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If this is the first time you visit my site, please make sure you read both this page and my Tarot philosophy before contacting me for a reading!
(I know that both pages are a bit long, but it will be time well spent, and reading them will give you confidence that you are about to contact the right person for your needs. )
As Mary K. Greer wrote in her Tarot Mirrors (North Hollywood, California, USA, Newcastle Publishing, 1988), "There are no stupid questions, simply those that are not phrased in a beneficial way. [...] Therefore, part of your work in tarot [...] is to transform all questions and statements into forms that are empowering."
A reading will be much more productive if the querent asks a question. The more background information s/he can give you as well, the deeper you can go and the more targeted and useful the reading session will be. The Tarot-reader will probably ask further questions to the querent as the reading is in progress, but in any case some background information is absolutely necessary.
According to some Tarot-readers, the way a question is worded on the querent's part is irrelevant: the querent asks that particular question (no matter how superficial or absurd), and the Tarot-reader answers. Period.
On the other hand, there are other Tarot-readers - and I am among them - that opine that the question is to be analysed in-depth and, if necessary, reworded, but always in a reader-querent exchange.
The principle is simple: ask a better question, get a better answer.
The question is one of the most important parts of the reading, and the reading can only be as clear as the question asked. On the contrary, if you ask the Tarot a muddled question, it is most likely that you will get an equally muddled answer.
The best approach is always asking questions on the querent's point of view, questions that involve him/her.
There are questions I'm not comfortable with, so I'd rather not answer them (you can find these questions in my philosophy).
Generally speaking, questions asked can be divided in two macro-categories: those that are predictive in nature (example: "Will I get the job for which I'll be interviewed on Monday?") and those that are asked in an empowering way (example: "What can I do to give myself the best chance of getting the job for which I'll be interviewed on Monday?").
Let us see which questions need rewording most often:
- Complex Questions
Even though it is better not to be too vague when asking a question (see below), it is equally better not to be so complex as to require the question to be split into many sub-questions in order for me to be able to answer suitably. Please note that this is not a strategy on my part to squeeze more money out of you: I am aware that the more spreads are required, the higher the number of cards to be read, the higher the cost of the reading (see Reading). But when a question is worded in such a complex way that logically it encompasses several questions (or it even contains assumptions and contingent aspects - see below), it may not be avoided to reword it so that it can produce an answer that is useful and not a junk of worthless information. Perhaps it is just a matter for you to prioritise what you want to know now, and what you'd rather pull off until a future reading.
- Professional (i.e. Medical, Legal, Financial, etc.) Advice Questions
As I also write in my philosophy, I am neither a lawyer for instance, nor a physician, nor a financial consultant... so you'd better ask them the respectively relevant questions. (Obviously, and just like any Tarot-reader who has studied at least a little, I do know many spreads for probing these areas; the law, however, prevents me from dealing with these topics with my querents in a direct manner.)
- Vague Questions
- "Should" Questions
"Should I take the job that I recently was offered?" When the querent asks questions such as these, s/he is asking the Tarot to make his/her decisions for him/her in an attempt to avoid taking responsibility for his/her actions. In such cases, it is better to reword the question in a way that will shed some light on the situation, is empowering, and will give him/her new perspectives to help him/her make his/her decision.
- Assumptions & Contingent Aspects
Some questions contain built-in contingencies (example: "Will I marry Cora? And if so, how many kids will we have?"). The marriage has not yet been celebrated (and we don't even know if it ever will), so it's better to drop the second part of the question (the one with the contingent aspect), and - in this case - to reword the first part, trying to change its predictive nature.
Likewise, there may be an assumption that not necessarily is well-founded (example: "When will Donald ask me to marry him?"). Who says Donald will ever ask you?? It is not appropriate, therefore, to ask when this will happen.
Related to the "Should" Questions above, questions that demand either a "yes" or a "no" for an answer constitute a problem, too, because they assume that the querent has no control over his/her life. For this reason, it is better to reword the question so that it can be more helpful to the querent.
Concluding, when you word your question, please keep in mind the following items: