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 - Knight of Pentacles

He looks very regal and victorious, doesn't he, this Knight of Pentacles? His horse is well-disciplined and well dressed, and the Knight's armor is shining. He holds a coin, representing the reward that his hard work in the field in front of him will yield come harvest time. Like all knights, the Knight of Pentacles represents movement. This card could also refer to a young adult. 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. When the Knight of Pentacles is inverted, he's showing you that you were stuck. You got into a routine and it had a negative impact on you. You've ignored a mundane aspect of your life, or maybe you've been too critical. If your question was about a relationship, this card is an indication of boredom--or boring people! Like all of the court cards, this card can refer to you, or someone else in your life.

Present - 6 of Swords

This is very much a card of movement. The boat glides through the water, ferrying it's passengers from one side to the next. This card could be literal movement, from one location to another; or it could be a metaphor for you moving from one situation or aspect of your life to another. The woman and child don't look too joyous about the journey, but the calm waters suggest that this will bring peace into their lives, eventually. Like all Sixes, the Six of Swords 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 Swords affirms that it's the decisions that you make that create your circumstances. Those decisions may be painful, or difficult to make, but they're necessary to get you moving forward again. Something--or someone--needs to be left behind, so that you can improve your situation. This can involve sadness or uncertainty, but it won't last forever.

Future - 3 of Wands

The figure in this card is lord of all he surveys. The sea of potential is before him, yet his feet are on solid ground. He knows what he wants; he sees where he's going and how to get there. He just needs careful planning in order that his actions will take him where he wants to go. Like all threes, the Three of Wands is a card that indicates it is time to apply your knowledge. 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 Three of Wands suggests that you will have opportunities to learn something new, maybe even to travel. Are you going them? What doors will you open to help you get towards your goals. More importantly, though, where are the decisions that you'll make going to take you? The future awaits, what will you plan in order to propel yourself into it?


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