Celtic Cross Spread
Welcome to Lotus Tarot’s Free Celtic Cross Spread. Below are ten cards that have been drawn for you, feel free to shuffle these if you like. The cards are listed in ten positions which are explained in further on how to interpret the Celtic Cross Spread.
For the sake of those on mobile and tablet devices, we have laid out the cards in a two to a line format. Your cards are numbered as shown in the image here, from 1 through to 10.
Your Spread Layout VS The Celtic Cross Spread
Simply match up your cards to the positions and find the positions descriptions below.
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Eight Of Wands
The Eight Of Wands can promise a brief succession of enlightening events are on their way.
Wands cards are often a symbol of swift activity. As the image shows, the 8 wands are moving downward and they are moving quickly. The new buds on these wands represent growth and abundance, giving indication of fertile nature towards the incoming events, most often related to your dreams and questions you had at the time of this reading.
While this card symbolizes movement, it essentially means that the movement is happening to you, not that you need to make a move. It can mean that travel is coming soon, and most likely will be with somebody special.
It is also referred to as the “Cupid’s Arrow”, and something passionate and exciting is sure to come your way soon.
King Of Pentacles
The Pentacles cards represent money and the Earth signs. When the King of Pentacles arrives, it can mean that there is an older man about to provide some financial assistance, or at least be a part of it.
It can also mean that an older man is due to enter your life to assist with your success. It could be an older lover, and because this is a Pentacles card, he is likely to have money and offer you security in more ways than just finances.
This card is always a great one to receive in a reading, as it means that stability, wealth and security could be coming your way.
Five Of Wands
Also known as the competition card, the Five of Wands can bring an unwelcome message.
In business, it can mean that there is somebody trying to outdo you, and their methods may not be “by the books”.
In love, it can mean that somebody is also trying to compete for your partner, or perhaps you!
While this cards message moves quickly as it is a wand card, you can be sure that this problem will disappear as quickly as it arrives.
A great reminder to not take things for granted, and that there will always be someone else trying to outdo you.
Three Of Wands
There is a sense of great optimism when the Three of Wands turns up in a reading. Being an action card, it is a reminder to keep at it, for the prize is just around the corner.
This card also represents promise. Perhaps today you are going to receive or give someone something that was promised, and the moment will be very joyous, bringing all involved parties closer together and tightening their bonds.
There is also a message here to reach out to loved ones who are at a distance, in either location or personal connection, and to inject some fire and energy into that connection. All parties will feel joy and happiness with such contact.
Ace Of Wands
The Ace of Wands is an excellent omen to receive in any tarot reading.
It usually symbolizes new beginnings in your creative or passionate ventures in life.
This new beginning usually happens quickly and is incoming fast, most likely giving you a complete surprise when it comes. The image shows the hand coming from the clouds, meaning that this will come to you naturally and is not a gift you need to search for.
The most common associations are new connections with other souls, a new partner, a vacation/stint overseas, or something new in the creative area of your life.
Page Of Wands
Page cards often bring an energetic and sudden message.
Being a wand card also, means that something new and exciting is likely to unfold, taking you by surprise.
In love, it can mean a new relationship, or a significant development in one. In business, you are likely to be met with a sudden, yet exciting and positive experience.
This card also brings with it, a warm feeling of positive energy.
Nine Of Wands
There is a message here to not take any drastic or decisive action too quickly.
You need to be on your defenses and evaluate everything in your current plans before making a big move.
It is a reminder that with patience, comes reward, and that you have progressed much further than you think.
Knight Of Wands
The Knight of Wands is a charming character who brings with him a sense of urgency.
As a fire sign, he often rushes straight into things. Is it possible you have rushed into something quickly or been taken by complete surprise?
There is a lesson here, that things that come quickly can also go quickly, and the Knight is known to wander.
In love it would be wise to be careful with your heart, and in business, you should keep a close eye on your finances and secrets.
Seven Of Cups
The Seven of Cups often comes to inform you that you are at risk of everything falling down on you. You may be doing or focusing on too much at once, and dreaming too many dreams.
Are all of the dreams and goals you have in front of you now truly worth your while, and are you able to consolidate them?
When you see the Seven of Cups, you need to analyze your goals and intentions with great detail, as some of them could very well just turn out to be illusions that are not worthy of your time.
You need to listen to instinct here, and ensure you are focusing on the correct dreams.
Eight Of Cups
The Eight of Cups is a card of abandonment and can mean pain and sorrow. The image is of a man heading out towards a dark bay during the middle of the night leaving behind his cups of love.
There is a sense of loss when this card appears. Possibly a loss of love, with a feeling so strong that you can almost taste it. This card can make an appearance when you are ending a relationship or close connection with someone, or on the flip-side, are the one being left. It can also mean a special someone maybe leaving you, without your knowledge.
This card is a sure sign of grief, and the representation of a loss, moving on without them/you.
This image shows the true layout of a Celtic Cross Spread. As mentioned above, we have laid out your cards in an easy to view format as you are receiving your reading on a mobile device, tablet or computer, and the traditional layout does not suit digital formats.
CARD 1 = PRESENT
CARD 2 = POTENTIAL/CHALLENGES
CARD 3 = CAUSE/FOCUS
CARD 4 = PAST
CARD 5 = ATTITUDES & BELIEFS/STRENGTHS
CARD 6 = NEAR FUTURE
CARD 7 = APPROACH (SUGGESTION)
CARD 8 = WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW (OUTSIDE INFLUENCE)
CARD 9 = HOPES/FEARS
CARD 10 = OUTCOME/FUTURE
The Celtic Cross spread is the oldest known and without a doubt, the most popular pattern for Tarot readings. It is said that the survival of this spread is due to the energy from the amount of people who use this particular spread daily, and the decades of use throughout the world.
It is divided into two sections, namely the “Circle/Cross” on the left side, made up of two crosses – a central one (two cards) nested within a larger cross (six cards), and the Staff on the right side, as shown in the above diagram. The “Circle/Cross” stems from the Celtic cross which can be found throughout the country of Ireland. It symbolizes the unity of all events.
The feminine energy of the Circular section works together with the masculine energy of the Staff section.