When people get to together to discuss tarot, one of the topics that often comes up is “do you read reversals?”
Reversals are cards that appear upside down relative to the orientation of the reading. Like this (The Lovers from the Llewellyn Tarot by Anna Marie Ferguson):
The topic of reversals includes several subtopics, such as do you use them (or ignore them if they show up), how to you make sure they appear in readings, and what exactly does it mean when a card is reversed?
1. Should You Use Reversals?
You need to decide for yourself. Because there are so many different ways to work with the cards, there isn’t a single rule that works for everyone.
There are two things
In this series, we are taking the time to smell the roses, which for tarot lovers often means taking the time to really appreciate a single image of tarot art.
Today we are looking at the 9 of Pentacles from the Llewellyn Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson. Here can see more images HERE.
I love the golden warm of this card and the charming lines of Anna-Marie's work. The geese, the tilt of the woman's hand, the curve of the wheat...these are all so elegant and really suit the image. What I find particularly interesting about this version of the 9 of Pentacles is the inclusion of another person, which is very unusual. He is clearly not "with" the woman, but seems more like a steward or
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One way to fine tune your understanding of the cards and to add precision to your readings is to compare cards with similar themes. Looking at the similarities and differences will deepen your interpretations.
For example, the 2 of Cups and the 10 of Cups (pictured below, from the Llewellyn Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson) both focus on love between two people. In these images, both the couples are embracing. Both have that wonderful “and they lived happily ever after” feeling to them. But they are also different in that one is the beginning of a love relationship and the other is a love that is still fresh but has the quality of longevity.
First, let’s consider the numbering. The