Cards 1, 2 and 3 represent Persephone and the narcissuses she is innocently picking up, unaware of the fact that she is on the verge of being abducted by Hades. They show what the Querent refuses to see and what makes him carefree. Card 1 shows the Querent as he is when he decides to use this spread, with everything he is, including every part of himself he does not want to be confronted with, consciously or not. On the left, card 2 indicates why he is afraid to look at this aspect of his own personality. On the right, card 3 reveals the kind of difficulties he is confronted with when trying to deal with the obscurity he holds inside.
Cards 4 and 5 refer to Persephone's descending in Hades' subterranean realm. They reflect what triggers the Querent's introspection and what draws him to his own darkness. Card 4 is the reason why he decides to go deep in his deeper dark self and card 5 is what he expects to find during this journey. This card can express what he worries about in this process, what motivates him or what he would like to find.
Cards 6 and 7 depict Persephone's stay in the underworld. They are the heart of the Querent's introspection and show what he will find deep within himself. These two cards are to be read together for they show the most prominent aspect of his dark side and the energies in presence at the time of the reading. Card 6 thus reveals what the Querent finds at the heart of his own darkness and card 7 opens his eyes on the consequences of not learning to deal with it and refusing to accept it as a full part of himself.
Cards 8 and 9 show Persephone's ascension as she is on her way to the surface. They depict the solutions that can be found by the Querent and the possibilities offered to him to help him deal with his darkness and restore peace and confidence in his relationship with this aspect of himself. Each card presents the Querent with precious advice and shows him the way.
Cards 10, 11 and 12 represent Persephone, who is now queen of darkness, reaching the surface of the earth. They put into light what the Querent has "gained" thanks to his introspection as well as how he will assimilate his dark side by following the advice provided throughout the spread. These three cards show how the light comes back again at the end of the winter, that is to say at the spring equinox also known as Ostara. While cards 1, 2 and 3 depicted the Querent at Mabon, these present him the way he will be at Ostara when winter ends. They are a summary of what the dark season will bring for the Querent. Card 10 is thus the Querent as he will be at the end of his journey within himself. On the left, card 11 reveals what the Querent will have gained, the way he will have managed to "tame" the dark aspects of himself put into light during the analysis of the spread. On the right, card 12 is an opening on something the Querent will still have to be working on in order to find the right balance between his bright and dark sides. It can also be a warning which he will have to keep in mind if he wants to achieve his goal.
Card 13 symbolizes the pomegranate seeds eaten by Persephone during her stay in Hades' realm. It thus shows what the Querent takes and keeps with him from his inner journey. It shows in what way the Querent's dark side is necessarily connected with his identity and is a full part of it that cannot be ignored. This card reflects how he is continually connected with his own darkness. It shows the way to follow and is a conclusion to the spread.