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!

Reveal Your Past, Present and Future Cards by Clicking on Each Card Below

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Your Tarot Result

Past - Page of Cups

The scene on this card is fairly tranquil. The water is reasonably calm and the sky fairly clear. The Page of Cups rests his hand on hip, confident and self-assured. He lifts his goblet to take a drink, and suddenly, a fish pops out and stares at him! Now what will he do? Like all pages, the Page of Cups is a messenger. This card could also refer to a child. 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 Page of Cups indicates that your intuition has been working overtime. You may have experienced vivid dreams, or strong hunches that proved to be correct. Your emotions were intense and easily expressed, and your creativity highlighted. Something caught you by surprise, though; how did you handle it? This card can also point to new romance. Like all of the court cards, this card can refer to you, or someone else in your life.

Present - King of Cups

The King of Cups sits on a throne that is a solid island in the sea. The waters around him are turbulent, and although he is alone, he is neither fearful nor lonely. His blue robes reflect his calm mood. The ship to his left and the fish around his neck are further indications that he feels right at home where he is. Like all kings, the King of Cups represents motivation. The King of Cups could also refer to a man, in particular, a man who is not afraid of his feelings, but who embraces them and makes them part of his 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 King of Cups reveals a balance between your situation and what you felt about it. You're taking responsibility for your actions. You're trying to exercise diplomacy and tact. If others have a problem with you, it's their problem, not yours. As long as you remain emotionally mature, you have nothing to regret. Like all of the court cards, this card can refer to you, or someone else in your life.

Future - 4 of Pentacles

The figure on the Four of Pentacles appears to be wealthy, but isolated. He's clinging to the coin in his arms as if he fears losing it, and this feeling is echoed in the ones under his feet. He's immobile, for if he takes his feet off the coins under them, he may lose them. Thus, he's trapped by his attachment to material possessions, even though the expression on his face indicates that he's content with what he's achieved. Like all fours, the Four of Pentacles represents foundation. 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 Four of Pentacles suggests security and success, but at what cost? You may be about to miss opportunities, for fear that they'll threaten your stability. Perhaps you're worrying too much about losing what you've worked so hard to achieve. Your attention to your possessions may start to isolate you from friends and loved ones.