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The What of Tarot

You can ask anything when consultation of the card. You can ask why, what, how, when, and where about any issue, decision, or aspect of your inner or external life – past, present, and/or future. Your questions may be specific or general. The tarot can respond to whether you should, can, will, or are.

The "what" of the question is perhaps the most important part of the question. There are some general rules that I follow and bend when necessary. Below are six steps to doing the "what".

1. Ask one question at a time
2. Define a time frame
3. Establish who the question if for
4. Formulate the question
5. Apply personal ethics to the question
6. Pick a spread that matches the question

These guidelines are given more detail below:

1. Ask one question at a time
Several questions asked will lead to several questions answered. The answers can and will show up in the same spread, and it is up to the reader to sort them out. An analogy is asking two questions to a group and having the two answers scribbled on a blackboard at the same time. The words overlap and may obstruct each other. This can be very confusing.

2. Define a time frame
The lack of a timeframe opens the answer up to occurring at potentially any time. A person may ask “will I find a new job?” If a time frame of “in the near future” is not stated, the job shown in the reading maybe years in the future.

3. Establish who the question is for
This is the cousin to the several question rule. If the person or persons are not clearly defined for the question, multiple answers may overlap. For example, a person asks “what will happen in the relationship?” The answer to this question may show the impact of the relationship on the person, their spouse, their children, the grandparents, the family dog, and so on. A more specific question of “what will happen to me in the relationship” will yield more direct answers.

4. Formulate the question
More often than not people ask about love, money and health. The tarot can answer these questions and many more. Most questions are easily formulated by following the guidelines of asking one question, choosing the person for whom the question applies, and the time frame. Establish these guides to the question and you will find that the question forms itself.

5. Apply personal ethics to the question
This is an area of divination that is not often explored. An effective, but not ethically directed, tarot reading can be the equivalent of a psychic peeping tom. I have no set rules to offer here. However, I do advise the reader to be comfortable with the question being asked. Stop a reading if the querent wishes to know something that is not ethical for you.

6. Pick a spread that matches the question
Picking the right spread for a question can be a matter of experience, but there are some guidelines I can share. Questions are structured in the tarot through a spread, or layout. This is a symbolic pattern of positions, each with a given meaning. A card-symbol is selected for each of these positions and interpreted in relation to the assigned meaning of the position.

Individual spreads lend themselves to different questions. Below is a list with suggested spreads for different readings:

Quick Answer 1 or 3 cards
"Probable Outcome" Celtic Cross
“What is going on” Zodiac/Wheel
Choices Choice or English
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