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Three Card Tarot Spreads

Contents
Three Card Tarot Spreads ............................................................................................. 3
Know Thyself Spread .................................................................................................. 5
Predict a Persons Reaction Spread ...................................................................... 5
The Stress Spread ......................................................................................................... 6
Spiritual Path Spread ................................................................................................... 6
Celestial Spread .............................................................................................................. 7
The Hermit Spread ........................................................................................................ 8
The Baba Yaga Spread ................................................................................................. 8
Odd Love Spread ............................................................................................................ 9
Past Life Spread .............................................................................................................. 9
Daily Spread to Learn Tarot .................................................................................. 10
Simple Three Card Spread ..................................................................................... 10
Impending Marriage Spread ................................................................................. 11
Wash It Right Outta My Hair Spread ................................................................ 11
True Intentions Spread ........................................................................................... 12
Tell Me Something Spread..................................................................................... 12
Head, Heart, Hands Spread ................................................................................... 13
Dont Write In Starlight Spread ........................................................................... 13
New Deck Spread ........................................................................................................ 14
The Statisticians Spread ........................................................................................ 14
List of Common Three Card Spreads ................................................................... 15
Resource Guide ............................................................................................................... 17

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Three Card Tarot Spreads

Three Card
Tarot Spreads

Presented
By
Aeclectic Tarot

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Three Card Tarot Spreads

About the Tarot Spreads

The original spreads in this book were contributed by members of the


Aeclectic Tarot Forum.
Join the community at www.tarotforum.net.

About Aeclectic
Aeclectic Tarot is dedicated to the diversity and beauty of tarot, and
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Visit at www.aeclectic.net.

Cover image thanks to Nicolette Neish Photography


Edited by Alissa Hall www.alissahall.com

Three Card Tarot Spreads


by Aeclectic Tarot

ISBN: 978-0-9871104-5-9

Copyright Aeclectic Tarot 2014

Thank you for buying Aeclectic Tarot Spreads and helping Aeclectic
continue to support tarot lovers around the world.

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Three Card Tarot Spreads

Know Thyself Spread


by Glass Owl

1 - Who I am

2 - What I do not know about


myself that I should

3 - What I can do to get more in


touch with the real me

The phrase Know thyself is steeped in history, however, it was its appearance in the
movie The Matrix that inspired this spreads creation. - Glass Owl

Predict a Persons Reaction Spread


by Metafizzypop

1 - What theyll feel

2 - What theyll think

3 - What theyll do

Did you borrow your best friends cashmere


sweater, and then burn a great big cigarette
hole in it by accident? Heres a spread to use
before you give the sweater back.
- Metafizzypop

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The Stress Spread


by Astraea Aurora

1 - What causes me the most stress at the


present time
2 - How do I usually handle it, how do I cope
with stress

3 - How can I actively release stress now,


how can I balance the stress and relax

The Stress Spread is able to get to the source of your stress, no matter in
which area it manifests itself. When you use it, try to take a couple of minutes
just for yourself and your reading. The time in which you do the reading can be
your first step to relaxation and de-stressing. - Astraea Aurora

Spiritual Path Spread


by Bodhran

1 - What will this path offer me (gift)

2 - What will this path require of me (challenge)

3 - How will this path change me (possible


outcome)

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Celestial Spread
by Eowyn

New Moon Spread: To use between waning crescent and


waxing crescent, especially during New Moon.
1 - What lies in your dark depths, what is unseen,
what we stumble against in the dark nights
2 - What will begin to show, what will arise

3 - What will illuminate the dark path, the key in the


night

Full Moon Spread: To use during waxing, gibbous or


during Full Moon.
1 - What can be seen with clarity, so bright that it can
even blind you
2 - What gets completed, what closes a cycle

3 - What begins to fade away, to darken, to abandon


you, or, what needs to be

Sleeping Sun Spread: A spread for wishes and dreams.

1 - For dreams I hold in my life: Current dreams that occupy the day time,
that you ponder in mind and heart, perceived as long term goals
2 - For wishes I hold in my night: Current desires, intimacy aspects,
sudden interests and passion

0 - Sleeping Sun (base card of the deck, or shadow card): How you are
standing right now in relation to your dreams, desires and wishes

These spreads can be used


separately and they can also
be used together, during one
lunar month, for greater
understanding in how they
interrelate. - Eowyn

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The Hermit Spread by Glass Owl

Take your deck to a quiet place, free of turmoil and imagine yourself walking the
path of the Hermit. Leisurely shuffle your deck, taking as much time as you need,
until you feel that it is time to stop.

Turn over your deck and fan it, looking for the Hermit. When you find him, pull
the Hermit out along with the cards on either side of him. These are the cards that
his lantern is casting its light upon. If the Hermit happens to be at one of the ends
of the deck, view the cards as being in a circle and use the card at the opposite
end of the deck to flank his other side.

1 - Left: What you hear as the Hermit,


what the voices tell you in solitude

2 - Middle: You, the Hermit, during a time


of reflection and solitude

3 - Right: What you receive as the Hermit,


what counsels and comforts you in
solitude

The Baba Yaga Spread


by Nisaba

1 - What are you running from

2 - What is it you seek

3 - What are you willing to risk

This spread is very good for introspective self-examination. It allows you to


develop a new perspective on your shadow-self, on your unconscious motivations,
fears and desires. This spread really is not about prediction, or about reading for
others - it is very close-up and intimate. - Nisaba

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Odd Love Spread


by Eowyn

1 - Why Im lonely
2 - What kind of lover should I focus on
looking for
3 - Where will we meet

Past Life Spread


by Dancing Bear

1 - Who was this querent in a past


life that reflects this one

2 - What was the occupation of


this person

3 - What were the dynamics of the


querents relationships

There is no specific layout, just pull 3 cards and place


them where it feels right. You may draw a fourth card to
ask how this person died. Or, you may ask about the
surrounding environment, which is helpful to indicate the
era this person lived. Its all up to you and your individual
needs. - Dancing Bear

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Daily Spread to Learn Tarot


by shesawolf

Divide the deck into Majors, Minors, and Court cards, and
shuffle each stack separately before drawing a single card.

1 - Major: Represents a lesson or situation for the day; helps


to deepen ones understanding of each Major by relating
one to daily life

2 - Court: Represents someone youll come in contact with, or


something to learn about yourself, or someone else, that
day; assists in learning how to associate the Court cards
with people and personalities
3 - Minor: Represents obstacles or advice for the day; helps
one to learn how the Minors can be associated to everyday
and/or mundane circumstances

Simple Three Card Spread


by Rolando
1 - What you are dealing with right now;
this position represents what is
manifesting at the moment
2 - What you need to leave behind; this
position represents what needs to be
let go of
3 - What you need to look forwards;
this position represents what needs
to be embraced

In life we face situations as well as people who affect us in every part


of our lives, such as love and work, or mental and physical. This simple
spread is for simple issues that a person is facing and cant break free
from, or feels as if there is no solution. So, in the long run, the issues
wont develop into something bigger. - Rolando

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Impending Marriage Spread


by Bodhran

1- What the querent brings to the marriage

2 - What the partner brings to the marriage

3 - Gift, or challenge, created by their union

Wash It Right Outta My Hair Spread


by Glass Owl

1 - The Dirt: Whats in your hair that you need to wash out

2 - The Soap & Water: This will be helpful in loosening up the


dirt and removing it
3 - The Drain: What you will gain from letting the dirt go

Use this cleansing spread when you feel the need to


wash something out of your hair, and your life. For the
first card position you may use a significator or let the
Tarot decide for you by drawing a card. - Glass Owl

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True Intentions Spread


by Apollonia

1 - What face is this person showing


to me, or to the world, in this matter

2 - What is in her/his heart

3 - Why is s/he acting this way

The True Intentions spread illuminates the difference, if any, between a persons outer
facade and their actual feelings in a given situation. The spread gives a glimpse into the
persons true motives, which can help in gaining a better understanding of the person and
how their hidden intentions might affect the situation. - Apollonia

Tell Me Something Spread


by zachlost

1 - Tell me something I know about <name>;


allows you to focus on what you already know to
draw your mind into an alignment of thoughts

2 - Tell me something I dont know about <name>;


this should compliment the previous card, or
scream out like an alarm

3 - Tell me something I can help <name> with; I like this


question because it relates back to the person and
addresses a facet of their lives I could contribute to

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Head, Heart, Hands Spread


by Bodhran

1 - What do I need to know today

2 - What do I need to embrace today

3 - What do I need to do today

Dont Write In Starlight Spread


by Eowyn

Inspired by Ronnie James Dios song, Dont talk to strangers, this spread works in
the following way: Under a starred sky, write down the 3 words that represent the
kind of relationship you want to have. Begin with the sentence, Im going to have a
relationship of (your 3 words that better describe your wish).

Once you are done, pull a card for each word, interpreting the possibilities (pros and
cons) of making your wish come true.

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New Deck Spread by Tor

1 - What will you give me

2 - What do you want in return

3 - What kind of relationship will we have

The Statisticians Spread


by eclaasse

When statisticians try to understand


a problem, one step is to collect
descriptive data. Sometimes this
will be done as a pilot study,
sometimes through reading
previous literature, and sometimes
it's the specialist's best guess.

The two main descriptors of data used are a


measure of central tendency (usually the average)
and a measure of spread (the variance, or standard
deviation). From those two summaries one may
continue the decision-making process.

1 - The Average: If this situation were to play out over and over, where would the
outcomes tend towards; what can we expect normal to be, this is
perhaps the ideal outcome

2 - The Spread: How much variability or deviation is within this problem; what
influences the outcome to deviate from the average

3 - The Decision: What steps should be taken; this may be an advice card, or
contain any other pertinent information that assists in the decision-making
process
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List of Common Three Card Spreads


Three card spreads are extremely universal, and commonly traded amongst the
Tarot community. Here is a list of classic three card spreads that can be used with
any layout you desire.

Past - Present Future


Timeline readings are useful for exploring the progression of an issue, or
to gain a general outlook.

Situation - Advice Outcome


This spread can be used on any topic (love, career, conflict) that you
desire.

His Side - Her Side - The Truth


This old adage can help you gain a better perspective on the matter.

Option 1 - Option 2 Advice


Gain clarity on two choices in your life and an advice card to help you
choose.

What is Known - What is Unknown - What Needs to be Known


Gives the querent a chance to prepare themselves for the unexpected.

Love & Relationship - Career & Finance - Spiritual Path


Great catch-all spread, perfect for gaining a general outlook on current
circumstances.

Mind - Body Spirit


See how youre travelling in all three areas of your life, and the correlations
between.

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Yes - No Maybe (Or, Yes - Maybe - No)


Some prefer the neutral Maybe card to be placed at the center to balance
the polarities.

Good - Bad Ugly


A tongue-in-cheek spread that uses humor to help us face something that
we prefer not to.

Get Ready - Get Set - Go! (Or, On Your Mark - Get Set - Go!)
Useful for the preparation, development and launch of a new project,
relationship or business venture.

Positive - Neutral Negative


This spread is great for helping identify the pros and cons of a situation.

Now - Next Later


An alternative timeline reading that provides a better look ahead.

Red Light - Yellow Light - Green Light


A warning, a caution, and a confirmation for any issue or situation,
including relationships

Id - Ego Superego
Freudian theory identifies your irresponsible and overly-responsible
choices, and the balance found between

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Resource Guide
Suggested Tarot Decks

Gilded Tarot - A visually stunning Rider-Waite style tarot, with mix of


medieval, fantasy, cosmic and steampunk art.

Golden Tarot - A sumptuous, seamlessly collaged Tarot deck, skilfully


blending medieval and Renaissance artwork into 78 whole Tarot scenes

Hanson-Roberts Tarot - An easy to understand deck for beginners, it has


positive, slightly medieval artwork that softens the Rider-Waite imagery.

Housewives Tarot A kitschy domestic tarot deck, with artwork that is


thoroughly fifties in style, attitude, furnishings, and fashion.

Rider-Waite Tarot - A classic Tarot deck, perhaps the most well-known


in the Western world, and often called the first modern Tarot deck.

More from Aeclectic Tarot

The Tarot Reading Companion - Discover the unique stories and


meanings behind all 78 cards, learn how to read with ease and
confidence, and expand your readings with reversals all in our 292-page
guide to getting the most from your cards.

Aeclectic Tarot Spreads - Find 40 more unique and original tarot


spreads and layouts.

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Further Conversation

Talk about these spreads in the Tarot Spreads board at the Aeclectic
Tarot Forum, practice your reading skills in the Reading Exchange, or
just share your thoughts in Talking Tarot.

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