SO very interesting, but my head is spinning...
Circe, I asked that question too at a recent tarot reading, the reader just used 5 cards in a line, with the third card laid higher than the rest. The four "lower" cards depict the course of my past life, while the "higher" single card gives a general outlook.
In fact, the reader I went to used this spread for pretty much all the questions I asked.. is this a common spread or a spread of her own making? Anyone knows? Thanks... Anyway it looks like the following:
*1*2***4*5 (usually she lies them overlapping each other)