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How to Do a Three-Card Tarot Reading

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Tarot reading can be a form of meditation. It encourages us to step out of our minds and emotional experiences by helping us make informed decisions and bring about change. We each live in our own bubbles, and tarot readings bring us outside of ourselves.

As humans, we live in a fast-paced society that forces us to be faced with the constant need to make decisions, changes, and adaptations. At times, we may find it hard to be present; we could quickly become trapped in our minds, leading us to overthink every step, thought, and choice.

Tarot reading provides a mirror for our souls. Our perception is mirrored on the cards in front of us, allowing space for perspective. Tarot reading enables us to reevaluate and take a step back. This way, we can make informed decisions and understand our motives, actions, and the outcomes of the choices we make.

What Is a Three-Card Tarot Reading?

Our conscious and subconscious are universal symbols used to help us understand our reality. By tapping into our inner wisdom, we can truly understand what is happening between surface events. Tarot provides clarity and guidance to help us connect to our intuition.

A three-card tarot reading is a simple spread that helps us understand the powerful energies encapsulating our worlds. There are various types of three-card tarot readings. For example, past, present, and future tarot readings allow us to look at events that have recently passed, our current situation or circumstances, and the near future or consequence of our current state of action or choice. You can also choose to have a three-card reading for specific questions. For example, if you want to understand more about your love interest, you can ask one question for each card to determine if a person is right for you.

Do You Get Different Tarot Card Spreads?

There is a large variety of different types of tarot card spreads that you can experiment with. Depending on where you wish to focus, you can find a tarot card spread for any area of life, including yes/no tarot reading and tarot reading for your career, love life, and for guidance.

Celtic Cross Spread

A popular reading that most psychics use is the Celtic Cross spread. This 10-card spread looks at the following:

  1. Current situation
  2. Current challenge
  3. Influences/conscious
  4. Root/subconscious
  5. Past
  6. Future
  7. You as you are now
  8. Environment/other influences
  9. Hopes and fears
  10. Final outcome

Tantric Kundalini Spread

One of my favorite tarot card spreads is the Tantric Kundalini spread. As a psychic, I have been receiving energy from the collective of boredom and discontentment. This tarot spread, created by Sasha Graham, focuses on sparking that inner fire that helps us regain our strength, vitality, and energy. This tarot card spread focuses on the following:

  1. Root: What can I have?
  2. Spleen: What can I feel?
  3. Belly: How should I act?
  4. Heart: How can I love?
  5. Throat: How can I communicate?
  6. Third eye: How can I see the truth?
  7. Head: How can I connect?

Reading a Three-Card Tarot Spread

To be able to read a three-card tarot spread (or any spread), you must first learn the basic meanings of each card. You can find definitions or keywords that define each card online, consult a psychic professional online, or take an online class on tarot divination. You can check out Keen Psychics or California Psychics for this.

What is important is that you understand the critical meanings of each major and minor arcana. Once you have established or memorized each keyword, you can start connecting with each card's energies by intuition. Pay attention to the symbols on the tarot cards; they often depict a story and can help you understand the situation you are inquiring about.

First, look to see if there are any significant arcana in your spread. The major arcana are energies that are out of our control. These are important events that come into our lives to create change. At the same time, the minor arcana are day-to-day events or themes of life that we use to create the life we desire.

There are four elements to pay attention to: Fire, water, earth, and air. Each represents a different state. Fire is for action, instinct, and passion. Water is for fluidity, emotion, and intuition. Earth is for body, money, time, and energy. Air is for communication, travel, and mental activity.

By understanding these critical factors, you can follow your intuition to interpret your three-card tarot spread accordingly.

Which Card Is the Most Valuable Card in Tarot?

The most valuable card in the tarot depends on personal perspective and the state one finds most ideal. We all come from different environments, cultures, and beliefs, so what may be the most valuable state for one may not be for another.

Naturally, we all wish to embody the Sun Card as much as possible. This card talks about happiness. It is true bliss experienced at its fullest. This energy is warm, joyful, childlike, and creative. However, if you spend too much time in the sun, you will get burned.

This energy talks about being in the spotlight; it is how we present ourselves in this world and shine our light. It tends to cast a shadow on our most authentic form. Eventually, the energy of happiness passes, and we are encouraged to retreat, embrace the subconscious hidden elements of the moon, and take cover like the Hermit to find wisdom.

Ideally, we strive always to be happy, but the goal should be to find peace. We can never be in one energy for a prolonged state, as this is unnatural to our human existence. Every point of the tarot describes the journey of the Fool. We are encouraged to take the example of the Fool and embody all the lessons that each tarot card brings to us. Each is valuable in its own way and provides meaning to our journeys.

Try a three-card tarot reading with a psychic today or explore the various avenues online that can teach you to read tarot yourself.

Head and shoulders photograph of Rozalia Kieliszkiewicz
Rozalia is a holistic wellness and natural health writer and is a trained spiritual advisor, Reiki healer, astrologist, tarot diviner, and nutritionist.