Easy Three Card Tarot Spreads

by Brigit on May 25, 2010 in Tarot Spreads

Three-card Tarot spreads are great if you need a quick answer to  an uncomplicated question, or are learning to read the Tarot cards and want to practice with a number of fast Tarot spreads and readings. Even for the seasoned Tarot reader, a three-card Tarot reading can help you get back to basics and serve as a reminder that even the most complex situations can have simple answers.

In the following post, I provide you with a number of easy three-card Tarot spreads to get you started. Feel free to mix and match between the suggestions below to create your own three card Tarot spreads. You might even have a few favourites of your own! I’d love to hear more about them, so please leave me a comment.

Understanding a Situation

Past / Present / Future

What will help you / What will hinder you / What is your unrealised potential

The nature of your problem / The cause / The solution

Current situation / Obstacle / Advice

Situation / Action / Outcome

Context of the situation / Where you need to focus / Outcome

What I think about the situation / What I feel / What I do

Where you stand now / What you aspire to / How to get there

What you aspire to / What is standing in your way / How you can overcome this

What you can change / What you can’t change / What you may not be aware of

What worked well / What didn’t work well / Key learnings

Understanding Relationships

You / The other person / The relationship

What you want from the relationship / What they want from the relationship / Where the relationship is heading

What brings you together / What pulls you apart / What needs your attention

Making Choices and Decisions

Strengths / Weaknesses / Advice

Opportunities / Challenges / Outcome

Option 1 / Option 2 / Option 3

Option 1 / Option 2 / What you need to know to make a decision

The solution / An alternative solution / How to choose

Understanding Yourself

Mind / Body / Spirit

Your conscious mind / Your sub-conscious mind / Your super-conscious mind

Material state / Emotional state / Spiritual state

You / Your current path / Your potential

Stop / Start / Continue

What the Universe wants you to be / The personal qualities required / Specific action required

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Emma November 24, 2015 at 5:15 am

Oh sorry, i just went back and found my name, my apologies. However, there’s no comments or help in understand what the cards meant by the time i thought my quest and drew out the card…thanks


Brigit November 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Emma, I’m happy to help with a specific card, but I’m sorry that I can’t provide personalised interpretations of complete readings.


Melanie January 16, 2016 at 4:32 pm

I’m soo glad you spoke of not reading your own cards when high emotion or your mind is running wild. Got an exact reading of my thoughts and fears


Camille January 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Hello…can these spreads be used for commercial purposes…giving readings for pay and creating new spreads? I do Angel Card Readings. Thank you 🙂


Brigit January 18, 2016 at 7:53 pm

Yes – I don’t mind you using these spreads for your professional Tarot readings.


Louise January 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

Hi Brigit,

Many thanks for this article, it’s very helpful.

With regards to the three card approach can you advise on how to structure the questions for examples such as ‘Should I do X?’ And ‘Should we do Z’?

Hope that makes sense!


Louise January 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Oh my apologies I just read your ‘What Not to Ask the Tarot!’ Ok will rethink my questions!


Marina Rivera February 1, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Thanks for the article, I found it very helpful


Louise Havell February 6, 2016 at 1:26 am

Hi Brigit,

Are you able to advise? I asked the tarot what would be the pros, cons & general outcome of my partner & I buying a new boat (a bigger boat then we currently live on). I received The Devil, Knight of Swords, The Wheel of Fortune & The Hermit.

Does this sound rather ominous? Your thoughts much appreciated!

Best wishes,



Brigit February 9, 2016 at 10:51 am

I’m sorry but I don’t provide interpretations of full Tarot readings here as it takes a significant investment of time and energy to do it justice. If you want to learn to read the Tarot cards, I highly recommend my online course, Read Tarot with Confidence at http://www.biddytarot.com/tf2


Rita cobb March 6, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Need to find out about a job I love but can end up.loosing


Paula March 7, 2016 at 3:05 am

Your three-card spreads are excellent!
Never realised how flexible, yet specific they could be 🙂
One question though, the spread under the heading ‘Understanding Yourself’, what is your ‘super-conscious ‘mind? i.e. I understand conscious and sub-conscious but not super-conscious mind.
Thanks you.


Brigit March 11, 2016 at 12:04 am

Thank-you! The super conscious mind is that which is connected to the Universe and the ‘one’ energy around us. It’s the place of fullest potential and abundance.


Anne March 16, 2016 at 8:14 am

Thanks for the great list!

I have a question: If the card for weakness / obstacle / hinder / what didn’t work well is a reversed card, how to interpret that?


Brigit March 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm

It might be something that you need to work on yourself, or something that is within your unconscious awareness.


Anne March 17, 2016 at 8:06 pm

Thanks. I’ll ponder on that.


Christina April 1, 2016 at 10:11 pm

How do you start spreading the cards? Do u cut in 2parts and pick the second part and lay the 3cards??

Thank you


Brigit April 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm

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