Tarot Reading: What Questions Can You Ask and When?

In this article, you will read about the kinds of questions you can ask for a tarot reading. Attention is also paid to when it is better to do a tarot reading.

Types of questions for a tarot reading

In principle you can ask any ethical question to the tarot as long as you are the subject of the question. But some types of questions do not receive a clear and useful answer. You should know that the tarot never gives an answer yes / no, good / bad, black / white … The tarot describes a situation. It tells a kind of story. Also, the tarot does not make decisions for you. It does not say what you should do. It is your responsibility to take into account the advice that the tarot gave you or not. Another point of attention is that tarot never gives you an inevitable result. During a tarot reading using certain formats, the tarot gives the result of a situation. But this is a result provided that nothing is changed to the current circumstances. It is up to you to change the circumstances if you do not like the result. In my experience, these are the most frequently asked types of questions for a tarot reading:

  • Questions about the evolution of something This is the kind of question you ask when you want to know what the outcome of a certain situation will be. In general, the tarot gives a clear and useful answer to these types of questions. Most of the time you will also get an indication of where there are potential difficulties.
  • Questions that ask for a description of a situation. When people want to know more about the background of a certain situation. This is often the case with introspective questions.
  • Question about personality Example: “I have problems communicating with other people. Could you tell me the background of these problems?”
  • Questions that ask for tarot advice Example: “How should I change to give my relationship a new start?”

The above question types are suitable for a good tarot reading. But often people also ask questions that are not so appropriate. These are the types of questions that ask for an answer in black and white from the tarot. Or ask the tarot to make a decision for them. Here are some examples:

  • If you don’t ask Example: “Will I be in a relationship with the guy I met last week?”
  • Questions that ask the tarot to make a decision Example: “Where should I go during the holidays: France or Spain?”
  • Questions about the weather Example: “When will I find a new home?” The Tarot will never give a strict timing on any subject. Tarot is about descriptions.

Mary K. Greer describes a yes / no spread in her wonderful book “Tarot For Yourself”. I never experimented with that. Anyway, I think that many of the possibilities of the tarot are lost with these types of questions. But if I ever tried, this would be the extension I use. By the way, the result of that spread can be neutral. Of course, people sometimes ask double questions that belong to several types. For example: “Is my love relationship strong and how will it evolve?” It is a combination of the situation of a love relationship and the evolution of that same relationship. A question should always be related to yourself. Never ask something about another person, such as, “What is the relationship between my boss and his wife like?” You would never get an answer from a tarot reading for a question like this. And it is very unethical. A tarot reading is also not suitable for purely “materialistic” questions. You should not expect the tarot to give you the winning lottery numbers or to tell you where the treasure of the Incas is hidden. This does not mean that you cannot ask about material things. If the object is related to you, you may get a response from the Tarot. For example, “Where will I find a new house?” it would not be a good question. But “What is the meaning of a new house to me?” It could very well be considered.

When to ask for a tarot reading

The answer to this question is very simple: when you really feel the need to. Don’t let anyone influence you. And certainly not by an unscrupulous tarot reader. Just listen to your inner voice. Another question is: “How long should I wait between two tarot readings?” In this case, you can use the following tips:

  • First: listen to your inner voice. This overrides anything else.
  • Some spreads, used in a tarot reading, give you a kind of intermediate result. When you’ve reached that point, you can request a follow-up reading. But keep in mind that if something has changed in the initial circumstances, that result may never be realized.
  • It is not a good idea to ask for a new tarot reading, on the same subject, too quickly. Allow yourself time to engage in the first reading. Do not rush. You are not a machine. I myself think that you should wait at least 1 month, even 2 months, between two tarot readings on the same topic.

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