Three Ways To Accurately Predict When Events Will Happen

by Douglas Gibb on August 20, 2009

I like to challenge myself when doing predictive Tarot readings. I try to be as specific as possible and part of that challenge is to determine when an event will happen. Although most of this comes down to intuition, there are three really good techniques that can be used to help develop an intuitive sense of timing. Any of the techniques taught tend to vary from simple to complex, with astrological methods requiring the most background knowledge. Although I think astrology can be an excellent tool to use, I want to concentrate on some simple techniques that I use, that can be applied almost straight away.

1. Attention Seeking Tarot Card

Any card that seems to demand your attention, might be doing so for a reason. In these cases, I make a mental note of that card and if, during the course of the reading, I find myself returning to that card again and again, I will usually take that as very significant. These ‘attention demanding’ cards can indicate many things, but occasionally they might be hinting at the timing. Figuring out what these cards want is half the battle, they may have nothing to do with predicting the timing or they may do. In fact, they might even represent three or four different things. For this reason, this technique is the most intuitive, but can also turn out to be the most accurate.

Example of an attention demanding Tarot card

The other day I was doing a Tarot reading and the Eight of Cups kept grabbing my attention. Although this card was hinting at many different things, I felt it was also telling me the overall timing of the reading. I took the number Eight and said, this reading will cover the next eight months. There was no rational reason for me to intuit this; no complex system was used to validate my feelings.

However, there were other patterns and connections in place which also helped me arrive at my conclusions. For instance, the influence of the Moon was prevalent in the client’s reading which prompted me to see the reading within an Eight month time frame. I saw an image of cycles and phases which all helped me to arrive at my prediction, with the most important event happening in November (Death card – Scorpio).

Let’s look at this further

This technique is the most intuitive, and as I’ve said earlier, probably the best. The difficulty with describing such a technique is the difficulty of showing the reasoning process I went through for something which is essentially, irrational. When we use our intuition, we are using our imagination and the rational part of the mind is put to one side while the irrational is privileged. Each person’s irrational way of working with the Tarot will be unique to them. The most important thing you can do for yourself is trust the irrational. Do not try and rationalise the irrational way you have arrived at your prediction because, certainly if you don’t have much experience in this way of thinking, you may damage you’re enjoyment of Tarot.

This can happen in two ways. The first way, is to be overly rational about the whole thing. This kills the irrational and intuitive process which I’ve described and secondly, it can block further progress as your confidence could be affected.

This technique needs to be approached with an open, free, and unconcerned mind; unconcerned for the correctness of technique, or the correctness of approach.

What does all that mean?

If you choose to use your intuition to make predictions, you are entering into a relationship with your irrational mind. This may already be a well developed and close relationship, in which case you will have no trouble with the technique, or it may be a difficult or tense relationship, in which case, gentle steps would be advised when using this technique.

This technique does more that develop your intuition; it actually develops a trust between the hidden, dark and irrational areas of your mind.

2. The Tarot suits and timing

This technique gives a bit more structure to help with making timing predictions. It still relies on intuition but the rational mind can be kept occupied by thinking about it as an actual structured method, while the irrational mind can be left to make connections between the patterns of the suits.

The seasons

After you have dealt out the cards using your chosen Tarot spread, quickly scan the cards to determine which suit is more prominent than the others. Each suit can be thought of as representing a season, and the more prominent the suit, the more likely the event will happen within the season that that suit corresponds to. Here is a list of the associations that I use:

  • Wands: Spring
  • Cups: Summer
  • Swords: Autumn
  • Disks: Winter

Although this system is rather vague, it’s still very useful in certain circumstances, and certain questions. It’s also rather accurate.

Days, Weeks, Months and Years

Imagine the suit of Wands as representing events that happen quickly while the suit of Disks happens very slowly. In this way, we can draw an imaginary line, with Wands representing the fastest and Disks representing the slowest. The other two suits, that being the suit of Cups and the suit of Swords, are positioned somewhere in the middle of that imaginary line. With that in mind, we can make predictions based on the speed of the suit:

  • Wands: Days
  • Swords: Weeks
  • Cups: Months
  • Disks: Years

Common advice states that a Tarot reading loses its accuracy when the predicted events are beyond a year from the day of the reading. That means that questions that ask a Tarot reader to make predictions years into the future are not as reliable as questions that ask a Tarot reader to make predictions a few months into the future. Although I accept this point of view, there are always exceptions to the rule and I would advise you not to shy away from making those types of predictions. Experience, both good and bad, is always good.

3. Predicting the day

Although I said I wasn’t going to introduce Astrology, I have introduced this technique because it only requires you to know some basic associations of the Major Arcana or Trump cards which I will present below. This technique allows you to predict the day on which the event will happen.

  • Sunday: The Sun card
  • Monday: The High Priestess
  • Tuesday: The Tower
  • Wednesday: Magician
  • Thursday: Wheel of Fortune
  • Friday: Empress
  • Saturday: The World

This list of associations is based on the astrological attributes that are used on some occult Tarot decks. It is surprising how handy this list of associations can be when clients want to know exactly what will happen on “Sunday of next week.”

These three simple techniques for predicting the timing of events are very powerful, and surprisingly accurate. I’d really like to hear more about the techniques that you use when predicting the timing of events in a Tarot card reading. Also, do you find that certain spreads lend themselves to different time frames?

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141 comments… Let's discuss

Arminta Butler May 13, 2013 at 1:31 am

Hello, and how is everyone…happy mothers day by the way! I was wondering if anyone would be interested in doing free cold tarot reading for me? I would really appreciate it and it would mean the world to me. Almost 2 years ago I separated from my ex with the dob 12/11/87, it was a bad break up, after 5 years he went off, found someone had a baby and today just proposed to her…..I wanted to know if its in his cards if he is truly going to marry her and if he will ever step up to the plate and be a father to his 2 kids we have together? my dob is 111184, thank you so much and your time is greatly appreciated.


Medium Laura May 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

Arminta, you don’t need a tarot reading to tell you that. You already know by his actions that he won’t or he would have by now. It’s time for you to move on, find happiness yourself and love your kids enough for 2. My kids father has nothing to do with them, its sad, but its life. We just have to be enough for them for now.


Tammy July 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

Don’t worry typical Sagittarius male. They get bored quickly and have to constantly be stimulated. This girl will be the next victim but he will keep moving on and you will see more of them. I would focus on a good step daddy


balu June 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

hello, I made the spread for future pregnancy. And on the position corresponding to the time when it would happen the card was 8 cups REVERSED. Please tell me according to you what may be the meaning for time when it is reversed????


Rhea July 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Hi All,
I only do readings for myself and was wondering about the time frame. Can time frame be really judged accurately with tarot? Sometimes I am getting such a correct answer that it is scary. For example I told one of my friends that she would be pregnant by September 2007 and she was. Another time I told someone who was very sick that his sickness would be over and he would feel no pain by December 2013 and he was no more and I took it as he felt no pain.[ He was really in too much pain] But that incident has scared me. I could predict the time of his pain going away but could not see the death coming on his way.
I am not a young person who has suddenly developed a love for tarot but certain circumstances have led me to it. I myself feel sometimes scared with my predictions. I am what you can call a closet tarot card reader. Frankly I don’t know whether I am good or not. Should I take classes? Sorry rambling like this.. but no one else to talk to…..would love some answers….


Medium Laura Evans July 9, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I wouldn’t worry about your prediction, even though it was right, I do not believe we can ever really predict death. You gave that person hope that the pain would be gone and they probably felt better than they ever did with that “hope”. Don’t be afraid to give “GOOD” news because it can change a person’s life with “hope”.

Classes are great, but it seems you already read the cards very well. Maybe ask that you not be shown things unless it will help your client. That is how I work. xx

Medium Laura


Rhea July 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Thank you Laura for responding. I mostly do reading for myself and have found them always to guide me in the right direction. SLowly started it with my family members and few of my friends. Will definite keep your advice in mind.



Tony July 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

Could You Tell Me How You Can Predict a Year With Tarot??


Douglas Gibb July 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Hi Tony,

Check out: Astrology and Tarot for some ideas. I’ve written additional posts on this subject so just use the search bar at the top of the site and I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.


Rhea July 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Thank you. That is a big help.


dean August 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Can someone help me with learning tarot


Jurgita September 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Hello, Dean. I’m still learning myself, but if you have any questions write to my email :)


Mun October 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Thank you for your insights on time frames using Tarot.

But now you got me confused.
You say:

Wands: Spring > Days
Cups: Summer > Weeks
Swords: Autumn > Months
Disks: Winter > Years

Based on this how would I interpret let’s say… 7 cups?
7th week of Summer?



Georgina November 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I had a one card reading today from a very trusted and well know Tarot site. The card was the nine of pentacles. Would it be at all possible for someone to give me the timing of this card please.

Thanking you in advance


adrienne December 16, 2013 at 8:54 am

I’m 20 never had a bf.just guys that wasted my time.I was seeing a saggitarius male and now he stopped talking to can someone do a tarot reading to see when I will have my first relationship?


Shilpi January 31, 2014 at 6:01 am

I have been through many websites on Tarot..tried reading many books…but seems to hook on this one…really this site is genuine and great learning tool..simplicity is the best technique..


Jordyn February 11, 2014 at 7:45 am

I did a timing reading of when I would find new love and got Death and then pulled the queen of swords…I cant figure it out


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