I'm a professional tarot reader with 21 years of experience. For me, tarot is a fascinating system that reflects all human life.
Tarot is renowned for giving in-depth advice for relationship issues. But what if you simply want a quick answer? What if your issue can be reduced to a yes or a no? Well, tarot cards are good for that too. Unsurprisingly, I like to call it yes/no tarot.
How Do You Read "Yes" or "No" in Tarot?
- Ask a question. Formulate your question very carefully (see below for guidance on phrasing your question well).
- Pull a card. Yes/no tarot readings require only a single card, and that answer has to be accepted. You can’t keep drawing cards until you get one that gives you the answer you’d like. Believe me, I’ve done that too. If you want to learn more about how to shuffle the deck, choose a card, and other tarot basics, read How to Deal or Spread Tarot Cards.
- Look up the card's answer below. Having read the cards for so many years, I have developed my own instinctive system for questions that require an yes/no answer: See the charts below. It varies, though—a card that says ‘yes’ for a question about finances may not be a ‘yes’ for a question about love, so the charts below will only help you interpret answers for relationships and romance. Also bear in mind that some cards are non-committal; they may sometimes suggest ‘maybe.’ In other words, give it time.
With all that said, here is my quick guide to tarot for love: yes/no answers. So if you have a question about love, get clear in your mind what it is you are asking, grab your deck, and pick out a card.
The gorgeous deck featured here is The Everyday Witch Tarot created by Deborah Blake and illustrated by Elisabeth Alba. I absolutely love it. It’s quirky, cute, and perfect for yes/no tarot.
How to Formulate Your Question
Remember you are looking for a yes/no answer, so make sure your question is suitable and not open-ended. There's no point asking who, when, where, why, or how. You won't get insight into the circumstances that led up to the current situation... but you can get a yes, no, or maybe.
Examples of unsuitable questions: Where and how did our relationship go wrong? Why won't he open up to me? What are the biggest obstacles to our togetherness?
Examples of suitable questions: Is there chemistry between us? Should I try to talk to her and work things out between us? Is this relationship going to last?
Yes or No: The Major Arcana
- Fool — Yes, take a chance on love. Go with how you feel.
- Magician — Yes, you have the power to make this relationship work.
- High Priestess — Perhaps. You must take it slowly and follow your inner guidance. (But you knew that, right?)
- Empress — Yes. Go for it with passion, but don’t forget the birth control.
- Emperor — No, there are external pressures to deal with first.
- Hierophant — Maybe. Seek advice from one who has a neutral perspective.
- Lovers — Hell, yes! But wait. . . if this is a life-changing choice, then make sure you consider all possible outcomes.
- Chariot — Maybe. You are in control here and need to navigate your way forward carefully.
- Strength — Yes. You may have to use your powers of persuasion to get your erstwhile lover to come around to your way of thinking.
- Hermit — No. You must spend some time working through your issues alone before you can share your life with another. Learn to love yourself first.
- Wheel of Fortune — Yes. No. Maybe. Choose another card. (Yes, I know I said never to choose another card, but in this case, feel free.)
- Justice — Yes, if the person is available: No if they are not.
- Hanged Man — No, it’s not happening yet, but give it time. Things change.
- Death — No. Something has to end before a new relationship can begin.
- Temperance — Yes, the chemistry’s right. You are a good match.
- Devil — No. You have to let this go. It’s not good for you.
- Tower — No. This could be a destructive relationship.
- Star — Yes, love is all around. Feel it permeate your whole being.
- Moon — Maybe. There is much confusion. Let some time pass and you will know more clearly what you want.
- Sun — Yes, all is well. Have fun, enjoy it. It might be temporary.
- Judgment — Yes, you are being strongly called forward.
- World — Yes, though you may feel you are stuck in a holding pattern. That’s okay, all is happening for your benefit. You are exactly where you are meant to be.
Yes or No: Wands
- Ace of Wands — Yes. Yes! Yeeesss! I’ll have some of what she’s having.
- Two of Wands — No, not yet. Possibly not ever. Circumstances are not in your favor.
- Three of Wands — Possibly. You’ve done all that you can. Now you have to wait and see.
- Four of Wands — Yes, and have fun with it all. There is cause for celebration.
- Five of Wands — No. There are challenges to be dealt with. You may have competition.
- Six of Wands — Yes, everything is in place. Go for it.
- Seven of Wands — No, there’s too much at stake right now.
- Eight of Wands — Yes, but you must set your priorities right from the start.
- Nine of Wands — No. You are not ready to go back into the romantic arena. You are hurting too much.
- Ten of Wands — No. Either you have too many responsibilities or you need to heal first.
- Page of Wands — Yes, life’s an adventure; don’t let this one go.
- Knight of Wands — Yes, if you want a quick fling. No if you want a long-term relationship. This one's a butterfly.
- Queen of Wands — Yes, be your gorgeous sexy self.
- King of Wands — Yes, but don’t let the other person push you around.
Yes or No: Cups
- Ace of Cups — Yes, your cup of love floweth over.
- Two of Cups — Yes. This is it!
- Three of Cups — Yes, but you have to find the right balance between your romance and your long-standing friendships.
- Four of Cups — No. Heal your heart.
- Five of Cups — No, wait until you feel better.
- Six of Cups — Yes. This could be unconditional love.
- Seven of Cups — Maybe. . . once you can make up your mind.
- Eight of Cups — No. You have to walk away from this one, even if it breaks your heart.
- Nine of Cups — Yes, if you feel it’s a positive thing. No, if you don’t. You are in the right place for you. It’s all good.
- Ten of Cups — Yes, this one is a keeper.
- Page of Cups — Yes, although there may be some soul-searching required.
- Knight of Cups — Yes, but the romance may not last. This one’s all show.
- Queen of Cups — Yes, but the emotional commitment may be one-sided.
- King of Cups — Yes, this person is your harbor in a tempest.
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Yes or No: Swords
- Ace of Swords — Maybe. Wait a day or two and you may receive a revelation that will affect your decision.
- Two of Swords — No. You are not seeing things properly. Don’t let yourself be blinded by desire.
- Three of Swords — No, you have some thinking to do. There could be a communication issue going on.
- Four of Swords — No. You need time to heal and recuperate.
- Five of Swords — No, this person is not being honest.
- Six of Swords — Yes, you are moving towards a better future. Take it slowly.
- Seven of Swords — Yes, possibly, but check his or her history before you move forward.
- Eight of Swords — No. You have got yourself into a situation and you must get out of it. There is a way forward.
- Nine of Swords — No. Beware of using this relationship as an escape route.
- Ten of Swords — Yes, perhaps this is what you need to move on with your life.
- Page of Swords — Yes, but be prepared for it to be fiery and feisty.
- Knight of Swords — Yes, as long as you can live with their intense focus on their missions and goals.
- Queen of Swords — Yes, and know that both partners must be transparent and honest.
- King of Swords — Yes, this might be a meeting of formidable intellects.
Yes or No: Pentacles (or Disks or Coins)
- Ace of Pentacles — Yes, this is a new beginning. There may be nest-building ahead.
- Two of Pentacles — Yes, if you have time for this.
- Three of Pentacles — Yes, but you might need help to attract his or her interest.
- Four of Pentacles — No, it’s not going to happen unless you get out more.
- Five of Pentacles — Maybe. Life is tough at the moment, so perhaps this person will help you through.
- Six of Pentacles — Yes, but do be careful that you are not being taken advantage of.
- Seven of Pentacles — Yes, it’s what you’ve been patiently waiting for.
- Eight of Pentacles — No. You need to focus on your education or career right now.
- Nine of Pentacles — Yes, you are ideally placed to take this forward. On the other hand, you might not even feel the need for anyone else at this time.
- Ten of Pentacles — Yes, everyone approves. Bring them into the family.
- Page of Pentacles — Yes. This will be a journey of discovery.
- Knight of Pentacles — Yes, this person has hidden depths. Enjoy the dive.
- Queen of Pentacles — Yes, if you are ready to settle down.
- King of Pentacles — Yes, this one has a lot to give and is very generous. Keep your feet firmly planted and be realistic.
A Note About Reversals and Clarification Cards
When drawing a single card, you can ignore reversals. After all, you might have been holding the deck around the wrong way. The 78 cards of the tarot cover all aspects of life perfectly without the need for reversals in any case.
So, if you flip a card for a yes/no question(or for any one-card reading), and it comes out upside down, just turn it around.
Drawing a Card for Clarification
I would suggest never drawing clarification cards. All they do is add confusion and doubt to the original card. I know this from experience. I used to draw clarification cards for the clarification card. Just silly. The only time I would draw an extra card would be if I had turned over the Wheel of Fortune.
What if I don't like the answer I get?
This is just the risk you take when you ask, isn't it? When you ask, you have to be ready to hear the answer you're given. Instead of refusing to hear the answer, take this as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Can I ask the same question again?
As I said before, it's important to take the answer you get seriously, so there should be no need to ask again. If necessary, you can ask again in a couple weeks to see if anything has changed.
Can I simply focus on the person I'm interested in instead of asking a specific question?
No. To get a definitive answer, you should always have a well-formed question. Otherwise, you risk being left confused.
If I draw the Lovers, does that mean the person I'm thinking about loves me for sure?
The Lovers card has many layers. It means a deep, connected love, but it's also associated with the sign of Gemini, the twins, so it can also mean facing a life-changing choice between two different things. So it could be a strong yes, but it could also be a strong indication that you really need to make this decision yourself, because it's very important.
What if the card is upside-down?
This is what we call a reversal, but when you're only drawing one card, it doesn't matter if it's right-side-up or not. So if you flip a card for any one-card reading (including a yes/no question) and it's upside down, just turn it around.
An important point to remember is that each tarot card holds all the meanings for that card. Think of it as a sliding scale from negative to positive. An experienced reader will take the whole scale into consideration, which is why a lot of professional readers only read with upright cards. They have no need for reversals.
Video Tutorial for How to Shuffle Tarot Cards and Form Your Question
Did You Get Your Answer?
Hope the above was useful and you got your question answered. If not, here are some useful links.
- If you have a yes/no question but don't have a tarot deck on hand, Tarot With Playing Cards Yes/No Answers gives instructions for using a regular deck of playing cards.
- If you have questions about love or romance but don't have a tarot deck,
Reading Playing Cards for Love offers guidance.
- If you want to do a one-card reading but your question is broader than a simple yes/no question about love, The Amazing One-Card Tarot Reading will help guide you.
Please note: the Question & Answer section below is for queries about how to learn to read the cards. It's not a free reading service, or for me to interpret your cards for you. That's your job :)
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
Question: Do I continue with my relationship or do I quit?
Answer: If you have to ask, then you should quit. What does your tarot card say?
Question: I asked if I would get to talk to a particular person again. And I received the Moon for one, and Seven of Pentacles for the other. I read the former as leaning towards no, and the latter as a possibility. Does this mean that there is no clear reading regarding this situation due to several reasons?
Answer: I'm assuming you mean two different individuals. The Moon indicates the situation is not yet clear; time will resolve this. The Seven of Pentacles shows that the person in question is undecided, but that it is a distinct possibility you will contact each other in due course. As with every question of this nature, the passing of time will provide your answer.
Question: I asked if I would reconcile with someone. I pulled out the World card. I'm confused about whether it means the reconciliation will happen or since the world is about completion, is it trying to tell me that the person's role in my life is complete?
Answer: When you turn a card, your first thought is usually the correct one. When the World shows up, it is generally positive but sometimes not in the way we'd prefer. So, yes, it's likely that the relationship is over but at the same time, you are in the right place for the next set of positive circumstances to unfold. Whatever is to come next will be better than that which is behind you.
Question: I asked if it's time to call it quits and walk away from a relationship and person. I got the Page of Pentacles. How do I read it?
Answer: It's important that you recognize your initial response when you turn a card. That will tell you all you need to know.
The Page of Pentacles is curious yet pragmatic. She has a very sensible, down-to-earth persona. Being ruled by earth, she has an instinct that always stands her in good stead. Look to your own instinct and rely on your own intuition to guide you.
Question: I asked if a man I'm interested in would have a relationship with me. As I shuffled, three cards fell from the deck: Page of Swords, King of Wands, King of Pentacles. I then drew a fourth card after I cut the cards, Three of cups. I'm new to tarot so need some insight into what this reading might mean?
Answer: As your question only demands a yes/no answer, I would suggest you reshuffle the cards, focus on the question, and draw one single card. Those other cards may be significant in your life, so just keep a note of them. It's too easy to confuse yourself, especially when you are a tarot novice.
Question: I pulled out an 8 of cups for the question, 'Is it time to end this relationship?' I see the 8 of cups as generally walking away, abandonment, etc. In this context, is it a reaffirmation to end the relationship or does it mean to abandon the idea of breaking up for the time being?
Answer: Your first interpretation is always the correct one. Your second is a classic example to make the answer fit what you wish to be told. However, that doesn't mean that you should do what the cards tell you... you have free will.
Question: For a love reading between the situation of me and my Partner, the three of wands was drawn. Upon asking for clarifiers the three of cups in reverse came up with the ten of cups. I pulled a clarifier for that and the two of Wands in reverse appeared. Does that mean there was a third party situation coming to an end for us to move forward as a happy couple?
Answer: Okay, so you drew the Three of Wands but you haven't said what that meant to you. This is why drawing extra cards 'for clarification' almost never works. Instead of taking the answer given by the first card, people keep drawing more cards. Hence more confusion. Unless you set your initial intention to draw four cards, then the other three mean nothing.
If it's a one-card reading (requiring a yes/no answer), go with the first card. If the situation is more complex, you need a dedicated spread to get the best from the cards.
I also doubt very much that if there has been a third party involved recently that any couple could move forward happily.
To clarify, the Three of Wands means that one or both of you is involved in other things outside of the relationship. Usually work, or study, travel, new opportunities, or something else that is connected with planning for the future.
Question: When is it right to use two tarot cards in a reading?
Answer: You could use two cards if you needed more information, but don't ask the initial question for a yes/no and then draw two cards. Draw the one, so you have your answer, then formulate a second question, like "What else do I need to know about this situation?"
Question: I pulled one card for various question related to one person, such as, "Does he loves me?" Most of the time Queen of Pentacles came up. Does the same card coming up for multiple time for same person mean something special?
Answer: Yes, it does. In this case, the Queen of Pentacles is telling you to become more independent, to stop worrying about that one person, and to stop pulling cards over and over. She's a feisty woman who doesn't take any nonsense. She's strong, not prone to falling in love easily, and prefers to get on with living her life in the best way she can.
Question: What is the meaning of the Lovers card in tarot?
Answer: The Lovers card is one with many layers. On the surface, it means a deep, connected love. However, it's associated with the sign of Gemini, the Twins. Therefore, it can also mean facing a life-changing choice. Some older decks show a man trying to choose between two women.
Question: Does the Page of Pentacles show that my ex is coming back to me?
Answer: The Page of Pentacles tells you that either you or your ex are about to embark on a voyage of discovery. So, right now, no, there's no sign that your ex will return. However, that could change in a few weeks. Meanwhile, you may find someone else or take on some new absorbing project.
Question: Can tarot cards bring my ex back to me?
Answer: It is possible to use tarot cards to carry out deliberate spells or rituals to try to get your ex back, but why not look forward instead of back--there is someone better out there for you.
Question: I turned a card and got the Fool. My first reaction was to say, 'No, I can't do this.' But your interpretation says to take a chance. What's going on?
Answer: Your reaction is fine. And you must always go with it. The Fool often does say that taking a risk is the way to go, but your visceral emotional reaction to that message tells you all you need to know - now is not the time for you to move forward.
That's the thing with tarot, your emotional and immediate reaction is the correct interpretation every time. It's your subconscious connecting with the deeper message of the card. That's why I don't like interpreting other people's cards: I won't get that reaction.
So, my advice to you, is to bookmark the article, wait a week or so, then draw another card. Things may change.
Question: Could I use these yes and no outcomes for other life situations such as work or travel?
Answer: You can, but there will be quite a lot of variance. These are derived from my experience reading the cards for love situations. I have another one for money, which would probably be better for work:
Question: Does the Page of Pentacles mean he will ask me to be his girlfriend?
Answer: It could. But at the same time, the Page of Pentacles could indicate that one or both of you need to concentrate on your studies.
Question: I asked if my love for someone will always remain unrequited. I got the Nine of Swords. I feel neutral. Unlike my previous experiences there's no emotional response or gut feeling. How to understand this?
Answer: The Nine of Swords indicates a set of circumstances is coming to an end. Therefore, you will be able to let go of your preoccupation with this person. Swords are always connected to thought and communication, so it shows that this unrequited love is more a habit of thought than anything else. Live your life and love will find you in due course.
Question: What is the meaning of Ten of Swords reversed in regards to my marriage?
Answer: Ignore that the card is reversed. When drawing a single card, it's very likely you are holding the deck upside down. So always read it as if it were upright.
As the answer says above, this could be a new opportunity to move on. That doesn't mean the marriage will end, simply that you can use whatever is happening right now to make a huge change. It could, of course, mean it's over, or it could mean a completely new start. It is your joint decision.
Question: I drew a King of Pentacles, reversed. Does this mean that the answer is no?
Answer: If you are only drawing the one card, then reversals don't count. Assume that a one-card reading is always an upright card and then there is no confusion.
So, the King of Pentacles would indicate a yes. It's a practical, sensible kind of love that is firmly rooted in the real world. It might not be very romantic, but it could still be a lot of fun.
Question: I asked if my highest good is moving on from a relationship. I asked if the guy's highest good is in it as well. I got Death for both times. I am stumped. A little help?
Answer: Death means a transition that you cannot prevent. Therefore, you will be moving on. Death is like a portal from one life stage to another. There is no choice involved. It's going to happen. Once passed, you can then lookout for signs of a positive future.
Question: I asked if it would be my decision whether or not my ex-husband and I got back together. I drew the Eight of Cups reversed from my Tarot deck. Is that yes or no?
Answer: Firstly, you are the one making the decision so you already know what that is going to be. You know if you want him back.
Secondly, see the note at the bottom of the article about reversals. When drawing one-card, read it upright. So your answer from the cards is: "No, you have to walk away from this one, even if it breaks your heart."
Question: In the classic "relationship spread" there are two positions I wonder about - "what stands between you and your partner" and "present challenge of the relationship." They both sound kind of negative; what if the cards drawn for those positions are good cards, like Knight of Cups or King of Swords?
Answer: I agree, but usually, if someone is having a reading for an established relationship, there is often some problem which they need to be addressed. People generally don't ask for tarot readings when life is going well. Hence it makes sense to build in the opportunity for the 'negative' positions. You, as the reader, can adjust the positions to suit the main question, or choose a more appropriate spread.
As to the kind of cards that show up, you have to remember that a card holds all the energy from negative to positive. That's why I don't use reversals very often - because it's all there already. So the negative aspects can be brought out by the situation/question and the position. The Knight of Cups can be someone who loves to be in love, rather than being in love with his/her partner. The King of Swords is often a harsh authoritarian. This is where your intuition will help you.
Question: In Tarot, is the World Card also a yes for a reconciliation question?
Answer: The answer given is the correct meaning. All you have to do is wait until the situation resolves. It may not mean that a reconciliation is the right outcome for you. What you want isn't always what you need.
Question: Does the reader's emotional state at the time of asking the question affect the results of a tarot reading?
Answer: We can't know that because it's impossible to tell if the card drawn is in response to an emotional state. The reader's mood will, of course, affect their interpretation.
Question: I asked the cards whether a female has done black magic on me. The first two times the Queen of Swords turned up. The third time I got the Hermit. So is it a yes or no?
Answer: Your question illustrates perfectly the confusion that arises when you ask the same question repeatedly. Turn one card and go with that answer. So I would go with the first card. The tarot tried its best to help you by delivering the exact same card the next time you asked.
If you can link this person with the characteristics of the Queen of Swords, then your answer is a yes. However, that doesn't mean she can actually have any effect on your life. That can only happen if you allow it and feel that you have no personal power of your own.
Question: I turned a card to ask if I should call quits on a relationship and got the Four of Wands. This stumped me since it is a card of celebration, homecoming, and things like that. How does this answer the question I asked?
Answer: If you want to be guided to end a relationship, then the Four of Wands indicates that once it is done, you will feel relief. Stress will disappear and you will be able to relax and enjoy life without being concerned about the relationship.
Question: I did two choices for a relationship: break up or try to work it out. I got Death for the first one and Hanged man for the second option. How should I interpret my Tarot reading about my breakup?
Answer: If you are doing an either/or question, then one card is sufficient, otherwise, you will get a confusing answer. The tarot has given you two options... Death is the end of something important, i.e. the relationship is over. The Hanged Man tells you to do nothing, make no choice at all until the situation becomes clear or the relationship is ended by the other person. Either way, it's coming to an end.
Question: I asked if someone will fall in love with me. I got the Fool. In tarot, does the Fool mean a yes but love with no commitment?
Answer: It means if they show an interest in you, you should take a chance. If love follows, then that's good. I don't think it means they are in love with you right now.
Question: I asked if a man I am interested in would marry me. I got the lovers so is it a yes?
Answer: Asking the cards if you are going to marry someone before a relationship has actually begun is not helpful. What you need to know is what the next step could be. Which is whether you are going to develop a friendship that could lead to a relationship.
Tarot has a habit of giving you the information you need to know before directly answering a question. It means you will very likely get together, but it might also mean that you will be facing a life-changing choice sometime soon.
Question: Why is it not important when the card is reversed? I believe this can determine between a "yes" and a "no".
Answer: Because when you are drawing a single card, you could simply be holding the deck the wrong way round. The 78 cards of the tarot contain all the information you need to know, and an experienced reader takes into account all the possible meanings of a card from negative to positive. So eventually reversals become far less important.
Question: I did a "Does he love me?" two-card spread. In "How does he feel about me?" I got Wheel of Fortune reversed, and in "His perception of me" I got upright Ace of Pentacles. Can you shed any light on this reading for me?
Answer: Well, the method given above is for simple one-card readings. And your initial question, "Does he love me?" just needs a single card. As soon as you complicate it by building in positional meanings, then you add a layer of complexity that you really don't need until you are a more experienced reader.
The reversal of the Wheel of Fortune doesn't make a great deal of difference to the energy of the card. It just means radical change. In answer to 'How does he feel?' it shows that he doesn't really know because his feelings are literally all over the place. Ace of Pentacles is always a good card and may mean that he sees you as a gift.
Having said all that, the cards may not be responding to your actual question - I got that combination for someone once and she received a gift of $4000 a few days later.
Question: I did an after-breakup reading for myself and drew the reversed Ace of Cups. After that I did a clarification for this and drew the Lovers upright. What does this mean? Does it mean he is not coming back?
Answer: Many people think that drawing clarification cards is a good thing to do. In my experience all they do is cause confusion. Your first card is the answer. Also, when drawing a single card, there's no point in using reversals. You might have been holding the whole deck the wrong way up.
So the Ace of Cups suggests a new attraction. The Lovers usually means having to make a important decision, often regarding a relationship. So I think it means that you might well be contacted by your ex, but that there could also be someone else on the scene so you will have to choose.
Question: Would the tarot be able to say if Gonzalo will come back to me?
Answer: Give it a try. Hold your question in your mind. Visualize Gonzalo asking if you can get back together. Shuffle and draw a card. Check with the answers given above.
Question: How do I find a simple yes or no in tarot?
Answer: It's very straightforward. Take your deck and put it in order. Get a piece of paper and designate each line: Majors 0-21, then Wands 1-13, Cups 1-13, Swords 1-13, Pentacles 1-13. Go through the deck slowly and using your own intuition, write yes or no next to each number. Some cards could be a 'maybe'.
Once you've done that, shuffle the cards thoroughly, and do your reading. Refer to your list for the answer.
For my take, you can read this article: http://lunarcafe.com/yes-or-no-tarot/
Question: Is it suitable to just focus on the person that you are wondering about? I am not necessarily asking "should I proceed," but more so focusing on whether it has a future without a specific question. I pulled the Temperance tarot card, but I'm not sure what that means and whether it is positive or negative, given the way I asked?
Answer: No. To get a definitive answer, you should have a well-formed question. Otherwise, you risk being left confused, just as you are now. Temperance is almost always positive and indicates good chemistry.
Question: The Four of Wands was pulled when asking about pregnancy with my partner but it was reversed. What does that mean?
Answer: If it was a one-card reading, then I recommend not reading reversals. I explain why in the article. The Four of Wands is sometimes referred to as 'the arrows of love' and can represent conception.
Question: I got the Three of Pentacles for a relationship for a primary question, and the Knight of Pentacles reversed for an associated/secondary question when I did a yes or no for a relationship. The general context is whether this relationship needs to be ended or is it a bad phase that can be worked on. Advice?
Answer: The reason why you have to ask the question is because you have mixed up the principle behind this kind of reading. It's one question/one card/no reversals. As soon as you 'muddy the water', you end up confused. Ask your question, draw a card and interpret it as a yes or a no, as given in the lists above.
If you want a nuanced answer, you need a different spread and intention for your reading.
Question: I asked if a particular person wants to end a relationship and walk away. I got Eight of Cups. This stumped me a bit. What are your thoughts?
Answer: The answer is very clear, they will walk away from the relationship.
Question: I asked my deck if my crush and I would be a good couple. We both like each other but don't know if our partnership will be good. The Moon came up. What does that mean?
Answer: It means that the outcome is not yet clear. It holds the possibility of going either way. As it says, give it a little more time.
Question: Is the Hanged Man reversed a yes or no answer in a yes/no Tarot reading?
Answer: When using single cards for yes/no questions, I recommend not using reversals. There's a more detailed explanation in the article above why there's no need.
Question: How do I use playing cards to predict timescales?
Answer: I've never been any good at timings, but you could work out your own system. For example, Clubs/Wands represent summer; Hearts/Cups = Autumn; Diamonds/Pentacles = winter; Spades/Swords = spring. Then, depending on the number, you can work out an approximate time into the season. Aces being early, Kings being late.
Question: I got the Emperor, Seven of Pentacles, the Hanged Man, the Knight of Pentacles, and Six of Wands. General context was, will I reconcile with an ex, and what do I need to know right now? Does this mean I should be patient with him before I move on to someone else?
Answer: The article above deals with yes/no answers, so only one card is required as per the guidelines given. Ask the question in such a way that only a yes, no, or maybe is a sufficient answer, then scroll through the lists to see what it says.
Question: I asked my tarot deck if anyone had a crush on me and the reversed Devil came up. I know the Devil upright means no. But if it’s in reverse, is it any different?
Answer: When drawing one card, you can ignore them. The Devil suggests you might be focusing too much on this issue. Or that you might have one person in mind who is not good for you. Whichever it is, let it go.
Question: While doing a tarot reading, I asked If I will talk with my date again. I got the Seven of Pentacles. Is it a 'yes'? We have not been in touch for a while.
Answer: The answer given above is "Yes, it’s what you’ve been patiently waiting for." So that makes sense given that you haven't spoken in a while. Pentacles are about practical matters so it has answered your question literally - you will talk again, but that doesn't mean that the romance will be rekindled. However, it doesn't mean it won't either. The tarot is simply responding to your question.
Question: How is the Ten of Swords a "Yes" card when reading tarot?
Answer: Because the Ten of Swords means acceptance of what you cannot change. Of putting your ego aside. To have the courage to let go and move on. So whatever the situation, you have to sigh and accept. Is this relationship over? Yes. Does he love me? Yes, but may not in the way you want. Is there a future for us? Yes, but you will have to make a huge sacrifice.
Surrender in the moment then look for that new beginning.
Question: How to protect our own energy while reading tarot for others? Is it necessary?
Answer: I've never felt the need to protect myself. However, some readings and/or clients can leave an 'icky' feeling. In which case, it's good to get some fresh air, open windows, light some incense, and put the cards to 'rest' for a while.
If this is a major problem for you, consider using some simple protection techniques: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Psychic-Pro...
Question: I have one question regarding how to interpret Tarot cards. Can we go by our intuition while reading cards or we should go by what is written in books?
Answer: The best way is to learn the traditional meanings -- they are there for a reason. All cards have a range of possible meanings from negative to positive. So when you interpret each card, allow your intuition to guide you as to where on the spectrum the message lies.
Question: What if a card popped out when I was shuffling? Do i have to pick a card to clarify? Or should I just accept the card that popped out? And what if the card I picked means maybe?
Answer: When a card escapes the shuffle, make a note of it, put it back in the deck, shuffle some more and continue your reading. If the card you draw means 'maybe', then it's a maybe. Let a week go past and try again. Meanwhile, take your popped out card and your 'maybe' card and put them side-by-side and see what you can learn from them. Journal what you see in the cards. Are they interacting? What do you think they mean? How might they apply to other parts of your life? Learning tarot is a journey - do your best to develop your intuition so that you don't have to rely on pages like this one.
Clarification cards are a waste of time. They simply add another layer of confusion. Avoid using them.
© 2017 Bev G
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 23, 2020:
Hello AyeChabNyein, the World card tells you to appreciate where you are right now. Don't worry about a reconciliation - you are where you are meant to be.
In my experience, exes rarely want to reconcile, so look forward, not back.
AyeChanNyein on July 23, 2020:
"Will my ex come back to me?"I imagined that
-I draw."The world" card.reconcilation will come back in the future .Will we be together?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 10, 2019:
What is your interpretation, Lila?
Lila on October 10, 2019:
I asked if someone so was available. I meant to pick out one card but instead, I accidentally picked out two. One was 9 of swords and the other was Magician. What does this mean and which card should I listen to?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 27, 2019:
Not really. I have no idea what the situation is that you are talking about, the question, or the cards, so I'm not sure what you are expecting from me? :)
Preeves on September 27, 2019:
A friend talked me into doing a reading when she went. I had idea i needed to ask a question. My reading was done so differently than my friends. The reader drew her cards. I was asked to shuffle the deck a pick 5 random cards Think of two wishes, tell the reader one.
I never even thought about looking at the cards as to what had been drawn.
My wish was fir my daughter. The reader talked about that.
She also brought up two states, one had meaning the other not that i knew of. She talk about "he wants to take you toa tropical place, travel, let him. He wants to talke care of you, he has always wanted this" she brought up cows and horses. I honestly dont remember everything but that is what stood out.
Any thoughts on this?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 25, 2019:
MikoSanaya, it means exactly what it says in the list above :)
MikoSanaya on May 24, 2019:
I asked if he would commit this year and got the Strength card (we started dating a few weeks ago). A few days later I asked if he would propose within a year and got the Strength card again, lol. Does this mean yes, but I need to be patient or put a lot of effort into our relationship?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 18, 2019:
They are geared to relationship questions. I have a more general list here:
There's also a link in that article to reversals.
Brittany on May 17, 2019:
Are these answer sheets for the cards the same as any other question you would ask? Or only for love questions?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 08, 2019:
A yes/no reading only requires one card. For a yes, or no (or a maybe) answer.
I cannot interpret your cards for you because I have no connection to you, don't know your situation or the question you were asking. For me, a tarot reading is a two-way thing. Sorry.
If you did it online, the site should have given you some potted interpretations.
Heaven on April 08, 2019:
I did a three card tarot yes/no reading online. I got 'The Hanged Man' for "For You," 'Temperance' for "Against You," and 'The Tower' for "Outcome." Not really sure what this means.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 30, 2018:
Happy to hear that, Thepi :)
Thepi on November 30, 2018:
I use this for my yes/no questions and it works in almost any topic.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 23, 2018:
There are no reversals in a one-card reading as I explained in the article above. There's no point as you haven't got any upright cards to compare it with.
Amrit kaur on August 23, 2018:
Knight of cups reversed in yes or no means what?
threekeys on July 10, 2017:
I wil take a look. Cheers Bev.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 10, 2017:
Thank you, Charmaine. If you already have the Rider-Waite deck, I'd recommend Tarot of the New Vision, which takes the R-W images and turns them around. It's very bright and colouful.xx
threekeys on July 09, 2017:
I enjoyed your article; and liked the tarot cards you chose. Im looking for a new tarot deck that is bold in colour and with detail/symbolism. Is there a tarot deck that is popular in your country or one that you would reccommend?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 09, 2017:
You definitely will, CQ. How much longer are you going to resist? :D
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 09, 2017:
Hello! Haven't seen you for ages! I try to avoid reading for myself all together :) Except sometimes... I just have to. So glad you stopped by, LL.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 09, 2017:
I'll definitely have to learn how to read Tarot cards. I've always found it really interesting.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on July 09, 2017:
I have my guy but just popped in to say hi. Love how you set this tarot reading up. I generally read mine in January for a yearly reading and then again if life throws something unexpected my direction.