Signs You’re Asking The Tarot The Wrong Questions

I was in high school when I first started reading the Tarot. I used a cheap deck- one where the Minor Arcana had barely any instructions and the guide that came with it, introduced me to spreads like the Celtic Cross and how to ask basic yes/no questions. I found the meanings rather inadequate, so I added my own and also looked up online interpretations. I was hooked, and soon enough I saved up to get my own Rider Waite and the Thoth Tarot decks.

When I read for myself, I look upon the Tarot not as a “fortune telling” device but more as a spiritual counselor. Of course, I’m always tempted to ask specific and narrow questions about my personal future, but I’ve realized over the years, that it doesn’t really work that way. The future isn’t set in stone, and there are some things you are better off, not knowing at that moment. The trick to get the most out of the Tarot or any divination system for that matter, lies in asking the right questions.

But how do you know if your question is the right one? Well, there are signs from the Tarot that will warn you when you’re in the wrong direction.

1. Your Reading Doesn’t Make Sense:

Whether you’re a professional tarot card reader or someone who reads on their own, just for fun- you shouldn’t doubt your Tarot reading abilities. Of course, there’s still a lot to learn, and you may interpret a card “wrongly” once in a while- but if you ask a question and draw a card that has no relation to the question whatsoever, chances are that you asked the wrong question and you should rethink the situation in a different light.

2. You Draw The “Dark” Cards:

As a Tarot card reader, there have always been some cards I’ve been drawn to, and some that well…I didn’t really want to bond with. I don’t like it if “The Tower” or the “Nine of Swords” or even a reversed “Two Of Pentacles” shows up in my reading. Of course, sometimes they are there to alert me to things I’ve been ignoring or to warn me about something, but if I’ve been drawing “bad cards” repeatedly while asking about my career, I know I should change my perspective.

  1. You Have A Gut Feeling:

Sometimes I may be pretty sure about something or want something really bad, but when I ask the Tarot about it, I get a completely different and off-putting response. Like, I may have made up my mind about something, but the cards lead me to question my decision, or I end up disagreeing with what the cards are saying. I realize then, that the future is in my hands and my actions shape it, and I may choose to disregard the Tarot’s advice and do whatever is it I want, but I have to be accountable for my choices. In such cases, I prefer going with my gut feeling, as long as I’m prepared to take the consequences.

An easy way to come up with the right questions, is to ask “how” or “why” related questions than specifics like “when” and “where”. For example, instead of asking “When will I find my soulmate?”, you’re better of asking, “What do I need to do to invite love into my life?” or “What do I need to know about my life before embarking on a new relationship?”. Try to leave your questions open-ended and your interpretations practical and solution-focused and you’ll find that your cards are like fairy godmothers- always there to watch over you and guide you on the right path.

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Archita Mittra is a writer and artist residing in India, with a love for all things magic, vintage, and darkly fantastical. A student of English Literature at Jadavpur University, she also has a Diploma in Multimedia and Animation from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Her work has been featured or profiled in Thought Catalog, Your Tango, Gurl, Lifehack, Maudlin House, Luna Luna Magazine and Rising Phoenix Review, among others. A Ravenclaw for life, she also dabbles in calligraphy, DIY crafts, fanfiction, photography and baking. She is a white witch, occasionally practises as a tarot card reader, and likes learning new things just for the heck of it. Some random things she likes: cryptozoology, Byronic heroes, everything fantasy, gothic and sci-fi, The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, period costumes, Loki, rabbits, Lana Del Rey, black holes, Tim Burton films, stimulating conversations and blueberry milkshakes. You can follow her on Instagram (architamittra), Twitter(architamittra),Facebook(WriterArchita) , tumblr (architamittra) and check out her blog at Say hi to her, maybe.

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