Ever heard the phrase “tone is everything?”
Tone is the magical medium that allows the same word to change its meaning according to the qualityof the timbre, pitch and resonance of the person speaking.
“What are you doing?” and “What ARE you doing?” and “What are you doing?” all convey very different meanings yet the precise words used are exactly the same.
When you ask your Tarot cards a question, phrasing is everything. And I mean everything.
I have been reading the cards for years and in the beginning I never gave much thought to how I should structure my question, often changing the question several times while I was shuffling the cards. For example, “what should I know about this relationship?” would morph into “should I be in this relationship?”
As I gained more experience I realised that I was making a huge mistake and now when I do a reading for myself I make sure that I have thought the question out extensively before doing a spread.
I start by writing down a few drafts, trying to figure out exactly what it is that I need help understanding.
For example, a few years ago I was considering doing a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course and I asked the question “Would it be for the highest good of myself and others to undertake X course?”
The answer I got was that, yes, it would but that I wouldn’t necessarily be reaching a wide audience and making an impact in that way due to the nature of what it was I was considering studying. Kundalini Yoga is, after all, an obscure and arcane area of yoga that not many people know about let alone are interested in.
The cards also told me that the “positive vibes” bought about by taking on this course of study would be subtler and take place in a behind-the-scenes kind of way, creating the kind of change that produces ripples of good intent in the World Ocean and that, slowly but surely, this would aid in the spiritual evolution of mankind.
Not bad at all. Or so I thought…
A few days passed and I realised that this is not exactly what I wanted to know. I mean, of course doing the kind of deep spiritual practices involved in practicing Kundalini Yoga would be beneficial for the highest good of myself and others as the cards had rightly pointed out. It is generally acknowledged that practicing Kundalini Yoga aids in the evolution of consciousness, but I wanted to know if this specific coursewas worth taking because it was extremely expensive and when huge sums of money are involved, I don’t like to take the decision lightly.
So I reshuffled my deck and asked a new question, this time focusing on whether this specific course was worth taking (I asked “Should I take X Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course?” and the answer I got was an emphatic “no.”
Essentially, Kundalini Yoga can be learned in an ashram with the guidance and care of a Master or Guru for chump change. I’ve always been told that genuine spiritual knowledge never comes -or should never come -with a hefty price tag. Sure, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and you always have to pay your dues somewhere down the line -we’ve all got to eat! -but when some pious woman in a white turban wants me to fork out nearly $5000 for a month-long course, it starts to raise serious alarm bells.
The cards told me that spending 1000s of dollars to have my name scrawled on a pretty piece of paper wouldn’t somehow make me “credible” in the eyes of the world and nor would it make me credible in any real, visceral sense because a month-long course of study does not a guru make. $5000 won’t buy you spiritual enlightenment plain and simple but it will put you majorly into debt.
So you see what a big difference your phrasing makes when asking your Tarot cards a question?
Experiment for yourself. Spend time thinking about an issue that you would like to know more about and then think of different ways you can phrase the question. You’ll be amazed by the results!
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