This easy-to-read 4-card layout is one of the most useful of all the spreads. The first card is the significator, and the last shows the outcome, provided you follow the advice given. The advice is broken down into 2 cards which can easily be compared and contrasted. Card #2 tells you what you should avoid, while #3 shows you the path you should take. This spread can also be used to ask about the meaning of a card from a previously executed spread that may have been confusing. In this usage, Card #2 shows what it did not mean, while #3 clarifies the meaning.
2 of Pentacles
|It Deals with This
|Do NOT Do This
Knight of Wands
|It Leads to This
2 of Swords
A man on a journey, armed with a short wand, and although armored it is not on an errand of war. He is passing mounds or pyramids. The motion of the horse is a key to the character of its rider, suggesting his mission.
Departure, absence, flight, emigration. A dark young man, friendly. Change of residence.
A young man, in the act of dancing, has a pentacle in either hand, and they are joined by the lemniscate, the sign of eternity.
On the one hand it is represented as a card of gaiety, recreation and its connections, which is the subject of the design; but it is read also as news and messages in writing, as obstacles, agitation, trouble, embroilment.
A hoodwinked female figure balances two swords upon her shoulders.
Conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, concord in a state of arms; another reading gives tenderness, affection, intimacy, harmony and other favorable happenings.