The Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross is Tarot's most popular and well known spread. It can be a difficult spread to learn as a beginner due to it's layout, card numbering and position meanings.

The Digital Tarot Deck's Celtic Cross can be used as a learning aid for practicing this spread. 

  • Card 1 - Present Situation. Reveals the influences at play and sets the scene for the rest of the reading. Some Tarot readers say out loud "This covers you", when drawing this card.
  • Card 2 - Cause/Obstacles/Influences. The obstacles, challenges or forces that may be in your way. Some Tarot readers say out loud "This crosses you", when drawing this card. Traditionally this card would be laid horizontally across Card 1. However this isn't necessary and it makes card 1 and 2 harder to interpret.
  • Card 3 - The Goal or Best Outcome. This is what is being wishes for, it is the ideal goal. Some Tarot readers say out loud "This is above you", when drawing this card.
  • Card 4 - Background or Distant Past. This is the foundation or background to the situation reveal in card 1. Some Tarot readers say out loud "This is the foundation of the subject", when drawing this card.
  • Card 5 - Recent Past or Events. Whatever recent events have effected this situation they should be waining. Some Tarot readers say out loud "This is behind you", when drawing this card.
  • Card 6 - Future Influences. Future events, people or influences that may alter the situation.  Some Tarot readers say out loud "This is before you", when drawing this card.
  • Card 7 - Possible Answer or This is You. This card can be a possible answer to the problem. It can also describe the person and how they relate to the situation. Some Tarot readers say out loud "This answers you", when drawing this card.
  • Card 8 - Your Resources (home, family, friends etc) or Your Strengths. This card can point to people who can be of help in this situation or to person strengths that should be made use of. Some Tarot readers say out loud "This strengthens you", when drawing this card.
  • Card 9 - Your Inner Feelings, Hopes & Fears. This is the persons inner most feelings on the situation, it can bring out hopes, fears and other deep rooted or hidden emotions. Some Tarot readers say out loud "This describes you", when drawing this card.
  • Card 10 - The Final Outcome. The final outcome to the situation for the person. Some Tarot readers say out loud "This is the conclusion", when drawing this card.

 

Celtic Cross Tarot Spread Layout

 

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