recently i've been experimenting with something like this for "general readings" - i let the spread ask the question by itself:

2 - 1 - 3

5 - 6 - 4

1. present: what is this reading about?

2. past: what brought this about?

3. future: what the querent wants/hopes/fears

4. positive: things that help

5. negative: things that harm

6. hidden: advice that might help navigate 4 and 5 on the way forward