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 present situation.
Center Card: The Focus – This card reflects a new set of circumstances that are about make themselves known. The forces that drive these may be positive or negative depending on the card and whether it is upright or inverted. 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 explore the forces that are influencing you by looking at the past, present and future energy around them.
Left Card: The Past – This card shows your past experiences, the ones that cast a light on the current situation.
Center Card: The Present – This card reveals what you are feeling and experiencing at the moment.
Right Card: The Future – This card predicts the result of the course of action that you will take, based on the first two cards.