How I work
I like to use a standard 3-card spread for short readings and a Celtic cross for longer readings. I have a couple of home-made spreads for looking at people connected to you within the reading as well.
I mainly connect to the tarot intuitively, so the normal meanings of cards may not apply. I let the images tell me what I need to know. Often a card in one reading can be extremely positive, while in another not so great. In other readings it can point out specific mundane details such as hair health (surprisingly common) or a particular liking for eggs! They also show me personality traits and can give a clue to time lines.
Another way I like to use my cards is to see how a particular situation will unfold, much like a story. By simply placing the cards one after another I can be shown situations that are related to your question that are to come, people or triggers associated with it, how other people will react and so much more. The tarot is really a fascinating multi-faceted tool.
While I love all the cards, apart from maybe the 3 and 10 of sword they rarely fill me with delight, The Star, shown above, often puts a smile on my face.