Formulating a question before doing a reading may sound easy enough, but it’s really the most difficult part about reading the Tarot. Why? Because it is the question that really gets to the core of the matter, and in many instances, the question is half of that battle! A sense of vague uneasiness usually means that a specific problem has not been defined. The right question can define the problem, and once the problem is defined, the solution comes easier.

The first type of question that we want to reformulate is the negative question. They usually begin with “Why can’t” or “Why doesn’t,” e.g. “Why can’t I get that job I want?” or “Why am I unsuccessful?” Counter the negative by rephrasing the question positively, e.g. “What surrounds my perfect employment?” or “How can I live a more constructive life?”

Vague questions like “What about my relationship?” need to be rephrased to be more specific, e.g. “How can I strengthen my relationship with X?” Try to be as specific as possible, e.g. “What challenge does this relationship bring to me?”

“When” questions are difficult to pinpoint with Tarot and are best reworded into “How” questions, e.g. “When will I meet my husband?” might be reworded “How do I attract the man of my dreams?”

Some querents ask questions about other people, like “Tell me what’s going on with my child?” or “What’s going on with my co-worker?” In these instances, try to reformulate the question so that it directly relates to the querent, e.g. “Is there anything I need to be aware of with my child?” or “Have I done anything to upset my co-worker?” Make sure your querent is concerned only about themselves and not others unless the question relates to the querent personally. It is not ethical for a Tarot reader to snoop into the private lives of third parties.

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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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