As one of the oldest and most popular tarot spreads, the Celtic Cross is an essential for anybody who is learning to read the cards. The Celtic Cross is unique among tarot spreads in that it provides both a basic overview of the problem at hand by examining the past, present, and future difficulties that one might face related to the issue as well as other challenges that lie at the heart of the issue.
The Celtic Cross is called as such because of the arrangement of the cards in a cross shape, with the addition of a four-card staff at the side. There are many symbolic and spiritual reasons why this particular arrangement of cards is so helpful in reading tarot. You can learn more about the symbolism of tarot through the Explicit Tarot course on Udemy, which can help you learn to read the cards by looking at them as if they are telling a story. Remember to also check out Your Future is in the Cards, which can help you learn to read fortunes using a standard deck of playing cards.
The Celtic Cross Arrangement
The first two cards that you lay down in the Celtic Cross spread are themselves a cross. The first card is placed down vertically, while the second is placed on top of it horizontally.
After this, four more cards are placed in a second cross surrounding the first cross. There are different ways to lay these cards out, though generally three is laid to the left of the first cross and the fourth card to the right, with the fifth and sixth cards being laid above and below the first cross respectively.
This arrangement of cards not only helps channel a particular spiritual energy in your tarot reading, but serves to help you remember what the deeper meaning of each card in this arrangement is.
Cards One and Two
The first two cards, which lay at the center of the entire spread, are indicative of the central problem. As an example, let’s look at a question such as “Should I change my career?”
If the first card is the Death card and the second card is the two of cups, it is easy to see what the true root of the issue is. Death indicates a major life change – though not one that is necessarily negative. The two of cups indicates a union between two people, often romantic in nature but not necessarily so – in a query about career issues, it could also indicate a business relationship.
In this case, the reader might guess that a changing relationship, such as an impending marriage, is causing the person for whom they are reading to rethink their career as well. Essentially, the first card represents the present situation, while the second card represents the actual challenge.
Cards Three and Four
The third and the fourth card look to the past and the future – in this case, the events that lead to the current situation and the likely immediately outcome of the situation in the following few weeks or months. The eight of swords may indicate that in the past, the individual has felt trapped in the situation that they are in – this could indicate that they were unable to leave their job.
However, the appearance of the Queen of Coins in the fourth card position could indicate that in the future, the individual could receive help in the form of a financially stable female figure – perhaps the woman at the heart of the partnership in the Two of Cups.
Cards Five and Six
Card five indicates the goal or the ideal outcome of the individual asking the question, while the sixth card indicates deeper issues that they may not be addressing, or even be aware of. In this case, the Ten of Coins could indicate that the individual seeks luxury and material comfort, and this may be what he or she thinks that they want. However, the appearance of the Four of Cups may indicate that they are actually dissatisfied with this future outlook, and potentially with the partnership or relationship offered by the other cards.
The Last Four Cards
The last four cards – those that make up the staff – elaborate on the situation being expressed in the cross formation and will show you a potential outcome.
The seventh card offers advice. In our example this is the Page of Cups, which indicates that the person asking the question may be more interested in seeking a career that offers creative or artistic fulfillment, if not stability.
The eight card shows the hopes and the fears of the individual. The Ten of Wands indicates that they may fear being oppressed by the partnership being offered to them, or that they are uncertain they can handle the responsibility.
The ninth card indicates the external influences at work in the situation. The presences of the Five of Coins indicates financial difficulties the individual is currently facing, but also points out that these difficulties are only minor and easily overcome.
Finally the tenth card, which shows the outcome of the situation. The tenth card in this case is the Ten of Coins, which indicates financial success and a strong business relationship. In this case, it shows that the individual likely does end up in the business partnership at the heart of the issue. Using the advice given to them from the spread, they can take on a more creative role that will allow them to be more fulfilled and happy.
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