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)
2 of Pentacles
||The Future Outcome (To be read in tandem with the card to the left)
King of Cups
|Challenges Which May Arise for You
8 of Pentacles
|Challenges Which May Arise for Your Lover
King of Wands
|Desires in Relation to Your Question
6 of Pentacles
|Your Lover's Desires
Knight of Wands
|Nature of Your Issue
4 of Pentacles
|Your Lover's Current Position
6 of Swords
|The Current State of Things
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.
Journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionary, expedient, travelling, a short trip.
A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crown, clasps another with hands and arms; two pentacles are under his feet. He clings to what he has.
Suspense, delay, opposition, bad economy, repression, stubbornness, penny wise – pound foolish.
A person in the guise of a merchant weighs money in a pair of scales and distributes it to the needy and distressed. It is a testimony to his own success in life, as well as to his goodness of heart.
Desire, cupidity, envy, jealousy, illusion, resentment, rivalry, grudge.
A man on a journey, armed with a short wand, and although armoured 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.
Rupture, division, interruption, discord.
An artist in stone at his work, which he exhibits in the form of trophies.
Voided ambition, vanity, cupidity, exaction, usury, cunning, sham, intrigue, loan shark, swindle, blackmail, cheat, shakedown, double-deal.
The nature to which this card is attributed is dark, ardent, lithe, animated, impassioned, noble. The King uplifts a flowering wand, and wears what is called a cap of maintenance beneath his crown. He bears the symbol of the lion, which is emblazoned on the back of his throne.
Dark man, friendly, countryman, generally married, honest and conscientious. The card always signifies honesty, and may mean news concerning an unexpected heritage to fall in before very long.
A dancing young man has a pentacle in either hand, and they are joined by the lemniscate, the sign of eternity.
Enforced gaiety, simulated enjoyment, literal sense, handwriting, composition, exchanging letters.
He holds a short sceptre in his left hand and a great cup in his right; his throne is set upon the sea; on one side a ship is riding and on the other a dolphin is leaping.
Dishonest, double-dealing man; roguery, exaction, injustice, vice, scandal, pillage, considerable loss.