Very similar custom tarot spreads
So here is a spread that gives you the basic outline for a backstory. One of the areas has to do with a professional life. If you’re dealing with a young character who might not have experienced a professional life, this can be interchanged with a social life, education, etc. Likewise, if you’re dealing with an older character and you want to include a social and/or education experience, all you have to do is add rows to the spread.
Cards count: 16
1) Family Life;
2) Difficulties in family life;
3) Success in overcoming the difficulties in family life;
4) How does family life affect their plot;
5) Romantic Life;
6) Difficulties in romantic life;
7) Success in overcoming the difficulties in romantic life;
8) How does romantic life affect their plot;
9) Social Life;
10) Difficulties in social life;
11) Success in overcoming the difficulties in social life;
12) How does social life affect their plot;
13) Ideology that carries on into the story;
14) Challenge/difficulty to the ideology;
15) How they react to the ideology being challenged;
16) How the ideology and events around it affect the plot.
"I’m a sucker for good characters. An interesting crew of people can keep me hooked even when the story has other weaknesses. This spread will help give your characters depth and intrigue."
Cards count: 6
1) Initial development state. This card, contrasted with the last card, will help determine how the character grows during the events of the story.;
2) Who they are within;
3) Who they are without (or what aspects they show to the world);
4) Greatest strength;
5) Greatest weakness;
6) Final development state. How the character has transformed over the span of the novel..
Tarot and archtypes
Cards count: 9
1) Your one;
2) Forecast 3;
3) Forecast 2;
4) Forecast 1;
6) Near past;
8) Near future;
9) Next year.