YES/NO Spread-13 cards <Ace+Ace+Magician>
It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it, but of course, I'm terrible at explaining things. I'll try and do my best.
1. Shuffle the deck in anyway you find suited.
2. While or after shuffling, ask your question out loud to yourself or in your head - do the same for if you're doing the spread for someone else.
3. Start with pile 1, and start laying down cards. Keep doing so until you get 13 cards in the pile or receive an Ace or Magician.
4. If you don't get an Ace or Mage in your first pile, start a new one, and follow the third step until you finish the third pile.
• The Aces and Mage cards signify a 'yes', and a pile of 13 cards signifies 'no'.
• The Mage is more powerful than the Aces and symbolizes something like 'most likely' or 'very yes'.
• If you get both an Ace and a Mage in your reading, you can assume the answer is 'yes'.
• However, if for example you receive one Ace and the other piles have 13 cards in them, they outweigh the Ace, and the answer is 'most likely no'.
• Since the Mage has so much power in this reading, receiving the Mage and two piles of 13 cards, is a 'maybe' answer, or a 'possibly'.
• Obviously if you receive all Aces or two Aces and Mage, the answer is 'definitely yes'. Likewise, if all three piles contain 13 cards, the answer is 'definitely no'.
It's important to make the question as direct and clear as possible. Make it as simple as you can. I hear that if you already know the answer to a question you ask in a yes/no/maybe reading, the cards will end up messing with you.
Emily Peach provides a 'Yes or No, and If So, When?' - a Reliable 'Timing Spread in her book "The Tarot Workbook."
She says that her spread is designed to give a clear answer as to time in response to a clearly formulated question (Will I? When?) - one that demands (a) a 'yes' or 'no' reply and (b) an indication as to when the subject of the question will take place.