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10 Practical Questions to Ask the Tarot

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on August 3, 2010 | Comments (5)

Many people in the tarot community know Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone. They are the founders of the Tarot School and the very popular annual conference known as The Readers Studio. With two excellent books under their belts, they are also successful authors. One of their books, Tarot Tips, is an excellent book (useful and fun!) for tarot readers of any experience level. Compromised of 78 tips, tricks, and techniques, any tarotist, tarot teacher, or tarot meet up organizer will find it a treasure chest of inspiration.

One tip, number 34 can be used as an exercise or a springboard for further discussion. Here’s a little taste:

10 Practical Questions to Ask the Tarot

  1. What do I need to know about …?
  2. What is the next step I need to take to achieve …?
  3. What can I do to help …?
  4. What is standing in the way of my …?
  5. How can I best overcome the obstacle of …?
  6. How can I be a better …?
  7. Which is the best choice between …?
  8. What can I do to support myself while …?
  9. When is the best time to …?
  10. Who am I?

The Amberstones add that “Question #10 is not so easy to answer but we wanted to include it because as far as we are concerned, it’s the most important question you can ask the cards. Finding the answer is a lifelong process of discovery, and the more you study tarot, the better you’ll be able to answer it.”

I think it would be fun to do these readings at a tarot meet up or as a workshop. I also think it would be fun to use these questions as inspiration for designing spreads.

What spread would you use to answer question 10?

Reader Comments

Written By Blackbird "BB"
on August 3rd, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

Actually there is a very good Past Life Spread in Power Tarot, that I think readers might well find works well for this Purpose.

I know Barb loves spreads, so I thought I would share this;

I recently reaquired a copy of the Robin Wood Deck, and there is a card in there laying out a 15 card spread. When I first aquired the deck years ago I did not have the experiance to see that I could take the lay of cards which I quite like and rearrange the pull in a manner better suited to my own reading style.

So I sat down and thought about what I wanted to explore with this lay of cards. Please Click here, to see what I came up with …

10.11.12 7.8.9
1. 2.3
4. 5.6 …..

We begin as usual with a Present Moment Tableau, showing Overt,(1-3) and Hidden Influences. Moving on in cards 7-9 We look at the rising Cards; Although I may change that.
In any Event.

Left Hand Cards – Past Influences, or things in the Present that cannot be changed.
Right Hand Cards – Rising Influences things that can be changed or have not taken their final form.

and finally 13 to Fifeteen Outcome cards. Finally 16 Summantion.

Written By Rose
on August 3rd, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

Great post with a great array of questions! I’ll be using these prompts during my upcoming Tarot Wisdom Circles with my students. Thanks so much, and blessings to all.

Written By diane allan
on August 12th, 2010 @ 4:24 am

have messaged ruth ann via tarosophy site. it felt great to be able to contact a tarot great and i have had this book since i started learning tarot. it is full of useful insights so i wouls advise all to get a copy x diane in stirling scotland x

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