When reading certain cards, sometimes it is hard to tell whether it is reversed or upright from just the pips on the card. The reversed meaning of a tarot card doesn’t always mean the “opposite” of the upright meaning, but it can.
Some readers feel that a reversed card has the same meaning but that the outcome is likely to be delayed or challenged somehow. Other readers don’t use reversed meanings at all. It’s a matter of preference — but including reversed meanings in your readings gives you a whole new set of definitions with which to work, which can significantly enhance the message from the cards.
A card that is reversed is also said to be contrary, challenged, inverted, or ill-dignified.