Tarot With Playing Cards Yes/No Answers

Updated on March 6, 2020
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I'm a professional tarot reader, but when I don't have a tarot deck with me, I can use a deck of playing cards to provide a useful reading.

Your friend knows about your interest in tarot, so she suggests you do some readings "for fun". Yet you haven’t got a deck. “That’s all right,” your friend says, “You can do it with playing cards.” And you can. It’s perfectly possible to read tarot with playing cards. Reading with any kind of playing card deck, or tarot or oracle deck, is called cartomancy.

If you want to learn the techniques from scratch and really get to understand the cards and their messages, I suggest you start here: How to Read the Tarot with Playing Cards. However, if you are looking for fast answers to yes/no questions, then this is the right place. Here is a down-and-dirty, fast guide to what playing cards answer ‘yes’ to your questions and which ones say "no". Oh, and be aware, there could also be some "maybes" in there too.

I’ve modified the answers with a phrase that reflects the energy of the card and fits in with its traditional meaning. It might be helpful, or you can ignore it if it doesn’t fit. And, by the same token, you can expand on your interpretation and also you might think about looking more deeply into the card by researching its tarot equivalent.

Playing card tarot: a lady with all the Aces. It's a 'yes' from me!
Playing card tarot: a lady with all the Aces. It's a 'yes' from me! | Source

What's Your Question?

Here we go. Formulate your question. Remember it must require a more or less straight yes/no/maybe answer. There’s no point asking about your spiritual development or how do you go about attracting love this year. Simple questions get a simple answer.

One Card Only

To get an answer to a yes/no question, you only need to draw one card. If it suggests another question to you, put the first card back in the deck (after making a note of it and its answer), then shuffle and draw another for your new question.

If you try drawing more than one card, you won't get a clear response.

A Quick Note on the Joker

I recommend you remove the Joker from the deck before beginning your reading. The Joker is an ambivalent card, represented by the Fool in Tarot. While most times it means to take a risk, to trust in the universe, to go along with game; it can also mean that the choice you are making is folly. You can decide yourself what it means and keep it in, of course, but as it's confusing, I'd take it out.

Example Playing Card Tarot Questions

  • Will I get promotion this year?
  • Am I going to fall in love?
  • Should I go on that trip?
  • Will my son get into college?
  • Should I set up a new business?
  • Am I going to pass my exam?
  • Do I need to study harder?
  • Is it a good idea to keep reading this article?

And so on…

Remember: this is for fun and entertainment. Never make an important decision based on the turn of a card.


Clubs: The Suit of Inspiration and Action

  • Ace of Clubs: Yes, take advantage of this burst of energy.
  • Two of Clubs: No, there is more to do. Consolidate your plans.
  • Three of Clubs: Yes, be patient.
  • Four of Clubs: Yes, you’ve done well so far.
  • Five of Clubs: No, you need to get through this situation first.
  • Six of Clubs: Yes, absolutely.
  • Seven of Clubs: Maybe, you might have to convince others.
  • Eight of Clubs: Yes, go now. Do that thing!
  • Nine of Clubs: Yes, but slow down, take it easy.
  • Ten of Clubs: No. Hunker down, things will improve.
  • Jack/Knave of Clubs: Yes, if it’s safe. No, if there’s risk involved.
  • Queen of Clubs: Yes, and take all the encouragement you can get.
  • King of Clubs: Yes, but make sure to stand back to get the big picture.

Hearts: The Suit of Love and Emotions

  • Ace of Hearts: Yes, enjoy this delicious moment.
  • Two of Hearts: Yes, embrace it.
  • Three of Hearts: Yes, time to have some fun.
  • Four of Hearts: No, you are not in the right emotional state.
  • Five of Hearts: No, your heart is too heavy.
  • Six of Hearts: Yes, and it might have something to do with the past.
  • Seven of Hearts: Maybe, it depends on your choice of path.
  • Eight of Hearts: Yes, but slowly and reluctantly.
  • Nine of Hearts: Yes, all is well.
  • Ten of Hearts: Yes, now is a great time to reach for fulfillment.
  • Jack/Knave of Hearts: Yes, but it won’t last.
  • Queen of Hearts: Yes, but be sensitive to the needs of other people.
  • King of Hearts: Very likely, yet hold back a little.

Spades: The Suit of Thinking and Communication

  • Ace of Spades: Yes, you know the truth.
  • Two of Spades: No, you can’t see the truth yet.
  • Three of Spades: No, the lines of communication are down.
  • Four of Spades: Possibly, you need time to recover first.
  • Five of Spades: Yes, no, maybe. You must be up front about your intentions.
  • Six of Spades: Yes, but take it slowly. Choose the path of least resistance.
  • Seven of Spades: Yes, if you think you should. No, if you are attempting to deceive.
  • Eight of Spades: No, you just can’t. But wait, you can if you try hard enough.
  • Nine of Spades: No, get yourself sorted first.
  • Ten of Spades: No, it’s just not happening, is it?
  • Jack/Knave of Spades: Yes, be single minded about your goal.
  • Queen of Spades: Yes, but make sure you have the truthful version first.
  • King of Spades: Very likely, be sure to weigh up all the options analytically.

Diamonds: The Suit of the Material World

  • Ace of Diamonds: Yes, everything is in your favor.
  • Two of Diamonds: Yes, but be organized and in control.
  • Three of Diamonds: Yes, especially if it’s connected to work.
  • Four of Diamonds: Yes, but you have to free up some resources.
  • Five of Diamonds: No, you literally cannot afford to take any risks.
  • Six of Diamonds: Yes or no, depending on whether you are giving (yes) or receiving (not so much).
  • Seven of Diamonds: Maybe. Are you ready to make a change?
  • Eight of Diamonds: Yes, as long as you pay attention to the small print.
  • Nine of Diamonds: Yes, know that you will have to do it alone.
  • Ten of Diamonds: Yes, if you have family backing, agreement or support.
  • Jack/Knave of Diamonds: Yes, but it will entail hard work.
  • Queen of Diamonds: Yes, remember to take care of the practicalities.
  • King of Diamonds: Yes, you can do anything if you are determined, capable and hard working enough.

Get in Touch

Let me know if this was helpful, or if you have any questions about playing card tarot.

Note: I am unable to give free readings or interpret cards you have drawn, so please don't ask.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

  • Can tarot cards tell me if I'm pregnant?

    Try a pregnancy test. It's much more accurate than a tarot card.

  • Do the colors have any significance to the meanings?

    In tarot there are huge amounts of symbolism and color does play a part - red, fiery colors for Wands (Clubs) for example. The basic Hearts and Diamonds being red, simply means that they are the feminine suits and Clubs and Spades are black; masculine. The feminine suits are passive and the masculine is active, but it's important to remember that there is a whole spectrum within each suit so avoid stereotyping. 'Passive' here doesn't mean 'pushover'; rather it is self-awareness and inward-looking. 'Active' means having a global perception and outward-looking. It's all very subtle and nuanced. The more you read cards, the more you learn and then you have to accept there is still so much to learn. Never-ending.

  • Are there questions to not ask tarot?

    There's a difference between reading as a professional reader or for personal reasons only, so yes, there are certain types of questions I wouldn't address. These include '3rd party readings' when a client asks me to read another person's intimate thoughts/feelings. I try, also, to avoid detailed health readings.

    In personal readings, you can ask what you like--who's going to know?

    As far as avoiding certain topics, well, that has to be your choice. I'm careful about reading for family issues. Most of the time, I really don't want to know. Thanks for asking this question.

  • Will my house sell within the next 2 weeks?

    Are you asking me to provide you with a free reading? I'm sorry but I get paid for my time as I expect you do also. If you look carefully at the text above, it says quite clearly that I cannot give free readings, so why are you asking?

  • What tarot spread do I use on a yes or no query using playing cards?

    You don't use a spread, you use a single card. Shuffle and draw a card at random.

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    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      6 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Kate,

      Whether it's tarot or playing cards, this question only ever needs one card (unless your daughter/daughter-in-law is expecting twins).

      The key is to decide which cards represent which sex. I find tarot is easier in this respect because it's usually clear whether the card is masculine of feminine.

      You might do it by suit, but in that case you may as well toss a coin.

      When I was pregnant, I drew the Two of Cups - I knew she was a girl.

      If you have tarot experience, you don't need to buy a book. I have another article here, which shows you how to apply tarot to playing cards: https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/How-to-Re...

      Good luck with everything.

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      6 weeks ago

      Hi this will be my first time using playing cards for a yes or no question.

      I have read tarot cards, though seen reading the playing cards in a fortune telling book I have and thought I might try.

      My question, has to with the birth of my grandchild wether or not a boy or girl.

      I know with the tarot cards a question like that usually is a two or more card draw.

      Will it be the same with playing cards?

      Or can the question be answered by a one card draw?

      Please let me know and any books you can recommend for learning to read the playing cards.

      Thank you


    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      15 months ago from Wales, UK

      Great question, Tudor.

      I think it's us. The reader. We access what we already know in our deepest consciousness. When we allow intuition free rein, we (all humans) can tap into that space where there is no time.

      When you couple intuition with the basic tarot structure, you can decipher the answers.

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      15 months ago

      What power do you connect to when using the cards like this? In other words, who answers your question?

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      2 years ago from Wales, UK

      You must... and let me know how it goes xx

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      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      I haven't found my playing cards yet. But, this looks like fun! I think I will buy a pack.


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