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Giving Up on Yes/No Spreads

Justice Card Dotti Tarot de Marseille

A few months ago, I endured several weeks where my life was out of control and my daily schedule at the mercy of other people’s decisions (also known as Jury Duty).

This seemed like a perfect time to test out some Yes-No spreads.

At the beginning of each day, I’d ask the cards things like: will the judge let us go home early today; will the prosecution wrap up its presentation; will the defendant go for a plea bargain and put us all out of our misery? I used four different yes/no techniques for each question employing just the forty pip cards. I recorded the responses and tallied how often each technique predicted events correctly.

I already knew from previous experiments that I’m hopeless at predicting the future with tarot. This exercise confirmed it. Fifty-five to seventy-five percent of my answers were wrong, depending on the technique.

The simpler techniques were more accurate than complex systems. The technique that was most accurate, delivering nearly 50% correct answers, involved dealing five cards off the top of the deck, then counting the number of odd and even cards. Three or more odd cards meant yes, even cards meant no.

I’ve heard people say that if you’re facing a binary choice, why not just flip a coin and save the cards for something more meaningful? I heartily agree with that.

Have you had success with a Yes-No spread? I’d love to hear about it, and try it out for myself.

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  1. I’m often very tempted to do yes/no spreads, but I don’t. I don’t feel it’s a good use of the tarot for me.

    March 13, 2015
    • Hi Cosette,

      I’ve tried all sorts of methods for yes/no answers, timing, and other techniques for nailing down the future. Nothing works for me; so I’m hanging up my turban and taking down my fortune-teller’s sign 🙂

      March 15, 2015

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