Three Card Tarot Spreads – The Ultimate list of 3-Card Spread Variations

Three card spreads are amazing! They offer clear and simple answers to what can sometimes be complex situations. They also allow for more room for discussion between the seeker and the cards than bigger spreads because it takes away the distraction or pressure from spreads with more cards.

A three card spread can also be used as clarifiers for bigger spreads. Over the years, I have collected any variation I could find, to have easy options for clarification available as needed.

Here is the complete list, my library for you to choose a three card spread.

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The following three card tarot spreads are to be drawn one at a time, after you have performed your preferred shuffling and pre-reading rituals.

 

Three Card Tarot Spreads for Motivation

  1. ABIDING PASSION
  2. OBSTACLE TO THIS PASSION
  3. A WAY AROUND IT

Three Card Tarot Spreads for Gratitude

  1. ABUNDANCE
  2. SOURCES OF LOVE
  3. SILVER LINING

Three Card Tarot Spreads for Self Reflection

  1. AM I WHERE I WANT TO BE
  2. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS
  3. WHAT DO I FEAR THE MOST

Three Card Tarot Spreads for Taking Action

  1. A COURSE OF ACTION
  2. BEST OUTCOME
  3. WORST OUTCOME

 

.Three Card Spread ACTION   |  REACTION    |    OUTCOME

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 ACTION   |    FEELING   |   THOUGHT

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THREE CARD TAROT SPREADS  AN IMPENDING EVENT    |    WHAT YOU CAN'T CONTROL    |    WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

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Three Card Spreads for Manifestation

Variation 1

  1. ATTRACTION
  2. UNION
  3. CREATION

Variation 2

  1. ATTRACTION
  2. REPULSION
  3. INDIFFERENCE

Tarot Card Spreads for considering a situation

Variation 1

  1. BEST CASE SCENARIO
  2. WORST CASE SCENARIO
  3. PROBABLE OUTCOME

Variation 2

  1. BEAUTY
  2. TRUTH
  3. KNOWLEDGE

Variation 3

This three card tarot spread variation may also be laid out with card number 1 in the middle, and cards 2 and 3 on the left and the right of the first card.

  1. CHANGE
  2. OUTCOME 1
  3. OUTCOME 2

Variation 4

  1. CAUSE OF DESPAIR
  2. HIDDEN STRENGTH
  3. PATH TO VICTORY

 

Three Card Spreads for Timelines or Cycles

Variation 1

  1. BEGINNING
  2. MIDDLE
  3. END

Variation 2

  1. BIRTH
  2. LIFE
  3. DEATH

Variation 3

  1. BIRTH
  2. DEATH
  3. REBIRTH

Variation 4

  1. BODY
  2. SOUL
  3. MIND

Variation 5

  1. CONCEPTION
  2. PREGNANCY
  3. BIRTH

Variation 6

  1. MAIDEN
  2. MOTHER
  3. CRONE

Three Cards Spreads for Practicing Spirituality.

  1. BLESSINGS OF THE GODS
  2. BLESSINGS OF THE ANCESTORS
  3. BLESSINGS OF THE ELEMENTS

Daily Tarot Readings

  1. CARD OF THE DAY
  2. UNEXPECTED TWIST
  3. POTENTIAL OBSTACLE

Variation 2

  1. CARD OF THE DAY
  2. GIFTS I RECEIVE
  3. GIFTS I GIVE.

Three Card Spreads for when you are in conflict

 

CHILDHOOD    |    ADOLESCENCE    |    ADULTHOOD

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CONCEPTION    |    GROWTH    |    BIRTH

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CONFLICT’S NATURE    |    CONFLICT’S SOURCE    |    NEXT STEP

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CORDS TO THE PAST TO CUT    |    HOW TO HEAL MY HEART    |    WAYS TO NURTURE ME

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CREATION    |    CARE     |    DESTRUCTION

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CRISIS    |    SOURCE OF CRISIS    |    CONCLUSION

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DESIRE    |    CONFLICT    |    RESOLUTION

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DESIRE    |    OBSTACLE    |    RESOLUTION

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DREAM    |    NIGHTMARE    |    WAKING LIFE

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SELF    |    FAMILY    |    TRIBE

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ECTOMORPH    |    ENDOMORPH    |    MESOMORPH

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EGO    |    HIGHER SELF    |    CONNECTION

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EMOTION    |    SOURCE OF EMOTION    |    NEXT ACTION

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ENEMIES    |    DIRECTION    |    DESTINATION

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ENEMIES    |    TRAITORS    |    ALLIES

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EXTERNAL OBSTACLE    |    INTERNAL OBSTACLE    |    GOAL

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FAMILY    |    FRIENDS    |    SELF

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FEAR    |    CURRENT RESPONSE    |    BETTER RESPONSE

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FINANCES    |    HOPES AND FEARS    |    ATTITUDES AND THOUGHTS

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FOOL    |    WHEEL    |    WORLD

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GOAL    |    CONS    |    PROS

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GOOD     |    EVIL    |    REALITY

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.GREATEST STRENGTH    |    GREATEST WEAKNESS    |    DRIVING PASSION

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HATE    |    NEED    |    LOVE

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HEAD    |    DISCORD    |    HEARD

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HEAD    |    HEART    |    SPIRIT

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HELL    |    EARTH    |    HEAVEN

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HIDDEN DESIRE    |    ITS MANIFESTATION    |    ITS CONSEQUENCES

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HIDDEN STRENGTH    |    HIDDEN SHORTCOMING    |    HIDDEN OPPORTUNITY

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HIDDEN TALENT    |    OBVIOUS TALENT    |    SECRET TALENT

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HIGHER PRINCIPAL    |    TEST    |    HOW TO PASS SAID TEST

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HISTORY    |    PROBLEM    |            ADVICE

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HOBBY    |    POSSIBLE CAREER DEVELOPMENT    |    FIRST STEP

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IDEA    |    MANIFESTATION    |    PROCESS

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IDEA    |    REALITY    |    POTENTIAL

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IDEA     |    KNOWLEDGE    |            ACTION

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IDENTITY    |    COMMUNITY     |    PURPOSE

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ILLUSION    |    DISILLUSIONMENT    |    NEW UNDERSTANDING

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KNOWLEDGE    |    DECEIT    |    REVELATION

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LEAVE IN THE PAST    |    KEY TOOLS OF THE PRESENT    |    BRING TO THE FUTURE

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LESSON FROM DEITY 1    |    LESSON FROM DEITY 2    |    LESSON FROM DEITY 3

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LIES    |    HIDDEN TRUTH    |    TRUTH

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LIGHT    |    SHADOW    |    WHERE DO I NEED TO BRING THE LIGHT

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LOGIC    |    EMOTION    |    INTUITION

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MALE    |    FEMALE    |    ANDROGYNOUS

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MALE ENERGY    |    FEMALE ENERGY    |    HOW TO BALANCE MY DUALITY

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ME    |    ISSUE THAT NEEDS HEALING    |    PARTNER

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ME    |    SPIRIT GUIDE    |    HOW TO CONNECT

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ME    |    MY PARTNER    |    OUR CHILD

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ME    |    HIDDEN ENEMY    |    HOW CAN I LIMIT THEIR NEGATIVITY

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ME     |    MY DIRECTION    |    MY UNCONSCIOUS DESIRES

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MEANINGLESSNESS    |    ORDER    |    MEANING

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MESSAGE OF CRYSTAL 1    |      MESSAGE OF CRYSTAL 2        |    MESSAGE OF CRYSTAL 3

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MIND    |    BODY    |    SPIRIT

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MONDAY, TUESDAY    |    WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY    |    FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

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MORNING    |    AFTERNOON    |    EVENING

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MORNING    |    DAY    |    EVENING

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MOTHER    |    ME    |    FATHER

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MOTHER    |    FATHER    |    CHILD

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NATURE    |    NURTURE    |     CULTURE

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NEED    |    HIDDEN NEED    |    ACTION

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NEEDS    |    WANTS    |    FEARS

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NEW MOON    |    FULL MOON    |    DARK MOON

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NEW MOON THEME    |    HOW TO BEST SEED THE ENERGY    |    MY INTENT FOR THIS MONTH

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NOW    |    LATER    |    DISTANT FUTURE

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ONE EXTREME    |    ITS OPPOSITE    |    THE GOLDEN MEAN

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OUTER CONFLICT    |    INNER CONFLICT    |    THEIR RELATIONSHIP

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PAIN    |    HEALING ACTION    |    POSITIVE POSSIBILITY

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PAIN    |    DESTRUCTIVE ACTION    |    NEGATIVE POSSIBILITY

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PASSION    |    REASON    |    IMAGINATION

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PAST     |    PRESENT     |    FUTURE

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PAST LIFE    |    CURRENT LIFE    |    FUTURE LIFE

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PAST SELF    |    PRESENT SELF    |    FUTURE SELF

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PEACE    |    LOVE     |    UNDERSTANDING

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PERSON    |    PLACE    |    OBJECT

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PERSON 1    |    PERSON 2    |    THE NATURE OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP

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PERSONAL    |    SOCIAL    |    POLITICAL

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PHYSICAL BODY    |    EMOTIONAL BODY    |   SPIRITUAL BODY

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PROBLEM    |    DON’T DO THIS    |    DO THIS

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PROBLEM    |    FIRST STEP TOWARDS SOLUTION     |    ULTIMATE RESOLUTION

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PURIFY    |    PREPARE    |    SHINE

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REAL ISSUE    |    NEXT ACTION    |    ULTIMATE DESTINATION

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RED LIGHT – DON’T DO IT    |    GREEN LIGHT – DO IT    |    YELLOW LIGHT – TAKE CAUTION

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SAFETY    |    DANGER    |    ILLUSION

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SELF    |    PARTNER    |    FAMILY

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SELF-DECEPTION    |    DECEPTION BY OTHERS    |    FIRST SEPT TO FINDING THE TRUTH

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SELFISH ACTION    |    CONSEQUENCES FOR OTHERS   |    POSSIBILITY OF RECONCILIATION

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SITUATION    |    CHALLENGE    |    RESOLUTION

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SITUATION    |    WHAT CAN’T i CHANGE    |    WHERE CAN I FIND CHANGE

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SITUATION    |    LESSON    |    ADVICE

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SITUATION    |    OBSTACLE    |    ADVICE

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SITUATION    |    ATTITUDE    |    NEXT ACTION

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STOP    |    START    |    CONTINUE

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STRENGTH    |    WEAKNESS    |    ADVICE

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SUBCONSCIOUS    |    CONSCIOUS    |    SUPER-CONSCIOUS

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SUN    |    MOON    |    STAR

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SYMBOL    |    PRINCIPAL    |    FACT

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TALENT THAT NEEDS DEVELOPMENT    |    FIRST STEP    |    OUTCOME

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THE BEAST    |    THE MOB    |    THE GUARDIAN ANGEL

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THE FUTURE IN A WEEK    |    A YEAR    |    5 YEARS

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THESIS    |    ANTITHESIS      |    SYNTHESIS

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THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR    |    ACTION OF LOVE    |    I CAN’T SEE    |    SILVER LINING

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THOUGHTS     |    WORDS    |    ACTION

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THREE APPROACHES:   OPTIMISTIC    |    PESSIMISTIC    |    PRACTICAL

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TRAUMA    |    PATH 1 TO HEALING    |    PATH 2 TO HEALING

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TRIUMPH    |    FALL    |    EPIPHANY

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WAXING NEW MOON    |    FULL MOON    |    WANING DARK MOON

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WHAT    |    WHERE    |    WHY

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WHAT    |    WHERE    |    HOW

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WHAT IS THIS PERSON’S INTENTIONS    |    SHOULD I TRUST THIS PERSON AGAIN    |    OVERALL   ADVICE FOR THIS SITUATION

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WHAT TO BE AWARE OF     |    WHAT TO REMEMBER    |    WHAT TO LET GO OF

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WHAT WILL YOU TEACH ME    |    WHAT DO YOU NEED FROM ME?    |    WHAT WILL OUR RELATIONSHIP BE LIKE

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WHAT YOU SHOULD DO    |    WHAT YOU WILL DO    |    WHAT YOU CAN DO INSTEAD

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WHAT’S APPARENT    |    WHAT’S HIDDEN    |    WHAT WILL BE REVEALED

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WHAT’S NEEDED    |    WHAT’S WANTED    |       WHAT DIFFERENTIATES THEM

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WHAT’S PRACTICAL    |    WHAT’S FANTASTICAL    |    WHAT’S POSSIBLE

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WHO AM I    |    WHAT DO I NEED    |    HOW I WILL GET IT

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WINTER    |    SPRING    |    SUMMER

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WORK    |    LOVE     |    LEISURE

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YES     |    NO     |    MAYBE

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YESTERDAY    |    TODAY      |    TOMORROW

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YIN     |    YANG    |    WHAT I NEED TO DEVELOP TO STAY IN THE FLOW

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YOU    |    THEM      |    US

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YOU    |    PATH    |    POTENTIAL

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YOUR STORY    |    THEIR STORY    |    HOW IT LOOKS TO OUTSIDERS

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WHAT WILL HELP YOU    |    WHAT WILL HINDER YOU    |    WHAT IS YOUR UNREALIZED POTENTIAL?

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THE NATURE OF THE SITUATION    |    THE CAUSE    |    THE SOLUTION

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SITUATION    |    ACTION    |    OUTCOME

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CONTEXT OF THE SITUATION    |    WHERE YOU NEED TO FOCUS    |    OUTCOME

WHAT I THINK ABOUT THE SITUATION    |    WHAT I FEEL      |    WHAT I DO

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WHERE YOU STAND NOW    |    WHAT YOU ASPIRE TO     |    HOW TO GET THERE

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WHAT YOU ASPIRE TO  |    WHAT IS STANDING IN YOUR WAY    |    HOW YOU CAN OVERCOME THIS

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WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE    |    WHAT YOU CAN’T CHANGE    |    WHAT YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE OF

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WHAT WORKED WELL    |    WHAT DIDN’T WORK WELL    |    KEY LEARNINGS

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YOU    |    THE OTHER PERSON    |    THE RELATIONSHIP

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WHAT YOU WANT FROM THE RELATIONSHIP    |    WHAT THEY WANT FROM THE RELATIONSHIP    |    WHERE THE RELATIONSHIP IS HEADING

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WHAT BRINGS YOU TOGETHER    |    WHAT PULLS YOU APPART    |    WHAT NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION

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OPPORTUNITIES    |    CHALLENGES    |    OUTCOME

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OPTION 1    |    OPTION 2    |    WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A DECISION

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THE SOLUTION    |    AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION    |    HOW TO CHOOSE

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YOU    |    YOUR CURRENT PATH    |    YOUR POTENTIAL

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STOP    |    START    |    CONTINUE

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THREE CHOICES

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THREE HIDDEN TALENTS

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THREE POSSIBILITIES

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CARD 2   |   CARD 1   |   CARD 3

FALSE ISSUE    |    REAL ISSUE    |    YOUR ROLE IN THE ISSUE

THREE CARD TAROT SPREADS

 

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Ultimate list of three card tarot spreads