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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Six Of Swords
Physical or spiritual travel is present here. Aside from some potential travel for work or a vacation, this card also symbolizes the moving on of a problem in your life.
You have let possibly let go of something bothering you for a long time, and have offered forgiveness, either internally or externally.
The six swords in this image represent a wall of protection that you have created for yourself, though. While forgiven, you have not forgotten, and will take these lessons with you on your journey.
The Six of Swords reminds us that in sorrow and grief, courage and inner strength always prevail.
The Star brings creativity and peace the majority of the time when it is drawn. Being related to the zodiac sign Aquarius, it can signal a re-connection with a loved one.
It is a great reminder that having gone through tough times, that better times always present themselves eventually. These better times can have somebody involved who is integral in the process, and doing it without reward. Often, readers refer to this card as a persons guardian angel.
This is a great card to receive in a favorable position, as it is often associated with good fortune and success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
King Of Cups
An appearance from an older man who brings a lot of love is likely when the King Of Cups shows up in a Tarot reading.
It may not, however, be an old man, but somebody who symbolizes the love of an old man. A father figure is often represented here.
As Cup Cards represent the Water Signs, a Cancerian, Piscean, or Scorpion may also enter your day to assist with any emotional issues you are currently going through.
This card can also present itself when somebody who cares about you very much is thinking about you. This kind of love is unquestionable, and the feelings will last for a long time. A very warm card to receive, indeed.
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.
The Judgement card has an image of judgement day. The card has a karmic message, in that all things come around full circle.
This cards presence is a reminder that water flows under the bridge and that all will be OK in due time. If you have been investing time, money and/or heart into something, the appearance of this card brings a message that such efforts will soon be rewarded. Having faith and being patient, however, are two essential qualities to nurture here, as while the card brings good news, the payoff can take time.
The Judgment Card can also symbolize a change within you that has been coming for a long time.
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.
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.
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