Over the next few sessions, we will explore and interpret a Celtic Cross spread, especially in the way the cards relate to each other, in addition to what each card means in relation to its individual position.
There are several ways to set the spread, and I will explain how I do it first. Different people use different positions and different meanings. It’s a matter of personal choice, not right and wrong. I’m explaining how I do it, so that the following entries will make sense within that method. Don’t feel boxed in simply because this is the way I do it. You can take the same techniques and apply them to your personal layout.
I do not use a significator card. My significator is The Queen of Cups, and she often shows up elsewhere in the reading. So I prefer not to tie her up as the significator.
In the center of the reading, in the #1 position, is the card I called “Current Situation”. It’s an overview of the question, practically a restatement.
The #2 position is on top of the number one, at right angles, forming an equal-armed cross. This, to me, is the Energy surrounding the situation.
Then, I move directly above the two cards, to my #3 position – Aspirations. This is what you want it to be. The trick in this position is when you’re sabotaging yourself, whether consciously or unconsciously, that self-sabotage will often show up in this position.
I move below the equal-armed cross to the #4 position, the Foundation. This is what causes the need for the question.
I then move to the left of the crossed cards, to my #5 position – Recent Past. That sounds redundant, but it means the past 3-9 weeks (in my experience) of the situation.
Then I hop over the crossed cards to my #6 position, directly to their right, which is my Near Future. Readings tend to answer questions for the coming 2 weeks – 6 months (which is why you don’t want to ask the same question every day for six weeks – it takes time for things to manifest). The Near Future usually means the upcoming three months, although the entire reading can take six months or longer to complete.
Now, we move one more position over, and down, because we will have four cards laddering up the right side of the reading. The bottom of this, Position #7, is Where You Are at This Moment. If you asked the question an hour from now (and I hope you won’t), a different card may come up, should you make decisions and act upon the questions in the meantime. It is a card of Present Moment.
Directly above this, in Position #8, is Environment. It reflects the environment in which you are operating right now.
Above that, in Position #9, is Hopes and Fears. What you want the most if often what you fear the most, which is why both of these seemingly contradictory forces happen within the same position.
And the top card, #10, is the Possible Outcome. Again, it will only happen if you take the action to make it happen, and if you follow the advice of the other cards in the reading. If a card comes up you don’t want to take effect, you make decisions and take positive action to come up with a different outcome.
Next time, we will look at an actual question and which cards come up, and, for the next few sessions, break it down, card by card.