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Celtic Cross Tarot Reading

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.

The Celtic Cross Tarot Reading Layout

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

Recent past.

5. This crowns you

Plans and intentions, goals.

6. This is before you

Events in the next future. New people, fresh ideas.

7. Yourself

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.

The Horseshoe

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.

4. Obstacles

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.

6. Advice

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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