What is a Tarot Spread?

If you’re interested in getting a cheap tarot card reading with our trusted psychics, you should be aware of the various tarot spreads that are available to you. So, what is a tarot spread? Put simply, a tarot card spread is a technique used by a forecaster to give people readings. The reader will lay the cards out on a table or mat so they can answer any questions that the querent has for them. There’s almost an unlimited number of spreads/layouts that a tarot reader can use, however, today, we’re going to go over the most popular of these which is the three-card spread.

The three-card spread is a great layout for those who are pushed for time as it can deliver answers quickly. The reader doesn’t have to spend much time interpreting the cards because the reading will only consist of three cards. If you want a more complex reading, you can always opt to increase the number of cards used during your reading. The three-card spreads are also very popular for readers who have just started out on their journey as it allows them to get a grasp on what a tarot reading involves.

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The Linear Three-Card Tarot Spread

The most basic three-card spread looks at the past, present and future. This spread can be used to look at a variety of issues and answer all sorts of questions.

The Past: The past affects all of us, by looking back into someone’s history a tarot reader can get an insight into both the querents present and future.

The Present: The card of the present looks at what’s currently taking place in someone’s life and will detail what actions they can take right not to alter the outcome of their future. The future looks at what the likely outcome is going to be.

The Future: he card of the future doesn’t dictate how the future has to be because this is changeable. If you don’t like what the card reveals about your destiny, you can change it by making different choices for your life. The future card will let you know what’s likely to take place if you don’t make any changes to your life.

Other variations of the linear three-card spread include:

  • You, Your Path, Your Potential
  • You, Relationship, Partner
  • Situation, Action, Outcome
  • Idea, Process, Aspiration

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The Balanced Three-Card Spread

This spread can be used when the cards are interlinked with each one being just as important as the other. If you’re struggling with an inner conflict, this spread is perfect for helping you to figure out what direction you ought to go. The cards are laid out in a pyramid shape and works well with issues such as:

  • Mind, Body, Spirit
  • Subconscious, Unconscious, Superconscious
  • Physical State, Emotional State, Spiritual State

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The Foundation Three-Card Spread

This spread can be used when you want to get a look at the bigger picture. Much like the Balanced Three-Card Spread, the cards are laid out in the shape of a pyramid; however, they differ in their position (as seen below) and the order in which the cards are turned over. The two cards are the bottom are of equal importance, and until you’ve looked these, you can’t reveal the card that lies on top. If you want a spread that focusses on personal growth, this is the one for you; examples of questions that can be answered with this spread are:

  • What Worked, What Didn’t Work, What Did I Learn?
  • What I Want, What They Want, Where Are Things Going?
  • Strengths, Weaknesses, Advice

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The Crossed Three-Card Spread

This is a great spread to use if you’re dealing with conflict or have an obstacle to overcome. The first card represents the initial question is laid out horizontally, the second card looks at the obstacle in your way and laid on top (vertically) of the first card. The third card looks at the situation from a distance and is laid beneath the first and second card (vertically). If you want to look at a situation from a variety of angles, this is the spread for you; here are some issues that can be tackled using this layout.

  • Situation, Obstacle, Advice
  • Task, How to Overcome, Goal
  • Opportunity, Challenge, Outcome

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Cheap Tarot Readings with Trusted Psychics

There’s an unlimited number of spreads that can be used when it comes to how a tarot reader makes use of their deck. Depending on the question(s) you ask will determine which spread your reader uses during your session. At Trusted Psychics, you can get a quick and effective three-card reading with one of our talented specialists on the phone. While you can get a more in-depth forecast with our team, the three-card spread is beautiful in its simplicity and will give you a detailed prediction in minutes.