I am studying tarot off and on for quite some years now. I started when I was 17, when I had a volunteer teacher at my high school, who taught me the basics of tarot. I kept on studying it myself in my adult life, but on some periods more then others. One thing I like to do with tarot is glimpse ahead a bit and see what kind of things I could expect in my near future. It feels good to know where I stand and if I might need to adjust my actions. Before I go on with the spread I used today, I want to state one more thing. To me the tarot is a translation key to understand the knowledge that already exist on a deeper level within myself. I do not believe tarot can predict the future, to me it brings to the surface what I already know.
The Spiral Spread:
There are many different kinds of spiral spreads (just google to see what I mean) but I use the one from the book: The Sacred Journey. This is a spiritual Journal which you can buy each year again to record your wishes, days etc. on a spiritual level. I don't buy one every year because experience learns that I don't keep the journal for a whole year. But this spiral spread I still use regularly. I personally use it for a seasonal overview of where I stand.
I could go on and on about the subject because there is so much to tell in depth about tarot cards and this spread alone, but I won't. I will only add that this has become one of my favorite spreads to use over the years. Because to me it always brings clarity without being overly detailed.