Its easy to just go online and look up a spread to use. It saves time and someone did all the work for you.
But what if you can't find a spread to answer your question? Or you want to personalize something for yourself?
That's when you make your own tarot spread.
Step One: Get to the Core
First, what do you want to accomplish with this spread?
You obviously have a question you want answered, what is it the main question?
Lets say you want to know whether you and your ex are really getting back together or if it's time for you to move on. That'd be a pretty long winded question, especially since this question's answer would depend on your own choice.
What you're really looking for is guidance towards a healthy relationship, right? You want love and happiness, regardless of its with your ex or not.
So the centerpiece question for the spread would be "What steps do I need to talk in order to find a loving and fulfilling relationship?".
Step Two: Expand to other quEstions
Now that you have your focus question you need to flesh out the situation.
What else do you need to know to find the relationship you want?
Well, your past experience with relationships is a good thing to address; our past shapes our emotions and redefines us.
Your current wants and needs for a relationship should be discussed, as well as what's most important to you in a relationship.
You see, just by thinking of different aspects of the situation that we want to address we've created a four card spread!
We haven't even touched on advice or obstacles or important things to keep in mind.
I used this method to make the semester overview reading on my shop.
As as this is my last semester of college, I wanted to be prepared for everything coming my way. So this is what I did:
The first three cards are for the overall energy of last semester, what I did right, and what I did wrong.
The next four represent the energy I have coming into this semester, what I've improved on, what I need to stop doing, and what I need to keep doing.
I then did two cards for each month of the semester (January through May), one for general energy and another for an obstable I'll have to face.
The final card is then drawn for the semester's energy overall.
It's a mighty big spread! But I wanted it to be incredibly in-depth and to cover all of my questions and concerns.
Here's what the spread ended up looking like: