What Is The Best Way To Ask Tarot A Question?

by Theresa Reed on June 22, 2013


This month, I’m answering some of your biggest, gnarliest (and most common) questions about tarot.  

Today’s question: what is the best way to ask tarot a question?

In my experience, a specific question often leads to a more specific answer.  Vagueness will usually give a very general response.


Look at this example:

Tell me about love.


Now look at this reframe:

“What do I need to know about my relationship with Megan?”

See the difference? The second question leads to information that may be direct and helpful.

Another thing to consider is the framing of the question.  If you are asking “will” or “when” questions, that is a more fatalistic viewpoint.  A better and more empowering way would be “what do I need to know” or “how can I”.


Look at this example:

“Will I meet the man of my dreams?”


Now look at this reframe:

“What can I do to meet the man of my dreams?”

The second question will empower you with info that allows you to remain in control of your own destiny rather than waiting around for the phone to ring or for the gods to drop someone into your lap.

Other tips:

Avoid asking about how someone feels – most tarot readers are not mind readers.  I always believe it is best to ask the person directly instead of using tarot to figure it out.

Be careful about asking health or legal questions – most tarot readers are not licensed doctors nor lawyers (some may be!).   Therefore, they can not diagnose, prescribe, nor give legal advice.  They may be able to look at the energy around a situation but it is always wisest to consult your health care practitioner or attorney for those sorts of questions.

Some questions will be none of your business.  For example, asking about your ex’s sex life with his new paramour is a no-no.  Instead, focus on issues that are directly related to your life.

If you don’t want to know the answer to a question, don’t ask.


These general guidelines can help you ask effective questions that will give you better results and helpful answers.



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2013


Kelsey Lynore June 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I once made the mistake of permitting a one card draw on an ex and potential paramour. It really was a no-no.

As obvious as this should have been to me — since it does violate my ethics and set off my “yuck” response — it can be hard, when in the middle of a reading, to draw such clear lines if you haven’t thought about it beforehand. Live and learn….

Theresa Reed June 24, 2013 at 5:46 am

Hey Kelsey

I think every reader makes that mistake! LOL It usually backfires.

Theresa Reed July 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

YES! Specific questions often lead to a more specific answer.

Naware August 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I love these reframes! It’s nice to have some clear direction to give to others (as well as using them for my own personal use!) I know I tend towards wording that gives away my power and places all of the ability to really affect change with other people. Ready to read with this new perspective now! <3

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