The Love Triangle Spread
Difficulty: Somewhat Complicated
This spread can be used to determine the dynamics of the relationship between 3 people, whether or not romance is involved. This spread is drawn in the form of a hexagram, consisting of several large and small triangles. This spread is somewhat complicated, but only because of the complicated nature of this type of relationship.
The first step is to interpret the card for each individual position in the spread. Generally the querent asks about a relationship that he or she is involved with, but this does not have to be the case. Ordinarily the querent's representative card is #1, the querent's person of interest is #2, and the other person would be #3.
The second step fills in the downward triangle and involves further examination of the individuals through their views of the other people. Each person has 2 more cards showing the way they see and relate to the other members of the triangle. For example, Card #6 shows how Person #3 relates to Person #1, while Card #9 shows Person #1's attitude toward Person #3.
The next step completes the upward triangle and the hexagram, focusing on cards 10-13. It also completes the many smaller triangles and shows the potential for each relationship. The final card, #13 can be considered the significator of the reading, which shows the overall potential for this 3-way relationship.
Your Love Triangle Reading
1: Person #1
Ace of Wands
The Root of Fire
This is the initial spark without which there is no fire. It represents the spiritual aspect of energy and vitality at its initial manifestation.
Energy, natural force, strength, creation, invention, pioneer spirit, enterprise, source, beginning, birth.
2: Person #2
The Devil is your opposite, <%custom1%>, your Anima or Animus, your Demonic Self. (s)He is your dark side and your inner child. The traits that we lack in our own selves causes us to seek completion in many of our relationships. Most of our earthly relationships are based on fulfilling this Devil inside of us. In certain people such as the very well-rounded or spiritually developed, this part of the personality may already be fulfilled. The children walk with The Devil hand in hand.
Temptation, obsession, impulsiveness, ambition, materialism, self-fulfillment, fate.
3: Person #3
3 of Disks - Work
Mars in Capricorn
Three spinning wheels and the right eye of god symbolize the act of creation. A solid structure is being built.
Construction, business, commerce, employment, material gain, growth.
When ill-dignified: selfish, closed-minded, greedy individual who seeks the impossible.
4: Person #1's view of #2
5 of Cups - Disappointment
Mars in Scorpio
In this card the water has turned to muck and the sky has gone pink. A scorpion is in the center of the pentagram formed by the five cups, which are represented here as tridents. Hostility or aggression turned inwards.
Disturbance ending pleasure. Grief, misfortune, sadness, loss, treachery, bitterness, frustration, bad marriage, expectations unfulfilled.
5: Person #2's view of #3
A skull and crossbones present obvious symbolism here. Something coming to an end, a necessary transition into the next stage.
Transformation, change, transitional period leading to a new way. Loss of the status quo.
6: Person #3's view of #1
Your soul is like the driver and your body is the vehicle for your personal exploration of the universe.
The charioteer is a link in a chain of command. Exploration of the universe, obedience, hope, triumph.
When ill-dignified: status-quo maintenance muscle.
7: Person #2's view of #1
6 of Disks - Success
Moon in Taurus
Understanding is represented in this card by the coloration of the stained glass in the form of a rainbow spiral. The six moons revolve around the swastika-sun, each also representing a day of the week. Everything is in order here, as you achieve what you set out to do.
Success, accomplishment, gain. Influence, philanthropy, nobility.
When ill-dignified: conceit in success, insolence.
8: Person #3's view of #2
In a place beyond the Universe there exists a single solitary spirit. This is the perfection that we all strive for.
Dawn of a new era. Perfect self-knowledge. Wisdom. Union with god. The force of nature, raw spirit, barbelo, center of the universe, perfection, message from heaven, sign from above, god.
9: Person #1's view of #3
The Empress is queen of queens, the wife archetype. Radiating warmth, she gazes at the dove, symbolic of holy love. Two cherubs overlook her and two overlook the other half. The pelican feeding her young her own blood symbolizes the self-sacrifice of motherhood.
Graciousness, elegance, love, gentleness, beauty.
When ill-dignified: wasting time, debauchery.
10: Overall relationship between persons #1 and #2
4 of Disks - Power
Sun in Capricorn
The disks have become square. At this phase revolution of the disks is undesirable. The fortress shows law and order. Earthly power and authority has been established.
Earthly power, dominion, law and order, material success, skill in confrontation. Also fortress, shelter, defense, home.
When ill-dignified: Prejudice, envy, suspicion.
11: Overall relationship between persons #2 and #3
2 of Swords - Peace
Moon in Libra
Two swords stuck in a mound form the shape of a V, the symbolic gesture of peace like the hippies were so fond of. The owners have thrown their arms down in the spirit of harmony.
Contradictory characteristics of the same nature coming together. Pleasure after pain. Quarrel resolved.
12: Overall relationship between persons #1 and #3
Queen of Wands
11:00 - 1:00 Female
The Queen of Wands sits on a throne of flames. She holds a torch in her left hand and grasps the horn of a white ram in her right hand. The ram's eyes glare forward, but her eyes are closed, with a look of contentment on her face. She represents a strong figure of feminine authority with a laid-back attitude.
A calm attractive woman. Strength relaxed. Persistent, adaptive, but intolerant of opposition.
When ill-dignified: a vengeful, domineering woman with an itchy trigger finger.
13: Overall 3-way Relationship
9 of Cups - Happiness
Jupiter in Pisces
The water level here is the highest in the suit. The perfection of water in Yesod makes this the happiest card in the whole deck. In an ocean of paradise two dolphins playfully leap between floating cups.
A feeling of perfect happiness and well-being.