The interpretation of the reversed cards has actually changed very much in the last decades. Now most Tarot professionals consider each and any Tarot card to have positive and negative aspects by the same picture. Even if a card is laying upright (not reversed), this very card may bring good or bad news; it may mean an encouragement and / or a warning.
For example, you look at the “Hermit”. This image may encourage you to take your time, maybe a time-out, a retreat, and to stand by yourself, to trust fully in yourself whatever your situation may be. At the same time, the image may also provide a warning: Stop hiding, do not overdo the lonesomeness, look for community and co-operation, show-up again, etc. Try so, please. And if you should not be sure if the good or bad news is fitting for you in the current moment, then, please, think about both meanings, several aspects being valid simultaneously.
The same card, the same image and even same details of an image may provide different meanings to different observers. Different people may look at the same image differently. And also one person may look at one card differently at different moments. That is why the understanding “Tarot is a mirror” has become very significant for the modern Tarot reading in the last decades. Tarot card images need your input to wake-up. For that, most of the contemporary Tarot books do not separate upright from reversed meanings anymore, as both aspects are basically part of each perception of a card. The “multi-perspective” view of any card may be a bit confusing in the beginning . (And you will not see positive and negative aspects for each card at once.) It is a matter of training, experience and understanding. But what you get then is great. By the personal dialogue between the observer and the image you receive much more results and much better interpretations, more reliable, more personalized.
© 2019, Johannes Fiebig