Celtic Cross Spread

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Celtic Cross Spread

Celtic Cross Spread

The Celtic Cross Spread is the only one you will ever have to know. Its simple, it works and can be used under all circumstances. I think the reason that a lot of readers like to disply their sheer genius with some fancy spreads is that the do not know how powerful the basic Celtic Cross really is.

Celtic Cross Spread

The simplicity of the celtic cross lies in the fact that you can read starting at any point in the spread and use the very same principles – any card can be used as the situation card and then read back and forard from there.

Celtic Cross Spread

If there was ever a misunderstanding in tarot reading its the ability to understand the Celtic Cross spread. Ther eare a thousand and more references to the celtic cross spread on the internet, so I will only repeat here what is available everywhere.

 

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The Celtic Cross

 

How hard is that? The positions mean:

1. This represents the client – usually a major arcana Zodiac card
2. This covers the heart or intensifies the matter.
3. This crosses your path.
4. The past (in relation to the question).
5. That which supports you or you lean on.
6. How you think about the issue.
7. What you will get.
8. Personal problem, your point of view of it.
9. The point of view of those around you.
10. Your hopes and fears.
11. Outcome, the future

 

Then to add about 6 months worth of information to the celtic cross spread is simply do this – very few teach it. Can add as many as you like, five at a time, each group represents an additional six moths, as you go further, the accuracy decreases – always reference back to the main celtic cross:

celtic cross

The Celtic Cross Additional

The cards have no particular order meaning in here as opposed to the celtic cross spread, just as they come out. It kind of gives about 6 months worth of additional information.

A more long winded aspect of this to read the celtic cross spread is:

 

Card 1:   The Querent

Card 2:   The present
Card 3:   The immediate challenge facing the querent. You will often pull a difficult card here, which will indicate an obstacle that must be overcome. When you pull a “good” card here, examine it carefully because it will still represent a challenge.
Card 4:   Distant past, foundation. This card should indicate the root of the subject matter of the question
Card 5:   More recent past, including events. This will indicate events taking place, not necessarily directly connected to the question. For example, if a love affair going wrong Card 3 would show the root of why it is going wrong, whereas Card 4 will show something that recently happened to reflect this. You could see this as a “check comment” card – a way of seeing that the reading is sound.
Card 6:   The best that can be achieved. This is directly related to the question. Note that this may not necessarily gel against Card 10 – it depends whether you are able to get the best. However, a negative card here probably means that it is worth cutting your losses rather than putting any more effort into the situation.
Card 7: Immediate Future. This indicates events in the next few days or week(s). This reading does not cover months.
Card 8: Factors or inner feelings affecting the situation. Compare this against Card 1 in order to understand underlying forces/trends. If there is conflict between them this tends to indicate that the querent is going in the wrong direction.
Card 9: External influences. People, energies or events which will affect the outcome of the question and are beyond the querent’s control.
Card 10: Hopes or fears around the situation. This may produce a card that confuses us badly. Always bear in mind that hopes and fears are closely intertwined, therefore that which we hope for may also be that which we fear, and so may fail to happen. Sometimes it is useful to draw a second card for clarification after the reading has been laid, and to read the two together.
Card 11: Final outcome. This is a fairly self explanatory card. However it is worth saying that if the card comes up somewhat ambiguous, once again it may be worth drawing three extra cards to clarify. These should be interpreted through the lens of Card 10. So if the card drawn is the Tower and we draw the Ace of Cups, Princess of Cups and Four of Cups in a reading about a relationship, the Tower would indicate that it is time to move on. The Ace of Cup suggests that a new relationship is promised with better things ahead. The Princess of Cups brings new love (and possibly pregnancy). The Four of Cups shows deep levels of contentment and happiness, and many options for progress.

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