What are the meanings of regular playing cards when they are normal and inverted in a tarot card reading?

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I am trying to learn how to learn how to do tarot card readings with regular playing cards, but every website I have gone to so far have not said what the inverted meanings of all the cards are. I know it would be a lot easier to just go out and buy a regular deck of tarot cards, but my parents refuse to allow me to get them. Help please?

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There is a website that gives the equivalent meaning. Give me a few minutes to find it.
Couldn’t find it. I starred you Q for my contacts who are better at this than I.

Kristen T

It means that the energy represented is hidden or not yet manifested. A lot depends on your own intuition. I read the cards & practiced some other psychic reading tools, & it backfired on me-giving me chronic headaches & a nervous condition which was cured through meditation. Best is to follow your parent’s advice.


Well, I think the main reason they don’t usually give the meanings for reversals, are that most modern playing card decks can’t make reversals (the cards are usually mirrored for both sides.) However, for tarot, there are three modes of deciding meanings for reversals that would work for a playing card as well, as described in the book The Cartomancer’s Key :–
Consider it to be the opposite of the upright meaning.
Consider it to be the negative side of the upright meaning (like the downside of a card meaning “success” might be “responsibility” or “hard work”)
Consider it to indicate a blockage of the card’s upright meaning (so for a card that would upright mean “success” it could mean “inability to achieve success.”)
As for the upright meanings, the same book lists a method for reading them.
Hope this helps.


If you lightly mark the bottom of the cards face with a marker, you’ll know if its reversed by how it falls in your spread. Markings on top would be reversed.
Provided you have the basics, any Tarot site can help you understand the definitions.
Spades = Swords
Hearts = Cups
Clubs = Wands
Diamonds = Pentacles
But remember, you need to add your Court cards and Major Arcana. You can do this by simply getting another deck of playing cards! 🙂 Write in the name of the Court Cards or Major Arcana. Traditional Tarot has 16 court cards and 22 Major Arcana. This sounds like a neat project actually! Shows devotion to the craft of reading well and this is always a pleasure to see! 🙂
You may find numerology helpful as well for card divination.
Feel free to join our Tarot group ~ plenty of people willing to help!
Good luck and blessings, Elise


You cannot do a Tarot reading with playing cards.
Divination with playing cards is called Cartomancy, give it a google & you will find many sites that will give you card details.


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