Tarot Reversals for Beginners by Leeza Robertson

Tarot Reversals for Beginners by Leeza Robertson

As every reader will tell you when working with the tarot cards, during a consultation many odd things can occur. Sometimes cards shoot out of a deck whilst shuffling, or even slide off the table for no apparent reason. At other times cards stick together and seemed uniquely unified in their message whilst on other occasions they simply fail to respond to any interpretation

One of the more  commonly frustrations in tarot card reading is that of the reversed card and throughout the history of this popular divination system arguments have raged over their use and application in tarot work.

Many readers hate them and even deliberately ensure that their decks only contain cards that are the regular way around. Once a reversed card appears they are immediately returned to their rightful orientation but Leeza Robertson—a long time user of the tarot and member of the American Tarot Association feels this approach is a mistake and that a great deal of valuable information can be gleaned from upside-down cards.

Ignore and Refute

In her latest book, Tarot Reversals for Beginners the author of Animal Totem Tarot and Tarot Court Card’s for Beginners focuses specifically upon the contentious world of tarot reversals in readings and consultations.

In the opening chapter to her book Robertson categorizes five specific aspects to reversed cards. She identifies each one with the keywords;

  • Blocked
  • Protection
  • Mirror
  • Shadow
  • Retrograde

Robertson explains how each of these categories reflects the energetic pulse that a reversed card initiates. These might relate to an outright obstruction, or blockage, through to a delaying effect or redirecting influence.

The author then takes each card of the deck one at a time and subjects them to each of the five criteria. She begins with the Major Arcana and progresses through to the Court Cards and then the Minor Arcana. The deck used to illustrate each card is Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot By Barbara Moore and Eugene Smith.

In the final chapter the author offers a number of examples of reversed cards at work followed by a an examination of numeric and planetary associations.


The challenge of learning another 78 x 5 sets of interpretations on top of the normal interpretational meanings may appear to be a daunting task but with Tarot Reversals for Beginners you quickly discover that it is a worthwhile exercise for the deeper sense of perspective that reversed cards bring to a reading.

Robertson’s insights throughout this book are interesting. They are not, as the author readily admits early on, a definitive examination of the subject for, if my personal experience of reversed cards is anything to go by, the reversed and ill-dignified cards require greater intuitive insight than their standard cousins.

As for her interpretations of the five facets to card reversals I feel she is consistently correct in her analysis but more than that that she offers insights into cards that might ordinarily pass a reader by.

Tarot Reversals for Beginners proves that card interpretation requires more than an ability to divine the future. It also draws in a wealth of other, vitally important esoteric influences to which reversed cards offer signposts. Tarot Reversals for Beginners means that as readers we no longer need fear the appearance of that rogue and errant reversed card but instead can now embrace each one as a doorway into a rich and intriguing world of insight.

Tarot Reversals for Beginners is a book no student of the tarot should be without!