The Quickest and Easiest Way to See The Future

by Ewen on April 19, 2013

I am about to reveal to you one of the fastest and most effective ways to foresee the future.

Some of you may be shocked, some of you may be angered. But after years of reading Tarot cards I am convinced that the simplicity of the 3 card spread cannot be overlooked. It took Picaso his whole life to remember how to paint like a child. And this Tarot technique that I’m about to show you proves ol’ Picaso was no asshole.

So if you want to learn how to divine answers quickly without studying loads of books check this out.

Start by shuffling the cards with the question you have in mind. I find that the more relaxation and sincerity you have while shuffling the more effective the reading. Whenever you get that inexplicable feeling to stop shuffling the cards listen to it and stop.

  1. Cut the deck
  2. Then take the top card from the deck and place it face up
  3. Then take the next top card from the deck and place it face up and to the right of the first card

These two cards represent your past (first card) and your present (second card).

Take a few moments to analyse these cards. If you’re reading for yourself, ask the following questions.

  • Does the card representing the past make sense to you?
  • Does this card represent how you felt about the question a few days or weeks ago?
  • Can you relate to the second card indicating your present circumstances or feelings on the matter? If not what do you think the cards are saying to you?

Once you have an understanding of what the first two cards mean, either for yourself or client, take the third and final card from the deck and place it above the first two. This third card is the outcome card and will give you the answer to the question.

Example Tarot Reading

One day a client asked me a question. I could have used the Tarot in a variety of ways to answer their question. I could have used the Celtic Cross Spread …. instead, I know that the ‘yes/no’ nature of their question demanded the simple yet effective 3 card Tarot spread.

The question: Am I going to pass my driving test?

  1. The Past — Seven of Cups
  2. The Present — 5 of Swords
  3. The Outcome — The Chariot

The Seven of Cups indicates his feelings of confusion and doubt about sitting the test. Most likely the client has failed their test before. The 5 of Swords represents a general lack of preparation and an imminent feeling of defeat. More subtly the 5 of Swords indicates that whether or not the client passes the driving test, he will continue to dislike driving. Regardless, because of the outcome card I told them on a divinatory level that they would pass the test — the Chariot representing success with driving.

A large part of the session I had with the client revolved around the alchemical nature of the Chariot card. I knew it was important to stress the need for them to maintain an attitude of total self-belief. The Chariot represents union of positive (his self-belief) and negative (the 7 of Cups and the 5 of Swords). The alchemy being the union of the two.

The client happily contacted me a week later and told me they had past. Good news.

The reason I used this spread is because it is ideally suited to answer specific questions like this.

Reading Tarot cards is a magickal act

No one knows how it works but it does.

Making it easy and fun is the most powerful way of playing with the clay that is reality. Simplicity and fun can be the best states of being to achieve a glimpse into the unmanifested realm.

For even more accuracy I would recommend taking out all the Minor Arcana cards from the deck and doing this spread with just the Major Arcana. This is a great way for beginners to learn and a great way for more advanced readers to unlearn and leave their comfort zones of tried and tested spreads and to enter dangerous waters allowing new fresh psychic energies into a reading.

When to do this reading

It would take a brave soul to use this spread when doing a general reading but I highly recommend it for doing readings on specific questions.

In my previous post I talked about the significance of outcome cards. This spread is great for really getting to grips with the outcome of a question. If you have done a more detailed spread but failed to understand the outcome of the reading then the three card Major Arcana card spread is a great way of achieving a clear and concise answer to the question.

Good luck and Have fun playing with the clay!


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14 comments… Let's discuss

Jenna | Queen of Wands Tarot April 19, 2013 at 12:39 am

Yep! Typical rookie mistake, everyone wants to start doing those Celtic Crosses and often get overwhelmed by all the information. Just spending 6 months doing only 3 card spreads for others will make you a bang on good reader in no time. One must wax on… before they wax off, Daniel San! :)


Ewen April 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Hi Jenna
Thanks for the feedback.
Keeping things simple and minimal is always a good practise.
Perhaps the three card spread is the Zen approach to Tarot reading.
Cheers mate


Catherine Chapman April 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

Such a lot of truth to this post. Simplicity is the name of the game – it doesn’t have to be complex, complicated or even ‘advanced’ – just three cards to say it all. Don’t we often forget that when we’re on our quest to become ‘a tarot expert’, or even just proficient? I think we also forget that the Tarot can say everything it needs to without fanfare and grandness. It really just boils down to the intimacy we share with the tarot and the depth of understanding we have with each card.

Reading tarot is indeed a mackigal act.


Ewen April 20, 2013 at 12:37 am

Thanks Catherine
Glad you like the post.
Totally agree with what you are saying It just comes down to the intimacy and depth of understanding we have with the Tarot.
Cheers mate


Kelsey Lynore April 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

OK, I’m going to be a contrarian –
1. Despite the fact that the Celtic is so popular in booklets, I’ve noticed that Tarot readers love to bag on it. However, I disagree. Many clients (people) can be in denial concerning life circumstances that are not so black and white and, in my experience, the Celtic does a bang up job of uncovering truths and complexities one may not wish to consider. So from a more psychoanalytic and nuanced position, I love the Celtic — and feel very alone in that as a reader.
2. Why not go with a one card for a simple question? This is a genuine question. Does the PPF help ground or anchor the reading? Or….?


Ewen April 20, 2013 at 3:19 am

Hi Kelsey
At the start of the post I mentioned that it took Picasso most of his life to learn how to paint like a child. Reading Tarot cards like painting is a Magickal act and for an advanced reader using three cards can be a great way of entering the Magickal phenomenon of beginners luck. In the beginners mind there are many possibilities and in the experts there are few.
You make some good points mate but I do not think any one is bagging on the Celtic cross.
The Celtic cross is a great spread and popular because like you say it can pick up nuances, complexities and blind spots that the person (client) may not have noticed. It is also versatile and can be used to answer almost any question.
However the purpose of my post was not to bag any spread but merely show novices a cool way to practise and gain confidence, and also help more advanced readers by giving them a way of mixing it up a bit and challenging themselves.
You suggested doing a one card Tarot spread that sounds like a great way to play with the clay.
Cheers mate


Kelsey Lynore April 20, 2013 at 4:10 am

I’m sorry. I don’t mean to imply that you were bagging on a spread. I suppose it’s simply that I’ve never read a professional Tarot reader say that they like the Celtic, which I think is remarkable. I suppose it really depends on what you’re hoping to get out of the experience. Thanks for the great article! ;)


Catherine Chapman April 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Hi Kelsey,

I’m an ex-professional tarot reader and creator of the tarot blog, Tarot Elements and wrote a tutorial series about reading the Celtic Cross.

I LOVE the Celtic Cross and champion it like you (and Ewen, who I know is a fan of the spread). I think people have issues with it because it’s an old spread and they’re always looking for something new. It’s also considered a predictive spread and while tarot and psychology merged in the 70s, it fell foul to other spreads. However, it’s easily adapted to any type of reading as I can tell you already know. It also contains within it the humble Past, Present, Future spread and so Ewen’s post on simplifying the reading process still holds true to the Celtic Cross, in my opinion.

Really, we’re all just agreeing with each other differently.



Kelsey Lynore April 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Hi Catherine,
What a lovely intervention! It’s illuminated a great deal for me. I’ll be checking out your blog shortly. ;) Thanks so much, Kelsey


Spike April 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

It is so great to see this blog being added to again. Great post Ewen, I especially love that you mention relaxation and sincerity whilst shuffling, in this world where people seem to insist on instant answers to everything, I fear this is one part of the magickal act that is in danger of being left behind.


Ewen April 20, 2013 at 3:42 am

Hi Spike
Thanks for the nice feedback.
I agree with you the state of consciousness when shuffling is perhaps the most important part of a reading.
Cheers mate


Rhea July 13, 2013 at 1:16 am

Started my journey with Tarot with celtic cross and have till now always felt very comfortable with it. Though is seems complex to new readers, it is also comprehensive. The journey for the querent is beautifully depicted in this spread.

I am becoming a fan of your blog and seem to be visiting it now often. Thank you all for having so many of my questions answered here… I did not even have to ask the questions!!


Douglas Gibb July 17, 2013 at 12:11 am

Hi Rhea,

Thanks a lot for your kind words. I appreciate it :D


Shilpi January 31, 2014 at 5:35 am

Hi Ewen,
I am really thankful to you for clearing so many things.I am doing Tarot for few years but never learned it professionally and had so many doubts in my mind.I feel as if my mind is getting cleared.


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