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How To Read Tarot Cards - Celtic Cross Spread

Updated on April 3, 2012

People have been trying to see into the future since time immemorial, but the popularity of Tarot cards is rising. In the current economic climate, life can be uncertain and mistakes costly, so it’s natural to seek answers to some of life’s uncertainty.

People often ask how often can you read Tarot cards. That depends in some respects on what question you are asking. The simple Yes/No spread detailed in my first article on how to read the Tarot can be used very frequently, the Horoscope spread detailed in the same article, I would use probably once a year. The Celtic Cross spread here is useful to give a short overview of a situation, so you could use it monthly, for example, perhaps on holy days if you are Wiccan or Pagan, or just at a convenient time if not.

How To Read The Tarot - Celtic Cross Spread

 Once again, allow your mind to quieten as you shuffle and cut the cards, all the while thinking of the situation you have in mind.  Then place the cards out as detailed in the numbered picture illustrated, with the number one card at the heart of the spread.


Number one is the main point at the heart of the question.

Number two is the present situation, or the subject of the reading

Number three is the obstacle influencing the situation.

Number four is your hopes and dreams for the situation, your hopes and goals, and what you should be striving for.

Number five is the difficulties from the past, your weaknesses and what’s beneath you.

Number six is the very recent past, what’s just happened or what is just moving out of your life.

 Number seven is the very beginning of the future, what will happen over the next couple of days.

Number eight is what you can expect over the coming days, weeks and months in respect of the subject.

Number nine is the people surrounding you, friends, work colleagues, partners, enemies who will play a part in the situation.

Number ten is the turning point, what you could do to influence the outcome.

Number eleven is the most likely outcome.

Numbers twelve and thirteen are not always used.  They further explain the outcome, and you would tend to use them if number eleven were an ace, as all aces signify new beginnings.

 If your spread includes reversed cards, this could mean that the energy of that card is blocked, or it could have the reverse meaning of the card.  A reversed card may also mean your true hidden feelings, your shadow side; things you don't want to acknowledge or deal with.  Some Tarot readers ignore reversed cards completely, though, so you will have to see what works best for you.

The Celtic Cross is a nice, simple spread that can be used regularly, as situations arise that you need the answer to, or on a routine basis, monthly for example.  There is lots of published information about how to interpret individual cards, but if you would like to read more about this subject, I have written a series of articles about each tarot card on, where I write as Georgina Crawford.


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    • Georgina_writes profile image

      Georgina_writes 8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks, Darlene, it works for me too.

      HealthyHanna, yep, found them to be very useful - lots of positive stuff for the future.

      Thank you thevoice.

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      thevoice 8 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific reading hub write thanks

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      HealthyHanna 8 years ago from Utah

      How Interesting!! How have you found them to be in telling your future? Anything intersting?

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      Darlene Sabella 8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Thanks you my friend, I always do a six months spread, it tells a complete story, a little time consuming but it speaks loud and clear, great hub...thumbs up...

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      Georgina_writes 8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks Hello, hello. Glad you found it useful.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for this comprehensive hub which explains so much.