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.


Is Tarot Hard To Learn?

is tarot hard to learn?

Anything worth learning takes time, effort and consistency to master.  If you approach Tarot with the right perspective, however, it can be easier to learn than you might think.

The problem most newbie and hobby readers run into is that they want to learn it by memorizing definitions and from a very “black and white” analytical type perspective.  This doesn’t work.  Tarot is very fluid and you need to learn to tap into your intuition and creative thought processes while learning it.

When I teach Tarot; I always have students start with a Tarot journal.  This is by far, the most effective way to internalize Tarot and make it a part of you, rather than some external thing with complex parts that you are always trying to sort out.

In mathematics, there are set answers and methods for solving a problem.  In other studies, thought and problem solving is more abstract and individualized.  Different approaches lead to the same result.  Think of Tarot as more fluid than rigid and you’ll have much better success with it.

If you start trying to memorize a bunch of symbols and vague “text book” type definitions of the images, without really looking at those images from your own perspective, you’ll find your readings lack substance and may lead to more questions than they answer.

You can look at 3 different Tarot books and there will be 3 different perspectives on the cards meanings – why? Because Tarot, despite having some common themes, is mostly subjective to the user.  There is no wrong answer – you are using the cards as a tool for your intuition and higher thought processes.  The answers are not on the images in the cards – they are in your mind/intuition.  That’s the part that new readers struggle to grasp.

If you open up to the idea of Tarot as a means to tap into your connection with the universal mind; it becomes much easier and definitely more meaningful.

I think most of us start out learning Tarot with the completely wrong approach.  We want to “know what the answers are”, instead of looking for the answers within and using the cards as a guide.  We put too much focus onto the cards themselves and not the messages they evoke from within.

How to Learn Tarot

The best way to learn is by doing.  Use the Tarot journaling exercises here.  After you have gone through your entire deck once or twice; then start doing readings.  It’s really as simple as that.  You don’t learn without practice and you have to keep at it.  This is one of those things, like learning to play an instrument, where practice is always needed and there is always room for improvement.

Tarot For Yourself

tarot for yourself

Learning to read Tarot for yourself can be a frustrating experience if you approach it wrong. However, if you have a truly open mind and want to expand your thought process or get to the heart of a matter; learning to do tarot for yourself can enrich your life in new ways.

First things first; you need to have an honest understanding of your own motivations.  Are you really looking for deeper insight? or are you merely wanting to hear what you want to hear? Are you asking to empower yourself or out of fear of loss or failure etc.? A quick way to discern your true motivations is evaluating your thoughts and feelings when you approach the Tarot.

Signs you may be using Tarot at the wrong time or for the wrong reasons are:

  • You are experiencing extreme feelings of anxiety
  • You are in denial about something and sense that, but want affirmation anyway
  • You feel compelled to ask the same thing over and over again in different ways
  • You aren’t taking time to take some deep breaths and detach from the emotion of the situation before drawing your cards.
  • The current course of events is not going as you wanted and you are feeling resentful, hurt or distrustful.

We all experience these things from time to time and it’s natural, but it’s not ideal for getting a true and accurate reading on a situation.

If you are going to do a reading for yourself, always do it when you are in a relaxed frame of mind.  Many people find that meditation first clears the mind of “racing thoughts” and anxiety.  Physical exercise until you are tired is another great way to release stress and anxiety that may block your objectivity.

When you are doing a reading for yourself, take a moment to take a few deep breaths and as you exhale, focus on releasing expectations (positive or negative) and focus on truth and insight.

Next, ask a clear and concise question.  Avoid “ever” questions for example.  Will I ever get the job I want? is a rather defeating question.  “ever” is a long time and remember you ultimately determine the course of your life path through your own choices.  Instead focus on a more empowered question like “Give me insight into how to land the (specific job) within the next (specific time).”

As a general rule I try to keep readings focused on the near future a few months to six months ideally, sometimes up to a year, but beyond that things can get really fuzzy.

Quick Tips for Great Self Tarot Readings

  • Clear the mind and calm the emotions
  • Take a few deep breaths, release expectations
  • Ask clear, concise questions
  • Stick to a short time frame
  • Use active and not passive questions  – “what can I do” vs “will I ever”


Tarot Reflections The Ace of Swords

tarot reflection ace of swords

Tarot Reflections The Ace of Swords

tarot reflection ace of swordsA card of change, growing by cutting away that which no longer serves your growth so that you can gain new opportunities and have a fresh start. The Ace of Swords indicates a period of overcoming obstacles and clearing the path to new and better opportunities.

When the Ace of Swords comes up it indicates a time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Do you have a situation in your life that needs to be cleared up to get you toward your goal of inner peace? It’s time to reconcile the differences.

When spring approaches many of us set about the task of spring cleaning, a sort of ritual almost in releasing the old and welcoming the new potential of spring. This card reminds us that now is a good time to for another “housecleaning” of sorts. Take time to clean up areas that no longer serve your growth; then you can wake up to more of your potential with the same enthusiasm and new energy that accompanies the arrival of Spring.

Swords are action cards, Aces new beginnings, and fresh starts. This ace reminds us that complacency or procrastination are harmful; by removing all that is no longer needed, you make room for better circumstances to make their way to you.

Key lesson of this card: When you weed a garden – you allow it to flourish.


Tarot Numerology Tarot Number One Meaning

The number 1 in Tarot is represented by the Ace cards. They speak of changes, new potential and the beginnings of cycles. In numerology, the one symbolizes individualism, strength of will, and drive and determination.

The Ace’s in Tarot also represent the seasons and natural cycles of things. One is the start of a cycle so many ones in a Tarot spread often mean the beginning of a change or shift, things taking form, or starting to move in a new direction. They also represent potential, possibilities and serve as a reminder not to get “stuck” in certain mindsets, but to be open to change and to go with the natural cycles of life.

The number one also focuses on the individual: leadership, taking accountability and relying on oneself.

Tarot Numerology Tarot Number One