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Basic types of questions

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 18 Nov 2001, and now archived in the Forum Library.

tiger lily  18 Nov 2001 
The Essential Three:

1. What do I need to know regarding...?
2. What do I need to embrace regarding...?
3. What do I need to do regarding...?

These three questions involve the three possible levels on which you can address any problem: head (intellectual analysis), heart (emotional response) and hands (according actions). Let me elaborate a bit more on them:

A reading based on the "need to know" question will provide you with information about the situation from various angles. It will seldom give a direct advice. It is recommended when you feel that you are going in circles in your analysis, when you feel that you are overlooking something important or when you need an outside perspective of things. Readings of this kind will widen your horizon and deepen your understanding of the situation, but will put little emphasis on coping skills or proactive strategies.

A reading based on the "need to embrace" question will adress your emotional responses to a problem.
To embrace doesnīt only mean to accept something, but to let it into your heart, to be passionate about it, to be filled with spirit (enthusiasm). These readings will show you where your heart is in the matter, where you are limiting yourself by self-destructive or inept coping strategies and where you can gain a greater sense of magic and passion in your life. Readings of this kind tend to be very psychological or spiritual, but not very practical.

A reading based on the "need to do" question will come closest to the "yes/no" answer that most people want to receive. Still, it wonīt explicitly tell you what to do. Rather, it will give you two or more strategies and their possible consequences. You still decide which way you go. While these readings touch on the "whyīs", they donīt go too deeply into intellectual or psychological analysis, but tend to be mostly action-oriented. 

Kaz  18 Nov 2001 
For the same problem, do any of you do a spread 3 times, asking the 3 above mentioned questions?


tiger lily  18 Nov 2001 
You can do that, if the problem is very complicated and you want to dig very deep ;-), but in most cases, itīs not necessary, because you simply assign one or more card positions to each type. Also, most problems call only for one approach - youīre seldom blocked on *all* three levels of coping. 

purplelady  27 Nov 2001 
Thanks Tigerlily.I have never put my questions specifically in these 3 catagories before. But this had made me think.It also makes sense , and clarifies. And I'm also going to print out this thread and put it in a notebook where I keep different spreads. I realized that often I read my spreads regarding what I need to know Or what I need to embrace. And while I find the reading satisfying, I don't seem to be able to explain it to someone else in a way that they understand! You are right , a lot of people want a reading that tells them what to do in a yes/no type way , and when my reading isn't like that , they think I don't know how to read cards. 

purplelady  27 Nov 2001 
But another question- are you saying that you pick one of these 3 type questions for a particular spread? And how do you Know which question is the one you need to ask?
What if you believe you need to Know about something , but in reality you need to embrace something?
That is why I usually leave my question kind-of open ended and then determine from the cards what they are saying. 

tiger lily  27 Nov 2001 
Oh, oh... in my attempt to make things simpler, I complicated them instead ;-) bad me...

How do I know which question to ask? Well... I just do. I mean, when Iīm faced with a problem, I usually know where Iīm stuck - am I having a hard time coming to terms with something? Or do I know what I want, but donīt know how to achieve it? Am I missing some important piece of information?

I think most questions start with the plea for help: What should I *do*? but when you start thinking about it, you usually discover that you have a pretty good idea what you *want* to do. The problem lies then either in the head - when you lack information - or in the heart - when you *feel* blocked for some reason.

To make a long-winded explanations shorter ;-) : when youīre faced with a *specific* problem, youīll know where the problem lies... and if you donīt, you simply ask: What do i need to know regarding... 

purplelady  27 Nov 2001 
No Tigerlily, you haven't complicated things, I have! Sorry! I'm just kind-of brainstorming/thinking out loud/trying to throw some interesting questions out there and seeing what comes back! Your posts did help me see 'the question to ask ' in a clearer or new perspective. 

cj  27 Nov 2001 
[quote]tigerlily (18 Nov, 2001 21:52):
The Essential Three:

1. What do I need to know regarding...?
2. What do I need to embrace regarding...?
3. What do I need to do regarding...?

Thanks for the infomation.. Do you do any specific spreads you use. different for each question or the same for all three.


tiger lily  28 Nov 2001 
cj: The only specific spread I use is the Celtic Cross (although some would say that the CC isnīt a "specific" spread ;-) ); most of the time I only throw five cards and read them together - a "free" or "spreadless spread".

My intention was to show the different viewpoints from which you can approach any problem. They arenīt limited to certain spreads, although they can help to create new spreads. 

Melvis  28 Nov 2001 
I like your question analysis, tigerlily. Very thought provoking. :)

Have any of you ever read either of Gail Fairfield's books on Choice-Centered Tarot? She works in a similar vein, by spending time before the reading to make sure you ask the right question. She also explains very well how to come up with a spread for the subject you're inquiring about by figuring out several specific questions you'd like answered, and then throwing one or more cards in reply to each question.

I'm making it sound more complicated than it is, but I've found it very helpful in getting out of the Celtic Cross rut. After a while, it felt like I was just doing the same reading with the same results over and over again with the CC.

I also like how you throw 5 cards, tigerlily. I do a 'free-form' spread myself with nine cards in a diamond pattern.



tarotbear  29 Nov 2001 
In Tarotbear's tarot book...oh DRAT! It hasn't been published yet... :(

Tarot does not deal well with yes/no questions, friviolous questions, or open-ended questions.

Tarot deals best with questions dealing with situations, challenges, improvements, and outcomes. 

tiger lily  29 Nov 2001 
What do you mean with "open-ended" questions? And Tarot doesnīt deal too well with outcomes, but that could be me ... :-) 

tarotbear  29 Nov 2001 
Open-ended questions that are so far into the future that so many factors can change the outcome to render the outcome useless. Questions like 'Will I ever be a millionaire?' Better to ask a question dealing with your finances and put it in a short-term time span: "Will I have enough money in two years to buy a better house?'

Incidently "Am I going to die?" is an open-ended question, even though the answer is 'Yes'. We all have to die sometime.

Related is the run-on question: "will I ever meet the person of my dreams and get married and how many kids will I have with a white picket fence and dog and what will their names be? What is the REAL question here?

Tarot deals best (repeating myself) with questions concerning situations, challenges, improvements, and outcomes. These are questions that ask who, what, where, when, why, how, and also should I, will I , can I , and am I questions. 

tiger lily  29 Nov 2001 
Ah, ok, thanks. I asked because I used the term in another post, but I meant something different: not trying to predetermine the solution. I agree that itīs pretty useless to ask the questions you listed. 

MeeWah  29 Nov 2001 
After a reading for a repeat client, she said "But I wanted to know when things are going to get better!"
The reading was similar to a couple of other readings done over a span of some months so it was obvious the status quo had not changed or was not changing. Among other things, I saw the same stagnancy of spirit; a clinging to the past. I advised her first that her question was too ambiguous for application. Since finances & her job situation were issues, I suggested she think about what she wanted & to ask instead how she could improve her situation.
The next reading was more successful, indicating opportunities, including in employment with hints on where. It also indicated that for anything to change in her life, she had to decide how she wanted the change & to act accordingly. Praying on something is fine, but in this life one also needs *to do*.
This encouraged her to actively seek to make some changes in her life as well as to seek a different job. Happily, both endeavors have produced positive results. 

The Basic types of questions thread was originally posted on 18 Nov 2001 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

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