First card = what's happening; why the seeker is asking the question; key person involved (they are usually mentioned in the question). The first card explains why the seeker has asked the question in the first place. It may appear to restate the question but there is usually additional information within this card that gives you a key to the seeker's perspective. If a Court Card appears here, it may signify a person, usually someone the seeker mentioned in the question. On occasion, a Court Card in this position represents a role the seeker is playing.
Second card = underlying influences; what the seeker needs to know about the situation; the seeker's true goals or desires; what is hidden or unknown; a conflict or inherent problem; what is changing or how things develop. The second card fills in the missing pieces of information. It helps the seeker understand or see more clearly what's going on or how things are developing. If a Court Card appears here, it may signify a person who is influencing the situation. Their influence has a direct impact on the outcome.
Third card = outcome or answer; where things are headed; the bottom line; who controls the outcome. This card gives you the answer to the question. If you don't understand the other cards in the reading, just skip to this one to figure out the bottom line. If a Court Card appears here, it may signify that a person controls or decides the outcome. It can also show how the situation develops.
The Spread Formula
Another thing to consider is how to string these card positions together in a reading. I think of it as a math formula. Card 1 + Card 2 = Card 3. This formula produces two sentence structures:
Card 1 AND Card 2 THEREFORE Card 3
Card 1 BUT Card 2 THEREFORE Card 3
Will I get the promotion?
Remember that the first card answers why the seeker asked the question. In this case, it looks like there's some competition they're up against so they want to know if they will beat out the competition for the promotion. The second card is a reminder that they are highly skilled at this work. The final card shows winning at the game of life and therefore a successful outcome. The formula might read like this: It's a very competitive environment BUT you're a skilled professional with all the tools you need to get this promotion THEREFORE you will succeed!
Is my marriage over?
Should I move from an apartment to a house?
Your space is starting to feel cluttered and cramped AND you're seeking wide open spaces and new horizons THEREFORE it's time to move on.
Will we enjoy our vacation?
You'll get to enjoy some of your vacation, perhaps soaking up some sun BUT there will be storms THEREFORE you will spend most of your time bored and indoors.
Is my boyfriend cheating?
Your boyfriend is a workaholic AND he's got a big project to finish THEREFORE he's not cheating -- he's just overwhelmed with his job.
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