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How to Ask Tarot Questions – Part 2


Or "who do you wish not to read for"… This "who" question is the roadblock for many readers. People sometimes feel that they cannot read for themselves or those that they have close knowledge about. Objectivity is key to developing an accurate sense of intuition and applying it to the tarot. An indicator of accurate intuition is a lack of emotion. Impressions are clear and completely unemotional. When you read for yourself or somebody with an energy connection to you, the accuracy of intuition can be compromised because of interference of emotions and desires of "what should be". Detachment is essential to accomplish an accurate evaluation. Nothing causes more interference than the need to be "right" or to prove that you can do an intuitive evaluation. Detach from worries about the message or the messenger. Detach from the person’s fears or your own. Detach, detach, detach. Accurate information will flow when detachment is a practiced part of tarot reading. With practice you will be able to read for anybody, including yourself.


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 chart with suggest 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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