The Answer- is in the Question
Questions: asking the cards. spreads and decks
“I love my decks – all decks including Lenormand, Tarot, Oracles, Kipper and Gypsy.”
My first and longest love is the Tarot. I started learning, like many before me, when there was no internet. I began my journey about 20 years ago. My training comes from reading various books, large amount of practice spreads, questions, lots of readings and observing a few mentors. The good and not so good mentors, helped shaped my style today.
Also, I don’t read the cards on their own I also tune into the cards psychically. Some people might just read the cards very well. However, for me, I am listening to spirit while I’m reading the cards. This is also why I let spirit guide me to the decks I use before each client call or session.
My collection includes Oracles, Lenormand, Kipper, Gypsy and various other publications of decks.
Mostly I’m a traditionalist. I prefer to learn the basics and fundamentals in their original form, before I find my own adaption on the cards, spreads and meanings.
I prefer the standard (imagery) of the Tarot, Lenormand and such. Besides that I keep a small personal collection of a few ‘lesser known” decks that I enjoy and use for myself.
What I really enjoy is the variance of messages and meanings offered by those decks & Oracles. I particularly like the archetype, symbols and imagery which, activates the intuition helping unfold the messages and the story in the spread.
I’m curious by nature and it benefits me well in readings. I enjoy learning what is happening with a situation and why. When reading for clients and for myself I like to get to the heart of the reading.
I use my own life as a means to explore spreads and decks to learn more about situations and people.
The choice of spreads to use will help me to delve deeper into the cards and their messages than any other way. Yet, ultimately it’s the question I ask, that will reveal the most through the cards. Spread or no spread.
HOW I ask the question will give me the most depth and insight to the situation and the cards.
The cards will reveal their messages and stories about what is happening along with a well laid out spread. This is beneficial providing insight of what issues are in certain positions.
But, if the question is unclear or too broad or too specific, then the outcome or the messages within the cards, can be lost in translation. Or the result for the reader or client is confused with unanswered or unclear spread.
So, my fundamental rule is in the ways of phrasing and re-phrasing the question.
On some occasions, as an exercise, when I’m doing my own cards I might ask (using the lenormand deck) x10 questions in a row. I go through the deck turning cards over in 3 row cards. I rephrase each time, on the same topic as I continue. Each time the cards reveal more to me in a new light.
That exercise might be a fast few minutes, but it will likely shed new light and a message or theme keeps popping up. So, then I reshuffle and expand on the recurring theme or things that stood out to me in the last sequence. I may next look again more closely and with a more newly refocused question.
I use various decks, such as the Inner Child( archetypes), the Kipper, the Gypsy or an Oracle deck. Each deck will reveal different perspectives of the issue. One deck may speak a little louder or clearly on the topic than another. And using these decks I may only use one card for each question since the deck can be quite involved in its message.
I’m looking for layers and depth to the issue. I look for what is driving the situation and what is motivating the person/ persons. I’m seeking to discover the hidden motives and emotions.
We are all multi layered with emotions and beliefs. We have some very hidden ideas and ways of handling those parts of who we are in work, in relationships and with family.
Often people don’t behave or respond for reasons that may be obvious the client. I may understand this notion as the reader on the outside, but people are often perplexed about a certain person or issue.
If I can revel to the client possible motives or reasons for their actions it gives them healing and new awareness. Sometimes even the person themselves won’t know why they are being a certain way.
It’s for me as the reader to help guide and show people what is unfolding for them and others around them or the issue.
Asking the question
The best question is an open question like how or what do I need to know about xyz – instead of yes/ no- will they /wont they… type question.
With the Lenormand or Gypsy, Kipper – I use 3 cards for each question and I may ask x3 questions.
Example: (this has no specific layout like the 9×9)
- Who is Mary right now?( 3 cards)
- What is she facing regarding work? ( 3 cards)
- How will the issue be resolved? ( 3 cards)
This way I have a clearer overview of what’s influencing the situation. I can see how Mary is feeling. I can see what issue she is trying to work through and then the last 3 show me a likely influence of the outcome.
It use 3 questions to help me explore the topic. This is not a usual way of reading the cards, but I find my own style of reading the cards with questions helps me unfold the deeper answers.
For a love it might be like this….
- What is the obstacle female person is facing? ( 3 cards)
- How can the couple/she overcome the challenge? ( 3 cards)
- What will help bring peace/clarity to the relationship? 3 cards)
More example questions:
- What does this person need from me and this situation at moment?
- What will best help our friendship?
- What is this person afraid of. ?
- What terms of the agreement do I need to be aware of?
- What is the best way to communicate with person A
- And so on.
- These may not be deep questions, but as you apply it to the situation, the cards will reveal more of what is a clue, to bring further awareness.
Once you can see the source of the issue in any layout, then you can expand on that issue. Ask another question as you place two or 3 cards over the cards you want to expand on.
So, you see the problem or issue in the cards in front of you – so then expand from the same deck (without reshuffling). Draw 2 more cards while asking what do I need know about that and lay over the 3 cards in the problem area.
Or you can say :
What does this mean? And then pull another 3 cards on or around the issue card. This way you are expanding and delving deeper into the message it has for you.
continued in Part 2/2