Oftentimes, you may just want a quick yes-or-no answer to a simple question when using tarot. In this case, you can use either a one-card draw or a three-card draw. Either way, it is essential that you phrase the question carefully. So, take time before you begin to make sure that it can be answered with either yes or no and that you are only asking one question.

One-Card Yes or No Draw 

There are two ways to do this, dependent on whether you use reversals. Often, the key to getting good readings is consistency. So, it is best to stick to using reversals or not using them.

Draw one card after shuffling. If you use reversals, a reversed card indicates a “no” answer and an upright card means “yes.” If you do not use reversals, a card with positive associations indicates “yes” (e.g. The Sun), whereas a card with negative associations indicates “no” (e.g. 3 of Swords).

Three-Card Yes or No Spread

You can do this spread in two ways, depending on whether you reversals or not.

When using reversals, lay out three cards. If all three are upright, the answer is a “strong yes.” If all three are reversed, the answer is a “strong no.” Whenever there is a mix of upright and reversed cards, the answer will be a “probably yes” or “probably no” based on whether there are more upright or reversed cards.

If you do not use reversals, the same reading clan be done but with using the appearance negative cards to indicate no answers. Negative cards could include the 3 of Swords, 9 of Swords, 10 of Swords, 5 of Cups, 5 of Pentacles, Death, Devil and/or Tower. You may choose others based on your intuition and reading style.

Note: In reading playing cards, often black cards give negative answers and red cards give affirmative answers. You may also assign one or two tarot suits with the meaning of “no” and read this way. That said, I have not seen this method used often tarot.