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!

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Your Tarot Result

Past - 8 of Pentacles

Hard at work, the figure in this card is absorbed in his task. He's got six coins already finished, and two more to do. He's dedicated, sure of himself, and of the work he is doing. He works in isolation--not as a punishment, but so that he can concentrate on what needs to be done. Like all eights, the Eight of Pentacles is a card of strength. 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 Eight of Pentacles indicates that you've been presented with an opportunity, but unlike previous opportunities, this one involved a lot of effort, maybe in learning something new, or perfecting an existing skill. It was hard work that would have brought high reward. Whether this will manifest in the future or not depends on how dedicated you were at the time, and whether or not you're prepared to invest yourself into creating the future that this opportunity offered.

Present - Wheel of Fortune

Whatever is going on in your life, when The Wheel of Fortune appears, know that things are about to change! Will you fear those changes, trying to cling to what wants to naturally evolve, or nurse what is already expired, or will you embrace those changes, going with the flow and seeing where the Universe takes you? 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. This very pivotal card is asking you if you're participating in creating the life you want to live, or if you've just been waiting for life to happen; are you crumbling with the challenges, or are you rising up to meet them? The Wheel of Fortune always reminds you that everything is changeable, that nothing stays the same, and that challenged will always come your way. The key to navigating those challenges is how you handle them. Are you setting yourself up for failure, or success?

Future - The Sun

This is one of the most happy and optimistic cards in the deck. The cherub is laughing, the sun is shining, what could possibly go wrong? And the truth is, not a lot, when this card is around! The message from this card is to be truthful, to be yourself, to throw yourself into your life with joy and gusto and enthusiasm, to say ‘yes' to what life has to offer. 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 Sun is inverted, it's still not a bad card, but it does mean that there's going to be a bit of despondency around things, or that the success and happiness that The Sun promises will be delayed. You need to keep your feet on the ground, because celebrating something before it happens will actually leave you feeling a bit embarrassed or flustered if things don't come to pass the way that you think they will. Here, this card could also be indicating an opportunity that you're going to miss, too, but one that may very well come around again.