This is a specified relationship spread that uses nine cards to analyse where a romantic relationship is at and where it is headed. The first card shows where it is at now, and can be considered the significator. The second and third cards determine where your partner stands and how it relates to where you are at personally.
Above the stem, the three-card base of the layout, a cup forms. Cards #4 and #5 show each person's desires, meaning what they want to get out of this coupling. Above this, Cards #6 and #7 show the challenge that this pairing presents to each individual. The final two cards at the top form the rim of the cup, symbolic of the taste of the relationship to each person, which shows how things will turn out on each side.
|The Future Outcome (To be read in tandem with the card to the right)
King of Swords
||The Future Outcome (To be read in tandem with the card to the left)
7 of Cups
|Challenges Which May Arise for You
|Challenges Which May Arise for Your Lover
Queen of Wands
|Desires in Relation to Your Question
|Your Lover's Desires
|Nature of Your Issue
7 of Wands
|Your Lover's Current Position
|The Current State of Things
10 of Wands
The Current State of Things
A man oppressed by the weight of the ten staves which he is carrying.
Fortune, gain, success, false-seeming, disguise, perfidy. The rods that he carries may be bad news to the place he brings them. Success is stultified if the Nine of Swords follows.
An angel unifies two lovers which are Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
A choice, decision, attraction, love, beauty, trials overcome, happiness, fulfilment, romance, variety, pleasure.
A young man on a craggy eminence brandishing a staff; six other staves are raised towards him from below.
Valour, discussion, wordy strife, negotiations, war of trade, barter, competition. It is further a card of success, for the combatant is on the top and his enemies may be unable to reach him.
A robed figure performs the act of ceremonial magic in order to direct his will to perform his desires.
Mental illness, disgrace, manipulation, excessive force, misuse of power, backfire, troubles.
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.
An old man with a walking stick holds up a lantern to enlighten his path.
Concealment, disguise, policy, fear, phobia, treason, dissimulation, roguery, corruption, betrayal.
Emotionally and otherwise, the Queen's personality corresponds to that of the King of Wands, though she is more charismatic.
A dark woman, countrywoman, friendly, chaste, loving, honourable. If the card beside her signifies a man, she is well disposed towards him; if a woman, she is interested in you. Also indicates love of money, or a certain success in business.
He sits in judgement, holding the unsheathed sword. He recalls the conventional symbol of justice in the Major Arcana, and he may represent this virtue, but he is rather the power of life and death.
Power, command, authority, militant intelligence, law, defensiveness, security, high office, duty, public service.
Strange chalices of vision, but the images are more especially those of the fantastic spirit.
Desire, will, determination, project, ambition.