#### Barleywine

Since I've been working with Elemental Dignities, I thought I would apply the concept of "strengthening and weakening", along with card rank and nominal positive/negative quality, to the "yes-or-no" reading area. It's only seven cards, but it has lots of two-card iterations to it, and a little bit of math. If you can do basic addition and subtraction, you should have no problem with it. Whether or not it's worth the effort depends on how important the "yes" or "no" answer is to you.

I did a test reading with this spread. The question was "Will my local New Age shop owner be able to keep her store open?" (She has been struggling a bit, even though she has passed two years in business, which is usually the threshold of success for start-ups.

I chose the Queen of Swords as Significator, since she is a Gemini with a keen business sense.

The first Challenge Card was the Queen of Cups. Since Swords and Cups are complementary, I gave it a +5% score; the Queens are equals, so there was no rank adjusment. Overall score 55% "Yes".

The second Challenge Card was the 10 of Swords; since cards of the same suit are friendly, this got a +10%; since the Queen outranks the Ten, this got another +5%; the 10 of Swords is on the "bad-guy" list, which reduced the total by 5%, bringing it to 10%. Overall score 65% "Yes."

The third Challenge Card was 3 of Wands. Since Swords and Wands are friendly, this got a +10%; since the Queen outranks the Three, this got an additional +5%; the 3 of Wands is on the "good-guy" list, adding another 5% for a total of 20%. Overall score 85% "Yes."

The fourth Challenge Card was the Hierophant; since Air and Earth are unfriendly, this meant a -10% hit. Also, the Hierophant outranks the Queen, giving another -5% reduction, for a total of -15%. At this point, I brought in the Advocate, which turned out to be the Magician. Since both the Queen of Swords and the Magician are Air cards and mutually friendly, they trumped the one Earth card, wiping out 5% of the elemental reduction, making the total -10%. Overall score 75% "Yes."

The Guardian of Truth card was the Ace of Swords. Since the Queen and the Ace of Swords are mutually friendly, this got a +10% score. Because the Queen outranks the Ace, another 5% was added, bringing the total to 15%. Overall score 90% "Yes."

The total score gave me a 90% likelihood that the answer would be "Yes," and she will be able to remain open. Interestingly, I probably would have come to a similar conclusion just reading the cards, but the confidence level would probably have been only around 75% as a ballpark answer. I was fairly well pleased with the ease of interpreting this spread.

I did a test reading with this spread. The question was "Will my local New Age shop owner be able to keep her store open?" (She has been struggling a bit, even though she has passed two years in business, which is usually the threshold of success for start-ups.

I chose the Queen of Swords as Significator, since she is a Gemini with a keen business sense.

The first Challenge Card was the Queen of Cups. Since Swords and Cups are complementary, I gave it a +5% score; the Queens are equals, so there was no rank adjusment. Overall score 55% "Yes".

The second Challenge Card was the 10 of Swords; since cards of the same suit are friendly, this got a +10%; since the Queen outranks the Ten, this got another +5%; the 10 of Swords is on the "bad-guy" list, which reduced the total by 5%, bringing it to 10%. Overall score 65% "Yes."

The third Challenge Card was 3 of Wands. Since Swords and Wands are friendly, this got a +10%; since the Queen outranks the Three, this got an additional +5%; the 3 of Wands is on the "good-guy" list, adding another 5% for a total of 20%. Overall score 85% "Yes."

The fourth Challenge Card was the Hierophant; since Air and Earth are unfriendly, this meant a -10% hit. Also, the Hierophant outranks the Queen, giving another -5% reduction, for a total of -15%. At this point, I brought in the Advocate, which turned out to be the Magician. Since both the Queen of Swords and the Magician are Air cards and mutually friendly, they trumped the one Earth card, wiping out 5% of the elemental reduction, making the total -10%. Overall score 75% "Yes."

The Guardian of Truth card was the Ace of Swords. Since the Queen and the Ace of Swords are mutually friendly, this got a +10% score. Because the Queen outranks the Ace, another 5% was added, bringing the total to 15%. Overall score 90% "Yes."

The total score gave me a 90% likelihood that the answer would be "Yes," and she will be able to remain open. Interestingly, I probably would have come to a similar conclusion just reading the cards, but the confidence level would probably have been only around 75% as a ballpark answer. I was fairly well pleased with the ease of interpreting this spread.