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Here are a handful of spreads to experiment with.

The way you spread the cards is quite important - each spread (whilst having similar types of position) yields differing information.  

There are other layouts that do things like give you a year view, or an astrological perspective or whatever. Some spreads answer specific questions better than others (I've personally never found the Celtic cross good for this - it's almost as though you get too much information.)

Any spread should give you the same overview, but one spread will highlight - for instance - emotional matters, whereas another might pick up outside influences better.

Five Card Spread

The Ellipse Spread

The Celtic Cross

The Mirror Spread

The Mandala Spread

The Relationship Spread


A Tarot spread for determining a course of action

You could try this spread for determining a course of action - it's a Five Card Spread:

Card 1:   The present or general theme of the reading
Card 2:   Past influences still having effect
Card 3:   The future
Card 4:   The reason behind the question (this will probably shed light on 2)
Card 5:   The potential within the situation.

This is useful when trying to decide a given course of action. Card 4 will often reveal a subconscious impulse - perhaps a blockage which is stopping you from achieving your desired result. Card 5 shows the possible results from taking a given course of action. The spread works best if, whilst selecting the cards, you concentrate on one aspect of the decision, rather than either/or type questions.

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Looking for Love Spread

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3-card past present future

General Elipse

Spiritual Mandala

"The Works" Spread

Wheel of the Year

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