Card reversals are often used to reveal blocked card energies. Here’s a way to look at card pairs without using reversals to get the same information. With playing cards, I use the Spades to represent energy blocks. Whenever a Spade appears, it also prevents the full expression of the energy of the previous card.
Think of it this way…you’re getting in a brisk morning walk before work, happy as can be and making good time, when you are forced to stop. This slows you down, annoys you, and makes you a little late for work. In the process of having to stop in your tracks, though, you are forced to be patient and wait, and while waiting you take notice of how the leaves on the trees are turning into beautiful autumn hues, something you wouldn’t have noticed if you weren’t forced to stop.
When a Spade card shows up in a reading, I know something needs to be accepted and transformed before the block can be removed. Particularly if it appears at the end of the reading, there is a significant obstacle in the way that prevents progress.
In this case, a 3rd wheel (3 of Spades) breaks up a partnership (2 of Hearts).
But, we don’t have to limit this understanding to playing cards. You’ve probably noticed something similar occurring with tarot and other oracle cards too. When these blockage cards appear, it changes the nature of the card that precedes it.
For instance, this card pair suggests a trip is canceled.
What do you make of this pair energetically?
Some possibilities: on a dead-end path; becoming narrow-minded; limited choices; unable to envision the future.
With tarot cards, sometimes it’s best to just focus on the imagery and notice any similarities between the symbols or actions.
Visually, both images show a character up high (the woman in the tree and Humpty on the wall) so this is important. The translated metaphor is the questioner has climbed to a certain height but fallen. So this pairing can suggest a fall from grace; a loss of reputation or executive position; having the “world” and losing it; and also a literal fall from a height.
So what if the block appears first in the pair? This shows that you have released it, accepted it, transformed it, overcome it, and can now move past it.