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Six Tips for Asking the Right Question

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on September 30, 2010 | Comments (6)

The tarot community is always discussing something, or many things. A current favorite topic is the question of questions. What makes a good question? Does the question even matter? Should we help client’s rephrase their questions?

In Simple Fortunetelling with Tarot Cards, Corrine Kenner shares some ideas.

Sit down at the tarot reader’s table. Shuffle, and let the cards fall where they may. One by one, they’ll reveal your future.

Provided, that is, that you ask the right question.

In fact, defining your question might be the single most important part of getting a good tarot reading. Solomon Ibn Gabirol ben Judah, a ninth-century philosopher, put it best, “A wise man’s question,” he said, “contains half the answer.”

Here are some tips for phrasing your questions:

  1. Focus on a single issue.
  2. Try to avoid yes or no questions, which can be difficult to answer with tarot cards and go for more open-ended inquiries, like “what can I expect from my relationship?” or “where is my career headed?”
  3. Be as detailed as possible in your queries. Zero in on specifics, like who, what, when, where, why, and how. If you have trouble narrowing the focus of your question, try to put it in writing.
  4. Don’t assume that the cards will intuit your intention. Clarify the background of the questions, as well as the type of response you would like in return.
  5. Define your terms. The cards can be literal in their response. If you ask whether you’ll have a date for your cousin’s wedding, for example, the cards give you an unequivocal yes. As the wedding draws closer, however, you may find yourself heading off to the ceremony by yourself. Were the cards wrong? Not if you think back to the question you asked. In all probability, you did have a date for the wedding. It was printed right on the invitation, next to the time and place. But that wasn’t the kind of date you meant. You wanted a charming companion on your arm, not a circle on the calendar.
  6. Include a time frame fro the response, such as a week, a month, six months, or a year.

Reader Comments

Written By Theresa
on September 30th, 2010 @ 8:28 am

I LOVE this post – the “date” for the wedding part cracked me up. And yes, that sort of thing does happen for those who may not believe it.

Written By Blackbird "BB"
on September 30th, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

I tend to use a 3Card reading for Yes and No Questions, using a 1-2-1 scheme, if the Upright cards total 3 or More Yes, if the Rx 3 or More No, if we get a 2-2 draw, Unclear, but and this is the important thing, I find the Anwser is always much more clear in the actual cards.
“Will I be rich soon?”
Judgment Rx, Chariot Rx, 9 of Swords Rx.”
I actually made this pull the other day, I had offered some distance readings in an online group and one of the Respondants had this Question, In person I would have replied this is not an appropraite Question, but for the distance reading I thought I would explore it, pulled a CC spread to see what was going on in his life and what promted the Question, then asked Nan the Direct Question. As you can see her response was Scathing.
Judgment Rx, Chariot Rx, 9 of Swords Rx.”
Chariot – Mastery – Rx She is saying take charge of your life don’t wait for pennies from heaven, 9 of Swords we can see real pain provoking the Question, and Judgement, the Q had fallen been doing well, and having fallen on hard times “Blamed” himself.
So even with a Y/N question we have more deeper Guidance.
Its funny, though, but it speaks to what I was saying bout our guides. Nan has always been good about intuiting my Questions, and I’ve never quite had something like the Data issue come up.
Although I did once try to locate a lost set of Keys with my Pendulum, and it lead me right tooo… My tool box where I kept my spare Key. I think it was her way of saying, “Excuse me? Queen of Heaven here! Have you confused me with the Lost and Found.
Blessings, BB.

Written By Helen
on September 30th, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

I liked this post very much and I think that sometimes a reading may not address the issue simple because the person has not asked the right question – or they ask a question that is really not the question they want answered, but the cards that come out are related to that question that was in their mind and that they didn’t put words to it. So you read answering the question actually asked when the cards are really relating to that unspoken question.

I do think the more specific the question the better the reading will be and open ended results in my opinion in a more helpful reading for the question than a yes or no would really do.

Written By Ty
on October 1st, 2010 @ 6:54 am

I tend to phrase questions as “What do I/the querent need to know about…”. This is especially good for relationship questions because it allows me to ethically garner information for the client without invading the other person’s privacy.

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