Half of what makes a great Tarot reading great is the question that is being asked. There are simply some things that you do not ask the Tarot… When will I hit the lottery? When will my boyfriend ask me to marry him? When will I get a new car? Will my spouse leave me? Things like this are simply not good questions to ask the Tarot, because the Tarot is not a predictor of the future. Instead, the Tarot is a lens through which we can clarify the energy surrounding a given situation so that we can make the choices necessary and shift the energy in a way that is beneficial for everyone. You follow me?

So to that end, that means that we have to get very good at crafting the right questions to ask the Tarot when we’re doing a reading for ourselves and for others.

Don’t Ask a Yes/No Question

Personally, I’m not a fan of asking yes/no questions of the Tarot. Why? Because quite frankly, I don’t think that the Tarot cards are designed to handle that type of question effectively. When you go to your Tarot cards or Oracle cards, sure, you can ask a simple yes/no question, but with all the insight and deep symbolism that’s available in the cards, why would you do that? If all you want is a yes/no answer, use a pendulum – it’s easier and that’s what they were designed to do. Sure, the Tarot cards can give you a yes or no answer, but it’s difficult, and honestly, not worth your time when there are easier ways to do it.

DO Ask An Open-ended Question

A better way to harness the power of the Tarot cards is to ask an open-ended question. Something like, “How can I move past the blocks to finding love?” or “What do I need to do so that I find my dream job?” The Tarot cards want to guide you towards concrete actions and shifts in attitude. You’ll get a lot more out of your Tarot cards if you ask the cards for help. Let the cards do what they do best and guide you towards positive action and empowerment.

Don’t Ask the Tarot About Another Person

Oy. If I had a dollar for every time someone wanted to ask me to do a reading about someone else, I could retire right now. It is never a good idea to nose around in someone’s energetic business when you don’t have permission to do so. Forget about the other person, and focus on yourself – you’ll get a lot more out of the reading.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Clarification

When I use the Tarot cards for gaining insight on a particularly tough or messy situation in my life, I don’t hesitate to draw an extra card or two when I need a little more information. If you don’t understand what a card is telling you, draw another one for clarification. But be aware: drawing more than a couple of extra cards can lead you down a whole new rabbit hole, so take what you need and move on.

Don’t Ask a Stupid Question

You know…ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer? Although some folks out there will tell you that there are no stupid questions, when it comes to the Tarot, yeah, there are. The more insightful your question, the more insightful your answer will be. Makes sense, right? You can’t ask the Tarot something like, “How can I make more money?” and get a great answer, but you can ask, “What limiting beliefs are standing between me and financial abundance?” and get a better answer.

Ask For Concrete Actions to Take

I’ve always believed that the Tarot is about creating the future, not predicting it, so it only makes sense to me when I’m doing readings for myself (and others) that I include concrete actions that can be taken in order to create the best outcome. You can create a whole reading around these types of questions: what do I need to do in order to… or what steps can I take to achieve… When you ask the Tarot what you can do in any given situation, you’re empowering yourself (or your client) and generating a lot of positive energy.

Remember, you don’t really even have to have a question at all when you read Tarot. One of my favorite ways to begin a reading is just to draw 3 cards and see where they lead from there! But if you’re looking to get information on a specific situation, it’s always better to have a well-formed, insightful, and action-oriented question when you sit down with your cards.

Got any ideas for how to formulate a great question for the Tarot? Do you feel stuck when you’re asking questions and need a little advice? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with us!