By Katherine Heiden
One question which many people often ask is "How do I set up tarot cards for a reading?" If you find yourself asking the same question, then you need to find a good book on tarot cards for sure, but in the mean time, you can do some of these simple tarot card layouts, or spreads, to interpret some facets of your life.
Before attempting to do a reading, it is important that the stage is set. It is necessary to first do an adequate count of your deck in order to make sure that all of the cards are there, and then shuffle them thoroughly. If you have a particular ritual to perform before reading the cards, then do this now.
The oldest, and one of the easiest ways to set up tarot cards is to use a 3-card spread. If you're asking "how do I set up tarot cards?" then this is probably the best reading. In the 3-card tarot set up, the first card represents the past, the second represents the present, and the third represents the future of what is to come. Some people who believe that the future is never set tend to believe that the final card represents what will happen if the situation is not remedied.
The interaction of the past, present, and future is always apparent after the fact -- if you fail to go to the store today, you won't have any food for tomorrow. This reading relies on the cause and effect relationship among all aspects of our life to give an accurate account of events to come based on what we are doing now and what we have done in the past.
This is a very simple way to set up tarot cards for an all-purpose reading. If a more detailed book which has specific purpose readings is not available, this is a decent way to tell a fortune. If you are asking yourself "how do I set up tarot cards?" then this is a perfect option.
Katherine Heiden is a professional tarot card reader and clairvoyant. Her new guide Learn Tarot Cards is a great resource for beginners and experts alike, and includes many bonus guides showing you how to take your hobby of doing tarot card readings and turn it into a career.