There are all sorts of ways to answer questions with the help of the tarot deck of cards, and one of the simplest ways is getting Yes/No/Maybe answers. This isn’t necessarily the best approach, if you have complex questions. But it can be a good way to get some simple and clear answers to questions, if you don’t need too much of a nuanced answer.
You can pull one or a few cards to get a Yes/No/Maybe answer. It’s best to pull three cards at most for this kind of answer. Pulling more cards than that makes it too much of a complex process.
When you pull a card, you simply take that as your answer to the question. But you can also pull three cards, so it gets trickier to figure out the final answer. You can do that based on the interaction of the cards you’ve pulled. If you want to have an easy and fast way to figure out the final result, you can assign values to the cards like this: “yes” equals +1, “no” equals -1, and “maybe” equals 0.
When you’re getting a “yes” and a “no” or a “yes”, a “no”, and a “maybe”, then your result is a “maybe” (because +1-1/+0 equals 0). When it comes to any other combinations of three cards, just add up the numbers and see when you get more or less than 0. Getting more than 0 makes it a positive result, so it’s a “yes” answer. Getting less than 0 makes it a negative result, so it’s a “no” answer. And, of course, getting a 0 makes it a “maybe” answer.
But how to figure out which cards are a “yes”, a “no”, or a “maybe”?
There are two main ways. The first one is by following the more traditionally accepted list of Yes/No values given to each tarot card in the deck, and we’ve covered it here (https://zodiacshack.com/blogs/guide/yes-no-answers-with-tarot-cards-the-master-list).
The second one is by following the elemental dignities within the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana suits and analyzing its interaction with the element of the sign you’re doing the reading for. Maybe it sounds complicated, but it’s actually easier than it sounds.
Let’s take this one step at a time
The Air signs of the zodiac are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Keep the element in mind as we analyze how the elements that are associated with cards from the Major and the Minor Arcana interact with the sign you’re doing the reading for. We’re going to see the other elements interact with our Air signs and conclude what sort of answers we’re getting to the Yes/No/Maybe question.
In the Minor Arcana, the element of Air is represented by the suit of Swords and that represents the Air signs. Getting a Swords card as part of the one, two or three cards pulled to get your answer means you write down the Swords cards as a clear “Yes” answer.
Then, based on elemental interactions within the suits, outside of interacting with itself (meaning other Swords), the element of Air is most compatible with the element of Water (since air and water combine to maintain aquatic life). When it comes to the other two remaining elements, Air is somewhat more compatible with Fire (since oxygen fuels fire), while the “natural enemy” element for Air is Earth (since earth and air combine like sand and winds, resulting in dust storms).
So as a result of the elemental interactions described, the natural “enemy” of Air is Earth, while Water is its best friend, and Fire is somewhat friendly.
Let’s keep in mind that each Major Arcana card is associated with an element:
Air cards (Fool, Magician, Lovers, Justice, Star), Water cards (High Priestess, Chariot, Hanged Man, Death, Moon), Fire cards (Emperor, Strength, Wheel of Fortune, Temperance, Tower, Sun, Judgment), and Earth cards (Empress, Hierophant, Hermit, Devil, World).
Considering the interactions of Major Arcana cards, we get the following answers for a Yes/No/Maybe question asked on behalf of an Air sign:
- Yes: Air Major Arcana cards (Fool, Magician, Lovers, Justice, Star), Water Major Arcana cards (High Priestess, Chariot, Hanged Man, Death, Moon)
- Maybe: Fire Major Arcana cards (Emperor, Strength, Wheel of Fortune, Temperance, Tower, Sun, Judgment)
- No: Earth Major Arcana Cards (Empress, Hierophant, Hermit, Devil, World)
Now keep in mind the elemental interactions listed above, and the Minor Arcana cards that represent the suit of the Earth element – the suit of Pentacles/Coins – become a “No” answer to questions asked on behalf of an Air sign. Minor Arcana cards that represent the element of Water – the suit of Cups – go into the “Yes” pile, and in the “Maybe” or the neutral pile go the Minor Arcana cards that represent the element of Fire – the suit of Wands.
When you’re trying to get a Yes/No/Maybe answer for an Air sign with the Minor Arcana cards, final results look like this:
- Swords card: Yes
- Cups card: Yes
- Wands card: Maybe
- Coins/Pentacles card: No
Combining one, two, or even three cards from the tarot deck and applying this elemental cheat sheet for the elements and their interactions when asking a question on behalf of an Air sign, you’ll get your answer without memorizing the Yes/No value of each card in the deck.
By: L.E. Olteano