How do you usually deal with stupid questions when you're doing tarot readings, things like "will I live abroad forever??1?!" and "am i gooooood in bed lol" or "when will I become rich and famous"? I just had to respond to a pretty bad one, and hooboy. The temptation to salt and burn was intense. I didn't, but just barely.
Generally, the majority of people who come to me are people who have never had it done before and are just there for the experience. Or they don’t have a specific question in mind and they just want a general reading.
I like to say things along the terms of ‘there is no such thing as a stupid question’ because everyone has their reasons for asking. Fame, travel, and lust are all classic themes for divination and even if ‘am I good in bed’ is the fallback question for trolls- he wouldn’t be asking if he weren’t insecure about his ability now would he?
So I try not to judge people by the questions they ask because for a lot of people this is the first time they’ve ever encountered the skill.
But sometimes I get some readings that I just… oh geez.
One specific instance, two women came to me. A mother and daughter pair, the daughter being in her late twenties if I had to guess. The daughter asked if she was going to have a baby.
“Are you sure you want a five-card reading for a yes or no question?”
“Tell me if I’m gonna have a baby.”
O. Kay. Then.
Those that have had readings done by me know that my cards don’t pull punches. You asked, you’re gonna get an answer whether you like it or not.
This question could be answered with a single card. If it’s upright? yes. If reversed? No. Simple. So doing this with a lot more cards than one means stringing together a narrative that will likely make the querent uncomfortable.
“It looks like there are factors that need to come into play before you can start talking about children. I’m seeing a long-standing problem with unemployment and personal insecurity, which are both getting in the way of you having a child.”
“So am I having a baby or not?”
“Given your current situation, I’d say no. Your chances of having a baby are better once you’ve taken care of your own basic needs.”
“Yes or no?”
Well, she’s mad. A waste of ten dollars.
It’s her mother’s turn. Another five cards.
“Tell me if she’s going to give me grandchildren.”
A collective grumble from the entire stack of cards. The Knight of Swords began screaming obscenities, the Queen of Wands told me to put a curse on her and the King of Coins suggested that we kindly tell her ‘yes’ so the two of them will leave.
I ended up taking the King’s advice. “Yeah. Sure.”