ImageThree card tarot spreads are fun and versatile.  The adage “less is more” applies because three cards seem to provide just enough information without confusing the issue. 

One of the best Tarot exercises for beginners to learn how to read a spread is by using the Make Up a Story spread.  Simply lay down three cards without asking a question and make up a story around the cards.  Make sure your story has a beginning, middle, and an end — or a past, present, and future.  Do this exercise repeatedly until you feel comfortable reading “stories” into the cards.

A three card spread is also great for a This, That, or the Other Thing question.  For example, “Should I accept the job at the grocery store, the doctor’s office, or somewhere else?  Before you begin, establish which position will represent your two options, and then throw in the “other thing/somewhere else” position.  When one feels that they only have a choice between two options, there is usually a third option that is not recognized yet.

The Problem Solver spread is handy.  It begins with a “root cause of the problem” position, goes on to a “how the problem manifests itself” position, and ends with a “possible solution” position.

The Yes, No, or Maybe Spread can be used with three cards, five cards, or seven cards.  Form your question so that it can be answered by either Yes, No, or Maybe.  Lay down three cards.  The card in the middle gets two points; the other two cards get one point each.  Reversed cards mean No, right-side up cards mean Yes; and if your score is even, the answer is Maybe.  For example if the card in the middle is reversed, it gets two points.  If the cards at either end are right-side up, the score is tied two to two, and your answer is Maybe.  If one of the cards to the right or left is reversed, and the card in the middle is reversed, the answer is No.  If the card in the middle is right-side up, and at least one card to either side is right-side up, the answer is Yes. NOTE: In Egyptian Tarot, the cards are read from right to left, e.g. the card to the right is the past, the card in the middle is the present, and the card to the left is the future.  This is so because Hebrew and Egyptian are both read from right to left.  This is counterintuitive to how we read, so it takes some getting used to.  Of course, if you prefer to read from left to right, that works too!

The Tarot spread possibilities using three cards are endless and with a little practice, you can make up your own spreads. For more information about Egyptian Tarot and donation-based classes online, visit



About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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