Beginners Guide to Yes/ No Questions

Ever heard the saying if you ask a stupid question you’ll get a stupid answer? Well it’s probably the most appropriate thing to say when it comes to questions in fortune telling and divination. To keep it simple, lets start with yes/ no questions.

Yes/ no questions are the best place to start because you can test them on things you already know the answer to. One of my favourite games is the Traffic Light fortune telling method. The trick is to ask a yes/ no question before you see the next set of traffic lights. If its green, then it’s a yes, and (obviously) red for no. If it’s orange and you go through, then yes but with qualifications (eg- yes but…) if it’s orange and you don’t go through then it’s no but… The fun thing about this game is that you can ask the silliest of things (eg- is my hair brown?) and you can test it. Plus it makes long boring drives go that much faster. If you are in a hurry and need lots of green lights, try asking lots of questions you that you know the answer is yes. As with most of these sorts of methods it’s worth taking with a large grain of salt (my daughter once asked if she’d be the first female Prime Minister and it said yes) but it’s a good way to practice your question forming skills.

Try asking

  • Should you do something
  • Will you do something
  • Can you do something
  • Is it possible to do something
  • Is it in your best interests to do something

All about the same something and see what sort of different answers you get.

That’s the trick. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should or that it’s in your best interests. Or maybe you should do something that just isn’t possible. (I would really like to go to the moon, but that simply isn’t possible yet).

With yes/ no questions you have to break things down to their simplest form and you have to work out exactly what it is you want to know. Do you want to know if you could, should or want to? Is it in your best interests or someone else’s best interests? Will it be something that seems good in the short term but bad in the long run?

For example, suppose you want to know about Adam (or Eve)? You could ask is Adam the best person for me? Yes, he might be the best person for you, to be a friend, or a co-worker, or lover- maybe he’d be a great husband but lacking in the bedroom department, or great in the bedroom and terrible with helping with chores. A yes, answer to “is Adam the best person for me” is too vague.

Probably the best way to ask about a relationship with another person is Will I be happy in a relationship with Adam? Don’t ask if he will make you happy, or if being with him will make you happy- all that is doing is putting the pressure of your happiness on someone else’s actions. Chances are in any relationship you won’t always be happy with him, but by taking responsibility for your happiness (will I be happy…) then it’s something you do have control over- your own emotions.

Fortune telling and divination is not about giving up your own personal power to outside forces- on the contrary, it’s all about taking responsibility for your choices, actions and self-talk. When it comes to framing yes/ no questions it is important to keep them about “I”. Will I, should I, is it in my, etc etc.

Make sure you know what it is you really want to know. Try to eliminate loop holes (which is easier said then done, but more on that later). And most importantly, all ways follow the KISS method when asking yes/ no questions. Keep It Simple …


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