The Celtic Cross spread, also sometimes known as the Grand Cross, the Mystic Cross, or the Cross/Staff spread, is one of the most commonly used spreads in tarot readings. The spread consists of a 10 card lay-out in the form of a Celtic Cross (equal armed cross in a circle) and a staff. It is not the easiest of spreads to master; one has to learn to be aware of specific card combinations and how the different positions of the lay-out interplay with each other. However, once you grow proficient at it, you will find that it will serve for an in-depth, well-detailed reading.
Even though the Celtic Cross spread is popular, you will find some variations among different tarot readers. These variations are generally found in the order the cards are placed or read, or in the interpretation of the card’s placement. This article describes one version of the Celtic Cross, but don’t be surprised if another article, or a book or person, uses a slightly different method. Likewise, don’t be afraid to change something if you feel you can personalize the spread for yourself, thereby making it more meaningful for your own use.
This card is sometimes used to boost the energy of the Tarot reading. To pick out a significator if you are doing a reading for a female, pick out the four queens and have the person who is receiving the reading pick one of the four queens. This card will then represent the energy of the person having the Tarot reading done. While this card is not an actual part of the Tarot reading, some believe it strengthens and clairfies the information received. The significator card simply represents the seeker, or his situation. While some readers use a significator with the Celtic Cross spread, others omit it all together. The choice is yours.
If using a significator card, it should be chosen first when sitting down to do a reading. It can be done by having the seeker select a card blindly at random, choosing one of the Kings (if male) or queens (if female) or by the reader going through the deck and choosing a specific card that she feels represents the individual or the particular situation. Place the card face-up in the center of the table.
Card number one will then cover the significator.
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