Friday, April 29, 2011

Asking Yes or No Questions with Tarot

Posing Simple Queries 


by Joodhe


Many queries that a person has for the tarot could be reduced to a simple "yes or no". This is just scratching the surface of those deeper issues where details are needed; but it’ll do in a pinch. Many claim that yes or no answers yielded by the tarot are not dependable. Myself, I believe that you should try to avoid them, as at times they leave gaps in the reply. For example, you could ask if you are likely to pass your history exam, the cards could well reply "no". But a better answer might be "you could still pass, but you’ll have to apply yourself more to achieve that". And you can see how asking in a yes/no context doesn’t allow for this type of response.

When some sitters ask a yes or no question, don’t want to hear anything else but a yes or no response; that’s when problems come in. But anyway, if you are interested in asking yes or no questions, this is one of the techniques you may want to try first. The example used is called the Horseshoe.

the horseshoe spread
Answer yes/no Tarot questions with the horseshoe spread

The Horseshoe layout diagram indicates an assigned point value below each card position. Each card is worth one point except for the middle one, number 1, which is worth two points. Deal the cards out as per their assigned order. When your five cards have been lain, you tally the amount of points for the upright cards, then tally the upside down ones separately.

If the upright ones have a greater point value, then the answer to your query is yes. If the amount of points from upright cards is equal to the number of points from inverse cards, there is no answer at this time. If the amount of points from inverse cards is greater, then obviously you got a no. See how it works for you.

Before I read of this technique, I had tried one of my own. I picked a card, if card image was set facing towards the right it was a yes, if it was the left, no, middle, no answer. It worked relatively well, but left me with a thirst for a method that I could connect with just the same. The main thing missing was that I couldn’t be bothered to tally the number of images facing each way, to determine if the odds were in order. I don’t know for certain whether it would have had any bearing on accuracy, but just in case, I moved on.

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Another I have used is, one card is dealt for yes, one for no. How it works goes like this – if the yes card is upright or is an obviously positive card, that’s yes. If the card for no is upright or positive, that means no. So it goes without saying what a card means if it is either inverse or negative. If both yield the same reply, then you must go by other feelings the cards suggest to you. In one way it's good because the second card can confirm the first, and at other times it can be a little confusing.

Prior to writing this blog post I took a look around the Internet to see what others have done in search of yes or no answers; some are simple, some approaches seem complicated or convoluted. Yes or no questions are relatively straightforward, therefore answering them should be simple too. When it comes to asking them, each individual’s perspective on whether or not it’s a dependable way to gain insight on the go, is what they are going to go by. And like the bulk of card readers, they will likely try a number of methods before settling on one, if any. The idea of this article was to provide you with a few method options to look at; there are more listed by links to other sites, just below this post.


Here are a few related links for you to check out:


You are invited to comment on this post. Please share your feelings on asking yes or no questions with Tarot.

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