How to Use Tarot For Yes or No Questions

How to Use Tarot For Yes or No Questions

Although it’s more common to use Tarot when you’re looking for deeper and more insightful answers, you can also use Tarot when you need a simple question answered. 

Some Tarot readers do however believe that using the Tarot for Yes or No questions just causes more confusion. The reason for this is based on the nature of traditional Tarot, which makes it difficult to give solid Yes or No answers to a querent’s questions for two reasons. 

Firstly, because the future isn’t 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 based on what the person chooses to do once they know what could happen. People always have the power to redirect their path. The second is that normal Tarot cards don’t have a Yes or No meaning attached to them, which makes it difficult to determine whether the answer is Yes or No.

But, despite all of the apprehension of using Tarot for Yes or No questions, it’s actually a really accurate way to make a Yes-No decision. 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 inexperienced readers to practice their skills.

Useful Yes or No Tarot Spread Questions

Over the years, many people have developed different methods and spreads for answering Yes or No questions. The following are the methods I’ve found that work best.

For a Yes-No reading you need to take the Court Cards (Paige, Knight, Queen and King). Out of the deck and put them in a separate pile. The Court Cards relate to people and are only really useful in questions relating to others.

I’ve compiled a list at the end of this article on exactly what Yes No Tarot is. It has all the cards, whether they mean Yes or No and why. I’ve found that it’s very accurate. So, keep it open as you try the spreads below.

The One Card Draw

This is the simplest of the Yes-No Tarot Spreads and requires that you draw a single card. It will give you a simple “yes”, “no” or “maybe” answer. This is a great spread to answer a simple question quickly. Once you’ve interpreted the results you can draw a second card from the pile of Court Cards to see who else is involved.

The Three-Card Spread

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, keeping your question firmly in mind for each. Place them left to right.

Count how many of them show Yes and how many show No. Whichever is two is your answer. So if you got two Yes cards and one No card your answer is Yes. This Spread gives you more insight into what might be standing in your way or what to look out for, or even what to do to get the result. It gives you more insight than a single card reading, but it’s still a pretty definite Yes-No result.

The Five-Card Spread

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 count the number of Yes and No cards. 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, you have two options. You can either 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.

Alternatively you can read it using the interpretations on the Yes-No Tarot article I mentioned above.

Another fun way to do this reading is by using the Yes-No interpretations as you draw each card. The answer to your question will then change every time you put down a new card, but the next card will say how the previous card plays out. For example:

Card1: Hermit – No: Don’t make the same mistake again, rather think twice

Card 2: Sun – Yes: New things are the order of the day. (You need to change the way you think about the situation so that you don’t make the same mistake twice)

Card 3: Six of Cups – Yes: Accept the gift from the Universe. (Change is a gift from the Universe)

Card 4: Seven of Pentacles – Yes: But practice just a little more patience until the time is right. (Practice some patience until the change is complete otherwise you’ll make the same mistake again.)

Card 5: Four of Wands – Yes: But only if everything else that needs doing is done. (If you’re patient and take the time to make a lasting change the answer is yes)


Although some Tarot readers balk at the idea of using Tarot for simple Yes or No questions, it’s proven to be a very effective way for me to make a decision quickly. As you can see there are lots of different methods for answering Yes or No questions, that range from being very straightforward to providing deeper insight. The article I wrote a while ago explains exactly what Yes-No Tarot is and can give you more ideas on how to experiment with this type of reading until you find the one that suits you best.

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