When it comes to tarot readings, the biggest tarot layouts aren’t always the best. Beginners often strive to master a 10 or 12 card spread right off the bat, believing these provide deep insight into their life. And while you can certainly gain knowledge and experience from using a large layout like this, honestly, the best foundation for readings are the smaller layouts. And not to mention, practicing with smaller layouts can also help you get to know your cards better. In this article, we’re going to share with you 5 unique tarot layouts perfect for beginners to help better understand how the cards work.
5 Beginner Tarot Layouts
1. Past-Present-Future Layout
To start, we have the very famous past, present, future reading. This is a spread that can offer you insight into all aspects of your life.
To do this reading, simply pull 3 cards and lay them out in front of you. Starting on the left, the first card you pulled is your past, the second is your present, and the third is your future. Simple, right? Practicing with this layout is a great way to get to know your cards and learn to trust your intuition for more accurate readings.
For other spreads similar to this, check out our piece, “Three Card Tarot List for Beginners,” for more ideas.
2. One Card Daily Reading Layout
Next, we wanted to throw in a simple one-card reading layout. This is a reading you can do every day, and is very similar to checking your daily horoscope. All you do for this one is think of your day ahead and pull a single card from the deck. This card can then help to give insight to something you need to know for that day, or just an overview of how the day will go. This is another excellent way to work with tarot cards without any expertise.
3. Situation – Action – Outcome Layout
Another great reading to do is a 3-card reading known as the outcome reading. In this layout, you will once again select 3 cards while thinking on a problem in your life. Once you focus on your question, pull 3 cards for your answer. Starting at the left, the cards will tell you your situation (card 1), action (card 2), and outcome (card 3). Above all else, this is a quick and easy way to channel advice from the divine whenever you need to.
Alternatively, if you want to save yourself the hassle of doing a reading, we have a free reading available here that you can check out. Click over to our piece, “Free Tarot Reading – A Quick 3 Card Look Into Your Future,” for more information.
4. Future Spread Layout
Next, the future spread layout is perfect for helping to guide you to your dream life. In this reading, you will pull 3 cards that will represent where you are currently, where you want to be, and how you will get there. When you pull your cards, make sure you are thinking of what you want to know. After they are pulled, read the cards starting from the left to help you find the answers you seek.
5. Relationship Spread – 3-Card Spread Layout
And lastly, for an inside look into your relationship, we have the relationship spread. This layout again features 3 cards for helping you to better understand you, your partner, and how you two are together. All you do is focus on the thought of your relationship as a whole and pull 3 cards. These cards will tell you a little about who you and your partner are, and what kind of relationship you will have when you come together. Overall, this is a great spread to use if you’re trying to get the direct answer on if you two are meant to be or not.
In conclusion, the options are endless for what spreads you can have for beginner tarot layouts. And while it may seem tedious, this period of learning with small spreads can help you give more accurate readings later on, so don’t rush it. The key is to take your time, connect yourself, and be patient. If you do this, you that you will find all the answers you seek.
To learn more about other beginner tarot spreads like the ones above, check out “15 Easy Three Card Tarot Spreads” for more ideas.