Everyone has their own individual approach to tarot reading. This is one of the many things that makes the world of tarot so diverse. Each of us has a different way that the cards speak to us.
I often use a three card spread to answer a client’s specific questions. I rarely give the cards positions like past, present or future but rather read the energies/story of the cards and how they relate to each other. For example I look at what story they are telling each other, how do the cards influence each other, and what is the message of the centre card. In reading the three card spread above, this is how the cards spoke to me. I did not have any specific question, just shuffled the cards and chose three.