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Celtic Cross Layout

 

The Celtic Cross is the most well-known tarot spread and also the largest layouts available here, involving ten tiles. This layout begins with a pair of crossing tiles at the center of the issue, essentially being two significators. When two significators are involved, they may strengthen or oppose each other, which speaks of the nature of the situation. Above and below the initial cross, we have two tiles which are symbolic of the intellectual (top) and emotional (bottom) basis of the issue. The Before and After tiles show the past and immediate future.

At the right, four tiles are laid out, going upward. At the bottom you have a tile representing yourself, and the next tile shows how others may affect the situation. Tile #9 indicates what you may be hoping for, or possibly, what you hope will not happen. Finally at the top is the outcome, meaning the distant or ultimate future.

Layout Positions

  1. This is it (what you asked about)
  2. This crosses it (strengthens or opposes)
  3. This crowns it (higher influences)
  4. It rests upon this (lower influences)
  5. This came before
  6. This comes next
  7. This is you
  8. The external world around you
  9. Your hopes, fears, and secret desires
  10. The result or outcome

 

 

 

Celtic Cross

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Celtic Cross Reading

The Crown

Bamboo 4

The Outcome

Bamboo 5


Hopes and Fears

South Wind


External Forces

Wan 3


The Querent

Red Dragon

The Recent Past

Chrysanthemum

The Crossing Tile

Wan 9


The Significator

Circles 7

The Future

Fall


Foundation tile


Spring

 

 

The Significator represents what the main theme of the reading deals with, the initial situation.

 

 

Circles 7

The Insect represents gain in the short term. It suggests temporary work, small projects, and perhaps freelance. There will be short term gains, but don't rely upon this for too long. This is a transitional time when you should be planning for the future.

 

 

 

 

The Crossing Tile denotes an added impulse that compounds the initial tile, whether complimentary or contradictory.

 

Wan 9

The Heaven tile signifies achievement, completion, and fulfilment. It suggests perfect contentment and a time you can be free to kick back and feast upon the fruits of your labours.

 

 

 

 

The Crown stands for what the asker is aware of consciously.

 

Bamboo 4

The Carp signifies peace, contentment, tranquillity, and freedom from the pressures of everyday life. The tile's vibrant colours symbolise a gain of material and/or spiritual wealth.

 

 

 

 

Foundation tile reveals unconscious driving forces that the querent may not be aware of.

 

Spring

The Fisherman symbolises common sense and the rewards that come with patience. Do not simply sit back and expect things to fall into your lap. Instead, this tile suggests that you bait the hook and cast your line before sitting back. Have a beer if you like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Recent Past represents past events and concerns.

 

Chrysanthemum

The Chrysanthemum is a symbol of entertainment and leisure time. Social activities will be happy and fulfilling. You might even want to take a vacation and have the time of your life.

 

 

 

 

The Future depicts that which lies ahead.

 

Fall

The harvest depends upon the effort you put in. The Farmer represents massive gains through hard work and dedication. It is a sign of self-sufficiency, abundance, and generosity.

 

 

 

 

The Querent represents the asker and their attitude towards the subject of the reading.

 

Red Dragon

The Red Dragon represents the centre or middle, as in the core or bullseye. It foretells success and the skilful fulfilment of your goals.

 

 

 

 

External Forces represents the influence of others in your life as well as trends in your relationships with others.

 

Wan 3

The Earth tile signifies land and stability, a solid base that can be built upon. Or perhaps this base is already built and in fact thriving. In any case it represents security and self-sufficiency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopes and Fears shows the expectations you have concerning the outcome of your question.

 

South Wind

The South Wind tile is a particularly favourable sign. It foretells an end to problems allowing for new progress.

Red, summer, fire, phoenix

 

 

 

 

The Outcome of your question. Interpret this tile in the context of the entire reading and as an indicator of the path you are currently on, but not necessarily bound to.

 

Bamboo 5

The Lotus flower represents fertility and more specifically birth. It may indicate an addition to the family or perhaps a new project to occupy your days. This is also a symbol of healing and constant regeneration, also self-sufficiency.