3-Card Tarot Reading


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!

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Your Tarot Result

Past - 5 of Cups

The figure in this card looks a bit miserable, doesn't he? He's focusing on the three spilled cups at his feet, oblivious to the two behind him which are still standing. He's also not seeing the bridge to his right, and the castle that lies in front of him. He's so focused on what he's lost that he doesn't see what he still has. Like all fives, the Five of Cups introduce some instability into things. 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 Five of Cups indicates disappointment. Something didn't turn out the way that you hoped it would. You've had trouble getting over that setback. You got too caught up in your own emotions, and immersed yourself in your sadness, failing to see that not all was lost. If your question was about a relationship, this card can indicate trouble getting over a breakup.

Present - Strength

Look at the figure in the card. Is the lion's mouth being forced open, or is he opening it willingly? Do you see anger, or fear, or control in the card? This is what The Strength card embodies. It's not about forcing things, but rather, having the integrity to act accordingly and with grace and poise. 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 Strength card here is asking you if you're being conscious about your motives. Are you kind and thoughtful, or are you letting jealousy and ego taint your judgement? Only if you're connecting with your inner strength and using your integrity can you be sure that you're setting yourself up towards achieving your goals.

Future - The Hanged Man

It's hard to tell which way up this card goes at first, because it's right way up when The Hanged Man is upside-down! Yes, he's hanging, but he's not distressed is he? He's put himself in that position, and that's what he's asking you to do, too. The message of the Hanged Man is to sacrifice yourself in order to achieve something. If you're feeling stuck, then The Hanged Man is a sure sign that you need to release--sacrifice--something in your life to get unstuck. 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 this card is in your future, it's showing you that there is something that you'll need to sacrifice, something you'll need to release in order to start making better progress. It may be difficult, sad, or even painful, but it is necessary for your best interests. You'll need to clear the cobwebs in order to receive what's coming next. You may try to procrastinate, or deny it, but the fact remains that unless you do this, you won't be moving forward.