Here are some timing techniques that have worked well for me in Tarot readings for myself and my clients:
Include the timing parameters in the question. For example, if you’re asking about getting new job or a promotion or finding love, pull cards for the potential this month, in the next three months, this year etc
Rather than trying to get an actual date, look at the speed (or lack there of) of something happening by paying attention to the image/situation/scene on the card. For example, The Hanged Man is delay and waiting until the time is right, Eight of Wands is something coming quickly.
Look at the actual image on the card for deeper information. Assume that the event isn’t set fatalistically in time, but will occur when you have done something, or when something else has happened, and the timing has fallen into place.
For example, if someone asks, “When will I get a job?” and the Three of Pentacles appears, perhaps when you have built a supportive network or found the right team to work with or show that you are a good team player.
Or the Magician, when you put yourself forward and show your talents to the world. Or the King of Pentacles, when the old boss retires. Or the Six of Pentacles, when some other source of funding comes through.
Work with the intention that each suit of the Minor Arcana represents a season or time of year. There are many thoughts on this in the Tarot world, but what works for me is:
Work with the intention that each suit of the Minor Arcana and their assigned number represents the length of time when something may happen:
Wands – in X days
Swords – in X weeks
Cups – in X months
Pentacles – in X years
Work with a Tarot spread that incorporates elements of timing. Here’s one I created that works well for me: