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Celtic Cross Spread

 

The Celtic Cross is the most well-known of all the tarot spreads and also the largest available here, involving 10 cards. This spread begins with a pair of crossing cards at the center of the issue, essentially being 2 significators. When 2 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 2 cards which are symbolic of the intellectual (top) and emotional (bottom) basis of the issue. The Before and After cards show the past and immediate future.

At the right, 4 cards are laid going upward. At the bottom you have a card representing yourself, and the next card shows how others may effect the question. Card #9 indicates what you may be hoping for or possibly what you hope will not happen. Finally at the top we come to the outcome, meaning the distant or ultimate future.

Spread 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

2 of Clubs

The Outcome

Queen of Hearts


Hopes and Fears

6 of Diamonds


External Forces

Ace of Clubs


The Querent

3 of Diamonds

The Recent Past

6 of Hearts

The Crossing Card

9 of Clubs


The Significator

Ace of Diamonds

The Future

King of Hearts


Foundation card


8 of Spades

 

 

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

 

 

Ace of Diamonds

The first card of the Diamonds suit often foretells the arrival of a valuable message or especially meaningful gift. More specifically this can often represent a ring, or more generally can refer to gifts of sustenance or money.

 

 

 

 

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

 

9 of Clubs

This suggests great strength and endurance will be necessary. If you face the challenge you will certainly triumph. Health and recovery may also come into play.

 

 

 

 

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

 

2 of Clubs

This is a symbol of ownership, territory, and concern with possessions. The energy of this card represents power and domination, but not necessarily with selfish intentions. Sometimes dominion can be mostly a matter of security, but this card reminds us to be careful concerning this matter.

 

 

 

 

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

 

8 of Spades

Not being able to see the forest for the trees is the general vibe of this card -- overlooking the most obvious details. Something or someone may have diverted your attention. This card embodies deception, interference, misdirection, deceit, jealousy and gossip. Division in all things is indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Recent Past represents past events and concerns.

 

6 of Hearts

This is a sign of unexpected good fortune. You may be pleasantly surprised. There will be a steady increasein fortune. Remember to be generous if you want to pleasure to last. Avoid vanity and presumptuousness in yourself and others.

 

 

 

 

The Future depicts that which lies ahead.

 

King of Hearts

This represents a fair haired man. He is honest but impetuous. He tends to be hasty and not think his decisions through. Therefore, one should be wary of accepting any advice from him.

 

 

 

 

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

 

3 of Diamonds

Working towards a specific goal is indicated by this card. The creative process here leads to success in general - personal growth, material gain, accomplishment, skilled labor, and the increase of your value to the marketplace.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Ace of Clubs

The first card of the Clubs suit suggests that there will be a new project leading to a string a successes and professional achievements. It reminds you that you have the power to exercise initiative, that you are in control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

6 of Diamonds

This card embodies success itself. It suggests you will be influential because others will be looking up to you. Share your success and cultivate a cycle of fruitfulness and good fortune.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Queen of Hearts

This card suggests a fair haired woman with a gentle and pleasant personality. She is almost stereotypically passive and receptive. This card is particularly influenced by the energies of the adjacent cards in a reading. She may have the heart of a poet.