Yes/no questions are always a favorite among people who seek philosophizing with a hammer.

Here’s what I often do when I have to answer quick yes/no questions.

I do a three-card reading because I like to see a synthesis emerging.

The pattern recognition that I’m after, however, does not rely so much on doing arithmetics of the kind that I often hear others do (if you get 2 negative cards the answer is no, if you get two positive cards the answer is yes, with some variation on the order in which the positives and the negatives fall).

A simple method is to think of the ‘positive’ cards as being ‘charged’ with a major power, while the ‘negative’ cards as being ‘charged’ with a minor power.

The big ones eat the small ones.

Now, of course, while some may argue that seeing the Scythe slashing a Heart may be a major issue, the truth of the matter is that the Scythe itself doesn’t care about what you think. For the Scythe your heartbreak is a bagatelle.

Here’s a series of suggestions, inspired by actual yes/no questions that people pose.

The cards are, of course, drawn at random, following the topic in question.

First the cards:

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Mice, House, Star

Q: Is my mortgage too high?

A: No, you speculate too much (major thing for you (mice + house), minor thing for the bank (house + star).

. . . . . .

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Clover, Moon, Ship

Q: Does he still love me?

A: It’s a tall tale that he tells himself (major thing for you (moon + ship), minor thing for him (clover + ship)).

. . . . . .

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Child, Woman, Mountain

Q: Are the children pestering me?

A: Yes, heavily (minor thing for them (child + woman), major thing for you (woman + mountain)).

. . . . . .

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Mice, Moon, Man

Q: Is my life boring?

A: Yes, you consume yourself with small and grand illusions. Make up your mind (major thing for you (moon + man), minor thing for the suckers of the limelight (mice + moon)).

. . . . . .

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Clouds, Tower, Book

Q: Can I defeat my enemy?

A: Yes. You watch the atmosphere closely from your lighthouse and put a spell on him (major thing for him (clouds + tower), minor thing for you (tower + book)).

Good luck with your hammering, or go read some Anne Carson.

On Major and Minor

Major things are wind, evil, a good fighting horse, prepositions, inexhaustible love, the way people choose their king.

Minor things include dirt, the name of schools of philosophy, mood and not having a mood, appropriateness, and time.


With the Lenormand cards, as with any other oracle, take your time. Don’t fall for the idea that these cards go to the core of whatever aches you faster the other type of cards.

What gets to the core of you fast enough for you is your own creative genius, not the tools you employ to activate it.

. . . . . .

Note on the deck: The Lenormand Oracle: Erwin Kohlmann / Oswin Volkamer, Verlag fuer die Frau, Leipzig 1982.


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  1. Shaheen Miro says:

    Really great information! This actually came up this week in a Lenormand class I taught. People were wondering if you could ask yes/no questions. One thing I suggest is that you remember that you are asking yes/no… and nothing else. But I really love your approach. It gives insight into the yes/no. Very thought provoking answers as well 🙂


    1. cameliaelias says:

      Thanks Shaheen. It’s good to hear that you can use the approach. Where fortunetelling is concerned, and I really don’t make any difference between the tools, I seek to strike a balance between the way in which we must demystify whatever concerns the sitter and the way in which what we say makes the sitter think about it.

      1. Shaheen Miro says:

        I totally agree. I like that you approach every tool in a similar manner. I understand that every tool has a different “soul” so to speak, but you as the reader need to understand how you are coming to it. And I have to agree that it’s best to bring things across to your client in a clear and concise way that they can relate to. Thanks again for sharing 🙂

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