Do you read reverses in Tarot? I'd always thought that was part of the whole process but some witches I've met recently said they don't bother, so I was wondering how common that is. I've been just reading their upright meanings now for a while and whether it's because of that, because I've got a deck that suits me better or because I'm better at reading cards I can't tell but I'm having a much better time with it than I did before. I had some weird experiences with Tarot a while ago that put me off which is why I stuck to oracle cards for so long, but I'm glad I took them up again, there's a decent level of accuracy with them and I'm quite happy with the results at the moment
I used too. Then again it depends on the spread I am doing. Like what Incognitus says, reversals offer a wider scope of detail to the readings in General. I include reversals when I do a celtic cross or any spread that includes multiple cards. For shorter spreads I read them all right side up.
I almost always use reversed cards. To me it's always felt like this gave a little more granularity (more detail) to the reading. If I'm doing a quick, general reading, sometimes I skip doing reverses.
I do it but I have always met other readers that dont. It puzzles me. I have tried to do the readings ignoring the reversed and my readings come out wrong and I feel wrong. I dont like reversed cards but I like less not interpreting their reversed meanings. My sister does not read reversed, she reads them as their normal up-meaning.
I don't really read them reversed. I feel that the card itself contains both its upright and reversed meaning. I feel like if I am shuffling a physical deck, if I got a lot of reversals its because I didn't shuffle it right. The way I normally do cards now is with a computer program I wrote, and I didn't put reversals in it.
To answer Zack's question, I just shuffle. I make sure the cards are all faced in one direction, but whether they're reversed or not, I just let that happen organically.
Shadow, I'm a programmer also and have developed some apps, but the thing I can't get around is that random generation isn't truly random, especially on a device like a phone or a tablet. At best, it's pseudo-random and even there some RNGs are just terrible and too predictive.
On the one hand, I've always felt this had a potential affect on the reading. On the other hand, it's still random from the users perspective unless they're a math head, so surely that's enough?
I tend to get bogged down on details like that. It's probably a moot point, because especially on a tablet, you could have the user do something that would seed a random number generator (randomly make swipes on the screen, combined with internal RNG, plus using time stamp, MAC address, whatever else to potentially randomize it more).
I suppose the same argument could be made about manually shuffling a deck. Each person develops their own method of shuffling, and I wonder if it's truly random, especially after someone has worked with cards for a long time. Probably not.
shuffling cards isnt a random thing. although it looks like it is. i think it was in the 'Pen & Teller bullshit' tv-series that they showed how it works. and im not talking about cheating and counting cards, but about how the nature of random shuffle creates patterns that can be known.
after all the universe is also a mathematical one, so in that sense one should be able to find patterns. most 'wizard' people however dont see nummbers, but pictures and lifepaths etc.
Ya, as I said, the same argument could be made about manually shuffling the deck. It won't necessarily be a conscious thing, but you can still influence the cards.
And let me say, I don't view Tarot as mystical. It's a focus technique, a meditative process, so how the cards are shuffled may not even matter. It's about directing your attention, focusing your thinking on a specific question.
Still, I prefer some direct manipulation. For me, it helps to start the process of focusing. I'm a scatter brain, I'm almost always thinking about family, work, etc, so I need that extra step to help silence all the other crap in my brain. It's the beginning of the manifestation of intent.
I guess that's another reason I'd prefer not to just use pRNG's on a device, at least not without some input from the user, even if it's some swiping or tapping that can be used as a random number seed.
Back to the reverse card question... there are times I don't actually use reverse cards. It really depends on how granular and/or in-depth I want the reading to be. Some people don't even use minor arcana. They just use major arcana, no reverse. It really all depends on the person and how much digging you want to do.
PS: I loved Bullshit! I wish they'd find the time to do a new season. It needs updating.