This ancient and popular tarot spread is one of the most widely used,
perhaps because it is suitable for almost any type of reading, from a general,
life reading to an in-depth reading on a specific question.
The Celtic Cross is divided into two sections, the Circle/Cross (six
cards) on the left and the Staff (four cards) on the right.
The Circle/Cross is meant to represent the Celtic cross found throughout
Ireland. This cross has a circle linking the four perpendicular
spokes. The circle and cross symbolize the joining of spirit and physical matter
and the unity of all events in time.
Listed below is a description of what the position of each card in the Celtic Cross Spread represents.
SIGNIFICATOR: This card is chosen, either by the reader or by the caller, and is used to represent the caller.
Some people choose a significator based on the birth date of the person they are reading,
some on physical or personality traits.
I use different significators to represent myself at different times.
For instance, in matters of the home, or to do with tarot, I use the
for spiritual questions, the High Priestess, and for other things, the
Queen of Pentacles (chosen because I'm an earth sign.) The Significator is the first card to be laid out
and is placed in directly front of the reader.
CARD ONE: This is the card that covers you. This card is laid out
face-up on top of the Significator. It represents the basis of the
matter, or that which brought
you to the present circumstances.
CARD TWO: This crosses you. This card is laid sideways across card one.
This represents influences working for or against you at this
time. This card will either weaken or strengthen the other cards.
CARD THREE: The third card is placed directly above the Significator.
This is the card that crowns you. It shows the near future will evolve if left to it's own devices.
reveals the way in which you’ve responded to the near future
and how and in what way the future is evolving.
CARD FOUR: This card is beneath you. It is placed directly below the
Significator. It demonstrates the present condition in your life which motivated
you or caused you concern. That which caused you to seek
CARD FIVE: This card is behind you. The Fourth card is placed to the
right of the Significator. It represents the present or passing
influences. Not only the recent
past, but long-term blocks or influences as well.
CARD SIX: This card is before you and is placed to the left of the
Significator. It signifies the near future. This card will indicate how
emerged from your recent past, as well as other factors coming into
CARD SEVEN: The seventh card is placed to the right of the fifth card,
and on a level with the fourth card. This represents You in your future environment. The card
in this position is very revealing because it represents your future self and tells us how you will react and think in times
CARD EIGHT: Card eight is placed directly above card seven. This is
your house. It represents a new turn of events and/or the effects of
you. This card indicates new developments or perhaps unexpected
changes that will alter your course or shed new light on existing
CARD NINE: Placed directly above card eight, this card represents your hopes and fears - the inner workings of
your mind as a result of the past and present. This card does not
necessarily reflect what is, but how you perceive things to be.
CARD TEN:The final card, card ten, is placed directly above card nine. This is the final outcome - the summation of the nine
previous cards. This is the answer you have been seeking.
Once all of the cards have been laid out in the proper order, it is time to interpret and summarize the information revealed by
the cards. The relationship various cards
and various suits have to each other, as well as their position in the spread, all play a part in the
final interpretation. Because there are 78 cards in the
tarot deck - the possible combinations offered by this particular spread offers a wealth of information regarding your situation.
I love using this spread and would be happy to offer it to you if when you call. Please keep in mind, however, that this spread takes more time to lay out and interpret than the spread I normally use.