Opening of the key spread
Does anyone here practice the first operation???
I've used the first step of that (the four-pack cut & find the significator) for quite a few years as a preliminary to the Celtic Cross that is my mainstay spread. I find that it can give an advance feel for what the reading will cover. Recently I've started doing the counting and pairing steps of the first operation but don't have a lot of experience with it yet. I doubt I will move on to the two astrological spreads, the Tree of Life spread and the 36-card "circle" spread that form the rest of the operations, since they get very elaborate.
I agree. The first step is enough. Especially if it's a self reading.