Last month, I posted about the importance of asking the right question. You can see that post here. Even though I meant what I said there, for myself and for certain querents, there are times when it is appropriate to play with the question, to dig deeper together in a more interactive way. One technique that I like a lot is one I learned from James Wells at the 2008 Readers Studio.
Use any spread and any deck you wish. Ask your question, shuffle your cards, and pull just one card. Read that card in each position. This technique accomplishes a couple of things. First, as James pointed out, it shows how the question asked has a huge impact on what the answer will be. After all, the positions in a spread are all questions themselves. For example, the â€śpastâ€ť position asks â€śwhat events or influences from the past are affecting this situation?â€ť The â€śobstaclesâ€ť position asks â€śwhat obstacles I am facing in this situation?â€ť
Second, it encourages you to think about the different possible answers within each card. Say you are doing a three-card reading where the positions are Challenge-Advice-Outcome and you pull The Tower. Your interpretation of The Tower card as a challenge would be different than The Tower card as advice, wouldnâ€™t it? This is especially effective if you use a spread that has positions that are polar opposites, such â€śdo thisâ€ť and â€śdonâ€™t do thisâ€ť or â€śbenefitsâ€ť and â€śdangers.â€ť
Give it a try! I think youâ€™ll find it very illuminating. It might even rock your world, kind of like The Tower.
NOTE: The Tower card pictured here is from The Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn.