Tarot readings are often used to gain deep insight into various aspects of life, such as love, career, and personal growth. While open-ended questions provide valuable depth of information, there are moments when the simplicity of a closed or Yes/No Tarot question can prove invaluable in a Tarot card reading. If you need to make a decision quickly, get straightforward clarity, or just confirm your intuition, Yes or No Tarot can be a great solution. Yet, in the pursuit of wisdom, it is always advisable to first consider if an open-ended query might be the better fit. If you want accurate, good quality readings, choosing the correct question format is an essential piece of the puzzle.
What is Yes or No Tarot Reading
Yes or No tarot card readings serve a unique and specific purpose within tarot divination. They provide quick, candid answers to direct questions; a simple yes, no, or maybe, in response to a closed question.
Questions Suited to Yes or No Tarot Readings
Yes or No tarot readings best suit questions that require a definitive response without supplementary information. Some examples of questions that suit this method are:
- Should I accept the job offer with [company] I have received?
- Will I pass my upcoming exam in [subject] on the first attempt?
These questions are straightforward, specific, and benefit from swift, decisive responses. It’s important to note that questions requiring a deeper, more nuanced understanding, or those linked to complex emotions and relationships may not align with the blunt nature of Yes or No tarot readings. For instance, they may not suit love Tarot readings or complex career Tarot readings with lots of different factors.
How accurate is Yes or No Tarot?
When considering “Is Yes or No Tarot accurate?”, it’s crucial to keep in mind that Tarot Yes or No answers are only ever based on your trajectory when you asked the question. They indicate a possible positive or negative answer, but they don’t come with a guarantee. They can be less accurate than open readings. A big factor with their accuracy is that Tarot Yes/No questions are tricky to pose correctly. Any ambiguity in the question can result in an inaccurate answer.
Take the above question regarding exams. While I designed that question to be unambiguous, an easy mistake to make would be posing it in a less specific way. For example, just asking “Will I do well in my exam?” could result in an inaccurate answer. Which exam? What’s your definition of doing well? Do you mean on the first attempt at passing the exam or the tenth? And so on. You need to be extremely specific!
What else affects Tarot Yes/No accuracy?
Aside from posing the question, the outcome with Yes/No Tarot reading depends heavily on behaviour, and your freewill choices can alter it. You are very much the master of your own destiny and continuously co-creating your life with The Universe on a daily basis. As such, you can easily change your outcome by asserting your freewill or changing your behaviour. This is true of all Tarot predictions. However, with Yes or No Tarot readings, you don’t have the additional context an open reading gives. Therefore, it can be much easier to inadvertently shift your course without being aware you have done so.
If you pose a yes/no question and then change your behaviour, the answer may no longer stand. A yes can easily become a no, and vice versa. In addition, your energy can easily influence them, so if you are in negative headspace and ask a yes/no tarot question, you can easily get a response that matches your mood, rather than an accurate answer.
I’ve heard using Yes No Tarot readings is bad?
Some Tarot readers are against the use of Yes/No readings and avoid them completely. I’m not against them, as they can be useful for clarity, but I recommend only using them very sparingly. Aside from the reasons mentioned above, open readings give much more insight which, nine times out of ten, is going to be better.
Think of it this way: Imagine you play a competitive sport and you want to know if you’re going to win your next match. The Yes/No reading shows you’re going to lose the match. The open reading shows you’re only going to lose in the final minutes due to fatigue, having been in the lead for most of the match. Both readings give you the same answer but only the open reading gives the insight to find solutions and get the outcome you want. Knowing that extra detail, that you lose in the last few minutes because fatigue sets in, is important as it provides a possible solution; work on your stamina before the match, so you can stay focused all the way to the end and secure a win.
A simple yes or no, while direct, is not always the most helpful.
The Pros and Cons of Yes or No Tarot Readings
Like any method of divination, Yes and No tarot readings come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Understanding these can help you determine if they align with your specific needs. Here are some pros and cons to consider:
- Simplicity and Clarity: Yes or No tarot readings are straightforward and easy to interpret.
- Beginner friendly: Extensive tarot knowledge is not required to use them effectively.
- Swiftness and Efficiency: These readings are quick and efficient, making them suitable for on-the-spot decisions or time-sensitive inquiries. Great if you need hassle free tarot readings.
- Empowerment: Receiving a clear “yes” or “no” response can empower individuals to trust their intuition or inner wisdom.
- Convenience: Yes or No tarot readings can be applied to questions of various magnitudes, from trivial to profound, without the need for extensive sessions, making them convenient to use.
- Lack of Nuance: These readings may oversimplify complex situations, overlooking the nuances that a full tarot spread can unveil.
- Limited Insight: They may not offer a profound understanding of the underlying factors or reasons behind the answer.
- Unsuitable for Broader Issues: Some questions may not have a straightforward “yes” or “no” answer, leading to frustration when seeking more intricate insights from your tarot cards.
- Dependence: Relying exclusively on Yes or No tarot readings for all decisions may stifle personal reflection and critical thinking.
- Potential for Misinterpretation: Interpretation of Yes/No Tarot answers can be subjective and may vary depending on the reader’s perspective.
Do Free Tarot Yes or No readings online work?
You’ve probably seen online Tarot services exclaiming that they offer free card readings or free Yes No Tarot readings. These are usually just simulated tarot decks. They are not real Tarot card Yes or No readings and there is no Tarot reader asking a live yes or no question on your behalf. While they may be entertaining, if you own a Tarot deck, you don’t need a free tarot card reading to get the answers you seek. It’s super easy to do it yourself. Just choose a method below:
Methods: How to do Yes or No Tarot Readings
Below, I’ve outlined my three favourite ways to do a Yes No Tarot reading but there are a variety of different methods out there, choose whatever works for you:
The Three-Thirteen Method
Time needed: 2 minutes
For this method, you’ll be making three piles of up to thirteen cards to get the answer to a Yes or No Tarot question. You’ll be looking out for The Magician card and any of the aces.
Shuffle your tarot deck while concentrating on your Yes/No question.
- Make your first pile
Start pulling cards, one at a time, from the top of the Tarot deck. Stop when you reach either an ace or The Magician card, or when you have pulled thirteen cards (whichever occurs first).
- Make a second pile
With the remainder of the deck, repeat step 2. Again, stopping when you reach an ace, The Magician, or when you’ve pulled thirteen cards for that pile.
- Make a third pile
Repeat the process a third time, until you have 3 separate piles.
- Get your answer
Interpret your results as explained below:
Pulling The Magician is always a “yes”, otherwise the answer depends on how many aces you’ve pulled (if any):
No aces and no Magician = A firm no
One ace and no Magician = No
Two aces and no Magician = Maybe
The Magician = Yes
Three Aces = Yes
The Magician and one or two aces = Strong Yes
On any pile where you haven’t pulled an ace or The Magician, the last (thirteenth) card on that pile can be used for insight into the result. Look to the Tarot card meanings for those cards to get more insight into your answer.
The Six Card Draw Method:
Shuffle your tarot deck while concentrating on your question.
Cut the deck into three piles, reverse one pile, put the piles back together and shuffle again
Draw six cards.
- Get your answer
Interpret the cards meanings:
- An upright card signifies a positive
- A reversed (upside down) card, signifies a negative
- Majority rules! If you have mostly upright cards, the answer is yes. If you have mostly negative cards, it’s a no. If you have an even amount of upright and reversed, it’s a maybe.
- Optional: With this method you have the option of using The Sun and The Moon Tarot cards for instant results. Meaning, if either is pulled, they instantly overrule the other cards, The Sun being an instant Yes and The Moon being an instant No.
The Single Card Draw Method
This is a simple and direct method for Yes or No tarot readings:
Shuffle your tarot deck while concentrating on your question.
Cut the deck and draw a single card.
- Get your answer
Interpret the card’s meaning as either a yes, no, or maybe. You may consult the Yes, No or Maybe Tarot list provided in the chart below. If you have your own Yes/No associations with the cards, you may use them instead if you wish.
Yes, No or Maybe Tarot Meaning Chart
Just like each card has an association in astrology, each card is also associated with a yes, no, or maybe. Below is my correspondence chart for the Yes, No, or Maybe meanings for each Tarot card:
|Tarot Card||Yes, No, or Maybe?||Tarot Card||Yes, No, or Maybe?|
|The Magician||Yes||The Hanged Man||Maybe|
|The High Priestess||Maybe||Death||No|
|The Emperor||Maybe||The Devil||No|
|The Hierophant||Maybe||The Tower||No|
|The Lovers||Yes||The Star||Yes|
|The Chariot||Yes||The Moon||No|
|Wheel of Fortune||Yes||The World||Yes|
|Ace of Swords||Yes||Eight of Swords||No|
|Two of Swords||Maybe||Nine of Swords||No|
|Three of Swords||No||Ten of Swords||No|
|Four of Swords||Maybe||Page of Swords||Yes|
|Five of Swords||No||Knight of Swords||Yes|
|Six of Swords||Maybe||Queen of Swords||Maybe|
|Seven of Swords||No||King of Swords||Maybe|
|Ace of Wands||Yes||Eight of Wands||Yes|
|Two of Wands||Yes||Nine of Wands||Yes|
|Three of Wands||Yes||Ten of Wands||No|
|Four of Wands||Yes||Page of Wands||Yes|
|Five of Wands||No||Knight of Wands||Yes|
|Six of Wands||Yes||Queen of Wands||Yes|
|Seven of Wands||No||King of Wands||Yes|
|Ace of Cups||Yes||Eight of Cups||No|
|Two of Cups||Yes||Nine of Cups||Yes|
|Three of Cups||Yes||Ten of Cups||Yes|
|Four of Cups||Maybe||Page of Cups||Yes|
|Five of Cups||No||Knight of Cups||Yes|
|Six of Cups||Yes||Queen of Cups||Yes|
|Seven of Cups||Maybe||King of Cups||Yes|
|Ace of Pentacles||Yes||Eight of Pentacles||Yes|
|Two of Pentacles||Maybe||Nine of Pentacles||Yes|
|Three of Pentacles||Yes||Ten of Pentacles||Yes|
|Four of Pentacles||No||Page of Pentacles||Yes|
|Five of Pentacles||No||Knight of Pentacles||Yes|
|Six of Pentacles||Yes||Queen of Pentacles||Yes|
|Seven of Pentacles||Maybe||King of Pentacles||Yes|
What to Do If You Get a “Maybe”
Occasionally, Yes or No tarot readings yield a perplexing “maybe” or a conditional answer. When this occurs, consider the following:
- Analyse the Context: Reflect on the specific question posed and the circumstances surrounding it. A “maybe” might imply that the situation is not yet clear or that multiple factors influence the outcome so the future is not yet determined.
- Draw Additional Cards: To delve deeper into the situation, draw one or more additional cards and analyse their meaning and how they relate. Alternatively, you may need to switch to an open reading of the situation to get more advice.
- Misinterpreting: If you have picked up on something in a reading or intuitively and you’re doing a Yes/No Tarot reading to check if you’re interpreting it correctly, a “maybe” can indicate that your interpretation is off or only partially correct.
- Divine Timing: Frustrating as it may be, there are times when our guides do not want us to know the answer because we’re simply not meant to know yet. If you keep getting a “maybe” or unclear responses, even though you’ve asked a very clear, unambiguous question, consider the possibility that you may not be meant to know this information just yet. Trust in divine timing and that the answer will be revealed when this time is right.