A useful spread for answering specific questions with playing cards is The Lady’s Fan. The spread consists of 7 cards which cover the past influences, the present circumstances, and the future outcome of the matter in question.
The 7th card serves as the linchpin of the reading. It is the most important card in the spread indicating the most significant influence on the situation. Often the answer to the question can be found in the linchpin card.
The cards can be drawn either randomly or dealt directly from the top of the shuffled deck, depending on the preference of the reader. Then the cards are laid out as in the following diagram:
Past Influences: The two cards on the left (1 & 4) represent the past influences leading up to the present situation. These cards will usually indicate the recent past in reference to the matter in question.
Present Influences: The two cards at the center of the fan (2 & 5) represent the present influences surrounding the situation. Sometimes these cards will show the immediate future.
Future Outcome: The two cards on the far right (3 & 6) represent the future outcome of the situation based on the present influences. It’s important to remember that the future is fluid. Often the querent can influences the outcome of the situation by making a change in the present circumstances.
Linchpin: The linchpin card (7) is the most important card in the spread. The situation revolves around the influences represented by this card. For a yes-or-no question, the answer to the question will often be found in the linchpin card. Sometimes this card will provide advice that if followed will expedite a happy outcome, or help to ameliorate an unfavorable one.