This is a popular spread at The Church of Light.  It gives a quick Yes, No, or Maybe answer while providing additional information.  In Egyptian Tarot, cards in a spread are usually turned over and read one at a time, but in the Five Card Yes/No/ Maybe Spread, the cards are turned over all at once to reveal the answer right away.

Be sure to formulate your question so that it can be answered with either a Yes, No, or Maybe and that it is only one question.  “Will I have fun at the dinner party and meet someone special?” is two questions.

Yes cards are right-side up; No cards are reversed. The card in the middle always gets two points, and the other four cards get one point each. The Yes cards are counted, the No cards are counted, and whichever one comes out ahead is the answer.  Unfortunately, Maybe answers are possible too!  Maybe answers mean that the outcome is not yet certain.

In Egyptian Tarot, the cards are read from right to left, and a five card Yes/No/Maybe Spread looks like this:



Remember that Court Cards in Egyptian Tarot just get a sex change, e.g. reversed Kings are Queens, and reversed Youths are female, so reversed Court Cards are not counted as No cards in this spread.If you do not read from right to left, or if reversed Court Cards do not get a sex change in your tradition, you may adjust this spread accordingly.

The Yes/No/Maybe spread can also work with 3cards for less information and 7 cards for more information.  The point system remains the same:  the card in the middle gets two points, and the other cards get one point each.

Give it a try and have fun!

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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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