Have you ever wanted to be able to answer yes or no using Tarot? Do you crave some hard and fast rules? Then I have a couple of techniques you can try, one of them is The Reversal Technique.
For this exercise, let's pretend we have an imaginary seeker named Sally who wishes to become a professional dressmaker. She has received some interest and bookings from friends lately. She would like to know if she can make it a profitable business and if her career will take off. Here are Sally's cards:
For The Reversal Technique, all that is required is that there are more upright cards then reversed for a positive result. Surprisingly, for this technique, the answer would indeed be yes, for Sally due to the fact all of her cards are upright.
For this technique, it does not matter if the cards have a positive or negative interpretation. Because the majority of cards were upright, Sally would be encouraged to follow her passion despite the fact that these cards have a negative interpretation. However, if more cards were reversed than upright, then the answer would be no.
If you would like to try technique one for yourself here are the steps:
1. It is important before the reading that you commit to a set question and card amount. If you tell yourself that you will only use three cards to get your answer then you should only use three cards. Commit to your card number and the question before you begin as not to confuse yourself.
2. Reversals are required for this technique. Half of the deck should be reversed, so rotate half of them before or during the shuffling process. For the best result, ensure they are split evenly.
3. Shuffle the cards.
4. Lay cards out in a pyramid. I recommend a pyramid because if the cards are read in a line then, the reader may accidentally fall into the habit of reading them as “past, present, future.” This particular question only deals with the future so should only be read this way.
5. After a quick glance at the cards, it is easy to see if the answer is yes or no. Remember if the majority of cards are upright it is a yes, if the majority is reversed it is a no.
There are benefits for answering a yes or no question using this technique, and one of them is obviously ease. This technique is so simple to learn that even those who do not know Tarot can learn how to perform yes/no readings. Another benefit is quickness; you can fire this reading out when you're short for time. However, there are negatives to using techniques like this one.
Spread such as these can lack substance because you do not really have much to go on other than a yes or a no. There is also the question of what to do about negative cards which are upright, how would you interpret a 10 of Swords upright, for example.
I am not a fan of this spread because I have personally found it to be inaccurate. I also feel that the negatives outweigh the positives. I like my readings to have detail and generally don't like reversals (for me they just feel wrong). However, I know other readers who sing this method's praises so you should try it for yourself and see how you get on! (check out this post for another yes/no using tarot technique)
Finally, below I have included a free instant download for you to take away which will help you to get more detail in your Tarot readings. Feel free to utilise this in your Tarot practice (its free and downloadable on mobile, tablet and computer!)
Cards used in this guide is The Dame Darcy's Mermaid Tarot by Dame Darcy, used with permission.
Lisa Boswell is an award-winning psychic reading teacher who currently resides in Scotland. Through her website DivinationAndFortuneTelling.com she teaches both experienced and would be diviners how they can predict the future.
Born into a Romany Gypsy family of fortune tellers, Lisa has had an active interest in the occult from a young age. She specialises in teaching predictive divination, easy mediumship and fortune-telling. Learn more here.