Many modern Tarot readers will tell you that you can’t ask ‘Yes/No’ type questions of the Tarot. The truth is, you can ask anything and any type of question of the Tarot… just be prepared for a ‘maybe’ when asking ‘Does he love me?’ or ‘Will he come back?’
Remember that most things aren’t set in stone and that a surprising amount of men (and women) aren’t sure how they feel themselves, in which case the cards are as stumped as you are.
There are many ways of getting the cards to give you a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Here are a few of my personal favourites:
3 card answer with reversals: Mix the cards to include reversals. Make sure that there is roughly 50% reversed cards by cutting the deck in half and turning one of the halves upside down before shuffling until you’re satisfied. If all three cards are upright, it’s a definite ‘yes’ and if all three cards are reversed, it’s a resounding ‘no.’ 1+2 of the other means a probable yes or no… a maybe in other words.
3 card story spread: This requires intuitive reading skills but also makes an excellent way of practising reading the cards intuitively. Do not use reversals for this draw. Simply shuffle and randomly choose three cards and lay them out on the table before you. This is a story with a beginning, a middle and an end, and it will tell you the most likely outcome. The final card holds the key.
One of the advantages of this spread is that if the first two cards don’t resonate with the situation you asked about, then you know the cards are giving you the finger about doing a yes/no reading.
1 card quickie: You can use either of the techniques mentioned above for this. In other words, if you go with the first technique, an upright card would be a yes and a reversal would be a no. If you go with the second technique, you will need to tune in to the energy of the card and see how that energy meets the energy of the question. (More on this in my article Reading the Gap Tarot Technique)
I prefer the latter method by far. And yes, it takes a while to master but is by far more reliable than simply going by reversals – especially for the 1 card draw.
Some cards, like the ones I chose to illustrate yes/no answers from the Tarot in the image above, are quite self-evident. Others take a bit more work and are more dependent on the context/energy of the question… Have fun experimenting!
Aces and 10’s: This methods requires a well shuffled deck. You simply pull cards off the top until you get either an Ace (yes) or a 10 (no). Only use the first 22 cards. If no answer has been given after you’ve drawn the first 22, the Tarot isn’t prepared to tell you.
Pay attention to where the yes or no lands. For example, if it’s in position no. 18, The Moon, then it’s likely that someone is trying to keep you in the dark, that you are deluding yourself or that this situation touches on very deep fears.
Yes/No Advice Oracle: This is a method I stumbled upon over at Mary K. Greer‘s excellent tarot blog. It’s quite a complicated method centred around where the Wheel of Fortune card lands. The main advantage is that it gives you one more option in addition to yes/no/maybe, i.e. ‘delayed/later.’ This spread also gives you quite a bit of information about the reasons for the yes, no, maybe or delayed. Click HERE to read about it.
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