Hi Shire - the easiest way to learn how to do a spread like this is to look at the ones people have posted in the Your Readings section. And I can answer your second question - it's the whole deck. Although I don;t see a reason why you can't use just majors.
I've just done this reading myself - turns out I only have the one guide at the moment, a rather firey, mischevious little chap, but one who is ready and willing to support me in times of trouble.
I thank you for answering my query.
I actually did the original spread, with majors only. It is the confirmation spread that uses aces/magician that stumps me. I ran into difficulties when I found I had 18 Guides. I thought I might need to reduce it, but the way to do that is what stumpted me. I wrote to KafkasGhost for more info and got the link to the confirmation (aces/magician) spread.
My problem is, since I'm still in the process of meeting my WHOLE deck for the first time (my actual first deck ever) - I just finished meeting the Majors -using the Magician/Aces confirmation would be difficult. I am doing a one on one meeting through the whole deck. Thus, I am reluctant to shuffle them and use them until I've met them for now. If I had access to one of my two other decks that are currently packed away (but have never been opened), I would be able to do that, just for this exercise. I'm still working it out.
I will definitely head over and check out the 'Your Readings' thread - which is a great idea! - and might be able to come up with an idea of how to use my Majors only to come up with the confirmation. I actually tried working out a system even. Making three piles of the majors - one pile which I thought would be definite ACE like cards; one pile that are maybe cards (if they're up right would be yes, but reversed, they would be no, kind of thing; and one pile that are what I feel would be no cards).
The weird thing is the Moon (the original card that gave me the number 18) and the Hermit are the two cards that I am trying to figure out which should represent the number of guides, and no matter how many times and ways I do the confirmation, when I come across them, they both are always either upright in the spread, or they are both reversed. lol
I already know, from my own personal, previous spiritual work that I have 3 guides, and who they are and what they are here to teach me. So that means I could possibly have either 6 more if it turns out the confirmation gives me a yes to reduction, or I have 15 more.
Again, thank you for your help!