This spread is based on an acronym designed more than 80 years ago to help doctors communicate better. IMRAD stands for Introduction, Method, Results And Discussion, which is the format most science and technical writers use when detailing a report.
The spread is a simple row of five cards, placed next to each other in a row from left to right. The cards are 1) Introduction, 2) Method, 3) Results, 4) And 5) Discussion.
Here is the spread and a sample spread on the question, "What do I need to know about my work right now?" (The deck is Robert M Place's Alchemical Tarot: Renewed.)
Card 1, Introduction, Strength: I am in a position of strength and should have the courage to proceed with my project. I have mastered the skills I require and all I need is under my control.
Card 2, Method, The Fool: I am encouraged to take a leap of faith. I shouldn't overthink things, but have faith in my knowledge and the strong platform from which I can work. It will be an adventure!
Card 3, Results, The Magician: I need to be self-confident as I have mastered all the skills I need. I can expect magic if I take the step. Transformation awaits.
Card 4, And, Five of Wands: The image suggests I have everything I need right at my fingertips. The card represents struggle and challenges, but also an enormous potential in creative work.
Card 5, Discussion, The Sun: If I still want encouragement, the sun is shining on my work, and I should take advantage of its heat, light, and growth.
Four major arcana cards in the spread suggest that this project is potentially life-changing. Although nothing guarantees that the Fool will survive the journey and the Magician's transformative power will necessarily be to my advantage, the spread is flanked by two cards that are unambiguously positive.
Your turn! What do you want to know?