Three Card Tarot Spreads

All aspiring and adept tarot readers should be knowledgeable of the Three Card Tarot Spread. This particular tarot spread is quite versatile and can be utilized for a variety of objectives. However, for the purpose of this post, we will only discuss the most commonly used three card tarot spreads.

The below tarot card spreads are generally interpreted from left to right. As such, the cards should be drawn and laid out before the reader in this order. Think of these as linear tarot spreads, as they represent a linear path, or a sequence of events. These tarot spreads are ideal for a Querent who is seeking guidance or advice for a specific purpose, for example: how one should get from Point A to Point B.

Past, Present, Future
Card One: The Querent’s past.
Card Two: The Querent at that moment in time (the Present).
Card Three: The Querent’s future.

Analysis of Strengths and Weaknesses
Card One: The Querent’s strengths.
Card Two: The Querent’s weaknesses.
Card Three: Guidance or advice to be provided.

Determining the Querent’s Potential
Card One: The Querent
Card Two: The Querent’s path.
Card Three: The Querent’s potential.

Three Card Relationship Spread
Card One: The Querent
Card Two: The state or nature of the relationship.
Card Three: The Querent’s partner.

Alternative Three Card Relationship Spread
Card One: The Querent
Card Two: The Querent’s partner.
Card Three: The current state of the relationship. 

A Three Card Spread for Working on a Relationship 
Card One: What brings you and your partner together.
Card Two: What divides you, or pulls you apart.
Card Three: Which aspect of your relationship needs your attention. This card represents what you and your partner need to work on.

Situation, Action, Outcome
Card One: The Querent’s current situation.
Card Two: The action(s) the Querent could take.
Card Three: The possible outcome(s).

Three Card Spread for a Querent Currently Facing Obstacles or Challenges
Card One: The Querent’s current situation.
Card Two: Obstacle(s) or challenge(s) the Querent is currently faced with.
Card Three: Guidance or advice for the Querent.

Choosing a Suitable Solution
Card One: The first solution.
Card Two: An alternative solution.
Card Three: Guidance with respect to choosing the ideal solution.

A Three Card Spread for Brainstorming 
Card One: The idea.
Card Two: Process the Querent should pursue.
Card Three: The Querent’s aspiration(s).

Lesson Learned
Card One: What worked for the Querent.
Card Two: What did not work for the Querent.
Card Three: Lesson to be learned.

Aspects of the Self: Body, Mind, Spirit
Card One: The Body. This card represents the current state of the physical self.
Card Two: The Mind. This card represents the current state of the emotional self.
Card Three: The Spirit. This card represents the current state of the spiritual self.

Aspects of the Psyche
Card One: Mental. This card represents the Querent’s current mental state.
Card Two: Emotional. This card represents the Querent’s current emotional state.
Card Three: Spiritual. This card represents the Querent’s current spiritual state.

The “No Spread” Three Card Spread
In this particular tarot spread, there is no specific purpose with respect to the position of each card as with other three card tarot spreads. However, this three card spread potentially allows for a more free-flowing interpretation. In such a reading, each card drawn adds more depth, or layers of meaning. As such, each card represents a piece of the overall puzzle and equally contributes to finding the answer that the Querent is seeking.

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