Similar to the Horse Shoe #1, this variant provides insight on different levels. The first two cards begin the reading with the past and present, but then the cards switch to a different focus. Card #3 warns you about possible side effects that could accompany the future outcome, #7. The base card, #4 shows desirable or undesirable actions to take concerning the issue. The external environment specifically means the people around you and how they feel about what you are up to. Things which could cause setbacks are indicated in Card #6, another more specifically focused card than what is generally labelled the obstacle or challenge card in some other layouts.
|Past Actions Effecting the Question
5 of Wands
|Possible Future Outcome
Page of Wands
|Present Actions Effecting the Question
|Future Results You Should Consider
|Feelings of Those Around You
Knight of Swords
|Actions You Should Consider
A stately figure drives a chariot pulled by a black and a white Sphinx. The canopy of his chariot is the night sky, emblazoned with stars.
Traveling, journey, fun times, victory, battle, voyage, route, emigration, flight, change of place, challenges met boldly, triumph.
A nude, dancing female holding two batons, symbolic of Mother Earth and Mother Nature. She is encircled by a wreath and surrounded by the cherubs who are the guardians of Heaven and Earth.
Assured success, courage, honour, glory, vitality, life, energy, vigour, zest, pep, fervour, passion, animation, existence, reality.
The Emperor sits on his throne holding his sceptre. He represents a male figure of power and authority.
Creditor, borrowing, confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity, annoyance, irritation.
He is riding in full course, as if scattering his enemies. In the design he is really a prototypical hero of romantic chivalry. He might even be Galahad, whose sword is swift and sure because he is clean of heart.
Imprudence, incapacity, extravagance, ruin.
Seated on her throne, the Empress holds up the golden sceptre. She represents the archetypal female.
Fertility, pregnancy, motherly instincts, fruitfulness, compassion, diplomacy, public rejoicings, jubilation.
A young man stands in the act of proclamation. He is unknown but faithful, and his tidings are strange.
Anecdotes, announcements, bad news. Also, indecision and the anxiety which accompanies it.