I once did Rachel Pollack's Tree of Life spread (from 78 Degrees of Wisdom) for my best friend. She happened to be on the island of Saipan at the time (which is in the South Pacific) while I was in the States! It actually helped that she was so far away, though, because I was able to take my time with the reading. We corresponded about the reading by email. It ended up giving her a good look at why she does what she does when it comes to family and work choices.
That said, I would think twice before doing that reading again! Wow! It's a great reading, but it's soooooo complex; I had pages of notes which I rewrote twice, just to be able to understand how it was all coming together!
I like your cutting and fanning method, Kayne. I've been cutting the deck two or three times and randomly pulling the cards to read from resulting piles for nearly a year now. Don't know why I started doing it like that, but it's worked pretty well for me.