by Norbert Losche
There is much discrepancy between Tarot readers regarding the reversals of the cards. Many do not read the upside down version. The reasons vary greatly but I have found several common themes & narrowed it down to the top 3.
#1 -the reversal lessens or minimizes the card’s energy/meaning
#2 -the meaning is opposite
#3 -there is a block or prevention of the energy/meaning
I chose the Death card from the Cosmic Tarot to demonstrate a few additional ideas. This card’s image gives a clear indication of trouble-a-brewing. 🙂
Looking at the reversed Death card you will see all the symbolism of endings, finality and destruction on the top of the card. Could it be that all this is in the person’s head or an extension of their imagination. When it is a one card draw, it could very well be a troubled mind.
In a layout, the meaning will be modified to some degree by the other cards especially if they are upright and stronger in personality. Yes, the reversal does weaken the card in the company of more powerful cards.
As the outcome card, Death reversed will tell you it is not over, yet. In fact, you will be on the verge of it (situation/person) being over, concluding or finalizing.
This card reminds me of my work/craft room, cluttered and in desperate need of logical re-organization. A task which would definitely fence in those creative bursts.
One should not cringe when seeing the Death card in a reading. Sure it is all about transformation and we all know that is a good thing in the long run. Death reversed is tougher to go through, methinks.
It is the pre-action state.
1 + 3 = 4 (the Emperor)
Within Death reversed is the sweet old man (4) sitting on his throne ready to kick you in the butt to get you moving into some sort of action. 🙂 He is what you call the “Chair” of the meeting.
The Magician (1) within this card is what we call the “Steering committee” in certain circles. The High Priestess (2) can be equated to the “Agenda” we need to make this transformation a reality.
Last, and certainly not least because this card is the topic of the post, Death reversed is similar to the an “unproductive meeting” with no results, decisions or any headway.