There several ways that working with a single card to reveal a surprising breadth and depth of information. In addition to creating unique and interesting readings, these practices will also help you learn that particular card very deeply.
A Card as a Spread
For an interesting take on the popular 3-card Past Present Future reading, pull a single card and read it as the entire spread. Look at the card and mentally divide it into thirds. The first third is the past, the middle third is the present, and the final third is the future.
This technique works well as a vertical reading, too. The bottom of the card represents the root of the matter, the center is the querent’s challenge, and the top is the advice.
One Card for All Questions
Before starting your reading, write down a list of all your questions or the positions in the spread you would normally use. Pull one card and read that card as the answer for all of the questions or the card for each position.
Everything Means Something
Ask your question and pull a card. Write out every element/symbol of the card in a list. Then go back and interpret what each element represents or means. Arrange all the small interpretations into a larger, cohesive message.