How to Use Tarot For Yes or No Questions

Although it’s best to use Tarot when you’re looking for deeper and more insightful answers, you can use Tarot when you need a simple question answered. However, many Tarot readers believe that using the Tarot for Yes or No questions just causes more confusion. The nature of Tarot makes it difficult to give solid Yes or No answers to a querent’s questions because the future is not predetermined. Even though Tarot readings often employ outcome cards or cards that present a future or “final” scenario, these are never set in stone. Like any type of fortunetelling, these predictions are only a possible outcome. People always have the power to redirect their path.

Despite all of the apprehension of using Tarot for Yes or No questions, it’s still often the way a querent likes to ask questions. So it’s a good idea for any Tarot reader to have some sort of method for answering Yes or No Questions. This type of Tarot reading is also a good way for beginner readers to practice their skills.


Useful Tarot Spreads for Yes or No Questions

Over the years, many people have developed different methods and spreads for answering Yes or No questions. The following are a couple of suggested Yes or No methods.


The One Card Draw

This is one of the most basic ways to use Tarot. For this to work you’ll need to ask your Yes or No question and hold it clearly in your mind. Then all you have to do is draw a card from the deck. You can draw the card from anywhere in the deck or you may use a card that “jumped” out of the deck while you were shuffling.

As far as the reading goes for this one card method, there are a couple of variations. One way to answer your Yes or No question is to base it on your own negative or positive association with the card. With this method, if you feel the card is a bad omen, then your answer is no and if you feel good energy from the card, then the answer is yes.

Another way of doing the one card draw is to use reversed and not reversed positions. If the card appears upright, then it is a yes. If it comes out reversed then it’s a no.


The Three-Card Spread

Three-card spreads are another basic Tarot layout. This is a variation on the regular three-card spread. For this method, you will draw three cards one at a time and place them left to right. The way you choose to answer the question can again vary.

One method of using the three-card spread for Yes or No questions is a variation on the reversed and upright reading method. Upright cards are yes and reversed cards are no. The center card counts twice so there will be no ties. All cards reversed is a strong no. 2 cards reversed is probably no. All cards upright is a strong yes. 2 cards upright is probably yes.

Another variation is the “Yes, if…” spread. This method will provide a little more insight into the question. The first card will indicate Yes, if…and reveal the conditions for a yes answer. The second card will indicate No, if…and reveal the conditions for a no answer. The third card will indicate Maybe, if…and reveal the conditions for a maybe. With this method you’ll be able to weigh all aspects of the question.

This last variation is a more empowering spread because it doesn’t reveal a hard outcome, but rather provides information to make a more informed decision. The first card will reveal factors in favor of the desired outcome. The second card will reveal factors working against the desired outcome. The third card will reveal the most important information. This card will be the deciding factor so to speak in guiding the querent.


The Five-Card Spread

This layout is a take on a simple five-card spread. You begin by stating your question and holding it clearly in your mind. Then you shuffle your cards like normal and lay out five cards in a horizontal line.

First you will determine Yes or No by counting the cards. Majors and Even numbered cards count as yes. Court cards and odd numbers count as no. All five yes cards is a definite yes and all five no cards is a strong no. Anything in between can go either yes or no depending on what the majority is.

After you determine the Yes or No, for more insight into your questions, you’ll interpret the cards like you normally would. There are no special positions with this method, so interpret the cards in the way that you feel is best.


Although many Tarot readers balk at the idea of using Tarot for simple Yes or No questions, it’s a good idea to at least learn a few spreads for answering this type of question because it’s what clients want. There are lots of different methods for answering Yes or No questions, that range from being very straightforward to providing deeper insight.

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