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The Topsy-Turvy World of Upside-Down Cards Tarot Reversals is the first book to fully and exclusively address a vitally important area of Tarot reading that is virtually ignored—interpretation of the cards that appear upside-down in a spread. The explanations given in books for reversed cards are rarely more than a few lines, yet, in the average spread, half of the cards will be inverted. Many books do not even give reversed meanings. Others unquestioningly parrot “traditional” inter- pretations that simply state the opposite of upright meanings, but usually more fatalistically, emphasizing negative attributes. Thus, at least half of the average Tarot reading is poorly understood, inadequately interpreted, and, by dint of a preponderence of negative interpretations, emphasizes problems rather than opportunities. It’s no wonder people avoid them. This book offers readers at all levels eleven different methods of deter- mining reversed card meanings. The majority of the text consists of sam- ple interpretations for each of the seventy-eight reversed cards in each of the methods, including traditional meanings. Discover which approaches work best with your own Tarot reading style and worldview. In addition to applying the interpretive text immediately, learning the conceptual theory behind each option will enhance and deepen your Tarot consultations. —Mary Greer About the Author Mary Greer is an author and teacher specializing in methods of self- exploration and transformation. A Grandmaster of the American Tarot Association, she is a member of numerous Tarot organizations, and is fea- tured at Tarot conferences and symposia in the United States and abroad. She has a wide following in the women’s and pagan communities for her work in women’s spirituality and magic. A Priestess-Hierophant in the Fel- lowship of Isis, she is the founder of the Iseum of Isis Aurea. Mary has stud- ied and practiced Tarot and astrology for over thirty-four years. Her teaching experience includes eleven years at New College of California, and hundreds of workshops, conferences, and classes. She is the founder and director of the learning center T.A.R.O.T. (Tools And Rites Of Transformation). Her books include Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Trans- formation (1984); Tarot Constellations: Patterns of Personal Destiny (1987); Tarot Mirrors: Reflections of Personal Meaning (1988); The Essence of Magic: Tarot, Ritual, and Aromatherapy (1993); Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses (1995), and she collaborated with Kathi Keville on Aromatherapy: Healing for the Body and Soul (1998). To Write to the Author If you wish to contact the author or would like more information about this book, please write to the author in care of Llewellyn Worldwide and we will forward your request. Both the author and publisher appreciate hear- ing from you and learning of your enjoyment of this book and how it has helped you. Llewellyn Worldwide cannot guarantee that every letter written to the author can be answered, but all will be forwarded. Please write to: Mary K. Greer % Llewellyn Worldwide 2143 Wooddale Drive, Dept. 1-56718-285-2 Woodbury, MN 55125-2989, U.S.A. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for reply, or $1.00 to cover costs. If outside U.S.A., enclose international postal reply coupon. Many of Llewellyn’s authors have websites with additional information and resources. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.llewellyn.com