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Answering ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ Using Tarot: Predicting Your Future Steps

Written by, Jelena Kabic

Updated May, 4, 2022

If a particular subject in your life is blurry – you can gain clarity in different ways. And answering ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ using Tarot reading is one of the most simple ones.

Aside from getting accurate answers that can act as starting points or closing paths in your life, a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ Tarot spread is an excellent way to delve into the mystic world of Tarot reading.

What is a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ Tarot Spread?

A ‘yes’ or ‘no’ tarot spread is a simple spread that you can use for quick, straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. Moreover, it is considered the quickest and easiest way to perform a Tarot reading.

It can be used for any question but is especially useful for those that can be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ This tarot spread can provide some clarity and direction when you feel lost or uncertain. The guidance and answers gained through a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ Tarot reading can act as a stepping stone for unraveling further decision-making predictions.

So, the Yes or No Tarot reading is most accurate when used in the following situations:

How Does It Work?

Tarot readings are intuitive – whether you perform them on your own or pay for one. Consequently, you might feel certain connections to some cards like aces, or the deck of wands, for example. Still, some standard rules define the Tarot card meaning and reversals (and we’ll get to them soon), but intuition and focus on your question are far more important.

It would be best to remember that there are different Tarot card formations (single card, three card formation, etc.) you could use while performing a Yes or No Tarot reading; however, one rule is unavoidable – using a full Tarot deck. This is so because you get equal chances for each question you ask. On the plus side, using the tarot deck that’s most grown to your heart would get you the most exact answers.

Yes or No Tarot Reading Setup

There are three essential things to be mindful of before performing a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ Tarot reading. As follows:


Free of distress, a cleansed deck, and a warmed-up mind are the starting pack to perform an accurate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ Tarot reading.

Crystals and sage are excellent cleansing methods. Still, each individual cleanses their aura and energy in a specific way. Furthermore, nature, sports, or meditation might also help.

You can say that putting yourself to be both – the medium and the interpreter is far more critical than your tarot deck. This is because you’re the interpreter of your cards and destiny.


Decide between the following:

These ‘habits of comfort’ are individual.

Shaping the Question

Focus on one question in particular. Don’t let anything disturb you, and let your question become your mantra, i.e., your guidance and purpose. 

What’s more, make sure your question is:

Note: Stick to a short one. Then, if you want to know more, do another reading.

How To Do a Yes or No Tarot Reading?

Based on your expertise level and experience with Tarot, you can either:

Either way is accurate, but it’s used differently. This is primarily based on a reader’s experience with reading and using Tarot cards.

Based on the upright/ reversed meaning of the tarot deck, there are two basic alternatives (this is entirely up to your preferences):

  1. Reversed cards mean ‘no.’
  2. Or, all cards are going to be interpreted in their upright meaning.

Therefore, based on the above, you can ask your question aloud and then draw one card from the deck. If the card is upright, then the answer is considered to be ‘yes.’ And if the card is reversed, then the answer is ‘no.’ This is used when performing a one-card ‘yes’ or ‘no’ reading.

Another way to seek an answer is to find the card’s meaning in the table, which would answer your question.

And, if you have chosen to interpret the meaning of each card in the upright Tarot position – then look up their meaning in the list of meanings found below in this article. This approach also applies to one-card Tarot reading when answering a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question.

But, here’s a different method that most experienced Tarot readers use since it’s the one that gives more accurate answers.

Step 1: Formulate precisely the question while shuffling your cards.

Step 2: Spread the well-mixed cards into a fan before you, and pick one.

Step 3: Place it facing downwards.

Step 4: Do the same thing two other times. Place each card facing downwards in the center and right position – forming a line.

Step 5: Start revealing your cards — left, center, right.

Step 6: Find their meaning.

All cards that denote the same meaning represent an outcome. Whereas mixed cards are ‘a maybe.’

Also, if you find that three cards aren’t enough, you can always increase the number of drawn cards to five or seven.

Tip: Always make it an uneven number to create the odds by outnumbering one another.

Tarot Cards: ‘Yes’ Or ‘No’ Meaning

Here’s a Tarot card list of meanings for getting into shape prior to performing a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ psychic reading on another – on a more advanced intuitive level.

If you’re wondering, ‘What’s the answer to my question if I draw an Ace of Pentacles” – here’s how to get to the bottom of it.

Tarot Cards That Mean ‘Yes’

Major Arcana Pentacles Wands Cups Swords
The Magician Ace Ace Ace Ace
The Fool Three Three Two Four
The Empress Six Four Three Six
The Emperor Eight Six Six Page
The Chariot Nine Seven Nine
The Lovers Ten Eight Ten  
Wheel of Fortune Page Page Page  
Strength Knight Knight Knight  
Temperance Queen Queen  
The Star King    
The Sun    
The World        

As you can see, all Aces bring positive answers and all Sixes and Pages.

The deck of Pentacles is the most positive one, looking at it from the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ perspective.

Also, most of the 22 Major Arcana cards (thirteen) would mean a yes’ to answer your question.

Tarot Cards That Mean ‘No’

Major Arcana Swords Cups Wands Pentacles
The Devil Three Five Five Five
Death Five Seven Ten  
The Moon Seven Eight  
The Tower Eight    

From this table, we can conclude that the ‘absolute ‘No’ card’ is the Five.

Tarot Cards That Mean ‘Maybe’

The cards from the ‘Maybe deck’ mean that you should back down from any actions in this field but not give up on it yet.

Major Arcana Swords Cups Wands Pentacles
Justice Two Four Two Two
The Hierophant Queen Queen Nine Seven
The Hermit King King
The High Priestess
The Hanged Man  

Seven Tips on How To Get More Accurate Answers

You’ve probably understood that the best way to use this type of spread is by formulating a straightforward question and not adding many details.

Here are a few more basic guidelines for getting the most accurate guidance using a Yes or No Tarot spread:

Final Thoughts: Are You Ready For Your Answer Now?

We’ve covered everything there is on how to do a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ reading with Tarot cards.

Answering ‘yes’ or ‘no‘ using Tarot is a fun mental exercise, but also it’s a guiding path for near-future decisions and steps you’re about to take.

Sure, cartomancy is not an exact science – but intuition and Tarot have accuracy in the physical realm as well.


How to cleanse my Tarot cards?

Before you do a Tarot reading, it’s vital to cleanse your cards. This helps get them rid of any previous energy and prepares them for your readings.

Here are a few ways to cleanse your Tarot cards:

What if my deck doesn’t contain aces?

Yes, even so, your reading will still be accurate. Tarot readings are based on symbols and meanings, not the physical card itself.

Based on the meaning of Tarot cards in a manner of answering ‘yes’ or ‘no’ using Tarot, all aces mean ‘yes.’ Therefore, the tarot deck will be cut to a more neutral way of interpretation, instead of a positive one.