The power of tarot
In question readings, you are addressing a specific question. Tarot is not intended to answer specific ‘yes‘ or ‘no‘ questions. Most say it should also not be used to make decisions, but instead used as a guide to help you make the decision yourself. For this reason, the way a question is worded is very important.
Questions should be worded such:
- Keep your options open: if you have the answer before the reading then you are not allowing the cards to guide your overall decision. An example: “Asking how you could encourage your mother-in-law to move out, as opposed to asking how you can get along better with her is narrowing the scope of the true question by answering it before you even get started”.
- Find the best level of detail: Your question should be focused, but not overly detailed. Rather than looking at one particular aspect of a problem, find a way to look more broadly at it. For example, rather than asking how you can make your home life less chaotic, ask how you can better balance kid schedules and adult schedules. That is a focused question. But do not go so far as to ask how you can co-ordinate baseball, soccer and Cub Scout schedules and still have family time – that is too detailed. Only include the minimum level of detail in order to express what you want to learn from the cards.
- Focus on yourself: If the reading is for yourself, make sure the question focuses on you rather than on someone else who you think may be the root of your problem. For example, asking why your son is experimenting with drugs is focusing on him, not you. Asking what role you play in your son’s decision to experiment with drugs brings the focus of the question back to you.
- Stay neutral: In order to stay open to other points of view, your question has to be neutral and not convey a pre-conceived notion that your view is necessarily the right one. The cards can give you guidance if you ask for it. For example, asking why you’re doing more work around the house than your spouse, isn’t neutral. How you can get more co-operation from your spouse when it comes to housework is neutral.
- Be positive: Make sure your question is stated in a positive rather than negative way. Instead of asking why a specific event hasn’t happened, ask what you can do to help make that event happen.
Open readings address the larger aspects of your life rather than a specific problem area or question. They are usually done when you are entering a new phase of your life, such as getting married, graduating from college or starting a family. You can somewhat direct the reading if you have a general area you want to cover, such as your health or career, but that is as specific as the direction gets.