SINGLE & THREE CARD TIMELINES
It’s always best to ponder a question or conundrum in your mind while slowly shuffling the cards – physical contact with the cards is important. If reading for someone else, after they explain their question to you, have them do the shuffling while you both consider the question. Next, have the question-asker cut the deck in half. Spread the cut deck in a row. The question-asker can now use their left hand to select their cards, laying them face down in any of the following configurations.
The quickest and simplest form of consultation, a single card reading relies strongly on your having merged the cards with your imagination. In this sense, it can be a little more challenging for beginners but is still a good way to see what your subconscious has to say about something.
THREE CARD TIMELINE
This approach is good for personal workings and consultations because the frame is clear and straightforward. When working for others, communication is everything.
The pattern is simple: three randomly-picked cards in a row (horizontal, vertical, however you like) where each represents the past, present and future respectively.
First card: Identify how this card fits with the past/origins of the question or scenario.
Second card: Use this as a lens to draw the story into the present.
Third card: How might the story continue – or end.