When I began giving tarot readings, I was led to think that the more cards that I flipped over, the better the reading would be. But as my skill and trust in my intuitive abilities grew, I found that smaller spreads work best for the client and the reader.
When reading tarot cards, either for myself or a client, I find that this 3 card spread is the most effective. It’s enough cards to delve in deep with, but not so many that you have have to keep track of what goes where, and risk alienating/overwhelming the client. Also, the spread can be easily altered to suit your needs.
THREE CARD LAYOUT
What the Spread Reveals This is a very simple yet useful spread, that can have a wide range of meanings assigned to each of the three positions. Two of these are presented here for your consideration. They include the top row of titles, which introduces a problem or decision focused approach, “Context – Focus – Outcome” and the bottom titles which introduce a timeline approach, of “Past – Present – Future.”
To begin this spread, shuffle the cards carefully, spread them out in a long line in front of you, then allow your Higher Self to draw three cards from the deck. Each step should be done carefully and with calm focus.
Problem Solving or Decision Making Approach
This spread will help you to learn to apply the tarot to figure out how to approach a problem or decision. This is easiest when you let your ego and conscious mind relax, and allow your Higher Self to speak to you through the cards you draw.
Left Card: The Context – This card reflects a general overview of the Querent’s present situation.
Center Card: The Focus – This card reflects a new set of circumstances that are about to act upon the Querent, the forces that drive these may be positive or negative depending on the card and whether it is upright or inverse. This card is the general problem or the decision to be made.
Right Card: The Outcome – This card reflects the effect of the second focus card. It shows the outcome that comes with the new circumstances; the results of the problem solving and/or decision-making.
This spread will help you to learn to apply the tarot to help you to explore the forces that are influencing the Querent, by looking at the past, present and future energy around them.
Left Card: The Past – This card shows the Querent’s past experiences, the ones that cast a light on the current situation.
Center Card: The Present – This card reveals what the Querent is feeling and experiencing at the moment.
Right Card: The Future – This card predicts the result of the course of action that the Querent will take, based on the first two cards.
You can also adapt it for Goddess readings and use Maiden, Mother, and Crone as your cards! This is also for any type of cards: tarot, Goddess, and oracle cards.
Some Recommended Decks
The Haindl Tarot Deck by Hermann Haindl
The Goddess Oracle Deck & Book Set by Amy Sophia Marashinsky
The Alchemist’s Oracle by Lauren Aletta
**Editor Note: Brandi offers wonderful Goddess readings – learn more here and schedule direct.