Breaking Down the Celtic Cross

Breaking Down the Celtic Cross

Welcome to Breaking Down the Celtic Cross – A Tutorial Series for Tarot Beginners

If you’re a tarot fan, you’ve probably seen the famed Celtic Cross spread in many books.  You’ve maybe even given it a whirl…but found yourself struggling to make it work.

Or maybe you’ve never tried it because it just seemed to darn confusing.

I know exactly how you feel.  When I first begin delving into the Tarot, this was the first spread I ever attempted.  (Yes, I like to start out the hard way.)  In fact, it was the only spread featured in the book.

I remember being completely baffled, thinking I would never “get it.”  But I’m a persistent gal…so I kept at it.

Soon, I began to grasp how it works.  And I’ve used it now for over thirty years.

I use it as an opening spread or “general outlook” for the year ahead.  I use it to get more detailed information on a question.

I get it.

I want you to get it too.

That’s why I developed this tutorial series for you, my Tarot-loving friend.

This in-depth ongoing series is going to help you understand the components of the spread and learn how to grok it like a pro.

Each lesson is straightforward, with easy to understand explanations written in plain ole English.  We are going to look at every single aspect of this spread from top to bottom, sideways and in-between with theories, exercises (I call them Tarotcises!) and tips ‘n tricks.  We’re also going to be doing this in baby steps so that you are able to integrate the info without feeling overwhelmed.

If you’ve always wanted to tackle this spread but never thought you could, you are going to dig Breaking Down the Celtic Cross.

So grab a chair, a mug of tea, and your favorite deck – and let’s get this Tarot party started!

Keep shuffling and stay curious,


Lesson 1: Laying it out: how to lay out the Celtic Cross spread and a general guideline on each position.

Lesson 2: The mini cross: the little cross in the middle of the spread gives you clues to the present moment – and sets the tone for the reading.

Lesson 3: The past position: the past reveals what led up to the current circumstances.

Lesson 4: The recent past position: what’s leaving – and what is your takeaway?

Lesson 5: The possible outcome: this shows the potential or where you may be heading.

Lesson 6: The near future: this position indicates something that is coming soon.

Lesson 7: The self position: this will show the querent’s attitude.

Lesson 8: The environment position: what or who might be influencing the situation?

Lesson 9: The hopes and fears position: what do you want…or dread?

Lesson 10: The outcome: what’s the future?

Lesson 11: Scan and count: lay ’em out, scan + count. BAM!

Lesson 12: The Threes: mini readings within the Celtic Cross.

Lesson 13: The Fours: more mini readings with four card spreads inside the Celtic Cross!

Lesson 14: The Karmic Patterns: when you have four or more Majors in the spread, there may be a bigger lesson to explore.

Lesson 15: Sample reading: this quick sample reading will give you a glimpse into reading a Celtic Cross.

Lesson 16: The Storyboard Tarotcise: in this lesson, we’re deconstructing the Celtic Cross and using stories to uncover meanings.

Lesson 17: The Memento Tarotcise: look backwards and what might you learn?

Additional resources: a few suggested sites and books to help further your studies.

PS there is nothing to sign up for.  This series will not be sent directly to you.  Just keep an eye on the blog – or here.  All the lessons past and future will be posted here.

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Image from personal collection, deck featured is The Fountain Tarot

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