A Guide to How to Ask Tarot Questions Effectively

how to ask tarot questions

how to ask tarot questions

Ever struggled coming up with questions to ask for a Tarot reading? Learn how to form the best questions for your readings and see some great examples.

Tarot works best when focused on a tight question within a reasonable time frame.  “Will I ever” questions are not well suited to Tarot.  Why? Well, ever is a mighty long time now, isn’t it?  Every day we make choices that impact the course of our path.  Tarot is good for seeing short-term energies and patterns and adjusting our behaviors accordingly.  “Ever” is just too vague and too many things can happen.

For this reason, keep your spreads and/or your questions to a specific time frame.  Six months to a year are ideal for longer-range readings.

You also want to avoid asking the same thing in different ways.  When a question is emotionally charged, or we are not hearing what we want to hear etc. there can be a temptation to rephrase the same question in different ways.  This is not helpful and will only cause confusion.  Do your spread or ask your question at a time where you can be calm and open to all possibilities.

Examples of Good and Bad Tarot Questions

Wrong: Will I ever get a job as a nurse at XYZ hospital?

Better: Will a position at XYZ hospital open up in the next six months? What do I need to be aware of to increase my chances of getting a nursing position at XYZ hospital?

The next involves love and relationship Tarot readings.

Wrong: How does Dan feel about me? Does he care for me at all? Will he ever love me?

Right: Please show me how Dan views me as a person and what our compatibility is.  OR

Was Dan being truthful about his feelings towards me? OR

What are Dan’s intentions towards a relationship with me?

These are all clear, concise questions that are not emotionally driven asking the same thing over and over…. These questions are far less likely to create confusion and add to any emotional turmoil.

Example Abstract Concept Questions

Wrong: When will I be happy?

Right: What can I do right now to improve my outlook and overall sense of happiness?

The top one assumes you are powerless and happiness is something that will come galloping over the horizon one day and land in your lap.  That’s not what happiness is.  Happiness is a choice ultimately, so when you are struggling to feel happy, rather than seeking it as some distant objective, focus on what you can do to empower yourself right now that will start to turn things around for you.

Hopefully, these examples give you some ideas on how to improve your Tarot questions.  If you need help formulating a question feel free to contact me in the comments or via my contact form.


Tarot for Focus and Clarity

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tarot for focusHave you ever questioned your path? Wondered if you had hidden talents or perhaps some underlying block to achieving your goals? Have you ever needed to look at yourself a bit more objectively, free from the voice of the inner critic or random, distracting thoughts?

Fortunately, Tarot is a great tool for mental focus and clarity. When I do exercises like this with the Tarot I put them in my journal. For example, if I am hitting obstacles and not understanding why or seeing the full reason behind it; I will focus my intention and ask the Universe to give me guidance regarding the obstacles on my path and what I can do to overcome them. I would then select two cards, one representing external influences and obstacles and one representing those within myself.

Place the cards side by side and then use your journal. At the top of the page write down the issue you are seeking clarity on. Beneath it, list the two cards side by side and underneath each card list the lessons that card is presenting you.

For example, let’s say you drew a Wheel of Fortune reversed for your personal challenge card, you may want to consider that you are resisting change or that you don’t trust where you feel you are being led. A reversed wheel in regards to personal challenge tends to indicate resistance and trust issues. The same card in the external challenges position may be telling you the time isn’t right just now to proceed, or perhaps you need more information or preparations before moving forward. Each card will vary depending on if its focus is external or internal.

This can also be a very useful practice for the pros and cons of a choice. We all have those times in life when we face difficult decisions. It can be hard to attain clarity without taking time to sort out our thoughts and feelings. Pull two cards for each choice, one representing the pros and the other cons. Write the results and your thoughts in your journal. Reflecting on these can lend great insight and help you feel more at peace with your decision.

When you are feeling a bit lost on your path, or wanting to do something and are unsure of what to pursue, the Tarot is a great way to seek out “hidden talents” and new ideas. This requires a very open mind and heart because it often leads to surprise answers.

When you face situations like this ask the universe for help in discovering new creative avenues to direct your energy. Pull a card and focus on the positive qualities in that card. What talents and strengths does this card represent? How can you begin to implement those in your daily life? Perhaps you’ll be led to a new hobby or class. You may find it even inspires you to a whole new career path, especially if you have been working in a field at odds with your soul purpose.

Tarot is also useful for looking a bit deeper into your soul purpose. Every person is here to grow and learn through experience. Sometimes in life when we aren’t living up to our fullest potential or having all the experiences our soul longs for, a feeling of “something missing” begins to manifest. When this happens, allow the universe to guide you through Tarot imagery. Use your journal and draw a card that represents what is missing, then record what that card is saying to you.

Sometimes the answers seem to appear like magic, other times it may take some hours or even days of personal reflection to make sense of the messages you have received. For this reason, a journal is a great way to revisit and further contemplate the message.