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 - 2 of Wands

The opulent figure in this card seems to have the world at his feet--and he does! He's on solid foundations, and the sphere that he holds in his right hand indicates his potential. The staff in his left hand is sprouting, echoing the vitality of what is possible. There's ambition and passion indicated here. Like all twos, The Two of Wands points to a choice.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. If the Two of Wands comes to you inverted, it shows you that your lack of organization didn't do you any favors. It slowed down your progress, and created setbacks and delays. You needed to find your priorities, but that proved hard for you to do.

Present - 6 of Wands

It's hard not to think of triumph when you see the Six of Wands ride in on that magnificent horse, crown on his head, wreath held high. This is a card of overcoming adversity, of finding success, and of being recognized for your achievements. There are people around you, cheering your victory. Like all Sixes, the Six of Wands represents harmony and possible solutions to outstanding issues. 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 Six of Wands reveals that you're succeeding in your goals, and you're receiving the accolade due to you. You're showing others what you're made of, and gaining their respect. If there's any downside to this card, then it's that you could be getting a bit vain or egotistical. If you don't stay humble, then you're setting yourself up for a fall.

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. In the future position, it's asking you if you're likely to be stuck in a situation that won't be good for you. Perhaps there is something--or someone--that will be an addiction for you, and you'll be tempted to hold onto it long after you should have let it go. One thing is for sure; if this card is here in your reading, it's asking you where you think you're going to feel stuck in your life, and what you will do--or not do--to change all of that, to ensure you've created a new outcome.