Suggestion by Bethany
You can literally design your own. You have a discrete number of areas about which you wish to enquire: love, finances, the past, the future, the present, bad influences, good influences and so on. These may be arrayed in any manner as seems fitting to you.
The easiest spread, of course, is simply one card: What does the future hold?
Another, three cards in a horizontal line: past, present and future.
Designing your own layout, one that appeals most to you, can only be beneficial in bringing you and your cards closer together and making them a more effective tool.
Suggestion by Helruna
When designing your own spread, first determine what the theme is: love, work, a specific issue or a more general outlook?
Once you’ve determined what the theme of the spread is, think of what aspects are involved, and base position meanings on that.
Question – how can I best prepare for my exams?
Possible aspects that you might like to look at:
What is my greatest block / obstacle in keeping up with the studies?
How might I consciously be undermining my studies?
How might I unconsciously be undermining my studies?
What study regime might be best for me?
I hope this makes sense. Once you’ve taken note of what factors come into play in the given matter, double-check if there might be too many (like, if it’s getting into the high tens / twenties … it might get a bit “crowded”). Try to focus on the most important factors / aspects.
Each factor than is a position in this spread. You can try to arrange the positions in a visually appealing way … but, well, that’s up to you.
And, that’s basically all I know how to design your own spread. I usually just look at the question at hand, take into consideration different factors that come into play or might be important, and that’s it.
Hope that’ll help.
Suggestion by theminchiman
Tarot: Majority of spreads are mostly made up of court and trump cards, common?
Is it common to have the majority of your cards in a spread be court and trump cards? It’s energy seems ominous. I might be overestimating it, tho.
Suggestion by Pam Richards
It can be said that readings with a majority of Major’s can mean that life is not within your control at this time.
A majority of court’s can show that others will have a greater say, which of course can lead to conflict.
Suggestion by Ding-Ding
It’s not all that common. A reading with a majority of Major Arcana cards can mean the situation is out of your control. A major life lesson needs to be learned. The timing of Major Arcana cards is usually the event is occurring now, in the present time. Court cards can indicate events, but in most cases they do represent people in your life. The Major Arcana may be pointing out issues that need to be resolved with a person, or it could mean that person has a message for you (especially the Pages).
Also, some of the energy from the negative feeling cards is somewhat negated if they are in the ill-dignified position (reversed).
You may want to reshuffle the cards and do another lay-out asking for clarification on the last reading.