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!

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Your Tarot Result

Past - 3 of Pentacles

This card portrays a young apprentice consulting with others. He's not a master of his work, but he still knows his trade and he still has valuable advice to offer. Plans are being examined, adjusted, and executed, Everyone involved is contributing something toward the final goal. Like all threes, the Three of Pentacles indicates that it's time to apply your knowledge. 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 Three of Pentacles indicates that the first step in the challenge is completed. You were encouraged to carry on, to continue with your plans and your work. You were given plenty of feedback to keep you on the right path--but did you listen, or did you allow yourself to stray away from your long-term goals?

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 - King of Swords

The King of Swords throne reaches high into the cloudy sky, much like the sword he holds in his right hand. He's sure of himself, his feet firmly on the ground, his clothes and his crown revealing his success and position in society. The blue of his robes represents his quest for spiritual enlightenment, while the purple of his cloak indicates his desire to use his intellect for compassionate and humanitarian purposes. Like all kings, the King of Swords represents motivation. This card can also refer to a man, one who is successful yet calculating, tenacious to the point of obstinacy, a man who has earned his position and demands respect. 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 King of Swords reflects a stern but compassionate nature. You'll be able to see all sides of things, and consider not just what's best for you, but what will benefit everyone involved. This could make you seem egotistical to others, but your heart's in the right place--unless you start to take things too seriously, perhaps even losing your temper. There's nothing wrong with seeking advice from others, particularly those professionals who know more than you do. Sometimes getting your own way is merely a hollow victory. Like all of the court cards, this card can refer to you, or someone else in your life.