Wednesday, 1 April 2015

FAQ: Yes-No Questions

There are a couple of different ways to use Lenormand cards to answer yes-no questions.  Both involve drawing an odd number of cards, say three or five.



The first way requires you to have a set of associations to which cards you consider positive, negative or neutral.  This isn't necessarily how all schools approach the Lenormand cards, and my own way of seeing them suggests there can be an upside to any card, just as each can have a downside.  For instance, a weakness can present a great opportunity, and a high point might suggest we have nowhere to go but down.  Nevertheless, if you have clear associations, then three positives, or two positives and a neutral would be pretty much a yes, and so on.  Of course, if you get three neutrals, or one of each type, then that would be a maybe or perhaps an 'ask again later'.

Somewhat clearer and simpler is an approach that uses the playing card associations.  In this case, reds are taken as a yes, and blacks as a no.  This system requires no memorising, as most decks include the playing card associations in some form.  It also lends itself to clear answers, as whatever colour has the majority of cards in the throw gives you your answer.

Then, of course, there is the question of whether or not to interpret the cards beyond that yes or no answer.  Personally, I would always interpret them.  After all, more information is always useful!

For example, I asked: will it benefit me to perform task X this week?  I drew Songbirds (Seven of Diamonds), Ring (Ace of Clubs), Paths (Queen of Diamonds).  Overall, then, two red cards say yes.  Further, the cards talk about committing to speaking about choices.  Task X actually involves speaking about choices, and is something I've wanted to do for a while.  Looks like this week is the perfect time for it!

9 comments:

  1. I haven't yet attempted to use Lenormand cards for Yes-No questions, but now I most certainly will (once I decide what "system" I want to use). In general, I tend to avoid Yes-No questions with Tarot, but I do have a system that I use when I decide to go ahead and do it.

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    1. Like you, I don't tend to ask yes-no questions in the first place. I think a pendulum is a good option, if you want to do that. Still, I do like this, in that you get a yes-no answer, and then additional info, too :) Will look forward to seeing if you do try it out!

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  2. I haven't yet attempted to use Lenormand cards for Yes-No questions, but now I most certainly will (once I decide what "system" I want to use). In general, I tend to avoid Yes-No questions with Tarot, but I do have a system that I use when I decide to go ahead and do it.

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  3. I've never asked yes or no questions before but I like the second way with the inserts and then reading the cards. I find it difficult to assign a pos. or neg. energy to a card, becauseI think they have always some of both sides.

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    1. Totally agree with you, Ellen. I see a multi-coloured range of meaning in the cards, rather than the black-and-white of positive or negative. Will be interested to see what you make of it if you try this technique out :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing. I would also always read for more info. I found it almost impossible to read on yes/no questions before I invented a new method which starts with flipping a coin to decide if odd or even numbers will provide you with yes or no. That way you get different information from the cards for yes and no. It works really well. I suppose you could try that with the Lennies too and make black cards yes if you get tails up :)

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  5. I meant to add that this method I invented was for the Tarot... blogged about it too on tarotize.

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    1. I like it, though I also get why traditional authors suggest red be yes (as the suits of diamonds and hearts tend to be more positive in the Lennie system). Still, I can imagine a situation where swapping it out might be useful, so I'll keep this in mind - very creative, Lisa! :)

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