Celtic cross tarot reading user guide.
There is no right or wrong way to read tarots but trying many different layouts will help you select the perfect tarot card spread for you and for the question you want to ask.
These are two traditional patterns that are often used for specific questions.
This is probably the most ancient and popular of the tarot card layouts but it is not that easy to use.
There are many cards involved and it requires an experienced tarot reader to make any sense of them.
The Celtic cross tarot reading is best suited to answer a specific question that must be clearly stated at the beginning of the reading.
A court card is chosen and placed in the middle of the spread. This card is called the significator, and it is chosen to represent appropriately the inquirer or the theme of the question.
In the picture below is represented with 0.
If you like drama, you can pronounce the traditional phrases written in bold, while you place each card.
1. This covers you
This card represents the inquirer's state of mind and the core of the question.
2. This crosses you
Oppositions and immediate challenges.
3. This is beneath you
Distant past that created the present situation.
4. This is behind you
5. This crowns you
Plans and intentions, goals.
6. This is before you
Events in the next future. New people, fresh ideas.
The inquirer's state of mind, feelings and attitudes.
8. Your house
The querent's surroundings and interactions with other people.
9. Your hopes and fears
Hopes, fears and expectations about the question.
10. What will come
The most likely result. A court card in this position may indicate that the outcome depends on another person and you can draw another card for a clarification.
This spread is a lot easier to handle. Unlike the Celtic cross tarot reading, the horseshoe is quite simple, doesn't have too many cards and is useful to answer a single question.
It is important that you unambiguously state the question while shuffling the cards to have it clear in your mind before you start.
If the querent wants to explore two different topics or has more than one question, lay down a spread for each question.
1. The past
Past influences that set the basis of your problem or situation.
2. The present
The present situation, your feelings and thoughts about it.
3. Hidden influences
Hopes, expectations and fears.
This card can represent emotional or practical problems. If a favorable card appears here, it means that there is little opposition or the obstacles may be outside the inquire's control.
5. The house
The environment, outside influences and other people's attitudes.
What would be the best course of action.
7. The most likely result
The probable result if the advice is followed.
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