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Tarot Questions

Feel free to submit your questions. I will briefly explore one randomly-selected question and respond here. Please note that your question may not be chosen for a response on this page. Please include “White Sage Tarot Questions” in the subject line and send your query to


D asks:


“Do you think I should finish off my nursing degree? I started it at the age of 58, and have now done two years, though I deferred this year because of health issues. Now, I’m wondering whether to finish it off part-time and whether I will then have the strength and energy to see this through and work in a hospital after that. I’m trying to follow my life’s dream, but I don’t know whether I can do so.”


As a Tarotist, I felt that the querent was initially asking a question that could be answered by a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The Tarot has a wider application. We reworked the question. D agreed that “What do I need to know to successfully follow my dream(s)?” better reflected the information that was being sought and allowed for a broader exploration.


For this question, I used a spread from Trish MacGregor and Phyllis Vega’s “Power Tarot” called the Outlook Spread. The first card focuses on the outlook for the situation; the second focuses on what/who will help; the third on what this will lead to; and the fourth looks at how the querent will feel about the outcome.


Outlook for this situation: King of Cups – Trust your emotions. Regardless of what happens, be a master of your emotions. The outlook to this enquiry shows success and achievement, but could be in an unexpected area. For example, it might be that the training you’ve undergone so far will be applied to another related field.


What/who will help?: The Empress – Support will come as compassion and tenderness. This may indeed be the type of nurturing support that comes via the healing professions. It may also come in the form of another person or may be qualities that come to the surface for you during this time. Often the Empress’s passion is unbridled and can be overpowering. This passion is yours; use it wisely and don’t ignore the role that emotions and intuition play.


What will this lead to?: The Queen of Swords – reversed – There can be an element of falsehood around the Queen of Swords when she’s reversed. This may lead to thoughts and words that do not truly reflect the situation.


How will you feel about the outcome?: The High Priestess – The High Priestess can symbolize that untapped inner strength. She is mysterious. Her appearance suggests there is something unsaid,  unexplored or concealed. She often tells us to trust our intuition, especially in a position that refers to our own feelings.


Some important questions to ask are:


How do I trust my feelings and instincts to guide my decision?

How will I focus my unbridled passion?

What is the real question?


Your instincts and emotions are key. You are asking one question but might be feeling another. The King of Cups and High Priestess have shown up. They serve as reminders to trust your emotions and instinct. Think of it as something similar to the feeling that instructs you to change directions when you sense something unsafe in your chosen path. Gavin De Becker in “The Gift of Fear” suggests this instinct is one that should be acted on. The Queen of Swords reversed is a reminder that not all things said or unsaid are true. It appears that you may already have the answer to the question about following your dream; it just might not be the answer that you’re looking for.

Well… does the Tarot really work?

The Hermit - Self-knowledge and contemplation
The Hermit - Self-knowledge and contemplation




At some point in time in every tarotist’s career, they are faced with the penultimate question, “Does the Tarot really work?” I figure there’s no time like the present to attack this question.


The best way to determine if the Tarot works is to ask people who use it extensively.  Very few people would spend significant amounts of time studying Tarot and using it as a tool for divination/self-awareness/self-discovery/insert-appropriate-word-here if it didn’t work.

When people ask, my answer is clearly, “It works for me.” Although some may find this odd, I have always found that the most interesting aspect of the Tarot is its objectivity. When you seek advice from a friend, family member or councilor, you always come face-to-face with their humanity. They have feelings, opinions, and biases that will always affect their response to your query. The beauty of a Tarot deck is that it just ‘is’. That beauty lies in its construction. The 78 cards contain a significant number of possible outcomes for any situation. These representations are based on universal archetypes and conditions. It remove a level of bias that is inherent in communication between people. Even when you try and work through the solutions to a question on your own without the Tarot, you emphasize some things and omit others. You bias your own exploration.

Using Tarot cards still includes a human element, but the Tarot acts as an intermediary and intervenes on a level that is not personally attached to the querent.  It is instead attached to either universal concepts and archetypes, as is the case with the Major Arcana, or the comings and goings of our daily lives, as portrait in the Minor Arcana. Most interestingly, by shuffling cards and laying them out in a systematic fashion, we allow our inquiry to be temporarily taken over by randomness. We usually place cards within a given framework.  We may choose to use a one-card daily focus or a multi-card spread to place our question into the structure of a spread.  But the cards fall in a random patterns. This pattern is the exact one needed at that moment. Try it again and different cards will fall.   It is in this randomness, this totally new and unbiased way that we look at the answer to the question that we ask that we often find the solution.  When we learn to use the Tarot effectively, we use that randomness to our advantage and bring often overlooked answers to the forefront.

 The best way to answer the question for yourself, though, is “Try it and see!”