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 - 10 of Cups

Everything in the Ten of Cups oozes happiness. The goblets adorn a bright rainbow in a clear blue sky. The couple in the foreground are happy and in love, supporting each other, and appreciating their lives. The children are healthy and playing happily. The house is sturdy, the foliage green--even the water is clear and promising. Like all tens, the Ten of Cups is a card of completion. 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 Ten of Cups indicates that you had everything you needed. There was contentment, fulfillment, and a promise for the future. You were clear on what you wanted, and you've worked hard toward your goals. You followed your heart, and it was leading you to your highest happiness and your greatest success. If your question was about a relationship, this card is a very positive omen.

Present - 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 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 Eight of Pentacles reveals that you're being presented with an opportunity, but unlike previous opportunities, this one involves a lot of effort, maybe learning something new, or perfecting an existing skill. It's hard work that brings high reward. Whether this will manifest in the future or not depends on how dedicated you're prepared to be, and wehther or not you invest yourself into creating the future that this opportunity offers.

Future - The Tower

The Tower always has one message: change, or be changed. It's always best to take part in the process rather than have it thrust upon you! Things come crashing down, but that's only so that you can rebuild them better than ever. When The Tower appears, there's always going to be something unexpected, something that happens out of the blue, and it's usually a game-changer in some way. 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. The Tower in this position shows you that something will happen in the future that will take you by surprise and alter the course of things. It will shake you to your care, and make you examine what kind of life you're creating. It may even bring you crashing down, if you start to get vain or take things for granted. When you know better, then you'll create the opportunity to do better. Will you?