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Celtic Cross Spread

The Celtic Cross is also a very powerful spread because it can indicate the general outcome of a situation IF you do not make any changes, as well as your hopes about a situation, your deepest fears and also the influence of people around you on the situation and your decisions.

This is a very popular spread and is very widely used. It can be used for a general overview of a situation. It can also be used for asking specific questions, particularly if you are looking at alternate outcomes and maybe asking questions such as "What would be the outcome if I did this or did that?"

It is important to remember that the outcome is based on the person’s current state of mind and emotions and assumes that the person does nothing to change that outcome.

It can also be a useful spread to compare outcomes if certain actions are taken. This is often called the “Alternate Future”.  For example “what will be the outcome if I stay in my current job?” and “what will be the outcome if I take this new job I have been offered?”

The Celtic Cross Spread can be used as a general introductory spread, which can highlight specific issues for further exploration.  It can then be used very effectively to explore those issues.


Positions and meanings of the cards in the Celtic Cross Spread

celtic cross spread in tarot cards


Position 1 is the situation.

Position 2 crosses position 1 and this will often bring up the real issue or the challenge. This is the opposing factor.

Position 3 is below 1 and 2 and this adds further detail to the present situation. It is the root cause of the problem.

Position 4 to the left indicates the past.

Position 5 above the cross indicates influences which are leaving and the immediate future. It can also be the goal of the querant.

Position 6 to the right is close future.

Position 7 at the bottom of the vertical line indicates the fears of the querant. This can also be how you see yourself.

Position 8 directly above 7 indicates other people. It can represent matters of the home.

Position 9 directly above 8 indicates the hopes and wishes of the querant. There is often some key guidance with this card.

Position 10 at the top of the row indicates the outcome.

For more information you can put another row from bottom to top beside the first one.  You can continue adding rows, which will give even more information.

You would normally only do this if the outcome is not clear.  This may be that the question is unclear or has not yet been decided.

When you add extra rows to the Celtic Cross spread, it can add considerably additional insight to the reading.

You can read up the columns from the bottom to the top. You can also read across each line, so you have additional information on Your Fears, The Influence of Other People, Hopes and the Outcome.



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