8 Insightful Questions to Ask Throughout a Tarot Card Reading

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A deck of tarot cards consists of four suits of 14 cards, 21 trump cards, and a wild card known as The Fool. For centuries the cards have been used to play ordinary card games, but somewhere along the line they became a tool for divination and guidance.
You can seek guidance from the tarot either by reading the cards yourself or by consulting a practitioner. Before the procedure begins, you must have a specific question for which you are seeking help and of which you should be mindful as the reading begins. The cards are shuffled, the deck cut, and the reader then arranges the cards in a specific pattern or “set.” As the cards are taken from the deck and arranged in the set, the reader interprets them in reference to the question you’ve asked. Because the images on the cards are pictograms, that is, archetypal concepts, each card resonates on a number of symbolic levels, making interpretation of the cards nuanced and profound.
Tarot cards can’t “tell the future” in the manner of the Delphic Oracle. Rather, a tarot reading based upon a properly worded question engages the questioner’s own intuitive responses. In a sense, a tarot reading rationalizes the inchoate and only half-conceptualized thoughts and feelings of the questioner, making them clear and obvious. For this reason, the key to a successful tarot reading is the formulation of the question for which guidance is sought.
The Psychic Line said, “Prepare for your tarot reading by determining what challenge or problem you want help understanding or resolving.” Be as specific as you can. Keep yourself at the center of your inquiry, but remain objective. And don’t expect a simple “yes” or “no” response. The cards are far too richly resonant to provide that. Here are 8 formulas to help you develop your question.
1. What is causing me to be conflicted in this situation?
You’re in a dilemma. You want to make a decision, but some obstacle is blocking you from resolving the conflict. For example, you’ve received a job offer that will require a major lifestyle change. The offer’s immensely attractive, but something’s making you hesitate. Avoid asking the cards a yes-or-no question, such as, “Should I take the job?” You need greater insight in this case.
2. Where can I look for a way to ease tension in this situation?
Conflict has arisen. You’ve had a run-in with another person and you’ve been hurt. In this case, avoid blaming the other person for the situation (e.g., “Why is he/she doing this?), but instead seek positive and productive guidance.
3. How can I find the means to make this situation better?
Something bad has happened and it’s causing grief and frustration. Perhaps a friend has failed to pay back a loan, and you need that money right now. Before seeking guidance, determine what you really want to know. You don’t need to know if your friend is unreliable or if you are a bad judge of character: avoid blame when you consult the cards. What you’re looking for is a way to get out of a bad place, and the answer to that is somewhere within you. Let the cards lead you to insight.
4. How can I improve my ability so that I attain a specific goal?
You’re about to take a difficult and important exam. “Will I earn a high score?” is not an appropriate question to bring to your tarot reading. Instead, formulate a query such as, “What areas do I need to work on to improve my chances of a high score?” Keep your attitude positive and your engagement in the situation active.
5. How can I know if my feelings for X are sincere?
Many tarot readers are given the question, “Do I really love X?” Or “Should I marry X?” Responses to these questions will be unhelpful. Your chances of receiving a forward-leading response are much greater when you seek guidance through personal insight.
6. What criteria can I use to decide if X is a person I want to keep near me?
Like the previous question, this one focuses the search upon you rather than a simple “yes” or “no.” If you’re feeling ambivalent toward someone and find yourself puzzled and annoyed by these feelings, ask the tarot for guidance in making your decision.
7. What signs should I look for in making this decision?
Some decisions should be simple but turn out to be hard. Would it be better to buy or lease a car? You can spend hours making lists of pro’s and con’s in such a case. Consulting the tarot will open up those unconscious impulses and reservations that are making the decision difficult for you.
8. How can I find the right X for me?
This is the best way to formulate a question when you’re feeling negative and helpless. You want to ask, “Why can’t I find the right friend/partner/home/job?” The trouble with this negative approach is that you’ve assumed failure. Instead, stay positive and alert for real clues to an answer from within.

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