• Wren McMurdo Brignac

Three Fresh Ways to Read Reversed Tarot Cards


I sometimes struggle to interpret or find empowerment in upside-down Tarot cards. Readings get murky when cards point in the opposite direction only to offer a new myriad of possible interpretations. It may equate to potential not yet reached, the opposite of the card’s meaning, inward-pointed energy or the “shadow” of the card among other possibilities.

When, for example, the Tower - Major Arcana #16 falls reversed, the reader is left interpreting by way of multiple-choice: Is this iconic card’s potential is just around the corner, implying impending doom? If the opposite of its meaning is true then worst is over. In the case that the “turning inward” approach has been applied: you feel like the Tower inside, meditate on the Tower, etc. The conflict in reading reversed cards sometimes leaves me swinging blindly at meaning.