3 Card Spreads

A tarot reading gives you guidance for your relationship, your career, and any other area of your life. But a reliable tarot reader isn’t always available at a moment’s notice. Luckily, there are a number of tarot spreads you can do by yourself.

This 3-card personal reading spread answers questions about your past, present, and future. As you select your 3 cards, think about the questions you’d like answered or the problems you’re facing. As you read the interpretations on each card, consider how they apply to the question you asked or your current situation.

  • The 1st Card (The Past): This card represents your situation—why you’re currently in the spot you’re in. It often symbolizes a person or relationship in your life that has influenced your question.
  • The 2nd Card (The Present): This card represents the current problem, often as a direct result of the situation. Pay close attention to this card as it may be trying to show you things that you’ve previously overlooked.
  • The 3rd Card (The Future): The final card in this 3-card spread provides guidance to face and overcome your issue. It may provide options you hadn’t considered or resources and people you’d overlooked.

After drawing your cards, revisit your initial question to ensure that it has been addressed properly. A good tarot guide can help you interpret the images you see on the tarot cards, but there’s really no substitute for personal reflection. As with any skill, practice makes perfect, so use this tarot tool often (daily, if possible), or order a set of Astrology Answers Master Deck Tarot Cards and practice at home!

Reveal Your Past, Present and Future Cards by Clicking on Each Card Below


Your Tarot Result

Past - 3 of Cups

They do look happy, don't they? Three women, chalices raised, dancing. There's not a cloud in the sky, and there are plenty of flowers and fruit at their feet. The wreaths on the heads of the dancers represent success. Like all threes, the Three of Cups indicates that it's time to apply your knowledge. The past position reveals to you an important influence from the past, and what might have happened to bring things to the point where they are now. You cannot change the past, but by understanding it, you can learn from it, so you don't make the same mistakes again. The Three of Cups focusses on the good times that you shared with others. These were times of reunion, and togetherness. There was love and compassion and support--usually from women, but not always. This card represents nurturing, and fellowship. You were able to forget about your problems for a while, and life was carefree, if only momentarily.

Present - Queen of Cups

The Queen of Cups is confident in her beauty and relaxed as she sits. She is alone, but she is not lonely. Her goblet has handles that look like angels, and there's a graceful shell on the back of her throne. The skies are blue and the sea is calm. Like all queens, the Queen of Cups represents progress and development. The Queen of Cups could also refer to a woman, in particular, a very warm and nurturing woman, one who is intuitive and compassionate, but who may get taken for granted by others. The present position reveals to you a pivotal influence in the here and now, and what actions may be necessary for you to start to change things. You cannot alter what has already happened, but by taking immediate action, you can start to mold the future, and change the potential outcome of the events that the past set in motion. The Queen of Cups reveals that you're acting from a place of understanding and compassion, but you may be losing yourself in doing so. It's easy for you to be kind, but it's also easy for others to take advantage of your kindness. This makes you feel vulnerable, and asks you to examine your own role in how things are unfolding. Like all of the court cards, this card can refer to you, or someone else in your life.

Future - The Devil

This is another card that can look very scary at first. Remember, this has nothing to do with demons or other nasties. This card is showing you that you're chained to something, that probably isn't where you need to be. It can represent a situation or a person. It reminds you that not everything that looks amazing is good for you! The future position reveals to you a critical element about what's yet to come. To understand it you need to carefully examine the previous cards. You cannot change the past, but by analyzing it and then taking action in the here and now, you can change the course of your destiny. This card shows you the potential of the situation, so that you can best know what to do next to make things happen to get your desired results or to bring about necessary changes to avoid repercussions. When The Devil appears as an inverted future card, it's showing you that you will have a chance to make a very positive change. Will you take it, or will you choose to stay comfortable in your discontent? Even though this card still looks unpleasant, it's often a pretty good omen when it appears on its head, because one interpretation is that the situation may not be as bad as you fear, and that things will indeed turn around. The all important question is, what will you learn?