Whether you just started reading tarot cards or have been slinging them for decades, yes/no readings are going to be some of your most popular requests (besides love readings, of course haha). Getting good at yes/no readings can really build your credibility as a tarot card reader.
Best way to do yes/no tarot readings
The best way to do a yes/no reading, in my opinion, is to do a 3 card spread. Upright cards = yes, reversed cards = no. This is one of the ways I outline in my video below.
Yes/No 3 Card Spread
Shuffle your cards well. Cut them, and turn half of the deck the opposite way (upright/reversed). Continue shuffling. Repeat this process until your cards are shuffled thoroughly. Now, shuffle again… this time thinking of the question you want the cards to answer. Continue shuffling until it feels right to stop. At this point, you can pull cards off the top, cut the deck and pull cards off the top, or pick 3 cards that may be sticking out. Make sure you do not reverse the cards! Pull them out and lay them down exactly how they showed up in the deck.
3 cards upright – yes
3 cards reversed – no
2 cards upright – conditional yes (you’ll need to work for it)
2 cards reversed – conditional no (will need some work to change the outcome)
Yes/No 1 Card Reading
The simplest way to do a yes/no reading is to pull ONE single card. If it’s upright, it’s a yes. If it’s reversed, it’s a no. The problem I have with this is there’s no other context. You didn’t get to read based on a feeling, and you don’t have other cards as clarifiers. I feel it’s truly a coin toss, a 50/50 shot, which isn’t necessarily “reading” tarot cards. With that being said, this is an extremely simple way to do a yes/no tarot reading, and it works for many readers.
Assigning a Yes/No to each card
Another way to do a yes no tarot reading is to assign a value to each card: yes, no, and unsure/maybe. Print this list of tarot cards for easy reference.
Each deck will be different, based on artwork, vibes, and how connected you are to it. Because of this, I choose one deck to assign values to: The Lightseer’s Tarot. You must choose a deck that resonates with you. When you’re looking through each card, you should get a strong yes or no feeling from the majority of the cards, with some being a maybe/unsure answer. Set those aside and look at them again before you assign values on paper.
Ace of Wands gives me an immediate “YES” vibe, while the 9 of Swords is a big fat “NO”. I may not get this same feeling with every deck, so to keep it simple, I only use this ONE deck for one card yes/no readings.
Yes/No Tarot Video Tutorials
Here’s a quick video on how I do yes/no readings.
Below, is a video from another reader explaining how to do a yes/no reading. The card in the middle represents the essence of the question, with a “yes” being an upright card, and a “no” being a reversed card. The other two cards will give more information.
How to ask the best yes/no questions
When asking the cards a yes/no question, be sure it’s specific. Often when I do yes/no readings, I’m asked two questions. “Will my husband and I get jobs soon?” is actually two questions. You may get one, while your husband may not – or vice versa. These questions should be asked separately. “Will I get a job within the next 3 months?” is a better question, as it is specific and gives a time frame. Follow up with “Will my husband get a job within the next 3 months?”.
Are yes/no tarot readings accurate?
Like I said above, with a one card flip, it’s a 50/50 shot just like a coin toss. But, if you use a 3 card spread or assign a value to each card, you’re going to have a more accurate reading. With that being said, your future is controlled by you. So if you ask the cards if you’ll get a job soon, but you’re sitting around playing video games all day, the answer is going to be irrelevant. Even if the cards said yes, it’s highly unlikely that a job is just going to fall in your lap. You have to use the Tarot as a tool, as one tool on your journey… not the be all end all.
Work with the Tarot to ensure a positive outcome. If you’re asking a relationship question, dig a little deeper within yourself and figure out why you’re asking. Trust your intuition and allow the cards to guide your journey.
A warning about yes/no tarot readings:
When you’re asking Tarot a question, listen to the answer. Don’t keep redrawing until you get a favorable outcome. This is another reason I prefer to assign values to each card or use a 3 card spread. Both of these ways give you more substance than a simple yes/no upright/reversed card as an answer. Many times when we ask a question, we already know the answer we want to get… or the answer we should get. Having 3 cards to explain the situation a little better can help the answer be easier to swallow. 😉