Many readers do not care for yes/no questions because they feel they are not useful and are not empowering. However, I have found one that is very useful and can pave the way for more empowering information. I like having a clear snapshot of the situation based on things as they stand before moving on to seeking advice. This spread allows me to do that. It has become one of my go-to spreads, providing me a clear synopsis of the energies involved and the direction in which they are flowing. The spread is from Tarot Prediction & Divination by Susyn Blair-Hunt.
It is very simple. After stating the question, shuffle as you usually do and lay out five cards in a horizontal line. First, you determine if the answer is yes or no by counting.
Majors and even numbered cards count as “yes.”
Court cards and odd numbered cards count as “no.”
All 5 “yes” cards would, of course, indicate a strong yes. Likewise, 5 “no” cards suggest a strong “no.”
Anything in between is considered a probable “yes” or “no” depending on the ratio of cards.
After determining the yes/no part, then you interpret the cards as you normally would. There are no positional meanings, so there is a lot of flexibility in the spread.
If the answer is not what is wanted, then subsequent readings can be done for advice regarding how to alter the outcome.