Are Yes-or-No readings Accurate? – Reprise


Oldie but a goodie from the archives: If you want to experience this kind of reading for yourself, I’ll do one free yes-or-no reading for the one first person to send a yes-or-no question to modernoracletarot@gmail.com between now and January 31, 2017 who also grants permission to receive an anonymous answer here in the blog. 

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Q: Are yes/no readings accurate?

A. As short as your question is – it is a tricky to answer. There are a lot of parts to it. There is no clear yes or no answer to if yes or no readings are accurate.

Before we answer your question, let me ask you one too: What do you mean by “accurate,” exactly? To say something is accurate or not we have to have some standard to which we compare the results. Most people use the mythological movie and TV style prediction to define “accurate.” Unfortunately ‘accurate readings’ have become synonymous with predicting exactly what will happen before it happens. Tarot, intuition and spirituality isn’t about that…not even yes/no style layouts.

Now lets go all James Carville on this for a minute. He famously said “I’d rather not predict. I’d rather affect”. He was talking about elections, but that is precisely how I feel about psychic and tarot readings too. What good does it do to plant my vision of the future into your mind when we could just as easily use the reading to help YOU find YOUR way to YOUR vision and YOUR hopes for YOUR future…see the difference? Empowering is better than predicting to my way of thinking.

The movie “The Matrix” gives us another example.  Neo accidentally breaks a flower vase right after the Oracle vaguely mentioned it to him ahead of time. Even though she barely mentions it in passing, it was in terms of a 100% certain  prediction, as if it had already happened. Does this mean the oracle made and accurate prediction? No. Like the Oracle herself pointed out,  he might not have broken the vase if she hadn’t said anything about it in the first place.  After all, he only knocked the vase off of the table after she mentioned it breaking and he turned around looking for it.

What if predictions only come true when the person who was given the prediction chooses to look for them. Does that make the prediction accurate? Does that make the persons choice a better one? How does any of that help the person seeking guidance?

What good are psychic readings at all then? That’s where the James Carville part comes back in. Readings help you to mind your elbows and let you know that fragile objects are around…they don’t predict that you will or will not break any vases. Readings give you choices…choices you might not have noticed before. Readings let you know there is a vase in the room, so you can then choose where to look and how to move.

The yes/no type reading seems to violate that principle by definition. Yes/ No implies a definite answer, a prediction of what will or won’t actually happen. That is why I call my yes/no readings “Zombie Cat” readings. It refers to the Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment from quantum physics. Instead of just a dead cat – live cat dichotomy, a zombie cat begs the question of ‘what if it’s both?’. Or neither? What if a reading could tell the cat to blow out the fuse on the explosives or somehow act to keep the poison. In other words, a yes or no reading can be more than just a side-show prediction, even it it only has a 50-50 statistical chance of literal accuracy.

In the Zombie Cat yes/no layout, I use a classic, traditional yes or no divination layout, but combine it with some Taoist I Ching and open it up to more dynamic possibilities than just-yes or just-no. I Ching readings have “changing lines” based on the Taoist notion that anything in excess carries the seed of it’s opposite (the meaning behind the opposite colored dots in the yin-yang symbol). If you don’t get the answer you want, he cards can give clues how to maybe change any definitive answer into its opposite. If the answer is “maybe” or “leaning”, it shows how things are flowing now, but can give you hints how to change direction. It gives you the opportunity to maybe blow out the fuse or avoid breaking the vase.

So are yes/no accurate? It depends on how you define“accurate.” If you think accurate is the ability to dial in to your energy flows and give you good ideas how to best move forward, then yes, they are accurate. If you consider accurate to be predicting literal events before they happen, Then they are as good of a guess as any coin toss.

Are yes/no readings accurate? Not in the literal, pop culture sense, no. Are they fun? Why yes, yes they are. Can they give you good ideas and help you affect your future rather than predict it? Absolutely.