How to Do the 3-Card Spread Reading

Learn how to do the 3-card spread reading from tarot expert Ellen Goldberg, M.A. in this Howcast video.

Hello, I’m Helen Goldberg and I welcome you to a from a school of oracles. This segment is about a very important card reading that everyone can easily learn to do and that is a vast importance to anyone’s personal process. It’s the three card cluster or the three card reading. It’s based on the three figures on the lovers card which as you might remember, the lovers is ruled by Gemini which indicates that this is not only a card of love but it is a mandala of consciousness. The man on the right represents the self conscious mind. That’s our every day thinking mind. It’s the one that gathers information, that interprets our experience and the one you’re most familiar with that’s chattering all day long. The woman on the left. She represents the subconscious. She’s our feeling nature, our emotional nature.

The subconscious is everything we have deep inside us in memory, in habit, and what we know intuitively. The angel above them both is the  super conscious mind and this will be the highest card in the reading. It’s who you think you are. As often times who you think you are is very much what you think God is or what you think the define is and nothing influences our experience in this world like our own conception of our self. You know how some people go around saying “I’m unlovable, nobody likes me” and sure enough, nobody likes them. But the people go around can say “I am so lovable. I have friends wherever I go. I can always make friends” and sure enough, they do. Or how distinctive  Henry Ford said it when he said “whether you think you can, whether you think you can’t, you’re right” By thinking about our self is everything. The first card down of the three is always the center one, always the angel. Why? Because we’re also following the position of the pattern of the top three seferat on the tree of life. Kehter, hakma, and benaugh. The divine, the great father, and the great mother. The super conscious mind, the self conscious mind, and the sub conscious mind and together the three are a portrait of you. Before we started this layout because time is very short in these segments. I asked a friend of mine. A young man who lives nearby and I asked him to do a mix these cards and we haven’t seen them yet. He asked a question that these cards loves most and what this particular reading loves to answer most, which is, tell me what you think I ought to know about myself right now. Because to understand your claim of identity and how your self conscious mind sees it and what’s going on in the sub conscious mind is of utmost importance.  

We did the, in order to shuffle these and obtain these, we moved the card round and round the table. I had to make them into a pack. Shuffle them for a time. He was quite good at it but you know you can shuffle any way you like and then he cut the cards, once in half and I took the bottom of the cut and dealt off the top of it. Card number one, card number two, card number three. Let’s see what he’s got. When you turn them over, remember, always turn them over from the side. So, that you can have them exactly the way the cards put them down. Oh, two upright and a star. We’ve got two cards that are Earth. We’ve got one card that is Air. Air and Earth have a little chaffing. Just like Fire and Water have a little chaffing, but more importantly, the card in the center is upright. He is thinking about work. He is thinking about change. Look at him. He’s identifying with the fact that he is masterful because the three of pentacles, Lord of material works is upright and he’s thinking of change. We read about those pages or look at our segments on pages. They are great change cards. This man is entering a new phase of life but down in the subconscious, the star, such an important meditation card, is reversed. Upright cards are evolutionary and filled with faith and going forward. Reverse cards have fear in them and the energy is blocked. Maybe he is blocked in mediation. Maybe he hasn’t really developed the quest in himself because the stars about the quest. Maybe he needs to follow his inner star.

He knows that change is coming. He feels that he is getting masterful in his work and he’s called to do something. But the star reversed. Maybe he is being a little wishy washy about it. Maybe he’s seeking his goals or his direction from the outside world rather from the interior. This is not his whole life. These cards have shown him what he should be knowing about himself right now. This is a reading you could do for yourself everyday and if you have another way of choosing these three cards, be my guest. Use whatever shuffling techniques you like. What matters is that you lay them down in the particular position. Mirroring number one, two, and three. Just like it is on the Tree of Life or using the lovers card. Just like it is there. Do one every morning and then look at it again late at night and see what your experience has been that day. Then you’ll learn how the cards are talking to you and develop a language with the cards. It’s a wonderful way to learn tarot for yourself. On behalf of the School of Oracles, I’m happy to have been with you.Bye for now.