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

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Your Tarot Result

Past - 9 of Swords

Oh, my, she looks distressed, doesn't she? The Nine of Swords is sometimes called 'the nightmare card,' and when you study the image, it's easy to see why! She's unable to sleep, all of her worries hanging over her head like the swords in the image. Like all nines, the Nine of Swords is a card of realization. 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 Nine of Swords indicates that you've let your fears and anxieties become far too real. If you expected bad things to happen, then they probably did, for the world mirrors your thoughts back to you. You allowed your worries to get the better of you, and to create too much stress in your life. This in turn made you too critical of yourself, which perpetuated the cycle of stress and apprehension.

Present - 10 of Swords

There's nothing joyful about the image on this card at all! However, don't panic. It's not as dark as it seems. The Ten of Swords is telling you that something is well and truly over, and there's no point trying to resurrect it. Even though the card looks like a crime scene, it has some very positive qualities. The river is pure and still flowing. The sun is still shining behind the mountains in the background. Yes, there's pain and loss here, but there's also the hint of new beginnings. Like all tens, the Ten of Swords is a card of completion. 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 Ten of Swords reveals a sudden loss, something that is beyond your control that may have an adverse influence on you. You may even find yourself betrayed by a loved one, or 'stabbed in the back' by those whom you trusted. There are plenty of opportunities for you to dissolve into a pile of self-pity. However, it's in accepting what's happening and letting it rest that the new beginnings can rise up and start to form.

Future - 10 of Wands

The figure in the card is weighed down by the wands he is trying to carry. The load is heavy, and it's getting to him. He can see his goal in the distance, though and reaching his destination is worth it for him to push forward and keep going. Like all tens, the Ten of Wands is a card of completion. 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 Ten of Wands inverted hints that you're likely to hold onto things that you're outgrowing. You won't delegate responsibilities to others, and you'll forget to focus on your own priorities. There's a real caution here that you're going to take on extra baggage that isn't yours to carry. You'll be given an opportunity to really purge--mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally--but will you take advantage of it?