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 Comparison For The Celtic Cross Spread

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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The Hierophant

The Hierophant often represents a Taurus in your life and is bringing a message that you need to seek wisdom.

There may be a lack of proper structure somewhere in your life, and it is important to get this organized as soon as possible, likely with the assistance of a wise, older man. Some things in life cannot be done alone, and in this instance, require you to reach out.

There is also an indication of a new learning experience. Perhaps you are or are intending to learn something new or are beginning a new path of growth.

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Four Of Cups

The Four of Cups brings the message that obvious answers are often right under your nose.

The image is of a man looking unhappily at the three cups in front of him and this symbolizes that he is not happy with the way that things are going. Little does he know that the fourth cup is right next to him, being handed to him, yet he is blind to it.

You need to set your expectations correctly, and realize that when you become too stubborn, that you close doors of opportunity.

The answer is likely to be in plain sight, but you are shadowing it with your thoughts and expectations. Relax, back off the defense and see things how they truly are in reality.

Nine Of Pentacles

The Nine of Pentacles represents the end of a cycle for you and a successful outcome.

Great finances and/or love are likely to be in your life now, or the very near future.

This card can also bring a message of travel, due to your hard efforts, most likely a vacation. It also symbolizes pregnancy.

The Tower

The Tower card shows a frightful picture and brings with it some stern messages.

The presence of this card often represents a foundation in your life, crumbling. This can extend from relationships through to physical buildings. While this card can bring dark messages with it, it can also simply be a disruption in your residential life such as moving home or negativity between cohabitants.

While this card is bad news, it also brings a message that it will get better and that towers can always be rebuilt.

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Five Of Cups

This is not always a welcome card when drawn. It gives a stern reminder that nothing will last forever, not even sorrow.

The image depicts a sad and sorrowful soul, with their back turned and looking at the ground. The three cups that have fallen over mean that there is a sense of loss and most certainly some type of disappointment, while the two that remain standing are cups of love and are encouraging you to remember that not all the cups have been knocked over.

Try to remain optimistic when bad luck strikes.

Queen Of Cups

The Queen of Cups is associated with love and compassion.

All those around her, and those who have this card drawn, are graced with the joy she brings.

Any love or compassion that you give or receive today, will be of a level much higher than usual, and be true and sincere.

Nine Of Swords

The Nine of Swords is a reminder that you can’t always have your cake and eat it too.

You are likely to face some internal stresses and emotional situations today, and it is important to be able to recognize the reason behind them, for they are not worth the sorrow such stresses can bring.

This card also warns of poor health or habits, mainly due to the unnecessary stress you are letting into your world.

The Emperor

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.

More about The Emperor Card

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.

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.

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How To Interpret This Spread

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.

How A Celtic Cross Spread is laid out


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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.

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