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The Romance Horseshoe Spread

This spread is excellent for a thorough analysis of a specific Romantic question or situation.

Firstly, the subject clearly expresses the question: eg "Will my ex-boyfriend and I get back together?". A Significator is chosen to represent the subject or situation, and laid in position 0. The remaining cards are then shuffled by the dealer or subject, cut three times by the subject and laid in the following order:

1. Past
The first meeting. This could help the subject to consider what factors first attracted them to the person in question, and possible external influences that may have impacted upon their emotions at that time.

2. Present Situation
Current factors which are known and obvious - the current state of the relationship, at least on a surface level.

3. Hidden Influences
Those factors currently affecting the situation of which the subject may not be aware, at least on a conscious level. This card can also signify the hopes, dreams and fears that the subject may have for the relationship, both on a conscious and subconscious level.

4. Obstacles
Impediments, both obvious and hidden, that may get in the subject's way. This card could point toward possible sources of conflict on a deep level - potential incompatabilities or "personality clashes".

5. House
The influence of close friends, family and others of importance to the subject. These can be either friend or foe - perhaps even indicating a rival.

6. Action
The best path to take in order to further the subject's best interests in the matter.

7. Outcome
This is the most important card in the layout. It indicates the final result if the path shown above is followed - "the future", if you will. If it is a Court card, it often represents an actual person - possibly the person originally in question, but possibly someone else.

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