Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tarot Reading - Which Questions Can You Ask and When?

By Ferdinand Cuvelier

In this article you'll read about the kind of
questions you can ask for a tarot reading. Also attention is payed to
when it is best to do a tarot reading.

Types of questions for a tarot reading

principle you can ask any ethical question to tarot as long as you are
the subject of the question. But some types of questions don't receive
a clear and helpful answer.

You must know that tarot never gives
a yes/no, good/bad, black/white... answer. Tarot describes a situation.
It tells a kind of story.

Also tarot doesn't take decisions for
you. It doesn't say what you must do. It's your responsibility to take
account of the advice, tarot gave you, or not.

Another point of
attention is that tarot never gives you an inevitable outcome. During a
tarot reading using certain spreads, tarot gives an outcome of a
situation. But this is an outcome on condition that nothing is changed
to the present circumstances. It's up to you to change the
circumstances if you don't like the outcome.

In my experience this are the most frequent 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 will be from a certain situation. In general tarot gives a
    clear and helpful answer for this type of question. You mostly will
    also get an indication of where there are possible difficulties.
  • Questions that ask for the description of a situation
    When people want to know more about the background of a certain situation.
    This is often the case for introspective questions.
  • Question about the Personality
    Example: "I have problems for communication with other people. Could you tell me about the background of these problems?"
  • Questions that ask for an advice of tarot
    Example: "How should I change myself to give a new start to my relation?"

The above types of questions are all suited for a good tarot reading.

often people also ask questions that are not so well suited. This are
the types of questions that ask for a black/white answer from tarot. Or
that ask tarot to take a decision for them.

Here are some examples:

  • Yes/No questions
    Example: "Will I have a relation with the boy I met last week?"
  • Questions that ask tarot to take a decision
    Example: "Where should I go during the holidays: France or Spain?"
  • Questions about time
    Example: "When will I find a new house?". 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".

never experimented with it. I think that you miss a lot of the
possibilities of tarot with that kind of questions anyway. But if I
ever would try it, this would be the spread that I use.

By the way, the outcome of that spread can be neutral.

Of course, people sometimes ask double questions that belong to several types.

example: "Is my love relation solid and how will it evolve?". This is a
combination about the situation of a love relation and about the
evolution of that same relation.

A question should always be
related to yourself. Never ask something about somebody else, like:
"How is the relation between my boss and his wife?".

You never would get an answer from a tarot reading for a question like this. And it is highly unethical.

tarot reading is also not suitable for pure "materialistic" questions.
You should not expect that tarot will give you the winning lotto
numbers or tell you where the treasure of the Inca's is hidden.

doesn't mean that you can't ask about material things. If the object is
related to you, then you might get an answer from Tarot.

instance "Where will I find a new house?" would not be a good question.
But "What is the meaning of a new house for me" could very well be

When to ask for a tarot reading

The answer on this question is very simple: when you truly feel the need for it.

Don't let you influence by anybody. And certainly not by an unscrupulous tarot reader. Only 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:

  • In the very first place: listen to your inner voice. This overrules anything else.
  • Some
    spreads, used in a tarot reading, give you a kind of intermediate
    outcome. When you have reached that point, you could ask for a follow
    up reading. But be aware that, if you have changed anything to the
    initial circumstances, that outcome never might be realized.
  • It's not a good idea to ask for a new tarot reading, on the same subject, too fast.
    You must give yourself the time to deal with the first reading. Don't rush it. You are not a machine.
    Myself I think you should at least wait 1 month, even 2 months, between two tarot readings on the same subject.

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