Celtic Cross Tarot – How to set it all up

celtic cross tarot layout

The celtic cross tarot spread is a typical 10 card spread. It can give you an in depth look into the situation you are wanting to know the answers to. The following is how to set the spread up or to understand how a tarot reader will have done it for you during a reading. Shuffle and Cut the cards as shown in the picture above.

Card 1: This is the Signifier card. You may allow the querent to choose one that suits them, you may choose for them, or you may let the cards choose. Set this card in the center, face up. This card represents the querent, and describes their personality.

Card 2: This is the Crossing card. This card lies on top of the first card so they form a cross. This card symbolizes any obstacles that exist for the querent.

Card 3: This card is the Crowning card. This card is placed above the first card. It symbolizes the best theĀ  querent hopes to achieve.

Card 4: This is the Base card. This card is placed below the first card. This card symbolizes the resources, both physical, and spiritual, that theĀ  querent has to work with.

Card 5: This card represents the past, as it relates to the present. It is placed to the right of the first card.

Card 6: This card represents the present, as it relates to the future. It is placed to the left of the first card.

At this time you should have 2 cards in the center, and one card at each of the 4 compass points.

Card 7: This is the querent, it describes their personality and should be read in conjunction with the first card. This card is placed off to the right of the first six cards.

Card 8: This card represents the querent’s environment, the people and influences in her life. This card is placed above the 7th card.

Card 9: This card represents the querent’s hopes, desires or/and fears. This card is placed above the 8th card.

Card 10: This card represents the far future. It is placed above the 9th card, and ends the spread.

When interpreting the spread, remember the cards relate to one another. You should see several cards in the spread with similar meanings.

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