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The Past position in the reading refers to recent events and challenges that just took place, things that lead up to the present situation, and your role in them.

The Emperor
The Emperor is the fifth card in the Major Arcana, and is given the number four to indicate order and structure in the material sense, much like the four lines that create a square. He indicates an authority figure who is practical in his dealings. The rams on his throne are the symbols of Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac. Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet of war. His garments are red, the color most often associated with Mars, and symbolize passion, vitality, and aggressive actions. His sceptre, symbol of his power and dominance, is aimed upward, indicating aspiration and readiness. The mountains behind him denote solidity and immobility.

The Emperor in your past indicates that the root of your issue lies in a time when you had to rely on reason and logic to tackle the situation. To gain control, you had to exhibit responsibility, maturity, and other leadership capabilities. This may have caused you to review your strategy, examine your options, consider your actions, and make sure they were in line with your personal code of ethics.


The Present position in the reading represents what is happening right now. Typically, this is what triggers you to seek out a reading. This card can often help you to understand what steps to take next.

Five of Pentacles
The two unfortunate travelers experience severe hardships: loss of property, income, and health are all indicated in the bleak picture that is the Five of Pentacles. The church in the background is not a refuge for them: either they refuse its charity, do not recognize the opportunity it represents, or find no nourishment there. While a pessimist might focus on what they lack, an optimist would point out that they survive these hard times together, supporting each other. In this case, attitude is everything. Perseverance furthers—your strength lies in those who love you.


The Future position in teh reading describes what is just around the corner. It’s an official “heads up” about where the situation is heading and how you may navigate through it towards the best possible outcome.

Judgement is the twenty-first card in the Major Arcana, and is given the number 20 to indicate the subconscious, intuitive mind of the High Priestess (2) experiencing the vast, pure potential of the Fool (0). The souls of the dead rise up from the darkness of the grave to heed the call of Judgement. Gabriel, the archangel, blows the horn to signal the time when each person will have to answer for his or her deeds. Gabriel’s hair appears like flames, calling to mind images of the phoenix, the mythological creature that rises from its own ashes, reborn. Judgement is the awakening of the souls, and the time to return to the realms of spirit, leaving the physical world behind. The coffins appear to be floating in an ocean, and a strange blue aura covers everything beneath the angel’s horn. This ocean is the subconscious that is only experienced in waves while the spirit resides in the body. When the soul is called forth, it is fully immersed in the collective unconscious.

Judgement in your future denotes a milestone in the development of your soul. You will walk through fire, and come out of it transformed, and renewed. It indicates a time in the future when you will be liberated from your past, and marks your awareness of this freedom. This will be a good time to make the change complete. You may want to honor and mark your change in some way, major or minor. Acknowledging when you reach this point and releasing any leftover negative reminders from the “old” you will be the final steps in the process.

We hope you enjoyed your Three Card Reading. To go even deeper, try our more comprehensive Ten Card Reading.

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