The first card will represent issues from the past that may be contributing to the current problem. The second card will represent events in the present which may be causing issues. The third will show possible outcomes and resolutions for the issue.

The focus here should be not only what each card represents, but also upon the connections between the cards—how are the past, present, and future affecting one another? How might past hurts be causing present situations? How might it be creating a future outcome? Answering questions like these will help the person being read find their own answers.

In short, have a discussion!

And that’s it. You’ve done your first tarot reading. If you want to delve deeper into the possible meanings of each card, there are numerous resources to get you started, such as, as we’ve said, the “Beginner’s Guide to Tarot” by Juliet Sharman-Burke.

A Gateway to the Mind

Whether you feel that tarot readings are spiritual, psychological, or just for fun, there’s always something to be gained from delving into the underlying thoughts and assumptions which affect our daily lives.

Tarot is a gateway to this part of the mind, and so a reading is a great way to connect—both with another person, and with yourself.