Yes or No Tarot

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Yes or no tarot readings.

Occult practitioners can use illustrated tarot cards to answer simple questions requiring a yes or no response. However, because such a response is absolute, the tarot reader must exercise due care when interpreting the cards selected. Generally, there are preconceived notions about the cards and which are positive or negative. But do keep in mind that the way the question is asked can affect the final reading.

Let’s look at an oversimplified example by assuming that the Death, Tower, and Devil cards have negative auras about them.

If the client were to ask, “Will my business continue to do well?” and pick these three cards, perhaps the most logical conclusion would be that the business will run into headwinds in the future.

But if the client were to ask, “Will I overcome my drug addiction or will it ruin my life” and pick these cards, the conclusion can be very tricky. It could be predicted that the drug addiction will itself be destroyed (and therefore the life would not be ruined), or it could be predicted that the life will be ruined by the drug habit. This kind of interpretation is difficult to do, because the question itself came with an assumption that may or may not hold true. In this case, the assumption is that drug habits inevitably destroy lives. 

Tarot cards that usually mean yes:

  1. The Fool
  2. The Magician
  3. The Emperor
  4. The Empress
  5. Temperance
  6. The Star

Tarot cards that usually mean no:

  1. The Chariot
  2. The Hermit
  3. Death
  4. The Devil
  5. The Tower
  6. The High Priestess

Examples of yes/no questions

Some common yes or no type questions that all diviners have to be ready to answer are:

  1. Does he/she love me or not?
  2. Is my spouse cheating on me?
  3. Will I get the job?
  4. Should I take the job?
  5. Should I buy the house?
  6. Is this large investment safe?
  7. Should I take this flight?
  8. Can I trust him/her?
  9. Will I get caught?
  10. Will the culprit get caught?

Sometimes, these questions can be used in crime investigations. Although not very well documented, divination has been used in some cases at least as a starting point for investigators to figure out where to start looking. 

How to ask yes or no questions with tarot cards?

When using the tarot to ask pointed questions with binary outcomes, questions themselves have to be short and concise. If the question introduces relationships and assumptions, as we saw in the example above, it becomes difficult to conclude on a yes or no answer. This is because there may not even be a straight answer, especially if the assumptions used in the line of questioning are wrong or unfounded. In such a scenario, any reading would be inaccurate.

How to get a yes or no answer from tarot cards?

To get a conclusive answer from reading the selected cards, the diviner must control the line of questions and reduce it to a yes or no format. There should be no casual linkages to events drawn in the question, even if they are true. For example, the question should not be “Will I grow old and go bald?”, because these are effectively two different questions (i.e “Will I grow old?” and “Will I go bald?”, with no guaranteed relationship between both the events). Hence, short questions usually work much better than long ones if the client is looking for a short answer.

For more complicated scenarios, it may be necessary to have multiple readings covering various aspects of the question on hand before the diviner can provide a final response. This will take patience and some investigative finesse. Experience will go along way towards finding success in such situations.

How well do yes/no questions work with tarot?

Like all occult arts, spiritual practices and/or use of divinatory tools, the effectiveness is almost never a question of the method itself but its wielder. In this industry, there are also inexplicably eerie occurrences to deal consider. For example, there are several stories of experienced astrologists not being able to foresee calamities in their own lives while being able to accurately predict the fate of absolute strangers who consult with them. In other cases, there are cases of diviners simply pulling blanks and telling customers that their stars are unreadable, at least at that moment in time.

Can tarot cards answer yes or no accurately?

If a question is asked in the correct format to a reader who is sufficiently skilled, the answer is a strong yes. Like any other type of question, there is no reason why a yes or no question cannot be answered using tarot cards.

Can yes or no answers from tarot cards be trusted?

My answer to this question will surprise you. Nothing in this industry can be trusted. No one can say for certain whether the future is cast in stone regardless of whether one considers the rules of physics, the rules of dharma and karma or the rules cause and effect. Moreover, it also very likely that although your actions today may have set into motion a series of events on a specific trajectory, the actions of tomorrow may throw that trajectory off course completely. How much of fate is truly within our control is unknown. Does free will vary from person to person or community or community? These are questions that no diviner can answer, no matter how experienced, although some seasoned professionals do have some awesome rational theories.

The problems with yes/no predictions

The predictions made today may hold true, only for today. In a nutshell, that is the biggest problem with yes or no predictions. Let’s look at a morbid example to illustrate this. 

Team A, the strongest team in the highest league of international soccer, is slated to play against Team B, the weakest team in a very minor local league somewhere in the world. 

If you were to ask, “Will Team A win?” all the sports pundits, astrologers, soothsayers, fortune tellers, oracles, and gurus alike may say, “yes, the Team A will win.” But on match day, everyone in Team A may take ill will dysentery, and the match may be called off altogether. This means nobody wins. In this scenario, the question was in the right format, but the situation changed so dramatically that the question itself became irrelevant. In other words, even an appropriate binary question itself carries an imbued assumption that the outcomes are absolute yes or no in nature. 

What are tarot cards?

Tarot cards do not contain fortune-telling images. Instead, they only carry visual cues for the tarot reader to pick up on. Hence, every tarot reader usually uses a standard pack of cards when doing these readings, because these appeal the most to the reader and trigger the most cues to develop on. Tarot cards themselves are not supposedly to be charged with any kind of special energy, although occult beliefs and methods may vary widely between cultures. The cards consist of 2 major groups of illustrations. They are the major arcana and the minor arcana. Some readers use only the major arcana when doing readings. Others will use the entire deck. Depending on where you purchased your deck from, the names for the four suits in the minor arcana may differ. However, each suit will contain 14 cards. 

The Rider-Waite tarot deck is a well-known deck of illustrated cards that you can find almost everywhere you can find tarot. 

Major arcana cards

These are the 22 major arcana cards:

The Fool, The World, The Magician, Judgement, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Sun, The Moon, The Emperor, The Star, The Hierophant, The Tower, The Lovers, The Devil, The Chariot, Temperance, Strength, Death, The Hermit, The Hanged Man, The Justice and Wheel of Fortune

Minor arcana cards

These are the minor arcana cards consist of 14 cards for each pentacle, sword, cup and wand. These are found across Queens, Kings, Ace, Page & Knight cards in addition to the cards numbering 1 to nine.

This makes a total of 56 minor arcana cards.

Tarot card numbers and what they mean

The major arcana cards are numbered from 0 to 21. Depending on the reader, these numbers can have ranking significance or different meanings.

Is tarot a form of divination?

Yes it is. Of course, many may disagree depending on how you define divination. But more people would agree that tarot card reading is a form of divination than not. Tarot card reading definitely sits in the same bucket as astrology, tea leaf reading and palmistry.

Is there a goddess for tarot?

There is no globally recognized God or Goddess governing the folklore of tarot art. However, when the tool is mixed with spiritual practices and pagan styles of worship, Gods and Goddesses related to time may take some precedence in different cultures.

Do oracles use tarot for yes/no questions?

There is nothing stopping anyone from using tarot cards for any kind of question. There is no governing body for card readers nor any internationally recognized guide for soothsayers. It is definitely possible to use tarot cards to make conclusions on future happenings related to yes and no type questions.