The Classic Celtic Cross
The Celtic Cross is one of the oldest spreads practiced by Wiccans for decades and taught as a basic, foundational reading. There are 10 cards total that comprise this popular Tarot spread. For example: There is one card in the middle with one that crosses over the top. Then, a larger cross is formed around the two so there are 4 more cards: one at the top, one at the bottom and one on either side of the small inner cross. Then, there are 4 more cards that form a column on one side.
The negotiable cards in the caste is which side of the second outer cross you decide is past or future. Just two cards. The rest, must stay as they are. Some read the past as the card on the left side of the outer cross and the future as the right or vice versa.
This is the traditional description here, but you can rock these spreads any way you like. As a beginner that these spreads, especially this one, is a great learning tool. Use them to get familiar with reading and then you do what you feel like doing.
The Classic Celtic Cross Tarot Spread
They are read as such:
A simple version of the classic Celtic Cross Tarot cards spread is used for a quick answer over-current situation. You may say it is a truncated Tarot spread but never the less it does its job giving us a more straightforward answer without overwhelming with a lot of confusing information.
The Celtic Cross (simple or truncated Tarot Card Spread)
For quick answers with more than just a simple yes, no, or maybe the Truncated Celtic Cross may be used. This is a six-card spread that allows you a birds eye view of the immediate influences and the possible outcome. The short spread will have an outcome but this covers a few days to a week accurately. You won’t have as much depth as the classic Celtic Cross to tie together a bigger picture.
This spread is great if you have a course of action already in mind or an issue that you want a tad more information about.
The Truncated Celtic Cross
For both the Classic, Truncated Cross and other long-form readings when there’s confusion, you may want to pull some clarification cards for the outcome and for whatever portion of the reading that you will gain more clarity into hidden influences.
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