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Yes/No Answers

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 20 Aug 2004, and now archived in the Forum Library.



Winewood  20 Aug 2004 
I Was Wondering how you get yes/no answers from tarot cards, i find it rather difficult to tell what the answer is when asking yes/no questions, i try for them not to be but sometimes i need a short sweet and precise reading.

any tips? 


Flavio  20 Aug 2004 
Hi!, welcome to AT. You might want to use the Search funtcion, surely will find several threads on this topic. 


Thirteen  20 Aug 2004 
You get yes/no by creating your own artifical rules. For example, if you use reversals, you can shuffle the deck and say, "upright = yes, reversed = no" then ask your question, cut the deck and look at that card--upright or reversed? Or you could assign yes/no to the aces and use only them. Yes for wands/cups, no for swords/pentacles. Shuffle the cards and start turning them up till you hit an ace.

Generally speaking, however, the cards don't offer yes/no answers; after all, if yes/no answers were what you wanted, flipping a coin or using a magic 8-ball would work better. The best tarot cards can offer are answers that are more yes-ish or a more no-ish depending on which card/cards appear where in the spread. For example, most of us would agree that a preponderance of reversals and/or swords in a spread is probably a "no" or at least advice to think twice before saying "yes". 


Fulgour  21 Aug 2004 
Yes or no, will the next person ask: what about The Fool - 0? 


NeXoRiouS  21 Aug 2004 
what about The Fool - 0? 


Thirteen  21 Aug 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by NeXoRiouS
what about The Fool - 0?


Maybe? :D 


Fulgour  21 Aug 2004 
Maybe? :D ?ebyaM 


NeXoRiouS  21 Aug 2004 
Well, it's a waste to use tarot to ask Yes/No questions. Might as well use pendulums or dices. Make full use of what Tarot can give. Limiting to yes/no will not enable full utilizing of the cards. 


punchinella  21 Aug 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by NeXoRiouS
Well, it's a waste to use tarot to ask Yes/No questions. Might as well use pendulums or dices. Make full use of what Tarot can give. Limiting to yes/no will not enable full utilizing of the cards.

I don't agree, because tarot will enrich your yes/no answer. Using tarot this way gives a yes or no, but doesn't stop there. Advice, explanation, etc. etc. . . . are all implicit in that specific yes or no (if you're starting with the whole deck that is). 


NeXoRiouS  21 Aug 2004 
Yes, I know advices and explanations enrich the reading. However, some questions like, 'Will I have money for this month?' You can go about talking and advicing what to do. Then he will give u blur and confused look and asked, 'So will I have money for this month?' They just wish to hear a Yes or No and that's final. Whatever extra information becomes rubbish filtered out of their ears. 


Kiama  21 Aug 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by punchinella
I don't agree, because tarot will enrich your yes/no answer. Using tarot this way gives a yes or no, but doesn't stop there. Advice, explanation, etc. etc. . . . are all implicit in that specific yes or no (if you're starting with the whole deck that is).


This is what I would say in answer to the question. :D

When I ask a Yes/No question, I lay out three cards, and look at what cards they are. I don't have any pre-set rules, but instead look at the card meanings, and if they seem favourable for the question asked.

For instance, the question 'Will I have a good time at the party tonight' is answered by the 9 of Cups, Four of Pentacles, and Queen of Wands. Now, this is a mixed spread, and I would see the answer initially as Yes, you will have a good time at the party tonight, because the Queen of Wands symbolizes a very social butterly kinda person who is the life and soul of the party, and the 9 of Cups represents fulfilling social needs. But I would also add that the querent should maybe watch how much they spend at the party- they may need to save their money for other things! (4 of Pentacles.)

So, here the cards not only give a Yes/No answer, but they say WHY the answer is so, and sometimes give a little advice.

Kiama 


astril  21 Aug 2004 
I try to ask the tarot which way I might benefit by taking, get a card storyline going, and if it doesn't help than I will draw five cards, the first two are worth one point, the middle worth two, the last two worth one. Upright means yes, upside down means no. But I don't ever ask twice because then all my vibes go out the window! 


Thirteen  21 Aug 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by punchinella
I don't agree, because tarot will enrich your yes/no answer.


As NeX points out, this begs the question. I'm assuming Winewood knows Tarot can give answers that are NOT yes-no. That it can offer explainations and advice. But that isn't what Winewood seems to be looking for. And NeX's point is: As you're NOT looking for those "enriching" explainations that MIGHT blur your 'Yes-no" answer considerably, why bother using the tarot at all? Why not use something better suited to "Yes/No" answers?

And I have to agree. If you're looking for yes-no answer, Tarot isn't best suited for that. It's like a Lawyer saying to a witness, "Just answer the question, yes or no, did he kill his wife?" The answer may be "Yes." So now the man should go to jail, right? But if allowed, the witness will explain, "But she was coming at him with a knife! And he didn't mean to kill her, only stop her--but when he shoved her away she went out of a window...."

You see, "enriching" of that "yes" turns the yes/no answer into something that isn't a simple yes/no. Did he kill his wife? Well, yes...but in self-defence so no...and he didn't mean to, so maybe still no...but technically yes....

Now you're thinking, maybe he shouldn't go to jail at all, right? Maybe he should be set free. The "enriching" blurs and erases yes-no. It turns just about every answer into "It depends...." And that doesn't seem to be what Winewood is looking for. 


Winewood  21 Aug 2004 
thanks everyone for helping, and im not looking for some straight forward answers, im just trying something out, im trying to use my cards to comunicate with spirits, but id rather have quick yes no answers than have a lengthy in depth discussion so soon, id rather build on my confidence first. 


Diana  22 Aug 2004 
The Tarot is great for Yes/No answers.

Sometimes though it will answer Maybe, and that is when you need to explore a bit more.

The Tarot is great for ALL our questions. No exceptions. Straighforward answers included.

I use the Majors only for my Yes/No questions. They are very direct and don't hum and haw and hum and haw.

For people like me who are rather anxious people and are worriers, the Tarot can be a great help when we seek reassurance with Yes/No questions. 


Emily  22 Aug 2004 
Hi WineWood,

The Quest tarot is one that has a specific feature on the cards for yes/no answers in the forms of little daggers.

It also has the alphabet on the cards allowing you to use them as a kind of spirit board feature, spell out names, words that kind of thing. The Quest is much more than just a tarot deck but its not a traditional ie Rider Waite clone so its a little hard to read with at first. It does however come with a great companion book. Slightly off topic but I thought I would mention it. :) 


NeXoRiouS  22 Aug 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Emily
Hi WineWood,

The Quest tarot is one that has a specific feature on the cards for yes/no answers in the forms of little daggers.

It also has the alphabet on the cards allowing you to use them as a kind of spirit board feature, spell out names, words that kind of thing. The Quest is much more than just a tarot deck but its not a traditional ie Rider Waite clone so its a little hard to read with at first. It does however come with a great companion book. Slightly off topic but I thought I would mention it. :)


Ouja Board? 


Kahlie  22 Aug 2004 
Quote:
I use the Majors only for my Yes/No questions. They are very direct and don't hum and haw and hum and haw.

For people like me who are rather anxious people and are worriers, the Tarot can be a great help when we seek reassurance with Yes/No questions.


Diana, can you tell me how you do this? Do you check if the meaning is in favour with the Question, use reversals? Please help another rather anxious worry person ;) 


The 78th Fool  22 Aug 2004 
I never ask yes/no answers of the cards. For me personally, that's not what they're for. Rather they illuminate my circumstances and reveal the myriad of possibilities available to me. I don't feel that they are specifically predictive.

Chris. xx 


Anna  22 Aug 2004 
I have used the Tarot for yes/no questions. These kind of questions tend to be very direct and specific, so I get a direct and specific answer.

A bit off topic, but have you tried using divining rods? I had a chance to play with some a few months back and they are fab! I did some experiementing with a friend were we asked the rods yes and no questions, and they would cross for yes and stay still for no. A very simple but fun way of playing with yes/no questions! 


Diana  22 Aug 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Kahlie
Diana, can you tell me how you do this? Do you check if the meaning is in favour with the Question, use reversals? Please help another rather anxious worry person ;)


I don't use reversals. I dislike reversals - never use the pesky things. And for this kind of question never use more than three cards. Mostly only one card. Always Majors only.

Like if I'm anxious about medical results I am waiting for, I will ask "Will I be happy about the results?". Then I draw a card and just go with my gut reaction. Like if it's the Sun or the Devil or Judgement, then I know the answer will be yes, I will be happy. If the answer is no, then the card will probably be the Maison-Dieu (Tower), or the Papess (which could mean for instance that I will have to get more tests done, so that would be a "maybe" answer.)

Just go with your gut feeling.

Or if I want to know if my son will get a better Maths results in a test that he is having that day, and if Justice comes up, I know that his results will be the same as usual. But if it's the Chariot, I know there will be some improvement but it may be only a one-time thing and that there is no assurance that he is improving with his maths.

It's difficult to explain. You need to practice and then it gets easy. 


Kahlie  22 Aug 2004 
Thanks a lot Diana,

I will give it a go sometimes, I purcashed an Oracle Deck that's really good in giving yes/no Answers and showing what influences surround a question.

Kahlie 


Emily  22 Aug 2004 
Hi NeXoRiouS,

Yes Spirit board/Ouija board - I have a big problem with Ouija boards so I've never been tempted to use this particular feature on the Quest tarot but I have used the yes/no daggers for specific questions. 


NeXoRiouS  22 Aug 2004 
ah... Bad experience? 


Emily  22 Aug 2004 
Hi NeXoRiouS,

I don't like the way they are sold as toys, I've only every come into contact with one Spirit Board, I wasn't a participant, but the experience left its mark on me and I saw how it affected the ones who had been using it. No, not my idea of fun. 


Ace  23 Aug 2004 
I don't see any reason why you can't use Tarot for a yes/no question. I think the first step is to phrase the question carefully, as NeXoRiouS points out, asking "will I have money this month?" may not be answerable as yes/no, mainly (IMHO) because it is predictive--as stated. If the question involves other factors: I have a big check coming in, is it going to be here soon? or I am a little worried about my business, will I have money this month? You might or might not be able to answer yes or no.

No matter what, a card is NOT just yes or no, the picture (if you use a deck with pix) will give you more information to clarify/backup/defend your answer.

I use reversals as NOT the upright meaning, so yes is (usually) upright and NO is (usually) the Rx. Sometimes it is a negative card so the answer can be yes, but you really won't like/get/want what you are asking for. Again: Q:will I have money this month? A: 10 of swords. Yes, but you will have a lot of sweating to do before it finally comes in. So, save yourself some trouble and don't spend so fast, it may not come in before the wire. OR A: 10 of Pentacles: yes, in fact every thing you are owed is FINALLY on the way! OR A: 5 of Pentacles. well.... probably not, it is tied up in paperwork (even though the card is upright!)

One card pulls are useful in a lot of ways, but nothing in tarot is black and white... except maybe the BOTA deck! :P 


Kit  23 Aug 2004 
I LIKE using reversals but just because a card is upsidedown doesn't mean it has a worse meaning or should be taken as a "NO". Tarot doesn't usualy give yes or no answers~ it just argues with you, :joke: pointing out a few of the good and bad points! 


The Yes/No Answers thread was originally posted on 20 Aug 2004 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the active threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

 


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