Card Strength, Reversals and Word Meanings
Each card comes with it’s own energies and meanings. We are NOT talking about upright being good and reversed being bad, rather that the energies of the card are reversed. The strength of the card moderates the influence of those energies. So in effect you could say a weak card for the past and a strong card for the future is trying to tell you something. A reversed card shows the angels feel the need to give you comfort or guidance. A strong reversed card should be taken as a need for action.
Take The Hermit for example, an interesting card. Upright it can mean withdrawal or inner strength, so we can’t call the upright card good or bad. Only by judging it’s strength and relationship to other cards can we intuit it’s meaning. Likewise The Devil reversed could mean divorce or recovery, again impossible to say good or bad.
The strong Hermit drawn upright for the present and The weak Devil reversed for the future could signify that you finding strength for a divorce in the future (divorce may not be literal, perhaps a parting of ways in business, especially if not related to love.)
Alternatively, The weak Hermit in the past with a moderate Devil reversed for the future, would suggest to me withdrawal in the past and recovery in the future.
Your reading includes the meanings the card brings today along with it’s strength. My belief is that unless you are present at the reading, only you can correctly interpret the detail. Feel free to look at the card itself, all links open in a new page, which may suggest other interpretations for you. Just because a specific meaning wasn`t chosen for you today, does not mean it’s irrelevant!