Tarot and Timing: How to Predict When Something Will Happen

When will my finances improve? When will I meet my soul-mate? When will I get a better job? When will I know my life-purpose?

These are the questions many people, including myself, ask when they approach the Tarot cards. Everyone wants to know when!

But can our Tarot cards even give us this kind of information?

Yes and No. Let me explain…

Because the future is not set in stone, determining when something will happen is tricky. We create our lives and the world around us by our thoughts, feelings and actions which gives each of us an immense amount of power!

Sometimes we get scared of our own creative power and revert to the belief that the future is already pre-determined and we have no real effect on what happens.

When we take this view, we get to absolve all responsibility for our lives. Life just becomes this thing that happens to us – and our only real power is in knowing when certain things will occur, so we can either relax or plan ahead.

I firmly believe that the idea of a pre-determined destiny is a load of crap!

Therefore, I do not believe the Tarot is a tool that can be used to accurately predict the timing of events (I know many readers will disagree with me here), but rather a tool to help you understand how you can manifest what you desire.

If you want to know when you will meet the right romantic partner, a Tarot reading can suggest how to meet this person and what could possibly be standing in your way. However, the reading probably won’t reveal the the month or day that you will find true love.

Let me show you what this theory looks like in action:

3 card tarot reading

Hanson-Roberts Tarot

These are the Tarot cards that came up when I asked for insight into when I would find the right house to buy.

I think most of us have asked our Tarot cards when something will happen, only to get a confusing answer. But here is a little secret:

If you just slightly change the wording of your question, you can gain a wealth of clarity and insight!

Instead of asking when will _______ happen? 

ask

what do I need to do in order to make _______ happen?

or 

how can I manifest ________ more quickly?

So going back to the Tarot cards above, If I were to ask how can I find the right home quickly and easily? The Six of Rods would suggest that I focus on moving forward and visualize success, while the Ace of Wands encourages me to prepare for a new beginning. The Two of Cups emphasizes the importance of keeping my relationship strong and being on the same page with my partner when it comes to home-hunting.

So now I have a wealth of helpful information at my fingertips! The Tarot is wonderful for showing us the steps on our path toward a particular event of goal, but not so great at providing specific time-frames of when that event/goal will materialize.

However, there are some exceptions…

 Aces almost always suggest that positive change will happen very soon.

 Notice if the cards suggest a particular season. For example, Nine of Pentacles seems very summery, as does the Three of Cups. This can suggest that what you are asking about will likely come to pass during the Summer months.

 The number on the card can also indicate the number of days, weeks or months that will pass before something occurs. This is especially true if you get more than one card with the same number on it.

Now its your turn! I want you to ask your Tarot cards about the timing of something, using the suggested questions above and share your insights in the comments below. How did re-phrasing your question help you get deeper understanding?

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22 Responses to Tarot and Timing: How to Predict When Something Will Happen

  1. Francis says:

    Totally the same sentiments here. When people started to ask “when” i always tell them that its better that we focus on what we can to to make things happen instead of focusing on the time.

    Thanks to all the suggestions in the comments sections as well. Truly helpful.

    But for years that I have been practicing tarot.. Only one suit that always hit a spot for me in terms of timing. It’s the wands/rods… I always relate it to months and I usually got it right on spot (but of course I tell the querent to observe and not expect much.. This is where the disclaimer would come in. )

    Thanks for sharing the great article.

    • Kate says:

      Hi Francis – thanks for reading this and commenting here :) That’s cool you use the Wands suit as your timing indicator – I hadn’t thought of trying that before.
      Cheers!
      Kate

  2. Alpha says:

    Hi Kate,

    I am a new learner of tarot and I am also going to meet a tarot reader tomorrow. This is my first time to come to this website. It not only let me learn precious tips in giving tarot reading, but also inspires me in asking questions ^^

    Thank you so much!

  3. Cher Green says:

    Kate, enjoyed your post and the video. Wonderful comments also. I haven’t had much luck on timing with the tarot, but I will definitely pay more attention to your suggestions. It’s not unusual lately for me to pull an ace or multiple number cards. Need to go back through the last few readings I’ve done for myself. Thanks for sharing.

    • kate says:

      Hi Cher,
      Yeah, timing is a tricky one – but that is wonderful if you record your readings in a journal, then you can go back and look for clues!

  4. Jamie Morris says:

    Dear Kate–

    I enjoyed this topic and the video so much. I always appreciate your thoughtful approach–and your humor!–when opening up the Crayola-colorful box of concepts that is the tarot.

    For me, I tend to avoid prediction, as I don’t seem particularly gifted in that skill. I’m better at unfolding the present via the cards and my intuition.

    But sometimes, I’ll get a bit of a “feeling” about the general time-period in which certain experiences or events are unfolding. But what’s funny is that I usually don’t even realize I’m feeling that until the words come tumbling out of my mouth–and there seems to be no rhyme or reason, nothing I can point to in the cards to say, “This is why I feel this way.”

    Also, to be even less helpful (LOL), I have to say I never get any feedback on even these scant inklings of timing! While I do get great feedback on the more “What’s going on here and what’s a good course of action in response” types of tarot-centered information.

    With this post of yours, though, I’ll put to bed any notion that I should be able to give time frames more often. Let’s leave that to the astrologers!

    Hugs,
    And Happy Easter/Passover/Spring to you and all your readers.
    jme

    • kate says:

      Jamie, I totally agree! – Tarot is better for showing us what’s going on now, in the present, rather than what’s going to happen. I have sometimes had similar experiences where I just get a feeling about timing, but it rarely happens. Happy Easter to you too! :)

      • Jamie Morris says:

        Kate! I’m going out on a limb . . . (Can you hear the branch creaking?)

        Today, I drew three cards for my daily draw. They were very sweet and talked about the Loan Officer’s kindness and the fact that she is really sympathetic and helpful in my refi.

        Also, there were two cards that repeated from the last time I drew about the refi, both very positive and showing that it’s going to get done. (In fact, the final card shows a Knight with a rolled parchment in his hand, which I take as him delivering me a contract!)

        When I added the numerical value of the cards, I got 14, and immediately thought that we’d close on April 14th, which would be j-u-s-t squeaking under the deadline.

        Okay. I’m out on the limb. I’ll let you know if it’s the 14th!
        jme

  5. This post really help me determine how to read with those questions! thx :)

  6. Rayla Sun Gazer says:

    Thank you Kate. This was really insightful. As you know I have been thinking on this subject. I had some strange beliefs concerning tarot and readings and didn’t even realize I had them until I started wrestling with this issue of timing and the issue of the accuracy of the cards. I recently realized that Tarot is a projection rather than what people refer to as a prediction. I used to think a prediction was something that was revealed that would come to pass no matter what. But the dictionary says that the word prediction means “an estimate”.
    Project means to estimate or forecast (something) on the basis of present data.
    Having given this much thought recently, here is what I’m thinking now:
    1- Reading Tarot is similar to the weather man forecasting (estimating) what the weather will be in the future (only hopefully tarot is more accurate than the weather man LOL).
    2- Free will is a factor with everyone involved. IF EVERYONE stays on their present course and there are no energy shifts then the outcome shown in the cards is likely.
    3- Tarot is similar to the money market in that data is analyzed and it is estimated what may take place in the future.
    Projection is a line of probability from how you are living your life in the present moment to where that could place you in the future.
    Ho’oponopono says we are 100% responsible for what comes into our life. We are always manifesting weather it’s the life we want or the thing we fear.
    If a reading says something we don’t like/want then it’s up to us to shift our energy to place us on a new path.
    Blessings,
    Rayla
    ♥ڿڰڿ✿ॐ✿ڿڰڿ♥♥ڿڰڿ✿ॐ✿ڿڰڿ♥♥ڿڰڿ✿ॐ✿ڿڰڿ♥♥ڿ
    The purpose of EVERYTHING is
    to bring us back
    to awareness of our ONENESS
    ♥ڿڰڿ✿ॐ✿ڿڰڿ♥♥ڿڰڿ✿ॐ✿ڿڰڿ♥ ♥ڿڰڿ✿ॐ✿ڿڰڿ♥♥ڿ

    • kate says:

      Beautifully said, Rayla ~ I love your comparisons to the weather, I couldn’t agree more! In many ways, Tarot is there to show us what the energy around a given situation is like and, as you mention, its up to us to decide if we want to shift that energy or keep things as they are.
      Thanks for your comment- it adds nicely to the discussion! :)

  7. Thank you for this article and video Kate, I share your opinion! Tarot is a tool that helps us connect with a realm that is beyond time and space, also the collective unconscious. Because it mirrors the energies and life force and psyches, it won’t provide dates and times that don’t mean a thing on that level in my opinion. However many intuitive people seem to make predictions, I believe it is more about their psychic skills. People generally misunderstand this aspect and demand timing…

    Re-phrasing questions is the greatest way to gain insight and information related to the core of the quesion! :) I have tried asking times and dates while reading the Tarot before, only to find that the cards always show how-to’s and blocks-to-clear’s and watch-out’s. If I insisted on demanding timing, I would have never understood the real help.

    However, like you said, some aspects of the Tarot can offer hints of timing. The imagery, elemental correspondences and actions really give clues. These are my hints:

    Swords always feel like there is a rush and quickness: “Things will take place on a fast pace!” or “Actions and cautions should be taken immediately!”.

    Wands definitely show the nature of fire: “Yes! Bring it on!” or “Are you sure you really want this? Make sure this isn’t a temporary flame first, then go!”.

    Pentacles are “you reap what you sow” cards in a gardening attitude: “Your effort will blossom on its’ natural pace” or “You first need to do the necessary work and be patient”.

    Cups are fluid: Go with the flow and eventually you will reach there” and “If there is a delay, it’s because something’s blocking the flow”.

    It really depends on the core reason of the reading, to know what is meant. They work pretty well for me when I relate all of your suggestions to these hints to have an idea. But I don’t do this with an expectation, this is my rule of thumb I guess. :)

    Cheers,
    ~Deniz

  8. EG says:

    Thank you, Kate.
    Actually, I have a tip how to predict time. It happened to me several times that I meditated on different issues, just silently without urging to have an answer. Then suddenly I got an intuition from above, with an exact date. It wasn’t my mind creating this date, but a real stroke of lightning. Then I asked my cards, got an answer and waited. And it worked each time. It doesn’t come up every day, of course, if such a stroke hits me, I try to take advantage of it. Cheers.

    • kate says:

      That’s an excellent suggestion, EG – isn’t it amazing how when we get our minds out of the way, true insight and knowledge come forth? I will try your method next time I am really wanted to know the timing of something. Thank you!

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