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Three Card Spread: Tarot Card Reading Instructions
Tarot Card Spread If you are looking to learn how to read the tarot, one of the easiest spreads to learn is the 3 card spread. While tarot card reading instructions for 3 card spreads can differ depending on who is doing the reading, perhaps the most popular is the past, present, future meaning. This reading is highly popular with individuals that are faced with a situation that they are not sure how to handle or what the outcome will be. While other spreads will definitely give them more information into their question, this spread, using the past, present, future interpretation will cut to the chase and give a simple understanding of what has happened, what is happening now and what is yet to come.

Tarot card reading instructions for the 3 card spread are not difficult. After the deck has been shuffled, three cards will be chosen for this spread. Lay the cards side by side beginning with the first card to your left, the second card in the center position and the third card on your right. The card that you place on the left is the card that holds information regarding past experiences. This card hold the information regarding what has happened in the past that led to the situation that is at hand.

Using these tarot card reading instructions, the center card expresses what is happening at the moment. It covers the situation that is going on in the present and that happened because of the past experiences.  The third card in this spread, the card placed to the right, is the card that reveals the future of the situation, based on the information from the first two cards. The important thing to remember is to focus on the energy of the cards. You want to rely on the feeling that the cards give you as well as the meanings. Each of the cards drawn can easily tell a different story in a different situation or for another individual. Feeling and drawing from the energy of the cards will help develop the story and give the answers that are sought.
While these tarot card reading instructions concerning the 3 card spread are seen quite often, there are many other ways to conduct a three card spread other than the past, resent, future spread. Some tarot readers use the 3 card spread to as a means to ask a question and gain the answer in a more involved way. This is also known as a context, focus and outcome reading. 

Which tarot card reading instructions that you will use when laying a 3 card spread will ultimately depend on the type of reading you need and the questions you have to ask.  There is no wrong way or right way to set up the 3 card spread, it is all dependant on the need. The most important factor in the reading, again, is the focus that is placed on the question. Focus and energy should always be present when this reading or any other is taking place; in order to gather the most information from the cards.

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