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.


Can Tarot Cards Lie?

This is a question I’ve been asked several times. The answer is “no” and here’s why.  The cards themselves are inanimate objects, fully incapable of consciously telling a lie to anyone.

So, if the cards don’t lie, why are readings sometimes inaccurate?  The answer here is the reader is lying, the questioner is doing cards for themselves and seeing what they want to see instead of being objective, or the questioner has chosen a different path or course of action.

Let’s look at these in detail.

Your reader is lying or misrepresenting things.  Unscrupulous readers who want you to become dependent or are in it just to make money may indeed lie to people they feel they can manipulate in order to extort more money.  If your reader ever tells you that “you’ve been cursed” for example, find the nearest exit, walk out the door, never return.

Your reader is injecting judgments into the reading.  All readers are human, we all form opinions.  What makes a Tarot reader excellent is understanding that our experiences and opinions are limited and we should not be using them to color our perceptions.  We haven’t walked in your shoes; you have.

Your experiences, thoughts, feelings are your own to have and your decisions are yours to make.  If a reader tells you what you “have to do” – they are not following this premise.  We can make suggestions, show possibilities, explore ideas – but your choices should always be your own, and you should feel empowered in your own decisions.

Lack of Objectivity

This is the most common reason the cards “lie” when people do readings for themselves.  I’ve seen many people ask the same questions over and over, but in different ways.  They will do this until they hear what they want to hear, or convince themselves that they are seeing the answer they want.

In order for Tarot to work; one has to have an open mind, not a rigid stubbornness.  If you are feeling defensive during readings, you are not receptive to the messages being offered and should take a break and come back when you are able to be more distant and objective.

Tarot is there to show possibilities, to illuminate new ideas, show you things you may not be perceiving fully and to help you engage in a well-rounded and meaningful thought process that engages all aspects of your mind.

When you approach it with openness and a desire to explore all possibilities it can open many doors.  When you use it as a tool to try to reinforce your already established notions, it will frustrate you.  It can be easier to blame cards than to accept that our judgment was off.