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Articles by John Iacovelli

Reversals

Tarot reversals don’t have a rigid consistency. They can increase, decrease, negate, or make the upright meaning its opposite. If you go by the book, it’s twice the memorization. But if you think of it this way: reversals add perspective, it might help. In the RWS minor arcana, we see characters in various situations. We can use these as visual clues to understand reversals by looking at the characters’ points of view. Where there is more than one character, we can look at their perspectives of each other. Where there is a single character, from the point of view of an outside observer. Looking through this section, you’ll find a series of simple one page graphics showing those perspectives by number, as well as a full text table for the 36 minors. They might make you think a little differently about reversals.