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)
6 of Swords
||The Future Outcome (To be read in tandem with the card to the left)
5 of Pentacles
|Challenges Which May Arise for You
2 of Swords
|Challenges Which May Arise for Your Lover
8 of Wands
|Desires in Relation to Your Question
Ace of Wands
|Your Lover's Desires
|Nature of Your Issue
|Your Lover's Current Position
4 of Swords
|The Current State of Things
6 of Cups
The Current State of Things
Children in an old garden, their cups filled with flowers.
Remembrances, looking back, as on childhood; happiness, enjoyment, but coming rather from the past; things that have vanished. Another reading reverses this, giving new relations, new knowledge, new environment, and then the children are disporting in an unfamiliar precinct.
The effigy of a knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb.
Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit's repose, exile, tomb and coffin. It is these last that have suggested the design.
An androgenous angel mixes fire and water in the act of performing spiritual alchemy. Her left foot is on land, as her right dips into the sea.
Religions, the priesthood, disunion, unfortunate combinations, competing interests, intoxication, disillusion.
A hand reaching out from a cloud grasps a stout wand or club.
Fall, decadence, ruin, perdition, to perish also a certain clouded joy.
A sign of birth.
A woman holds a young lion at bay with her female strength of grace. She is crowned by the lemniscate as the Magician is, revealing herself as his counterpart.
Manipulation, despotism, abuse of power, weakness, discord, disgrace, deception, trickery, lies, cheap tactics, malevolence.
A hoodwinked female figure balances two swords upon her shoulders.
Imposture, falsehood, duplicity, disloyalty, treason, back-stabbing.
The card represents motion through the immovable – a flight of wands through an open country; but they draw to the term of their course. That which they signify is at hand; it may be even on the threshold.
Activity in undertakings, the path of such activity, swiftness, a messenger; great haste, great hope, speed towards an end which promises assured felicity; generally, that which is on the move; the arrows of love.
A ferryman delivering passengers to the further shore. The course is smooth, and seeing that the freight is light, as the workload is not beyond his ability.
Declaration, confession, publicity; possibly a proposal of love.
Two injured people in a snow storm pass a well-lit church.
Material trouble, poverty, destitution, abjection, love without money, debt, famine, hardship, concordance, affinities, distress, bankruptcy.