To test this spread, I decided to run it on our open question regarding when we can expect a final answer from the people who are interested in buying our property. I used the Waite-Smith Centennial Pocket Edition (for no other reason than that it fits on my small reading table), and swapped in the full-size version of the card as a place-holder for the second phase of the reading.
The 4 of Pentacles came up as the “Units” card, indicating a span of four units of time. When I shuffled that card back in the “minors” pack and dealt the five “timing” cards, it appeared in the “Days” bin on the fifth pass, indicating that we should hear something within four days. With the suit of Pentacles, I would say late in the day on February 4th.
The cards beneath the 4 of Pentacles were the 10 of Cups, the Ace of Pentacles, the 9 of Cups and the 5 of Pentacles, which tell an interesting story. The motivation for their interest (10 of Cups) is that a family member owns the abutting property, and the prospective buyers want to build a private place to stay next-door when they come from out-of-State to visit. The Ace of Pentacles suggests that they are highly focused on making it happen. The 9 of Cups expresses their hopefulness; the smug man with all the cups could be a lawyer pulling strings on their behalf. However, with the 5 of Pentacles, it may turn out to be too expensive for them to get everything together. Although this spread isn’t intended to answer “yes-or-no” questions, the implication is that we could hear “No.”