At the end of a therapy session or tarot reading, I often ask clients who are interested to choose a tarot card “randomly” from my Waite-Smith deck. The set-up is that whatever card they choose will correspond to a series of questions that are vitally important for them to consider right now.
During a time in my life when I had plenty of free time, I created two sets of “question cards” that go with each of the 78 tarot cards (you’ll see why I needed two of these in a moment). Although the clients don’t get to keep the tarot card they choose, they do get to take the corresponding question card home.
Front side of Question Card for The World
Some people prefer to meditate on the questions, letting them percolate in their subconsciousness. Others like to journal on them. Either way, most people react the same way as they initially look over their question card: “Wow! These are right on target…I really do need to be thinking about these questions….”
This is one of the reasons I love working with the cards - you always get exactly what you need, instantly!
(The reason I have two sets of question cards is that I keep one at home as a reference: for each card I give away, I can make a new replacement by using that first set as a guide)
Back side of Question Card
Here are more details about creating “Question Cards,” taken from my Tarot Activity Book:
To consider the power of a well-thought-out question.
Please consider the following quotations:
The word ‘question’ is derived from the Latin quaerere ‘to seek,’ which is the same root as the word for quest. A creative life is a continued quest, and good questions are useful guides.
Questioning is a basic tool for rebellion. It breaks open the stagnant hardened shells of the present, revealing ambiguity and opening up fresh options to be explored.
Questioning can change your entire life. It can uncover hidden power and stifled dreams inside of you…things you may have denied for many years.
The important thing is to never stop questioning.
A well-thought-out question can:
- Challenge assumptions
- Shift one’s perspective
- Stimulate self-reflection
- stir a hidden part of one’s soul
- Provoke change
- Generate energy
- Create more questions
Questions are powerful catalysts for introspection and self-growth. They can lead us in surprising directions. Or reconnect us to long-buried truths.
It is important to take time in our lives every so often to check in with ourselves and meditate on the thoughts and feelings that well-thought-out questions can generate.
Usually we expect tarot cards to provide us with answers to our questions. In this exercise, however, you will be using the cards themselves to generate questions. And once you’ve done so, you’ll be using those questions as prompts for journal writing.
Beginning with The Fool, please answer the following for each card of the major arcana:
If the card could speak, what question or questions would it ask you?
In order to generate your questions, study each card carefully. Pay attention to all of its different elements. What different symbols do you notice? What image stands out the most? How many figures are drawn on the card? What is each doing? What is the title of the card? What is the energy of the card? What is the message of the card? Does it have multiple messages?
Write your question(s) on an index card, after putting the name of the particular tarot card in the upper right hand corner. For easy reference, keep your question cards in order.
Now shuffle the major arcana tarot cards. Pick one at random, and then match it with its corresponding question card. Go with the assumption that you have received these particular questions for a good reason, and that they are important for you to consider carefully. Your task is to answer each one of the questions in your journal. You can do so either right then and there, or over the course of a week.
You now have powerful journal prompts that you can access whenever you want! Perhaps you can make this exercise a regular ritual, working with a different question card each day or once per week.
Sample questions for The Fool card:
- Where are you going?
- What are you feeling foolish about?
- What are you doing for fun?
- How are you being true to yourself?
- How are you expanding your horizons?
- How can you bring more spontaneity into your life?
- Who do you need to trust?
Sample questions for The High Priestess card:
- What do you need to remember?
- Why is it important for you to be patient?
- How aware are you of the cycles and rhythms of your life?
- How are you honoring your intuition?
- How are you acknowledging your shadow side?
- What is the mystery in your life?
If you’re feeling particularly industrious, you could make questions for each of the cards in the minor arcana as well.
Sample questions for the Five of Swords:
- What is currently scaring you the most?
- What no-win situation are you in? How can you best exit?
- Why is it important for you to put your own needs first?
- How have you lowered your standards? Why?
- Whom do you need to outwit? How can you best do so?
Sample questions for the Three of Cups:
- Where is the joy in your life?
- How are you sharing your gifts?
- What do you need to celebrate?
- How strong is your circle of support?
- Where is your community?
Sample questions for the Page of Pentacles:
- What is your body telling you?
- How are you experiencing nature?
- How are you acting on your dreams?
- How are you being dependable?
- How can you best enjoy what you already have?