I was asked to do a reading to determine whether the casual acquaintances between a couple and two others can be expected to blossom into real friendship. This “yes-or-no” question presented a perfect opportunity to test-drive my new approach to binary inquiries.
I selected the Conver Ben-Dov Tarot de Marseilles for this reading, and used only the “pip” cards in the initial pull. I did not apply reversals. After I got my answer, I shuffled the trump cards and drew one of them to show how the querent might facilitate the matter. Then I shuffled the court cards and pulled one to see whether the men or the women would be instrumental in deciding the outcome.
The Ace of Wands as the “answer” card is an unequivocal “Yes,” with the active, positive suit of Wands reinforcing the certainty of the Ace.
The Fool as the “facilitator” card suggests that the querent doesn’t really need to do anything to force the issue. The situation will play out naturally in due course if they let it. Since the Ace and the Fool both symbolize a “beginning,” they are sympathetically inclined. At worst, there could be a caution against naive assumptions or expectations.
The Queen of Cups as the “affinity” card indicates that the women will most likely forge an emotional bond. The mature wisdom of the Queen will rein in the fecklessness of the Fool.
That’s it. Short, sweet and right to the point. Prospects look good for the awakening of friendship as long as the gentlemen support the emerging rapport between their ladies. (They aren’t specifically represented by the Fool here, but the implication is plain.)