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.
How To Use This Reader
- Click on the card image to reveal your card
- Click the cards image again to read the description
- Use “Shuffle Cards” to begin a new reading
- Use “Flip All Cards” to overturn all the cards at once
Four Of Swords
The Four of Swords is a card of healing. While this card also represents a loss, it is often associated with the loss of a problem.
The message that this card brings, is to ensure you are getting the rest and recovery you need.
One cannot hold the sword and battle the challenges that life brings, without adequate rest and recovery.
Seven Of Pentacles
You must be working hard towards your desires and future goals for this card to be drawn.
While Pentacles usually represent finances, they can also represent love. They are always a reminder that the seeds you sow will sprout and grow as much as you are watering them.
Too much water, however, is not good, and it is a message that you need to slow down and reflect.
Whatever you leave behind on your break will allow you to understand how precious it is, and be reminded that continuing to put in the effort will reap great rewards.
The Hanged Man
While this card shows a sinister image, it generally means the end of an ongoing problem is coming.
This can relate to a bad job, partner, health issue, etc. Perhaps you are holding on to something that is holding you back.
There is a message here to let go of any dead weight, and to stop doing things that do not truly fit into your life goal. Letting go, however, could be painful in the short term, but is better for you in the long run.
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.
The Emperor Card is closely associated with Aries, which in turn makes the Emperor an excellent leader in your Tarot reading.
As a natural born leader, he commands a level of authority. When this card is drawn, it could be representing a judge, law enforcement officer, superior or somebody in a similar position in your life. The Emperor can also symbolize a father figure. This is because it represents Jupiter, the god of gods.
While the Emperor is of a high ranking and standing, he is a warm character, and is extremely fair and just, that can offer the same love of a father. This is certainly a welcome card and one that you can count on, wherever it appears in your reading.
Knight Of Cups
The Knight of Cups is a very welcome card to receive in a reading.
Knights generally bring an important message with them and as this Knight bears a cup, means that you have a gift incoming.
In love you may receive a deep and meaningful gift or message from a loved one, that is very personal and important.
In business, you can expect to receive a great testimonial or news report from a client.
Smile, because Knights don’t show up unless you deserve them!
Ten Of Pentacles
Lucky you! This is a great card to have drawn in a Tarot Reading, and almost certainly means yes to a question you have.
Whether it be in love or career, this card brings a very lucky message that you are in for a real treat.
Money, love and career are the three biggest benefactors of this card, and you will certainly be happy with the message this card brings.
Seven Of Swords
There is a sense of deception in the air when the Seven of Swords is drawn. In love, this can mean that your significant other is being unfaithful, or is not being forthcoming with sensitive or important information.
In business, it can mean that a colleague has done something deceptive and most likely thinks they have gotten away with it. The weight of seven swords, however, is too great to handle and they have it coming to them. The truth will be revealed.
The message here, is to be very wary of deceit around you, even though it will surface for all to see. If you are the one being deceitful, then it is about to bite you.
Today is an excellent day. When the Sun Card shines down on you in a reading there is an optimistic message to be gleaned from its appearance.
Your success is a guarantee when The Sun Card rises from the deck. This success is usually related to an outside event for others to see and admire.
If it has not already happened then you can very shortly expect great successes and achievements.
Queen of Wands
The Queen of Wands is a fearless and blissful card and brings with it a strong message.
All walks of life can come across fear on their path, and you need to overcome fear each and every time to continue forward.
For you, this can mean that you are or will shortly be tempted to back out of something due to fear, but to press on, and overcome that fear, for it is only an illusion.
For somebody else, the Queen may represent an older woman crossing your path, who will give you the confidence and courage that you need.
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.