenestra Tarot

The Ten of Pentacles is here to remind you to be smart in your dealings with others.

You may want to be 100% open and honest, but know that there is a way to be “transparent” without revealing everything. Its okay to keep your cards close to your chest today.

If someone wants to do a business/services trade with you, only do so if you actually think you will benefit from it. Don’t just agree to a crappy deal because you want to seem nice.

This card often represents the realm of business and the “marketplace” – so if you have your own business and want to share it with my audience, you may do so right here.

Bust a Move! 8 of Wands Gives you the Green Light (Monday)

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Tarot of the Dream Enchantress

Today it’s time to bust a move out of that snail shell you’ve been hiding in and pick up the pace!

The Eight of Wands is all about things happening quickly and events unfolding at record speed. Today is not the time to go within and slow down – instead, burst forth and rocket forward!

If you have a to-do list a mile long that you’ve been neglecting, choose the things on there that scare you the most (or that make you feel uncomfortable) and do those first.

Don’t wait for things to speed up, take charge of the situation and move yourself forward – doing anything else will leave you feeling antsy and restless.

In the comments below, tell me one thing you are going to do today to move yourself closer to a big goal you have…

Do It Your Way ~ Message from Saint Germain Oracle Card

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Ascended Masters Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s oracle card message is Work Your Magic! and it comes from Saint-Germain. Focused intentions, a clear mind and connecting your heart with everything you do will serve you well today (and any day for that matter).

But I always snicker a bit when I pull this card. This rendition of Saint Germain reminds me of this guy I used to go to college with who would always pride himself on passing all his classes by putting in the least amount of effort possible. And he got high a lot.

I used to regard him disdainfully, but now I see that he was actually achieving all his goals – better yet, he was doing it his way. So I feel this card is telling us that having goals and a vision is great, but when you set out to achieve things in your own unique way, that is when the magic happens!

The Empress (Thursday) ~ Nurture Your Creativity!

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Intuitive Tarot by Cilla Conway

The Empress encourages you to engage your nurturing qualities today – particularly when it comes to nurturing your creative ideas and dreams.

If you have been feeling uninspired lately, ask yourself how can I nurture and care for my creative self?  When you totally ignore your creative, imaginative side, it will shrivel into oblivion.

In the book The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron talks about scheduling an artist’s date each week, where you do something to inspire creativity, like visit a museum or go see an artsy fartsy film. Personally, swinging on the swings at the playground down the street works for me!

But if you treat your creativity as a regular part of your life and not just something you can engage with when everything else is done, you will never find yourself creatively blocked again 🙂

Temperance is Surprisingly Sexy! (Wednesday)

Cosmic Tarot

Temperance is usually a boring, unsexy card. However, in the Cosmic Tarot, this is definitely NOT the case! This Temperance is here to make moderation and balance look delicious!

You need balance in your life, but you will never have it if the idea of moderation seems depressing dull. So how can you make it more appealing?

When it comes to eating, overindulging is never fun. You end up feeling bloated, sick and tired. But when you eat some naughty foods, but mostly healthy stuff and smaller portions, you will feel satisfied and fully of energy. Balance is key.

Of course, this also applies to drinking booze, being lazy, working, shopping, watching TV and surfing the internet, etc. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing at all. A true hedonist knows this! So if you know you need more balance in your life, look to this exotic Temperance for inspiration 🙂