General readings address the larger aspects of your life rather than a specific problem area or question. They’re usually done when you’re entering a new phase of life, such as getting married, graduating from college or starting a family. The reader can somewhat direct the reading if you have a general area you want to cover, such as your career or health, but that’s as specific as the direction gets.
In question readings, you are addressing a specific question. Tarot is not intended to answer specific yes or no questions. Most say it also shouldn’t be used to make decisions, but instead should be used as a guide to help you make the decision yourself. For this reason, the way a question is stated is very important.
- Keep your options open: If you have the answer before the reading, then you’re not allowing the cards to guide your overall decision.
- Find the best level of detail: Your question should be focused, but not overly detailed. Rather than looking at one particular aspect of a problem, find a way to look more broadly at it. For example, rather than asking how you can make your home life less chaotic, ask how you can better balance kid schedules and adult schedules. That is a focused question.
- Focus on yourself: If the reading is for yourself, make sure your question focuses on you rather than on someone else who you think may be the root of your problem. For example, asking why your son is experimenting with drugs is focusing on him, not you. Asking what role you play in your son’s decision to experiment with drugs brings the focus of the question back to you.
- Stay neutral: In order to stay open to other points of view, your question has to be neutral and not convey a preconceived notion that your view is necessarily the right one. The cards can give you guidance if you ask for it.
- Be positive: Make sure your question is stated in a positive rather than negative way. Instead of asking why a specific event hasn’t happened, ask what you can do to help make that event happen.