There are many spreads to choose from. Some spreads are suitable for answering in' yes or no' while others require a great deal of skill from the reader and fair deal of patience from the questioner, for these spreads are complicated; but they provide an indepth analysis to the questioner.
The spreads mentioned below have been chosen for their ease of use and the depth of answer that they impart.
1) The Four-Card Spread : - This gives a reasonably detailed answer to simply phrased question. The beginner with minimum knowledge of the Tarot may use it with ease. It may be of further use as a part of a longer reading using another spread to answer secondary question relating to specific part of the questioner's life.
2) The Celtic cross Spread : - This is perhaps the most widely used and most popular of all Tarot spreads. It gives the questioner a much more detailed view of his/her circumstances than the Four Card Spread. The reader should attempt to read the cards in relation to each other for all the cards taken together would provide more meaning than the sum of their individual parts.
3) The Astrological Spread : - This spread, as the name implies is based upon the principles of astrology. 12 cards are placed in positions representing the 12 astrological houses. Each card is interpreted with in the context of the individual house. This may take a little longer to learn for the beginner but any one with the knowledge of astrology will find the principle straightforward.
Both the Celtic Cross Spread and the Astrological Spread together give a very detailed and in depth understanding of the questioner's situation and there by help in deciding a course of action.
There are some other popular spreads namely Etteilla's Great Figure of Destiny and Papus's Rapid methods of divination. However, an indepth analysis of all the Spreads and exact methodology employed for divination using Tarot cards is beyond the scope of this treatise.