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What are the Yes No Meanings of Each Tarot Card?

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Looking for a list of Yes No Meanings for tarot cards? In this post we’ll talk about 3 ways to get a “Yes or No” value for any tarot card. The first two are very easy:

1. The “Upright and Reversed” method

The simplest way to assign a “yes” or “no” meaning to any tarot card is to interpret upright cards as “yes” and inverted or reversed tarot cards as “no“.

This fast method is commonly used when you’re in the middle of a longer tarot reading and you need a quick yes or no clarifying card.

2. The “Courts and Majors” method

Another fast and simple method of establishing a “Yes or No” meaning is called “Courts and Majors“. To do a quick Courts and Majors Yes/No reading, the first step is to remove any two aces from the deck — then draw any card.

Using this method:

  • All Minor Arcana cards that aren’t court cards, would mean “no“.
  • All court cards and Major Arcana cards mean “yes“.

So should you use these methods? Sure, maybe for a quick answer.

The truth is, neither of these simplified methods is all that great. They’re okay for very simple tarot questions,

The truth is, neither of these simplified methods is all that great. They’re okay for very simple tarot questions, but they’re really no better than a coin toss or a Magic 8 Ball, and they aren’t very likely to yield accurate results.

The trouble with these simplistic approaches is they strip away all of the nuanced meanings from the tarot cards themselves. The entire point of reading tarot cards is exploring the multifaceted symbolic meanings contained in each card. If we just split the deck one way or another, we ignore all the special meanings hidden in each card.


3. The “right way” to do a Yes or No tarot reading

So what’s the most accurate way of preserving the unique meaning of each card while still returning a simple yes or no meaning? We’ll need to take into account the positivity or negativity of each card.

While the tarot deck can be a very “gray area” in terms of positive and negative interpretation, the following “mostly positive” or “mostly negative” — or “mostly somewhere in the middle” meanings have been used by generations of readers.  Are they etched in stone? Absolutely not. There are hundreds of subtle variations to this list.


If you want to see this system in action, try our free Yes or No Tarot Reading which uses the same system as the list below.

Here’s the list of yes or no list for each tarot card:

Tarot Card Yes or No Meaning
cuac The Ace of Cups Yes
cu02 The Two of Cups Yes
cu03 The Three of Cups Yes
cu04 The Four of Cups No
cu05 The Five of Cups No
cu06 The Six of Cups Yes
cu07 The Seven of Cups No
cu08 The Eight of Cups No
cu09 The Nine of Cups Yes
cu10 The Ten of Cups Yes
cupa The Page of Cups Maybe
cukn The Knight of Cups Maybe
cuqu The Queen of Cups Maybe
cuki The King of Cups Maybe
peac The Ace of Pentacles Yes
pe02 The Two of Pentacles Maybe
pe03 The Three of Pentacles Yes
pe04 The Four of Pentacles No
pe05 The Five of Pentacles No
pe06 The Six of Pentacles Maybe
pe07 The Seven of Pentacles Maybe
pe08 The Eight of Pentacles Yes
pe09 The Nine of Pentacles Yes
pe10 The Ten of Pentacles Yes
pepa The Page of Pentacles Maybe
pekn The Knight of Pentacles Maybe
pequ The Queen of Pentacles Maybe
peki The King of Pentacles Maybe
swac The Ace of Swords Yes
sw02 The Two of Swords Maybe
sw03 The Three of Swords No
sw04 The Four of Swords Maybe
sw05 The Five of Swords No
sw06 The Six of Swords Yes
sw07 The Seven of Swords No
sw08 The Eight of Swords No
sw09 The Nine of Swords No
sw10 The Ten of Swords No
swpa The Page of Swords Maybe
swkn The Knight of Swords Maybe
swqu The Queen of Swords Maybe
swki The King of Swords Maybe
waac The Ace of Wands Yes
wa02 The Two of Wands Maybe
wa03 The Three of Wands Yes
wa04 The Four of Wands Yes
wa05 The Five of Wands No
wa06 The Six of Wands Yes
wa07 The Seven of Wands No
wa08 The Eight of Wands Yes
wa09 The Nine of Wands No
wa10 The Ten of Wands No
wapa The Page of Wands Maybe
wakn The Knight of Wands Maybe
waqu The Queen of Wands Maybe
waki The King of Wands Maybe
ar00 The Fool Yes
ar01 The Magician Yes
ar02 The High Priestess No
ar03 The Empress Yes
ar04 The Emperor Yes
ar05 The Hierophant Yes
ar06 The Lovers Maybe
ar07 The Chariot No
ar08 Strength Yes
ar09 The Hermit No
ar10 The Wheel of Fortune Maybe
ar11 Justice Maybe
ar12 The Hanged Man Yes
ar13 Death No
ar14 Temperance Yes
ar15 The Devil No
ar16 The Tower No
ar17 The Star Yes
ar18 The Moon Maybe
ar19 The Sun Yes
ar20 Judgement Maybe
ar21 The World Yes


What’s right for you?

The truth is, most tarot readers use all three methods to get quick yes or no answers. When you’re in the middle of a 10 card Celtic Cross reading, it’s probably not conveniet change gears and consult a list of yes or no tarot meanings. In those cases, it’s often far easier just to draw a tarot card and see if it comes up reversed or not.

On the other hand, there are many readers who would say, yes or no questions aren’t really what tarot is best at anyway. Considering the the entire medium is defined by subtlety and nuance, this world of absolute, black-and-white answers might not be where tarot really shines.




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