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How to Ask the Right Questions in a Tarot Reading for Accurate Insights

Updated: Jul 2

Are you looking for a tarot reading to receive new insights? Whether you are reading your own cards or going to a professional tarot reader, a tarot reading should revolve around quality questions. You want to be sure to ask good, open-ended questions to get the answers you are looking for.

Asking “yes” or “no” types of questions is not likely to provide the guidance you need. Tarot is not designed to be a magic eight ball, and life is rarely black and white. If all you want is yes or no, you may as well flip a coin. Tarot cards tell a story and provide in-depth answers with many possibilities. Asking for a simple yes or no is like pulling up MapQuest for directions because you want to know if you should go to the party. Seeing how to get to the event may or may not answer your question. Instead, you should be looking for the steps to take or the guidance you need to get the results you want.

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What, Why, and How Questions for a Tarot Reading

What, why, and how questions are the most powerful and appropriate questions for tarot readings. For instance, if you are looking for insight into your love life, you might ask questions such as the following:

  • What should I be doing to help myself find my soulmate?

  • How will I know that I have found my soulmate?

  • What are my most attractive qualities?

  • How does my partner feel or think about me?

  • What can I do to strengthen my relationship with the person I love?

  • How open is my heart for love?

  • What negativity or positivity do I bring into my relationship?

  • What can I do to communicate better with my significant other?

  • Why did my past relationships fall apart?

  • Why am I still single?

  • Why do I attract people that are emotionally closed off?

  • How can I get over my ex?

  • What can I do to attract the best partner for me?

  • How can my partner and I help each other grow in our relationship?

  • Why am I a commitment-phobe?

  • How are my beliefs about love holding me back?

  • What do I need to work on before my next relationship?

  • How can I open up my heart again after heartbreak?

  • How can I get out of my current relationship?

Career Insight Questions

If you are looking for insight into your career, you might ask questions such as:

  • What can I do to help advance my career?

  • What is currently blocking me from reaching my full career potential?

  • What are my strengths or weaknesses when it comes to my career?

  • What type of work calls to me the most?

  • What type of work do I excel at?

  • What is it about my career that I don’t like?

  • How can I balance my career and personal life?

  • What can I do to resolve an issue with a client?

  • What can I do to improve my relationship with my boss or co-worker?

  • How can I find the perfect job for me?

  • How do I know if it’s time to change careers?

  • How will I know that I am in the right job for me?

Open-Ended Advice Questions

Then there are many open-ended advice questions such as:

  • What do I need to change?

  • What do I need to have the courage to do?

  • What do I need to release?

  • What do I fear? How can I release this fear?

  • What are my hopes and goals?

  • How can I love myself more? Or build my self-confidence?

  • What false beliefs do I have about myself?

  • What are my past mistakes, and what can I learn from them?

  • How can I manage my emotions better?

Questions Not to Ask

Questions you should not ask tarot include asking for specific dates or times. Forecasting timing is best done in timeframes. Questions about specific locations or names are also very unlikely to be revealed by tarot. Asking “what is the name of my soulmate?” is not really helpful anyway. If you get an answer, then you will be going around questioning whether every person with that name is the one. That doesn’t help you figure out what you need to do.

It’s also best not to ask about things that you do not have control over or cannot change the outcome of. Sometimes a spread will reveal that there are circumstances outside of your control that are working for or against you with cards such as the Tower or the Wheel of Fortune. In these cases, tarot can help you prepare yourself for these events by becoming aware of your beliefs and assumptions or what your knee-jerk reaction is likely to be. You can only control your response to what is happening – not the event itself (unless you are initiating it).

Questions about death or the outcome of a serious health issue may only produce anxiety. Tarot cards are not doctors. Specific health or diagnosis-related questions should be left to medical professionals. That said, you can use tarot cards to brainstorm strategies to improve your health. You can ask something like, "What do I need to consider to get my health on track?"

Be Open To Answers You May Not Want To Hear

Keep in mind that if you are not willing to hear the truth of the matter or look at an opposing viewpoint, you may be offended by the answer you receive. Information is most helpful when it is actionable, like when it helps you make a decision or see something in a new way. When you aren’t really open to new information, getting a reading is just looking for confirmation that you are right. Wanting to be right is the very kind of mindset that keeps you from growing and learning. Having said this, it is normal to seek tarot for reassurance, as long as you are open to the possibility that things are different than you expected.

Don’t Repeat Questions Endlessly

If you don’t get the answer you were hoping for, it is tempting to want to ask tarot the same question over and over again. Asking the same thing a couple times may show you different aspects of the truth (which is rarely one-dimensional). However, if you have asked a couple times and you still don’t have clarity, give yourself time to digest everything and let it sink in before you rush into another reading. Another reading on the same question may confuse or water down the initial message. That said, you're certainly not barred from ever revisiting the same question or topic; just let some time pass to see how things turn out unless you’ve experienced a change.

Tarot card readings can never provide all the answers you are looking for and they are always based on the subjective view of the reader. Be sure to approach tarot readings with the right expectations and the right kind of questions to experience the best results.

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