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

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

Suggestion by blue chaos soɐɥɔ ǝnlq jpa
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.

Suggestion by 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.

Suggestion by KdS
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.

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How do I perform a tarot reading with playing cards?
I already know the meanings of each card, but how do i perform it like the way in “Blue is for Nightmares” as in the girl splits the deck into 3 piles, then takes 7 cards from each…..can anyone tell me how to do it that way?

Suggestion by stakchipz
dont do that.

Suggestion by Mortis
There is no right or wrong way of doing a Tarot reading, just guidelines. The number of Tarot spreads equals the number Tarot decks and users. The best way to perform a spread is to do what you feel is right and what works best for you. If you really want to do a three stack reading, a good guideline to start with would be, first stack = past, second stack = present, third stack = future. the seven cards drawn from each could be what is influencing the situation for each stack.

Suggestion by zorbaziv
It’s called Cartomancy

Try the Psychic Search Engine with a search for Cartomancy

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  1. fuumaxkamui69 says

    I’m not familiar with that book, but playing cards are really just dumbed down versions of tarot cards, anyway


    There’s just no Major Arcana, and no knights.

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  2. SadharaSatguru says


    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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  3. souls.journey says

    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

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