My Go-To Spread: Issue / Advice / Outcome


I don't really get creative with spreads, the only ones I really use are the Celtic Cross (sometimes it feels like I'm the only one who uses this…), all the positions on The Wild Unknown Spirit Cloth (too gorgeous to resist), and this three-card spread that I learned from the Sakki-Sakki Tarot book.

I find the Issue / Advice / Outcome layout particularly useful for a number of reasons:

  1. Sometimes, you just want to pull the cards but don't really have a question. Regardless of what's going on in your life, whether you're having an amazing time or having the worst time ever, you've got an issue. This spread puts the spotlight on something and gives you a framework to lean on.
  2. We could always use some advice. When you don't want to hear it from your friend or your mom or your coworker, you can pull a card and know that it's not going to take any of your BS. This is an exercise in humility.
  3. While I always advise clients to have an open mind, it's always helpful to consider future possibilities. If you're in a really bad place, the hope of being elsewhere is something to lean on. I like how the spread leaves things open too—we could modify and pull three different cards for three different "outcomes." 

This spread works for any aspect of life—work, money, relationships, purpose, etc. I like how flexible it is; and it helps break down the foggy, nebulous unknown into bite-sized, chewable pieces that we can grasp one step at a time.

What are your favorite tarot spreads? Do you use them at all or just pull cards intuitively, allowing them to tell you their story? Send me a line and let's chat. xx