I'm a professional tarot reader with 20 years of experience. For me, tarot is a fascinating system that reflects all human life.
We tarot readers are asked to read about romantic relationships more than any other life aspect. Relationships are the most rewarding parts of our life, yet they also cause the most anguish. I’ve created these three-card love tarot spreads to answer those pressing relationship questions. So shuffle your cards and let’s get started.
Frequency of Tarot Readings
Before I show you the first spread or layout, just a word of advice. A tarot reading is like a frozen moment in time. The cards you turn over today in answer to your question will be different from the ones you turn tomorrow. This can be very confusing and may cause you to keep repeating readings until you get the cards you want to see. This is not a good idea. So make up your mind to only read once on any single question or issue. Then wait for at least two weeks to a month before doing a similar reading.
Spread 1: Is This True Love?
This spread is to help you get a handle on the seriousness, or not, of the relationship. It taps into your own intuitive feelings about the romance, delves into your lover’s viewpoint and checks whether there is a possible future in your partnership.
- Card #1 My inner guidance tells me this:
- Card #2 My loved one’s perspective:
- Card #3 Long-term outlook for this relationship:
Lay the cards out in a fan shape, left to right. I’m not using reversals, but if you are comfortable with them, go ahead and use them.
Card #1 My inner guidance tells me this: Four of Wands
The Four of Wands is, as are all the fours, about stability and security. This is a very happy, celebratory card. If I were doing this reading for myself, I would say that my inner guidance was telling me that this is a pretty good start to any relationship.
Card #2 My loved one’s perspective: Ten of Cups
The Ten of Cups is a beautiful card, and shows that the other partner shares a vision of long-lasting happiness. He feels fulfilled in the relationship.
Card #3 Long-term outlook for this relationship: Seven of Pentacles
Slightly challenging, the Seven of Pentacles hints at one or more periods of boredom or longing for something different. It’s not a drastic outlook and could be construed as being quite positive in that there is a lot of good to be harvested in this relationship. It may also provide a spiritual platform from which both can grow and learn.
Spread 2: Where Are We Going Wrong?
When things aren’t going to plan, and you wonder if there’s any point staying together, try this quick spread for a quick answer.
- Card #1 What difficulties should we work on?
- Card #2 What is good about our relationship?
- Card #3 What is the outlook for us?
Place the cards down in a horizontal row, left to right. Again, it’s your decision whether to make use of reversals.
Card #1 What difficulties should we work on? Judgment
Judgment tells me that there could be an unbalance in the relationship, or, to take the card more literally, perhaps one partner is overly critical or judgemental. Sometimes, you have to take the simple message.
Card #2 What is good about our relationship? The Empress
The Empress indicates that the physical aspect of the relationship is good and is probably helping keep this couple together. This card may also be pointing at home and family as being the glue in this partnership.
Card #3 What is the outlook for us? The King of Pentacles
The King of Pentacles is the last card in the deck, so one could interpret that as meaning the relationship will last a very long time. As a personality, this King is committed and loyal.
These three cards tell me that this relationship has definitely got a lot more mileage in it and that the current difficulties are merely temporary hiccups that can be overcome with a little work.
Spread 3: Is This My Twin Flame?
I suppose if you have to ask the question, the answer is already no. However, if you are looking for confirmation that your love is indeed your twin flame, then this spread may help.
- Card #1 Past lives connection?
- Card #2 What lessons will we learn together in this life?
- Card #3 Will we stay together, or move on?
Place cards down in a V shape, again, left to right, with card #2 being the pointy bit of the V.
Card #1 Past lives connection? Two of Pentacles
My guess would be that the connection between these two people is not a long-standing one. The premise of a twin flame relationship is that the partners have been together before, and will be again. The Two of Pentacles suggests previous connections might have been tenuous and intermittent.
Card #2 What lessons will we learn together in this life? Two of Swords
The Two of Swords shows the couple that their main lesson will be to learn how to see and discern truth. Perhaps one, or both of them, is guilty of self-deception. They may have appeared in each other’s lives to help this understanding.
Card #3 Will we stay together, or move on? Three of Swords
The Three of Swords is often taken as a broken heart. I tend to see it as mixed up and hurtful communications. Of course, these could lead to a broken heart, but that doesn’t necessarily follow. I would guess, that once the lessons indicated by the Two of Swords have been assimilated, the relationship will end . . . until the next life lesson needs to be addressed.
I Hope These Spreads Have Been Useful
I hope these three love tarot spreads are useful to you. Feel free to use them for yourself or for your clients’ readings
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Can the cards really tell me for certain that my boyfriend is cheating?
Answer: Tarot will always tell you what you need to know at any given time. So if your boyfriend is cheating, your cards might confirm or deny. They may give you the reason as to why he might be cheating. They might also tell you that if there's no trust in the relationship. Then you might think about ending it. Where there's no trust, there's no love.
Mamerto Adan from Cabuyao on June 26, 2017:
Reading this article made me feel like peering into another world. Nice work!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 03, 2017:
www.tarot-study.info Better to do the conversation/reading over there, I think. Then we can connect properly. Very pleased to meet you too, by the way. Wait... I found your website and email. Will be in touch.
Lady Regina from Corvallis, Oregon on June 02, 2017:
Yay~ I got completely lost trying to find your "tarot study info." Maybe I'm not smart enough to do this....? lol lol There are soooo many sites out there. And I'm old and easily confused!
I asked a question on somebody's site, however.
I look forward to learning more from you and am ready for your first practice question.
If I should be addressing these comments elsewhere, please point me in the right direction.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 02, 2017:
Pop over to my site, tarot-study.info You can contact me there, or ask a question. Also I have lots of articles which might be of interest. I'd be happy for you to practice on me :)
Lady Regina from Corvallis, Oregon on June 01, 2017:
Thanks! I want to start learning again. Do you offer anything in the way of posing a question and letting the student do - let's say a 4-card spread - and see how it comes out? I don't trust myself to do readings for people I know. (Daily? Weekly?)
I like to do a four-card layout showing what's all around the base card. (I'm tired right now so probably not using the correct terms! lol That's my excuse and I'm sticking WITH it!)
At any rate, thank you for the comment and support!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 30, 2017:
Hi Lady Regina, I'd say that you should ignore the accepted meanings completely. You obviously have a well-developed intuition and possibly psychic abilities. Some readers, like you, use the cards as a jumping off point - as you said then the story unfolds in your mind. Congratulations... we'd all love to have talent like that! :)
Lady Regina from Corvallis, Oregon on May 30, 2017:
I began learning the Tarot many years ago, but it got kind of lost in the shuffle of everyday life. But now...I want to pick it up again.
My question/comment: I sometimes get a "feel" for a card that is different from the accepted meaning. In those cases, I tend to go with my personal feelings.
Also...many times I can get an overall feel for the entire spread and not look at it again, instead, just let the feelings flow to create a "story."
I once read for a man who said he'd been to a reader. He knew that I was learning and wanted to see what I would come up with (as practice, not for payment). I laid out the spread and just took off from there, rattling off what I felt/saw.
This man was unknown to me other than on a professional basis; I did typing for him occasionally.
At the end of the reading, I reminded him that I was just learning.
He took out his wallet and began throwing money at me ($86 as I recall), saying my reading was far more on target than the one he'd already paid for! Couldn't figure out how I could "see" things about him when I barely knew him from a hot rock. We had NEVER had personal conversations.
Can you type this for me?
That was the extent of our previous conversations.
Now, this reading was done almost entirely after an initial look at the cards, and that was it. The rest came out of.....my head?
At any rate. I'm wondering what your feelings are when your feelings are out of sync with the generally accepted card meanings.