Three of Wands - reversed Card facing down Three of Pentacles - reversed Card facing down Seven of Cups - reversed Card facing down

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Past - Present - Future Tarot Reading



The deck is shuffled and your tarot cards are dealt on the table, face down.

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When you are prepared, and your query is formulized, please reveal each card by clicking on it, or reveal all cards at once by use of the button appearing below the tarot spread.

Decipher the cards

Once revealed, click on a card to learn of its significance, alongside a larger image of the card. You can leaf through different books offering tarot card interpretations by use of the drop-down list, above (the default selection, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, is recommended for the casual querent).

Advanced options

The advanced cartomancer can draw additional cards to further clarify the tarot reading, by clicking on the Show Deck button, appearing below the tarot spread, and dragging a card away from the deck. Once dropped, the card can be moved again to a different position.

Good luck on your tarot reading.


Three of Wands - reversed


Card position:


Past

This card represents the past. These are the forces and influences that are fading away and losing their effect on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Description

A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff's edge at ships passing over the sea. Three staves are planted in the ground, and he leans slightly on one of them.

Divinatory Meanings

He symbolizes established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing over the sea. The card also signifies able co-operation in business, as if the successful merchant prince were looking from his side towards yours with a view to help you.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

The end of troubles, suspension or cessation of adversity, toil and disappointment.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

A very good card; collaboration will favour enterprise.


Three of Wands - reversed


Card position:


Past

This card represents the past. These are the forces and influences that are fading away and losing their effect on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Three of Sceptres - Enterprise, Undertaking, Commerce, Trade, Negotiation.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Hope, Desire, Attempt, Wish.


Three of Wands - reversed


Card position:


Past

This card represents the past. These are the forces and influences that are fading away and losing their effect on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Enterprise, effort, essay, trade, commerce, discovery, usurpation, daring, temerity and also imprudence, interruption, cessation and 'the end of troubles,' discontinuative.

Theory

The rather contradictory descriptions of this card's significance are well explained by its zodiacal position: Air on the Third house, which doubles the influence of 'air' and of the mercurial vibrations and effects. This card has the accent of the suit of wands. It must consequently denote: communication, reflection and all that comes from these. This needs little explanation.

Conclusion

Communication, instruction, reflexion, message, writing, postage and letters, superficial knowledge, airiness, passing impressions, discontinuance, interruption, change, perhaps a certain amount of geniality, imprudence also; neglect or want of proper attention; as to 'temerity' I should say only in so far as this means an easy manner of overcoming obstacles, quick insight; effort, essay, trade are correct. Mercury being the God of merchants, and thieves, this card may relate to commerce, theft and loss. "The end of troubles" is indeed well said, because this card gives the key for their solution and shows the way of escape.


Three of Pentacles - reversed


Card position:


Present

This card represents the present. These are the forces and influences currently at work on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Description

A sculptor at his work in a monastery. Compare the design which illustrates the Eight of Pentacles. The apprentice or amateur therein has received his reward and is now at work in earnest.

Divinatory Meanings

M├ętier, trade, skilled labour; usually, however, regarded as a card of nobility, aristocracy, renown, glory.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Mediocrity, in work and otherwise, puerility, pettiness, weakness.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

If for a man, celebrity for his eldest son.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Depends on neighbouring cards.


Three of Pentacles - reversed


Card position:


Present

This card represents the present. These are the forces and influences currently at work on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Three of Pentacles - Nobility, Elevation, Dignity, Rank, Power.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Children, Sons, Daughters, Youths, Commencement.


Three of Pentacles - reversed


Card position:


Present

This card represents the present. These are the forces and influences currently at work on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Nobility, noblesse, good and generous action, aristocracy, fame, glory, splendour, etc. Consideration, generous action. The reversed meanings do not appear at all to respond to a card of pentacle-nature and, as in many other cases, simply seem to imply the absence of the better qualities: weakness, humility, vile and abject action, etc. Another version gives: "Métier, trade, skilled labour." (Waite)

Theory

The Fire on the Seventh house, which rules the contact of the Self and the Not-self, the relations between both, the executive ability in man. So this must lead to the idea of well-doing and noble demeanour, owing to the Sun and Venus again. Compare horoscopes with the Sun and Venus in VII. Well-conducted relations denote civilisation, aristocracy, and the proper expression of one's relation to the world in his occupation, his métier, as Waite has it; profession, marriage and employment. So this card has to do with 'workmanship,' which is well expressed by the drawing of the card in the set of Waite

Conclusion

Civilisation, aristocracy, good workmanship, skill, civil treatment and noblesse, agreeable relation, métier, employment, profession, marriage; good done to other people, bounty, profitable relations in business; restoration, reparation, beneficial arrangement. A marriage will do much good.


Seven of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Future

This card represents the future. These are the forces and influences that are coming into play and that may operate on the querent at a later time.

Card interpretation:


Description

Strange chalices of vision, but the images are more especially those of the fantastic spirit.

Divinatory Meanings

Fairy favours, images of reflection, sentiment, imagination, things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees, but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Desire, will, determination, project.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Fair child; idea, design, resolve, movement.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Success, if accompanied by the Three of Cups.


Seven of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Future

This card represents the future. These are the forces and influences that are coming into play and that may operate on the querent at a later time.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Seven of Cups - Idea, Sentiment, Reflection, Project.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Plan, Design, Resolution, Decision.


Seven of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Future

This card represents the future. These are the forces and influences that are coming into play and that may operate on the querent at a later time.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Thought, soul, spirit, intelligence, idea, memory, imagination, conception, meditation, contemplation, reflexion, deliberation, views, opinion. Reversed: Project, intention, desire, wish, resolution, premeditation. Another version has: "Fairy favours . . . things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested." (Waite)

Theory

If we eliminate 'soul . . . spirit . . . and desire,' words too far apart from the original meaning, we find in tradition a very pure rendering of the effects of the Water of the soul on the house of Gemini, the Third, the house of the changeful concrete mind and thought in which indeed nothing is permanent, and everything is passing, ephemeral. These effects must be very varied, including the most fantastic plans and conceptions, and 'fancy' is the most fitting word for this card. It will denote many intellectual proceedings and has to do with travelling for short distances, sight-seeing, considering, gathering impressions, etc. The word 'reflexion' is really quite appropriate in its place here, because the card represents the conditions of mind in which the surroundings are simply reflected in the soul. There may come seductive and suggestive images, some of which may be realised, but others will remain just fancy. The description which is given by Waite is very accurate and points to the fact, that under the third house come nature-spirits and genii, who will eventually help, guide or mislead man.

Conclusion

Thoughts, intelligence, ideas, imagination, plans, suggestions, fancy, fantasy; reflexions and opinions, deliberations and intentions. Much in this card will not come into physical reality. Short travels, sight-seeing, impressions, views. Changefulness, unstable conditions. Promise and surprise, but always much more promise than fulfilment. 'Fairy favours.'